Program Information: Child Guidance Clinic

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1747
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Superior Court of the District of Columbia
Department: Child Guidance Clinic
Address: 500 Indiana Avenue NW
Suite 1110
Washington, District of Columbia 20001
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
Distance from Major City: 0 miles from Washington, DC
Phone: 202-508-1896x
Fax: 202-508-1609
Email: jennifer.christman@dcsc.gov
Web Address: https://www.dccourts.gov/services/juvenile-matters/psychology-internship
Brochure Website's Address: https://www.dccourts.gov/sites/default/files/matters-docs/CGC-Brochure.pdf
Primary Agency Type: Other
Additional Agency Types:
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric or Pediatrics
  • Prison or Other Correctional Facility
  • Other
Member of APPIC since:
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Jennifer Christman
Chief Psychologist: Katara Watkins-Laws
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 4
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/01/2022
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 3
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 38968
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Professional Development Time,
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Interns may be permitted up to 2 weeks of leave time, pending approval by Director of Clinical Training.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Duties or activities within a typical intern day may include but are not limited to: -Completing a psychological, psychoeducational, pre-adjudication, pre-disposition, and/or specialty forensic evaluation (e.g., competency for trial, violence risk, psychosexual/sex offense risk) -Conducting individual or group psychotherapy with juveniles -Providing competency attainment interventions to juveniles found not competent for trial -Providing sex offense treatment for juveniles and their caregivers -Attending and participating in didactic seminars -Giving or observing a case presentation or grand rounds -Receiving individual or group supervision -Providing supervision or mentorship to externs -Scoring and interpreting test measures -Writing forensic evaluation reports -Conducting collateral interviews with parents, probation officers, attorneys, and other professionals -Clinical activities affiliated with a minor rotation, including intake assessments and group therapy with young adults in the community
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsNo
Do Psychology Interns/Postdocs Have the Opportunity to Supervise Practicum Students?Yes
Is this program fully affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Is this program partially affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? Yes
Details of the above affiliations The Child Guidance Clinic (CGC) interns have a minor rotation with Howard University Counseling Services (HUCS) which has an APA-accredited doctoral internship program. Howard University is an HBCU located in Washington, DC. As part of this rotation, CGC interns observe and co-facilitate group and/or individual therapy with young adults (primarily college students) receiving mental health treatment services. CGC interns also conduct intake assessments and individual therapy. Interns receive group supervision and attend therapy-related didactic seminars alongside HUCS interns and externs. CGC interns can generally anticipate 4-8 hours per week involved in activities for this rotation. Similarly, HUCS interns have a minor rotation with CGC in which they perform evaluations of court-involved youth, attend assessment seminars, and provide case presentations at CGC. CGC and HUCS interns, along with CGC staff, attend an annual assessment conference.
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 11/19/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes, with additions
An onsite interview is:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/10/2021
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

The Child Guidance Clinic will be utilizing a virtual interview process for the 2021-2022 internship training year instead of in-person interviews.

Applicants who are invited to participate in an interview will be given various dates available for interviews. Interviewees will select and rank their top three choices for interview dates. Interviewees must respond via email with their top three interview dates within two business days, though interviewees are strongly encouraged to respond as soon as possible. Interviews are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis, although the Clinic attempts to accommodate the preferences of all interviewees. All interviews will take place over approximately the second, third, and fourth weeks of January 2022.

Interviewees can expect to spend approximately four to five (4-5) hours engaged in interview, introduction, and informational activities. All interviewees participate in a 1-hour individual interview with Clinic psychologist staff. Interviewees also have the opportunity to interface with current interns, receive an overview of Clinic training experiences, remotely view Clinic facilities, and participate in question and answer sessions.

We facilitate a bidirectional interview process wherein the Clinic staff is able to meet and interview prospective interns, and prospective interns are able to become familiar with the Clinic, its staff, and what an internship at the Clinic would be like.

Application materials: completed APPI, cover letter, three letters of recommendation, a redacted evaluation report (e.g., an integrative report written for a psychological evalution), and a redacted treatment summary (e.g., case conceptualization, discharge summary for therapy client, etc).

How to obtain application info: Email the Program
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: University of Virginia, George Washington University, Howard University, University of Arizona, Gallaudet University, Fielding Graduate School, Fordham University, Louisiana Tech, Marquette University, University of Kentucky, Chestnut Hill College, Florida School of Professional Psychology, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Indiana University, Pace University, Argosy University, and more.
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a U.S. Citizen, Authorization to Work or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in the US is Required: No
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a Canadian Citizen, Authorization to Work in Canada or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in Canada is Required: No
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 0
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 100
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited Not Accepted
Non-Accredited Not Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree Not Accepted
This institution, department, internship, or postdoctoral program requires trainees to sign a statement about personal behavior and/or religious beliefs as a condition of admission and/or retention in the program: No
How to obtain text of statement:
Other Requirements: Supplemental Materials Required for Application: -3 letters of recommendation -One writing sample of a comprehensive evaluation report (includes administration of multiple psychological assessment measures and clinical interviewing/integrated report for psychological evaluation) -One writing sample of a treatment summary report (e.g., therapy discharge summary, treatment plan, case conceptualization). Writing samples from forensic settings and/or with juvenile clients are preferred. Hours Requirements: The Clinic is aware that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted many applicants' accrual of practicum hours. We take a holistic approach to our review of applications wherein we take many factors into consideration. We encourage all interested applicants to apply for our site, even if the applicant does not currently meet our stated requirement for assessment or intervention hours. We request that applicants address the matter of lower hours in their cover letter and describe any alternative, supplemental, or equivalent learning experiences. Citizenship Requirements: Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen OR an individual lawfully admitted for permanent residency OR authorized by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service to work in the U.S. Background Check: Interns who match with the Clinic must undergo and pass a Court-required criminal background check which includes fingerprinting. Interns will complete a Criminal History Request form which authorizes review of the intern's adult arrest records and forfeitures for the past ten (10) years, as of the date of the form. Interns will also complete a Child Protection Register (CPR) check form which must be submitted from the intern's state of residence. This establishes if the intern has a record of substantiated abuse or neglect of a child. The intern will also undergo fingerprinting. Fingerprint data is used to establish if the intern's fingerprints are connected to a criminal record. Failure to pass these checks will result in the intern not being permitted to proceed with the internship at the Child Guidance Clinic.
Program Description

