Program Information: Children's Division

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2205
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Monterey County Behavioral Health Doctoral Psychology Training Program
Department: Children's Division
Address: 951-B Blanco Circle
Salinas, California 93901
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 18 miles northeast of Monterey, CA; 62 miles south of San Jose,CA; 38 miles southeast of Santa Cruz,
Phone: 831-784-2150
Fax: 831-772-8154
Email: Sandovalmr@co.monterey.ca.us
Web Address: http://www.co.monterey.ca.us/Home/Components/JobPosts/Job/28/3675
Brochure Website's Address: http://www.co.monterey.ca.us/home/showdocument?id=65333
Primary Agency Type: Community Mental Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since:
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Marni Sandoval Psy. D.
Chief Psychologist: Marni Sandoval Psy. D.
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 12
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: 3
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 28000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Sick Leave,
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): None.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Through a dual rotation arrangement, interns have the opportunity to engage in diverse training experiences and are exposed to a broad range of client populations within a trauma informed community based mental health approach. The Transition Age Youth (TAY) Avanza Program provides individual, family and group therapy, along with intensive case management for youth aged 16-25 with severe mental health conditions. Interns will help the Avanza team provide these services and psychological assessments. The F.A.S.T. (Family Assessment Support and Treatment) Assessment Team provides comprehensive family mental health assessments and treatment to children and families involved in dependency court (it has deemed it necessary to remove the child(ren)from the home due to abuse and/or neglect issues). Attachment theory, systems perspectives, and trauma informed approaches are utilized in helping understand and conceptualize the family challenges, strengths, and services needed. Interns have a therapy and assessment caseload. Detailed psychological reports are provided to Social Services and Juvenile Dependency Court.
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: 11/01/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 11/15/2021
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

Interns from both Ph. D. and Psy. D. programs are encouraged to apply. Individuals who have completed their required coursework, supervised practica, and are in good standing with their respective psychology-training program are eligible to apply. We are committed to providing interns form diverse backgrounds and experiences training opportunities in our program. Our program has sprecifically developed training opportunities for bilingual/bicultural interns, including the opportunity to receive clinical supervision in the Spanish language. Our didactic seminars and case conferences have a consistent focus on compentency in practice in culturally diverse setting and with a wide range of clients. 

For initial application to our program, please submit a completed AAPI and ensure that a minimum of 2 letters of recommendation are included. No additional application materials are required at this initial point in the process.

The Training Director will contact applicants that have been selected for an invitation to interview by November 15, 2021 via email or phone. Interviews are expected to take place between December 07, 2021 - December 17, 2021. Applicants that are invited for an interview will be asked to submit a sample psychological evaluation report.

During typical times in person interviews are preferred as our interview process is critical in our evaluation of prospective interns. Interviews are approximately 4 hours in length. This process will include individual and panel interview rotations with several licensed psychologists that are directly involved in the training program, and a written vignette. However, with the current COVID-19 pandemic we anticipate that our interview process will be virtual via Zoom. As the application and interview period approaches we will be monitoring the situation and make final determinations of our interview process.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Palo Alto University, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology Adler University University of LaVerne Midwestern University Chicago School of Psychology California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) Pace University Fielding Graduate Institute California Institute of Integral Studies
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 start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 500
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 175
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Not Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited
Non-Accredited 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:
Program Description

Our program offers an intensive training experience covering a broad range of clinical populations for the internship participants within the context of community mental health. Our training program was successfully granted APA accreditation effective February 2017.

The Monterey County Behavioral Health Doctoral Psychology Internship Program functions within a developmental-mentorship-practitioner training model that is culturally focused. The internship’s mission is to develop competent generalists who can function professionally in multiple clinical contexts and settings. Our program views learning as a developmental process that depends on support, challenge, feedback, and role modeling. High importance is placed on providing a setting where an intern’s professional identity is explored and further developed. This is achieved through: 

(1) a developmental perspective which is taken on all training activities over the course of the internship year,

(2) a mentorship philosophy which provides a variety of opportunities to interact with multiple psychologists and senior clinical staff through clinical, training, and outreach activities, and

(3) a practitioner orientation which emphasizes ethical, culturally sensitive and relevant clinical practice and intervention. The psychology internship provides a wide range of clinical practice opportunities including outpatient, in-custody and at-home assessment and treatment, group therapy, and community outreach activities. Interns learn the importance of integrating science with practice through the use of culturally relevant, evidence based treatment practices and evaluating treatment efficacy and outcomes. These are also critical practices within our public behavioral health service delivery system. 

We seek applicants with diverse backrounds and experience, Spanish language skills, and cultural sensitivity.The Monterey County Behavioral Health Doctoral Psychology Internship Program is composed of two clinics. Through a dual rotation arrangement, interns have the opportunity to engage in diverse training experiences and are exposed to a broad range of client populations. 

 

1.The Family Assessment, Support, and Treatment (FAST) Assessment Team.

The Family Assessment, Support, and Treatment (FAST) Assessment Team provides comprehensive family mental health assessments and treatment to children and families involved in dependency proceedings where the court has deemed it necessary to remove the child(ren) from the home due to abuse and/or neglect issues. The team uses attachment theory and systems perspectives in helping understand and conceptualize the family’s challenges, strengths, and services needed. Interns typically have a varied therapy caseload (including families) along with their ongoing assessment cases. Clinical treatment provided by interns includes individual (child & adult), dyadic, family, and couples therapy utilizing techniques to address trauma, attachment problems, and family system disruption. Evidence based treatment models utilized within the program include: Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Mindfulness, Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT), and Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). Interns also complete detailed psychological reports that include developmental evaluation, trauma evaluation, psychological testing, clinical impressions, systems formulation, and treatment recommendations which are provided to the Department of Social Services (DSS) and the Juvenile Dependency Court.  

 

2. The Transition Age Youth (TAY) Avanza Program.
The Transition Age Youth (TAY) Avanza Program is voluntary and youth guided. Youth aged 16-25 are provided mental health services, psychotropic medication support, case management, and family support. The clinical presentations of youth served include severe mood disorders, severe trauma and anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, first episode psychosis, psychotic spectrum conditions, and chronic and severe mental illness. Interns provide individual, family and group therapy, along with intensive case management. Service delivery occurs in clinic and community settings. Evidence based treatment models utilized within the program include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Mindfulness, Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT). The Psychology Intern will also help the Avanza team through conducting psychological assessments in order to help the youth meet their personal goals, clarify diagnostic issues, and assist in guiding appropriate clinical treatment. Youth also participate in therapeutic group activities to increase socialization and interpersonal skills (EcoTherapy, Sports Groups, Womens Group, Mens Group).

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
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: Yes
Urban:
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other:

Treatment Modalities

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

Experience

Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
HIV/AIDS:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Neuropsychology-Child: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Forensics/Corrections: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology:
Pediatrics:
School:
Counseling:
Vocational/Career Development: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Multicultural Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision:
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: http://www.co.monterey.ca.us/Home/Components/JobPosts/Job/28/3675  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: 38 89 45 86 104
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 23 53 36 37 47
Total number of interns: 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 1 1 0 0
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 2 2 3 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 3 3 3 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 0 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 2 5 4 4 3
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 25 25 37 8 35
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 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 0 0 0
Community Mental Health Center: 2 2 2 0 1
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 1 0 1 2
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: 0 0 0 0 0
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 1 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 2 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0