Program Information: Internship Training Program

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2026
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: WestCoast Children's Clinic
Department: Internship Training Program
Address: 3301 East 12th Street, Suite 259
Oakland, California 94601
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA
Distance from Major City: 15 miles from San Francisco
Phone: 415-889-3369x
Fax: 510-269-9031
Email: bguerrero@westcoastcc.org
Web Address: http://westcoastcc.org
Brochure Website's Address: https://www.westcoastcc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/WCC-PREDOC-TRAINING-_Fall2020_FINAL.pdf
Primary Agency Type: Community Mental Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric or Pediatrics
  • Community Mental Health Center
Member of APPIC since:
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Brooke Guerrero
Chief Psychologist: Erin Rosenblatt
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 8
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: 8
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 36000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Membership in the California Psychological Association, paid parking at the clinic, cell phone for work, assigned personal MacBook during training year, reimbursement for expenses of community-based work.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site 2 hrs of Case conference/week, 3hrs/week of individual supervision, Clinical, Assessment, and Rorschach seminars 1.5hrs each per week, monthly professional development seminar, monthly agency wide trainings, monthly process group, services provided both in the community and at the clinic. Clinical cases often require multi-systemic work (e.g., caregivers, schools/IEPs, social workers, Child Family Team meetings). Interns are expected to deliver around 15 hours of direct service per week.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? 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: 11/02/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes, with additions
An onsite interview is:
  • Optional
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/15/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/14/2022
Interview process description:

Tentative interview dates are Friday January 1/14/22, Thursday 1/20/22, and Monday 1/24/22. At this time, applicants can expect interviews to be conducted virtually via zoom. We may offer an on-site open house to view the training site. Applicants can expect to be in the interview process from 9-3:00. Applicants meet with clinical program directors (Outpatient, Assessment, and Intern Program Training Director) and program supervisors for an overview of the clinic, our clinical programs, and the internship training program. Individual interviews follow the program overview. Each candidate will have two interviews, a 1 one hour individual interview and a 90 minute group exercise. Candidates will be asked to provide a writing sample as well. Applicants also meet with and ask questions of current interns. Applicants invited to interview will be asked prior to the interview day if they need any accommodations during their interview day with us and we are happy to provide reasonable accommodations. Applicants will be invited to interview by email, and interviews will be scheduled via email as well. 

 

Please note that we understand the impact the COVID pandemic has had on training opportunities and encourage folx to apply regardless of whether they meet our stated minimal hours requirements. 

Before applying, please review the internship brochure to ensure that you submit a complete application. The brochure is available to download HERE from the WestCoast Children's Clinic website.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Examples are: The Wright Institute, California School of Professional Psychology, George Washington University, University of Texas, Roosevelt University, Pacific Graduate School at Stanford, Regent University, University of Denver, Columbia University, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Azusa Pacific University, American School of Professional Psychology, John F. Kennedy University, Adler University, Spalding University, Loma Linda University, St. Mary's University of Minnesota, Columbia University, University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, City University of New York, University of Texas Austin
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: No
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: 40
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 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: Required supplemental material: Redacted psychological assessment report. Completed dissertation proposal. Internship start contingent on satisfying background check (LiveScan), physical exam, TB test.
Program Description

WestCoast Children’s Clinic offers a full-time doctoral internship in clinical psychology.  We are committed to training the next generation of mental health professionals who care about working with clients in the communities and systems in which they live, expanding consciousness with regard to diversity and social justice, and advocating at various scales within systems as needed. 

The agency is located in the Fruitvale district of Oakland, California and serves a rich diversity of children and families throughout Alameda and San Francisco counties.  Most of our clients have experienced complex trauma and challenges associated with inequitable opporunity to resources, while many are also involved in foster care and the child welfare system.  

Interns participate in the Outpatient Therapy and Therapeutic Assessment Programs, working collaboratively with the families of young children, school-aged children and adolescents.  Services can be provided in the clinic but also take place in homes, schools, parks, and other neighborhood locations most convenient to families. While our work is grounded in psychodynamic and systems perspectives, we are committed to developing innovative ways of conducting assessments, therapy and advocacy that are conscious of and relevant to the communities we serve. Trauma theory and research in the context of cultural diversity significantly influences our work.  

Services are also provided in Spanish, with corresponding clinical supervision in Spanish for bilingual therapists.  Culturally responsive practice, social justice, and the links between practice and policy are emphasized throughout the agency and intern training program.  

Interns participate in 5 hours of supervision, 7 to 9 hours of training, and provide 15 hours of direct clinical service weekly.  For more information regarding the program please visit the agency website here.  

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

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

Treatment Modalities

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

Experience

Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
HIV/AIDS:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Adult:
Neuropsychology-Child: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Forensics/Corrections:
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology:
Pediatrics: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
School: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Counseling:
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Public Policy/Advocacy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Program Development/Evaluation:
Supervision: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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: westcoastcc.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: 165 120 120 136 97
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 36 36 36 36
Total number of interns: 6 6 8 8
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 6 6 8 8
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0 0 0 0
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 6 6 8 8
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 6 6 8 0
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 3 1 5 4
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 36 40 30 8
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 0 1 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 4 6 4 6 8
Community Mental Health Center: 3 4 0 5 5
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 1 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 1 0 0 0
General Hospital: 1 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 1
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 1
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 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 0 1 1
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: 2 0 0 0 0