Program Information: Psychology Department

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1760
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Terry Children's Center- Delaware Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health Services
Department: Psychology Department
Address: 10 Central Avenue
New Castle, Delaware 19720
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD
Distance from Major City: 30 miles south of Philadelphia, PA; 70 miles north of Baltimore, MD
Phone: 302-256-5700x
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Child/Adolescent Psychiatric or Pediatrics
Additional Agency Types:
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric or Pediatrics
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Erica Burgoon
Chief Psychologist: Erica Burgoon
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 7
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 07/01/2022
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 3
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class:
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 24374.40
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Comp Time , Dissertation Release Time, Licensing Exam Release Time, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): 11 paid holidays
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site On four of the five days, the interns report to the main training site (Terry Children's Center) where they meet with supervisors, interact with their clients and the multi-disciplinary team, conduct individual, family and group therapy, assist with supervision of practicum students, attend case management meetings, clinical meetings, didactics, etc. Clinical and case management work associated with Terry Children's Center may also take place in the community as clients' homes, schools, outside agencies, court, etc. On the 5th day, the interns report to an off-site location for their minor rotation in Juvenile Justice Level 5 (Locked and Secured) Residential Program or in the Consultation and Assessment Unit for the Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health, Terry Children's Center parent agency. Each minor rotation is 6 months long. Depending upon the status of the pandemic at the start of 2022-2023 internship year, some clinical and training activities may take place remotely/virtually, though it is anticipated the the vast majority of internship activity will take place in-person.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
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? No
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 11/07/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/10/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/06/2022
Interview process description:

Interviews for candidates being considered for internship at Terry Center were historically on-site.  However, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic interviews for the 2021-2022 training year were conducted virtually and interviewers and interviewees both provided positive feedback about this process.  It is anticipated that interviews for the 2022-2023 training year will again be conducted virtually on a video platform.  The interview day will consist interviews with three supervising psychologists and a Q&A session with current interns and full-time clinical staff.  Q&A with current interns and clinical staff willl be in a group format, while interviews with supervising psycholoigsts are conducted 1:1.  Candidates will be provided with a video of a virtual tour of Terry Center.  Depending upon the status of the pandemic, candidates may also be able to schedule an in-person tour of Terry Center with a staff member who does not participate in ranking decisions.  Candidates can also request an informal discuss or otherwise communicate with supervising psychologists who do not participate in the interview day.  Tentative interview dates are Jan 6, 7, 13, and 14, 2022.  Interviewees shoud expect to devote approximately 2 1/2 hours either in the morning or afternoon to the interview day.

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: U of Delaware, LaSalle University, Drexel University, Temple University, Loyola University - Baltimore, Hartford University, Stanford University, Northeastern University, Rutgers University, University of North Carolina, Argosy University, Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Chicago School of Professional Psychology - Chicago Campus, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Chestnut Hill College, Immaculata College, University of Virginia, University of Denver, William James College, West Chester University, Lehigh University, University of Northern Colorado
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: Yes
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: Yes, by start of internship
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 500
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours:
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
Non-Accredited Not Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree 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: Interns who are matched to Terry Center must successfully pass criminal background check (paid for by applicant, approximately $65) and drug screen (paid for by State of Delaware) prior to starting Internship. At this time, THC/cannabis is still considered an illicit substance in Delaware for purposes of drug screening and thus may disqualify an intern from hire. Interns must provide verification from their own medical provider that they are in good enough physical health to work with children on a daily basis. As of September 2021 all employees of the State of DE (including psychology interns) must either provide proof of COVID vaccination or submit to weekly COVID testing.
Program Description

We offer clinical training in providing systems-based and cognitive and behaviorally-focused evidenced-based treatment approaches to ethnically diverse low-income children, adolescents and their families in home, school, community and residential settings. Interns work as part of a multi-disciplinary team including psychiatrists, social workers, counselors, nurses, and teachers. All interns spend 80% of their time throughout the duration of the training year (4 days per week) at the primary site of Terry Children's Center providing care within the residential treatment, day treatment, and a crisis stabilization units.  Interns will receive training in a number of EBTs at Terry Center including TFCBT, PCIT, and DBT and training will focus on providing trauma informed and culturally sensitive care.  For half the training year interns spend 20% of their time (1 day per week) with the Consultation and Assessment Unit of the DE Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health providing psychological assessments, which may include competency and other forensic assessments and neuropsychological assessment, to children and adolescents.  During the other half of the year interns spend 20% (1 day per week) at the Ferris School providing individual and group therapy within a Level 5 locked and secured Juvenile Justice Residential Setting. Interns will receive training in the Seven Challenges model of intervention for adolescent substance abuse.  Terry Children's Center Residential treatment provides a secure, structured, and supervised setting for children who temporarily cannot live at home due to the severity of their behavioral health problems which are very often related to significant and complex early childhood trauma.  Treatment includes milieu, individual, group and family therapy. The day program provides education and therapeutic services for children whose behavioral health needs cannot be met in their local school district and/or those transitioning from residential treatment back into the home.  Youth in the day program receive individual, family and group therapy and school consultation.  Terry Center endeavors to provide a significant portion of intervention hours in the youth's home and community so interns can expect to provide therapuetic services outside of the Terry Center campus.  The crisis stabilization unit is intended to service as a hospital diversionary program for youth who may require a short-term secure setting due to psychiatric challenges including threat of harm to self or others or other unsafe behaviors or severe mood dysregulation.  At times the crisis unit also serves as a longer term treatment setting for youth with complex behavioral health needs for whom other resources have not yet been successfully identified.  Additional year-long experiences include weekly didactics, case presentation and multi-discplinary team meetings.  Through these MDT meetings and frequent interaction with multiple systems (child protective, educational, medical, legal) that impact the lives of those served by Terry Center, interns gain experience in the role of an consultant.  Interns will also have the opportunity to assist in supervising psychology practicum students.

Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults:
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Individual Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Group Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Consultation/Liaison: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Other: Child focused


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

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: 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: 44 54 41 49 49
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 22 24 24 25 25
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 0 1 0 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 3 2 3 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2 3 2 3 1
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 0 2
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 1 0 1 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 3 3
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 12
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 1 1 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 1 2 3 3 2
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 1 1 1
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 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 1 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 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: 1 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 1 1 0 2 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 1 1 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0