Program Information: Leadership Center

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1984
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Children's Institute, Inc.
Department: Leadership Center
Address: 2121 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, California 90026
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA MSA
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 213-260-7727
Fax:
Email: iocegueda@childrensinstitute.org
Web Address: http://www.childrensinstitute.org
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Community Mental Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Community Mental Health Center
Member of APPIC since:
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Irma Ocegueda
Chief Psychologist: Jacqueline Atkins
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 2
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 09/06/2022
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 4
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 32241
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above):
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site The typical work day includes a training/didactic seminars; clinical supervision (either individual or group); and psychotherapy with patients in the mid-late afternoon/evening. Given COVID 19 all of these activities of a typical day have been completed via telehealth at this time and will begin a hybrid work model starting July 2021.
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? No
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 11/16/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Optional
  • Preferred
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/15/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/12/2022
Interview process description:

CII Clinical Psychology Internships contact applicants via email with an invitation for interviews (after their APPIC applications have been reviewed and rated), which are conducted during our Internship Open House (full day) in mid-January. On site interviews are preferred, and are typically done individually with two interviewers (a CII Supervisor/Faculty; and one current Psychology Intern).

For the new training year selection, due to the changes with COVID 19 interviews will continue be scheduled via telehealth using Zoom, however there will be the option to have in person interviews as well.  Clinical psychology intern applicants wll continue to be notified via email with an invitation for interviews (after their APPIC applications have been reviewed and rated), which will be conducted virtually/or in person during our Internship Open House (full day) mid January. Intern interviews will be done individually with two interviewers (a CII Supervisor/Faculty; and one current Psychology Intern).

 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: University of Massachusetts, Argosy University, Antioch University, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Carlos Albizu University, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Alliant International University, Pepperdine University, Fuller Theological Seminary, George Washington University, Northwestern University, University of Oregon, Adler School of Professional Psychology, Azusa Pacific University, University of La Verne, University of Florida, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), Fielding Graduate University, City University of New York, Wheaton College, Biola University, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Wright Institute, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Clinical PsyD Program, Irvine
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 start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 500
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 0
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 Not Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited
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:
Program Description

Children’s Institute, Inc (CII) offers a 2000-hour Doctoral Internship Program in Clinical Psychology that funds three to four full-time 12 month training positions beginning in early September. The goal of CII’s clinical psychology internship is to prepare advanced pre-doctoral students in clinical psychology for the professional practice of child and family psychology in a variety of community settings, such as community mental health centers, outpatient clinics and schools. CII prefers applicants from accredited Clinical Psychology programs, who have had practicum experience and coursework in working with diverse children and families in community settings. All applicants are required to have a minimum of 500 total hours practicum experience by the application date, preferably with children and families.

The internship program trains Psychology Interns to practice as competent clinicians providing a full spectrum of clinical services to children, adolescents and families that are experiencing behavioral or emotional problems. Although the internship provides training in treating traumatized children in the context of their family and community, it is dedicated to providing intensive training in a broad range of clinical skills and roles.  

Serving the Los Angeles area for more than 100 years, CII has been a pioneer in the provision of child-focused, family treatment. CII’s mission is to help children in Los Angeles’ most challenged communities heal from the trauma of family and community violence, build the confidence and skills to break through the barriers of poverty, and grow up to lead healthy, productive lives. Using the four CII values Passion, Innovation, Partnership and Equity we believe in the boundless potential of children and families and work zealously to achieve transformational change. We seek inventive solutions grounded in best practices and rigorous analysis. We are committed to excellence, impact and sustainability in all we do. We have the greatest impact when collaborate with families, community partners and colleagues who are dedicated to the success of the young people we service.  

Clinical training proceeds on two simultaneous tracks (or concurrent rotations) throughout the training cycle:

*Early Childhood Mental Health

Some intern's will specialize in Early Childhood Mental Health, providing specialty mental health services to children birth to five and their caregivers.  Interns in the Early Childhood track will learn and practice an evidenced based treatment model, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), developed at the University of California, Davis, and will attend weekly PCIT group supervision. (There is an opportunity to become certified in this evidenced based practice during the course of the internship.)

*Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy (Individual, family and group therapy)

Some intern's will specialize in providing specialty mental health services to children ages 6-17 and their families. These interns are trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), an evidence-based model developed by Judy Cohen, MD, Anthony Mannarino, PhD & Esther Deblinger, PhD.  Interns attend a seminar and receive clinical supervision in the application of TF-CBT with traumatized children.  (There is an opportunity to become certified in this evidenced based practice during the course of the internship.)  In addition, all interns are assigned as group co-therapists to a psychoeducational trauma group (addressing sexual abuse or domestic violence issues).

CII's training philosophy believes that individuals should be treated in the context of their family system and greater ecological framework. CII strongly supports treating families in their cultural context using their language of preference.

Interns that match to the CII clinical psychology internship will be considered essential workers meaning that interns will continue to deliver mental health services to children and families through this pandemic via telehealth. During the 2019-2021 training years, when COVID 19 began to impact CII and our training programs interns were immediately moved to providing services via telehealth, using both telephone and video conferencing technology. Supervision and trainings were moved to video conferencing platforms, interns were able to telecommute, and when necessary interns did go into the office to work during specified timeframes to ensure health and safety of the interns and monitoring the number of staff/interns in the office at one time to ensure social distancing. CII developed an essential access request protocol to minimize, protect and manage staff/interns going in and out of the office/clinic at one time. Safety procedures include the enforced use of personal protective equipment (PPE) when visiting the office and physical distancing. 2021, CII will begin to use the Hybrid work model.

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

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

Treatment Modalities

Assessment:
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Family Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Group Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Consultation/Liaison: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Crisis Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
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 : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Other:

Experience

Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
HIV/AIDS:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
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:
Serious Mental Illness:
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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Forensics/Corrections:
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology:
Pediatrics:
School: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Program Development/Evaluation: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Supervision: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Research:
Administration:
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:
Other:

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: www.childrensinstitute.org  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: 124 136 135 221 83
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 13 45 30 54 59
Total number of interns: 4 8 3 4 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 4 8 3 4 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 3 1 1 0
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 3 5 2 3 4
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 4 8 3 3 4
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 1 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 4 3 2 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 4 44 38 13 13
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 1 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 3 2 3 2 4
Community Mental Health Center: 1 1 2 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: 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 1 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 1 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: 0 0 0 1 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 1 3 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0