Thank you for your interest in WPCS Psychological and Counseling Services’ (WPCS) doctoral psychology internship program. WPCS offers a 1-year, 1800-hour, full-time doctoral internship that emphasizes learning about the nature of psychopathology using diagnosis, assessment, and an array of treatment approaches. The training program at WPCS attempts to provide the Intern with the opportunity to begin assuming the professional role of the psychologist, consistent with the practitioner-scholar model. The model focuses on integrating knowledge that the Intern has already acquired with practical experience derived from the application of skills to clinical work. It is the goal of WPCS to build on and expand the Intern’s current level of abilities and skills to increase professional competencies and the ability to function as an independent practitioner.
The training program emphasizes learning about the nature of psychopathology using diagnosis, assessment, and an array of treatment approaches. WPCS values combining best practice standards in conjunction with a consideration of the Intern’s current level of competency and theoretical orientation, when assessing the needs of the client. WPCS is an outpatient mental health company that serves a variety of populations and mental health diagnoses. In addition, Interns will have the opportunity to work on a multi-disciplinary team.
Multiple supervisory experiences will be provided, as well as diverse learning opportunities. Interns will be expected to actively participate in case conferences and clinical decisions, and will be considered highly regarded and respected members of the clinical staff. Once their level of competency and training needs have been assessed, and they are aware of the policies and procedures of WPCS, Inters perform all of the clinical functions for which they are qualified. Training and professional development activities continue throughout the year to prepare the Intern to function as a competent generalist psychologist. Interns develop an individualized plan that incorporates their goals with the goals of the agency.
Several qualities will promote the best fit for this opportunity. Applicants should have some knowledge of evidence-based practices and have an interest in providing brief and long-term focused therapy. Additionally, Intern applicants should have an interest in working with a wide variety of presenting problems (e.g., depressive, anxiety, bipolar, and personality disorders; parent-child problems; trauma; etc.) and age ranges. Interns can expect to work with underserved populations and must have an understanding and appreciation for cultural and economic diversity. Currently, Interns are serving clients with Medicaid and Kaiser insurance and those who elect to cash pay for services
WPCS is committed to providing mental health services that are affordable, accessible and nondiscriminatory. We understand the importance of recognizing diversity and appreciate the differences and unique experiences of clients, staff, providers, and trainees. We welcome trainees from a variety of backgrounds and encourage those from diverse backgrounds and/or an interest in working with diverse issues that include, but is not limited to, ethnic, racial, sexual orientation, religion and SES to apply to our internship.