Program Information: Psychology Training Program

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2019
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Tarzana Treatment Centers
Department: Psychology Training Program
Address: 18646 Oxnard St.,
Tarzana, California 91356
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA MSA
Distance from Major City: 10
Phone: 818-996-1051x3908
Fax: 818-345-3778x
Email: mcurtis@tarzanatc.org
Web Address: https://www.tarzanatc.org/careers/internships/
Brochure Website's Address: https://www.tarzanatc.org/careers/
Primary Agency Type: Community Mental Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Private Psychiatric Hospital
  • State/County/Other Public Hospital
Member of APPIC since:
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Mimi Curtis
Chief Psychologist: Kenneth Bachrach
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 5
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 07/26/2021
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 7
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 30680
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class:
Fringe Benefits: Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): 12 paid holidays
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Adult Track: Interns have flexibility in their schedules to work from 8:30-5:00, or to start later and end as late as 7:30 or 8:00. A typical day for an intern may include the following: -Going to the inpatient unit and completing a biospychosocial assessment for a new patient. This involves gathering information about the patients substance use, psychiatric and psychosocial histories, conducting a mental Status Exam and coming up with an initial diagnosis (with consultation as needed). Then, the intern would complete the write up, enter information into the electronic medical record, print the report and turn it in to their supervisor. -Going to the inpatient unit and completing a therapy referral. This is a brief session with one of the patients on the unit who is struggling with an issue such as depression or anxiety. -Co-facilitating a group with patients from the inpatient, outpatient or residential units. -Seeing patients in individual therapy, typically from the residential unit. -Consulting with students or other staff. -Completing documentation such as progress notes for group and individual sessions. Interns have the ability to manage their own schedules for many of their activities so that, for example, they may see several individual patients on one day, or spread these sessions throughout the week. The 2 Adult Interns share their own office. Youth Track: Youth interns start their day at 12:00 and end at 8:30 PM. The hours before 4:00 are used for trainings, supervision, meetings, consultation, phone calls and paperwork. Around 4:00 the patients arrive and the last 4 hours of the day are utilized for individual sessions, facilitating groups and meeting with families. A typical day for a Youth intern may include the following: -Arrive at 12:00 and have supervision with your primary or secondary supervisor -Participate in case conference with our multidisciplinary team from 1:30 to 3:00 -Have a lunch break -See a client for individual an session from 4:30 to 5:30 -Run a group (for example Multifamily Group, a Relapse Prevention Group or a Cognitive Behavioral group) from 6:00 to 7:30 -Work on documentation, updating parents, and returning calls until 8:30 Interns have the ability to manage their own schedules for many of their activities, including scheduling their own individual clients. Youth interns also have their own offices.
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?No
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: 11/06/2020 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Optional
Interview notification date: 12/04/2020
Interview notification date time zone: Pacific Standard Time
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

Separate interviews are held for the Youth and Adult tracks. Applicants cover letters should specify the track they are interested in. Interviews are held with small groups of candidates, who meet with several members of the training staff. Applicants will also meet with one or more of the Post-doctoral fellows and will be given a tour of the  facility by the current Interns. The current interns will also have the opportunity to respond to questions from candidates without the training staff present. Interviews are held in December 2020 and January 2021.

Due to COVID-19 interviews will be offered virtually to those who are not able to attend in person.

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: Clinical Psychology Program Clinical Psychology: Family Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology Counseling Psychology Program, School of Education
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: Yes, by start of internship
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 300
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 Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited
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: UA drug screen: TTC policy is to test for illicit drugs and other drugs of potential high abuse. A positive test for these substances could result in the offer being withdrawn. Applicants must disclose medications which could show a positive test result prior to the drug test. We do not test for marijuana as it is legal in California. Background Checks: All staff are required to go through background check. If results show criminal record history, it is communicated to CEO for disposition. Each case is assessed for risk to TTC business, staff and patients.
Program Description

 

 

 

Tarzana Treatment Centers (TTC) offers interns an exciting array of training opportunities in treating mental health, substance use and co-occurring disorders.  What is unique about our site is that we offer all levels of care:  inpatient, residential rehabilitation, and outpatient services.  While we offer two intern tracks-3 slots for our adult track and 4 slots for our youth track-there are Didactic Trainings and 2 seminars that all interns experience.  Adult Track interns spend time on the inpatient unit, which is 60 bed licensed psychiatric hospital used for both detoxification and psychiatric stabilization.  They conduct comprehensive bio-psycho-social assessments with a wide array of individuals and hone their diagnostic and report writing skills.  The Youth Track interns conduct similar assessments and Department of Mental Health write ups.  Interns in both tracks carry individual caseloads and run multiple groups. All interns will have first-hand experience in suicide risk assessment and crisis intervention. Interns are part of a team of trainees that include 13 practicum students and 5 post-doctoral fellows so there is always comradery and support from other trainees as well as from licensed psychologists. In addition, you will be integrated into a team with other professionals that include psychiatrists, nurses and counselors on the Adult side; and Probation Officers, school and court personnel, and counselors on the Youth side.     

 

The patient population is demographically, socioeconomically, and culturally diverse.  Many of the patients have histories of trauma, which is frequently a focus of treatment. Interns will gain exposure to patients with criminal justice involvement or histories and/or with chronic diseases that include HIV and Hepatitis C.  Mental health diagnoses include anxiety and depressive disorders, PTSD, bipolar, psychotic, and characterological disorders.  TTC is known for its integrated care, with primary care and specialized HIV services, in addition to its mental health substance use services. 

 

Formal training and supervision is an integral part of the internship.  There is a weekly 90 minute didactic training on both mental health and substance use issues, which covers a broad range of assessment, diagnostic, intervention, and ethical topics. Interns receive two hours of individual supervision weekly by licensed clinical psychologists and receive four more hours of supervision and training on (1) individual psychotherapy, (2) group psychotherapy, (3) clinical assessment, consultation & supervision, and (4) professional issues that address transitioning from the intern role to that of a psychologist. Supervision is provided on Cognitive-Behavioral, Psychodynamic, Humanistic, Mindfulness and Group Psychotherapy. Core training elements include mindfulness, crisis intervention, clinical assessment of complicated cases, and how to effectively assess and treat individuals with co-occurring mental health and SUDs. Interns can be certified in 1-2 Evidence-Based Practices. Please note that this is a not a psychological testing training site.

 

Youth Track: We offer 4 intern positions in our Youth program. Youth interns participate in our Juvenile Drug court program, interfacing with legal systems, and other agencies. They will see at-risk children and adolescents (8-19) with mental health and/or co-occurring SUDs. Youth hours are from 12:00-8:30 PM M-T and 11:30-8:00 on F.  

 

Adult Track: We offer 3 intern positions in our Adult program. Adult interns have the rare opportunity to treat patients in the full spectrum of care in our inpatient, residential and outpatient programs.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family:
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
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:

Treatment Modalities

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

Experience

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

There are more opportunities for family therapy in the Youth Track. 

Opportunities to work with families are very limited in the Adult track; however, we do see mothers whose children  (infants to age 5) are with them in the Residential Program.

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.tarzanatc.org/careers/internships/  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
Number of Completed Applications: 124 96 110 112
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 80 64 67 69
Total number of interns: 5 7 7 7
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 5 7 7 7
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 2 2 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 3 5 5 6
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 5 7 7 7
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 0 0 0 0
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0 2
Postdoctoral Fellow: 4 5 6 2
Community Mental Health Center: 2 3 3 2
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 1 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 1 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 1 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 1 1 2 3
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 1 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 1 0 0 0