Program Information: Department of Psychology

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1938
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Center for Brief Therapy
Department: Department of Psychology
Address: 4190 City Avenue
Rowland Hall, Suite 226
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19131
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD
Distance from Major City: 6 miles from Center City Philadelphia
Phone: 215-871-6495x
Fax: 215-871-6458
Email: barbarago@pcom.edu
Web Address: https://www.pcom.edu/patients/center-for-brief-therapy/
Brochure Website's Address: https://pcomhealth.org/cbt/training/cbt-internship-handbook.pdf
Primary Agency Type: Medical School
Additional Agency Types:
  • Medical School
  • Psychology Department
Member of APPIC since:
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Barbara Golden
Chief Psychologist: Barbara Golden
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 12
Position Information
Start Date: 06/28/2021
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 5
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 27600
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above):
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site The internship requires a total of 2000 hours. This time is split between supervised work in the primary rotation at Center for Brief Therapy for three (3) days a week and a secondary rotation in an assigned integrated primary care center for two (2) days a week for a total of 16 hours each week. Interns who wish to concentrate their assessment training in neuropsychological assessment and testing may exchange one of their secondary rotation days in an integrated primary care center for a day in the PCOM neuropsychological assessment center. A minimum of 500 hours (25% of time on internship) in the provision of direct face-to-face clinical services is required.
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? Yes
Is this program partially affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Details of the above affiliations The Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology at the PCOM Center for Brief Therapy is fully affiliated with the APA accredited Psy.D. program in Clinical Psychology at PCOM. The program only considers and ranks applicants that are students who are enrolled in the Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. The internship is designed to train future psychologists to work as providers of comprehensive psychological services that reflect the integration of science and practice, with an emphasis on cognitive behavioral practice. The internship was established to provide organized, sequential learning experiences for doctoral psychology interns, ensuring an integrated training experience through shared standards, common procedures, and didactic learning programs which is consistent with the Standards of Accreditation of the American Psychological Association.
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 11/12/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Required
Interview notification date: 11/23/2021
Tentative interview date: 12/14/2021
Interview process description:

The interview will be conducted on site.   Applicants are notified by email of their interview status by November 23, 2021. Interviews are conducted from mid-December through mid-January. The interviews include an individual interview with a member of the supervising faculty, an interview with the Internship Director, a group interview with a supervisor and the current interns, and a case for discussion and role-play.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: Yes
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: Yes, by start of internship
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours:
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours:
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 4
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Not Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Not Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited
Non-Accredited Not Accepted
Ph.D Degree Not 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:
Program Description

The Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology at the PCOM Center for Brief Therapy is fully affiliated with the Psy.D. program in Clinical Psychology at PCOM. The program only considers and ranks applicants who are students that are enrolled in the Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.  The program seeks to obtain a diverse intern class while selecting the most qualified candidates. Applicants from individually and culturally diverse backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply.

The internship is designed to train future psychologists to work as providers of comprehensive psychological services that reflect the integration of science and practice, with an emphasis on cognitive behavioral practice. The internship was established to provide organized, sequential learning experiences for psychology interns, ensuring an integrated training experience through shared standards, common procedures, and didactic learning programs which is consistent with the Standards of Accreditation of the American Psychological Association.  

The internship has been designed to provide a broad-based clinical training experience which prepares interns to function ethically, competently and independently as professional psychologists by refining practice competencies and developing a sense of professional identity. Experiential practice and didactic training provide an enriching learning environment which encourages interns to become analytical and critical consumers of current theory, practice and research, and develop a greater understanding of how the intersectionality of a variety of individual and culturally diverse factors influence human behavior. The internship is designed to prepare generalists who provide psychological services to diverse, underserved populations in both outpatient and integrated behavioral health care settings that emphasize interdisciplinary collaboration. Interns receive extensive experiential training in profession wide competencies, including research; ethical and legal standards; individual and cultural diversity; professional values, attitudes, and behaviors; communication and interpersonal skills; assessment; intervention; supervision; and consultation and interprofessional and interdisciplinary skills.

The program's Aim for internship training is to prepare interns for successful independent practice of professional psychology in standard outpatient practices, integrated primary care medical practices, medical centers and hospitals, or community behavioral health settings that serve children, adolescents, adults, and older adults.

This Aim will be accomplished by the intern completing the program’s training activities, demonstrating competency in the nine profession-wide competencies, and obtaining job placement and licensure after graduation.  Training to develop the profession-wide competencies includes both experiential and didactic learning elements. The experiential opportunities are spent in direct contact with service recipients and includes sufficient observation and supervision by licensed psychologist supervisors. All learning follows a logical training sequence that is sequential, cumulative, and graded in complexity. Where direct face-to-face service delivery is not possible or advised, clinical services will be delivered by an approved end-to-end HIPPA compliant virtual telehealth platform or phone.

