The Derner Internship Consortium is partially affiliated with the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at Adelphi University. We accept applications in Phase I of the Match only from Adelphi doctoral psychology students.
There are typically unfilled positions in Phase II and in the post-match vacancy period, and these are open to qualified applicants from all APA accredited programs in the US. In prior years, as many as four of the orignial six available positions were filled by students from other, non-affiliated doctoral programs.
The Internship training experience seeks to build on the broad and general skills developed during the preceding four years of doctoral education and training in order to graduate competent, entry-level clinicians who can function independently in a variety of settings and continue to develop professionally throughout their careers. The Internship program provides training that is sequential and graded in complexity; interns are encouraged to assume a gradually increasing degree of professional responsibility and autonomy as the training year progresses. The Internship is a yearlong, intensive training experience and carries a requirement of 2,000 hours for completion. As specified in the Internship Handbook, the yearlong training requirement may be completed at one or two separate agencies (in which case training hours are apportioned approximately equally between each agency). Ongoing program evaluation and planning involving the interns and their supervisors are an integral part of training.
In 2013-2014, three full-time Interns trained at a private mental health clinic, a psychoanalytic institute, a student counseling center, and the employee assistance offices of a large private hospital. In 2014-2015 six Interns trained at similar settings and at substance use treatment facilities. From 2015 to 2021, training took place at private clinics, a psychoanalytic institute, a community mental health clinic, student counseling centers and substance use treatment facilities. In 2021-2022, training took place at a psychoanalytic institute, a private psychiatric hospital, a community mental health clinic, a college counseling center and substance use treatment facilities.
In the 2022-23 training year, internships will take place at a group private practice, a psychoanalytic institute, a private psychiatric hospital, a community mental health clinic, and substance use treatment facilities.
Training Goals: The Internship Program’s overarching training goal is to produce skilled, empathic, entry-level clinical psychologists who possess and utilize profession wide competencies, who have attained a sense of professional responsibility and duty, and who are thereby ready and able to function in wide range of settings. Please consult the Internship Handbook for more detailed information including profession wide competencies.