Training objectives of the Child Guidance Clinic's internship program include the following professional competencies:

  • Assessment
  • Intervention
  • Individual and Cultural Diversity
  • Ethical and Legal Standards
  • Supervision
  • Consultation and Interdisciplinary Skills
  • Research
  • Professional Values and Attitudes 
  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills

The Clinic's internship program provides training in clinical and forensic assessment such as psychological, psychosexual (sex offense), competency for trial, violence risk assessment, and adaptive functioning evaluations. Interns receive training in evidenced-based interventions including individual and group psychotherapy and forensic interventions (e.g., competency remediation, sex offense treatment).

Interns receive didactic training in psychopharmacology, forensic practice, therapy, and assessment. Interns become experienced in ethical psychological practice in a legal setting (e.g., providing court testimony in mock trials; trial preparation, collateral interviews with attorneys and probation officers; review of APA's Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology). Interns also provide supervision, consultation, and mentorship to externs and interdisciplinary colleagues. Interns develop program evaluation skills and integrate research, theory, and practice.

Interns receive training and experience in working with diverse populations, providing culturally appropriate clinical services, and recognizing how individual and cultural diversity impact psychological processes, service delivery, and professional practice. Interns also receive information, mentoring, and guidance regarding professional development and early career psychology such as loan repayment, postdoctoral and employment options, EPPP exam preparation, licensure, and professional credentialing such as the National Register of Health Service Psychologists and board certification through the American Board of Professional Psychology. 

Clientele and Setting:

We provide assessment and therapy services to youth involved with the juvenile justice system in Washington, DC. Our primary focus is assessment but we provide interventions as well. 99% of the juveniles served by the Clinic are African-American or Hispanic, due in part to the demographics of DC. These youth frequently have histories of personal trauma and exposure to family and community violence. They often come from underserved communities with increased rates of poverty, crime, underemployment, and gun violence. About 75% of the youth are male and 25% are female. Supervised clinical work of individual and group therapy as well as intakes with young adults in the community is also provided to interns via the minor rotation with Howard University Counseling Services. Howard University is an HBCU in Washington, DC.

Program:

The goal of our training program is to produce well-rounded entry level psychologists who can practice across a broad spectrum of professional settings. The program is accredited by the American Psychological Association; the internship's current accreditation status may be verified by calling the Office of Commission on Accreditation at 202-336-5979.

Our training staff takes an eclectic and evidence-based approach that emphasizes developmental and cultural components in assessment and treatment. We also take a developmental approach to supervision wherein interns' skills, interests, and growth areas are considered. 

The Clinic prides itself on making our program inclusive and appealing to interns of intersecting identities and students from a range of diverse individual and cultural backgrounds. Diversity in faculty and trainees is an integral component of our training program. We prioritize recruitment and retention of diverse interns and staff, as well as applicants with experience or a strong interest in working with clients from diverse individual, cultural, and community backgrounds. 

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have modified some of our normal operating procedures to maximize the safety of youth, interns, and staff while continuing to provide high quality training for interns and clinical services for the Court, youth and families, and the community. Modifications include providing certain intervention services remotely via phone or video. In-person assessment services occur in safe, secure, controlled, and socially distanced locations. Ample PPE, sanitizer, and cleaning supplies are provided. 

As of 10/28/21, all DC Courts employees (including interns) must submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination to Human Resources OR submit a negative COVID-19 test on a weekly basis following a request for exception for religious or health reasons. 

This internship site complies with APPIC guidance for deadlines and agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any rankingrelated information from any intern applicant.

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults:
Inpatients:
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
French-speaking:
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Rural:
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other: Forensic populations; Court-involved youth and families; Youth victims of commercial sexual exploitation/sex trafficking

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Individual Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Community Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Consultation/Liaison: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students : EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Other: Forensic interventions (e.g., competency remediation, sex offender treatment)

Experience

Health Psychology:
Women's Health: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
HIV/AIDS:
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Developmental Disabilities: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Adult:
Neuropsychology-Child: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Anxiety Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Forensics/Corrections: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Geropsychology:
Pediatrics:
School: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Counseling: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Supervision: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration:
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Other:

Behavioral Disorders - Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)

ADHD - Emphasis (31% to 49%)

Mood Disorders - Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)

Forensic interventions - Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)

Psychopharmacology - Exposure (1% to 20%)

Additional information about training opportunities: Not all rotations or training experiences may be available as described in the APPIC Directory. Please consult the program's application materials or their website at: https://www.dccourts.gov/services/juvenile-matters/psychology-internship  for a complete description of the training opportunities available at this training site. IF the site has not updated their information by August 1, feel free to contact the Training Director for additional information.

Summary of the Characteristics of the Specified Internship Class
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Number of Completed Applications: 54 53 51 71 72
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 37 31 30 34 35
Total number of interns: 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 2 2 1 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 1 1 2 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 3 3 3 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 27 20 19
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 36 22 21
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 1 0 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 1 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 1 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 1 1 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 1
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 1 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 1 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 1 1 0 1 2
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 1 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0