The following nine competencies are required for all interns who graduate from programs accredited in health service psychology. Opportunities are provided throughout the training year for all interns to demonstrate they have met each required profession-wide competency.

By the end of the training year, all interns must demonstrate competence in:

1. Research

2. Ethical and legal standards

3. Individual and cultural diversity

4. Professional values, attitudes, and behaviors

5. Communication and interpersonal skills

6. Assessment

7. Intervention

8. Supervision

9. Consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills

The expectation is that by the end of the training year, the intern will demonstrate competence in the above nine areas and will graduate from the internship program. Interns are also expected to complete at least two comprehensive psychological/psychoeducational test batteries. After graduating from the internship, expected outcomes include obtaining job placement in the field of psychology and licensure. Thus, the internship’s aim of preparing interns for successful independent practice of health service psychology in the aforementioned settings directly aligns with the program’s training activities and intended outcomes.

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

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

Treatment Modalities

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

Experience

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

The Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology at the PCOM Center for Brief Therapy is fully affiliated with the Psy.D. program in Clinical Psychology at PCOM. The program only considers and ranks applicants who are students that are enrolled in the Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. The internship is designed to train future psychologists to work as providers of comprehensive psychological services that reflect the integration of science and practice, with an emphasis on cognitive behavioral practice. The doctoral program at PCOM with which it is affiliated is grounded in cognitive-behavioral practice, and the internship mirrors and extends the competencies gained in the doctoral program prior to internship.  The doctoral curriculum trains students in the use of empirically supported assessment and interventions addressing the most current developments in psychology, with an emphasis on the intersection of psychology, behavioral health and primary care medicine, while enhancing learning through practical clinical applications. The internship emphasizes values of self-reflection, attention to diversity, advocacy and social justice.

As an integral component of the health care training and delivery services at PCOM, the internship provides interns with a continuum of clinical training opportunities in standard outpatient practice and interdisciplinary primary care settings.  Our training curriculum strives to be relevant to the current demands of practicing psychologists and the populations they serve.  The activities of the internship are designed to teach, develop, and extend professional competence, through didactic instruction, modeling, applied experience, case discussion and supervision. The internship emphasizes the provision of service to culturally diverse communities, as well as the treatment of underserved populations with significant health disparities.

The internship consists of two simultaneous rotations: A primary rotation for the equivalent of 3 days a week at the outpatient clinic at the Center for Brief Therapy performing traditional outpatient psychotherapy, psychological testing, and participating in didactic seminars and supervision, and a secondary rotation for the equivalent of 2 full days in a family medicine/primary care center where they participate on the integrated health care team.  Those interns who wish to focus their competency development in neuropsychological assessment and testing can choose a secondary rotation in Neuropsychology for one day a week, and one day a week at a family medicine/primary care center, rather than both days at the family medicine/primary care center.

Since we are a captive internship with the doctoral program in clinical psychology in the School of Professional and Applied Psychology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, applicants are required to have completed all the coursework required for the Psy.D. degree except for electives and practicum seminars in progress, have successfully passed their dissertation proposal, should have had adequate and appropriate supervised clinical practicum training, and a commitment to using empirically-supported interventions with strong grounding in cognitive behavioral practice.  Although we have no minimum cutoff for face to face clinical experience, we have found more successful interns to have had above 400 such hours in assessment and intervention. Applicants should also possess a Master’s degree in Psychology or a related field and have successfully passed comprehensive or qualifying examinations. A minimum of two letters of recommendation should be submitted from doctoral faculty and/or practicum supervisors who are familiar with the applicant’s skills and interests, and who have had direct observation of their competencies. The Theoretical Orientation essay should clearly express an identification with cognitive-behavioral practice and case conceptualization.  Applicants should express strong interest in specific training opportunities offered by our internship, especially in terms of the minor rotation in interdisciplinary primary care, by highlighting related experience and goals when possible.  For those applicants who plan to do one of their minor rotation days in neuropsychological assessment, prior practicum experience administering and scoring neuropsychological assessments, with basic interpretation and some report writing skills, is expected.

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.pcom.edu/patients/center-for-brief-therapy/  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: 19 14 15 13 10
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 18 14 15 11 10
Total number of interns: 6 6 6 5 5
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 6 6 6 5 5
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0 6 6 5 5
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 0 0 6 5 5
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 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 44 31 34 37 34
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: 6 6 6 0 0
Community Mental Health Center: 1 0 0 0 0
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: 1 1 1 0 3
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 1 0 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: 1 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 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 2 5 5 0 2
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 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