Program Information: Washburn Center for Children - Outpatient

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2031
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Washburn Center for Children
Department: Outpatient
Address: 1100 Glenwood Ave.
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55405
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 612-767-4866
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Community Mental Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Community Mental Health Center
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Melissa Sovak
Chief Psychologist: Carin Wolfe
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: 08/29/2022
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 6
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 24000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Life Insurance, 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 Interns work with around 16-20 children/families per week, providing individual and family therapy - services are provided in an outpatient community mental health center. Interns are engaged in completing comprehensive testing batteries throughout the course of the training year. They attend a consultation group with other trainees and psychology training staff, which they present their work in periodically, and can participate in a psychological testing consultation with psychology trainees and staff psychologists. They are also engaged in several learning experiences throughout the week, including individual and group supervision, didactic training in various topics, training in Managing and Adapting Practice by a MAP Training Professional, a reflective practice group focused on consolidating one's training experience, engaging in self-reflection, and learning from others' experiences.
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: 11/11/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Required
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/16/2022
Tentative interview date: 1/10/23
Interview process description:

Applicants will be notified via email about their eligibility for an interview. Interviews will be conducted in early to mid-January. Interviews are conducted virtually. Applicants will be able to select from a few set dates/times for the interview process, and each interview will be comprised of several meetings. There will be an initial group meeting with several other applicants and the training co-directors to provide initial information about the training program, and to orient to the interview experience. The applicant will then have an individual interviews with 2 training staff, and a group interview with the training co-directors. Applicants will have the opportunity to meet as a group with one or more current psychology interns to ask questions and hear more about the internship program from an intern's perspective. They will meet at the end of the virtual visit with the training director to answer and unanswered questions, and wrap up the experience. Applicants are encouraged to follow-up with one of the training directors afterwards, with any additional questions that are left unanswered. 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Saint Mary's University, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Midwestern University - Glendale, George Washington University, Minnesota School of Professional Psychology, Florida School of Professional Psychology, Roosevelt University, Illinois School of Professional Psychology, St. Thomas University, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Midwestern University, Georgia School of Professional Psychology, Wheaton College, Pacific University, Spalding University, Wright State University, University of Rochester, University of La Verne, Marquette University, Tennessee State University, Northeastern University, Adler University -Chicago, Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge,
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 application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 150
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 150
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable): 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-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: Please see program brochure via website for additional information.
Program Description

Washburn Center for Children is committed to providing a high quality, diverse, and comprehensive training experience to Doctoral Interns in the Outpatient department of a community mental health center. The Internship Program utilizes the Capstone Model and considers itself a practitioner-scholar program. The Internship Program follows a year-long, full-time progression of training opportunities that build upon the Intern’s previous academic and clinical experiences.

The Doctoral Internship Program provides training in a broad range of skills needed by clinical psychologists working with children, adolescents, and families in community mental health. The Internship Program promotes the development of a number of various profession-wide competencies (please see program brochure for information about the specific competencies).

At the core of the Intern’s training experience is providing direct assessment and intervention to a diverse urban and suburban population, which makes up approximately 50% of the Intern’s time. Washburn is known for providing exceptional treatment to children and families who have experienced trauma; however, within the Outpatient Program, the clinical work is rich and varied. We believe it is important for Interns to learn how to assess and intervene in a wide range of psychological issues that children, adolescents and families may present with. Further enriching the clinical work is the fact that Washburn serves a diverse population across sites, ensuring that Interns will expand their understanding of cultural responsiveness and the varied systems that children and families interact with. 

Interns are supported in developing a range of intervention and assessment techniques, thus ongoing and frequent supervision with licensed psychologists, training in an evidenced-based practice, as well as didactic seminars are provided to promote an Interns’ development. Underlying all techniques is the critical intervention of building a solid therapeutic relationship; it is believed that the quality of the therapeutic relationship significantly enhances any intervention or approach that might be used. Furthermore, it is believed that a solid understanding of developmental stages and processes is needed in working with children and adolescents. Underscoring all clinical work is a solid understanding of the APA’s ethical standards and knowledge of the law regulating the practice of psychology. Interns are exposed to many theoretical orientations and supported in understanding and developing their own approach that best channels their skills as an emerging psychologist. Collaboration and teamwork is an essential component of mental health treatment of children and families at Washburn.  

A vital aspect of clinical work and training at Washburn is the focus on developing cultural responsiveness. Interns and other trainees, agency staff members, and Training Supervisors all share the goal of enhancing their own cultural awareness and development. This is seen through Washburn’s focus on cultural responsiveness trainings and Agency initiatives such as racialized trauma healing groups, Inclusion Talx, and the Foundations in Seeing Complexities training; as well as, the Doctoral Internship Program's regular focus on cultural dynamics and implications during case consultations, team meetings, and supervision.

The Doctoral Internship Program strives to prepare Interns for the demands of clinical work, as well as other possible professional activities, such as supervision and teaching of psychological concepts. An important aspect of the Doctoral Internship Program is helping Interns develop and expand their supervision skills. This is accomplished by having Interns supervise other young professionals (i.e., practicum students) over the course of the year and receive supervision on their supervision skills and experiences. Interns are also required to do several formal case presentations to enhance their skills in integrating research findings and teaching psychological theory, concepts, and knowledge to their cohort and supervisors (please see program brochure for additional information).

The Doctoral Internship Program is committed to ensuring that Interns complete their Internship with sufficient supervised experience to feel confident treating a range of clients, diagnoses, and clinical problems.  All training time credited to the Predoctoral Internship Program is post-practicum and pre-doctoral.

Internship Training Opportunities


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

Treatment Modalities

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


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: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Anxiety Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders:
Pediatrics: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
School: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Counseling: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation:
Supervision: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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 2022-2023
Number of Completed Applications: 55 31 91 66 49
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 25 17 38 28 30 67
Total number of interns: 3 3 3 5 5 6
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 3 5 5 6
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 3 1 1 3 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 2 4 2 4
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 3 3 3 5
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 2 2 0 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 1 0 2 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 2 15 4 11 0 3
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 12 45 38 332 16 17
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 1 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 3 3 2 3 0 5
Community Mental Health Center: 0 1 1 1 1 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 1 0 0 0 0 1
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 1 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 1 3 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 1 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 1 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 1 1 0 1 0 4
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 1 1 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0 0