Program Information: Doctoral Psychology Internship Program

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2292
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: CHAC (Community Health Awareness Council)
Department: Doctoral Psychology Internship Program
Address: 590 W. El Camino Real
Mountain View, California 94040
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA
Distance from Major City: 39 miles south of San Francisco
Phone: 510-386-3632x
Fax:
Email: joanna.zygmont@chacmv.org
Web Address: http://www.chacmv.org
Brochure Website's Address: http://www.chacmv.org
Primary Agency Type: Community Mental Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Community Mental Health Center
Member of APPIC since:
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Joanna Zygmont
Chief Psychologist: Ronald Pilato
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 2
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 3
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: 26200
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, 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 will be seeing outpatient clients at the main CHAC site in Mountain View, providing outreach and/or psychoeducational programming and/or receiving individual or group clinical supervision, working on assessment batteries and/or reports and/or participating in Evidence Based Practice Seminar, Peer Support Group, Didactics, or Assessment Supervision. Additionally, The CHAC Latinx Program was created more than 15 years ago after a community assessment that CHAC conducted in the community with a goal to reach those members in the Latinx community who were underserved due to the lack of resources and the scarcity of culturally sensitive mental health care. The aim of the program is to provide interns with the opportunity to acquire culturally competent clinical training and to promote the utilization of evidence based mental health treatments and/or cultural adaptations in the Latinx community. Spanish speaking interns have the opportunity to work with mono or multilingual clients and receive clinical supervision in Spanish.
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? Yes
Is this program partially affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Details of the above affiliations Four positions are dedicated to Interns from the Wright Institute and four positions are dedicated to interns from Palo Alto University.
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 11/20/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes, with additions
An onsite interview is:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: The data is not updated for current year. We are showing the previous data.

12/12/2020
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

Due to COVID-19, all interviews will be held via Zoom. Individual interviews with the training director and/or a supervisor are required. An interview may also be scheduled with the Director of the Latinx track. Interviews will be scheduled for dates between January and Febrary 2022.  Applicants should be prepared to talk about a case and their assessment experience. 

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 and the Wright Institute
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 ranking deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 500
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 50
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 Not Accepted
Non-Accredited Not 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: Applicants must be students of Palo Alto University or The Wright Institute to apply. Applicants are required to submit an integrated assessment report that includes a WAIS, WISC or WASI. Familiarity and comfort with all components of the WAIS and/or WISC and/or WASI are a requirement for this internship. Our Assessment Clinic is open during COVID-19 using a hybrid model for test administration and clinical interviewing, the majority of which being done virtually.
Program Description

Overview:  Interns gain clinical experience with short and longer-term individual therapy with children, adolescents and adults, family, group and couple therapy, and/or psycho-education.  Additionally, interns gain experience providing community engagement presentations as well as supervision/training for masters and doctoral level students. 

Outpatient Clinic: Interns work in outpatient setting on a sliding fee scale. We provide individual, couples, and family therapy to clients with moderate to severe diagnoses. Clients come to us with a wide range of diagnostic presentations, including depression, anxiety, effects of maltreatment, personality or behavior disorders, family dysfunction and substance abuse. Many of our clients have histories of trauma and/or abuse. We do see clients with long term mental health struggles, but not with long standing Severe Mental Illness. Over the course of the year, interns are provided cases of increasing complexity, in accordance with their increasing clinical skills. Interns carry 15-18 cases at any given time in our outpatient clinic.

 

Latinx Track: Interns who are bilingual English-Spanish may apply for the Latinx Track Program. All Spanish language supervision is provided by a bilingual licensed psychologist. Clinical training in the Latinx Track encourages the development of multi-cultural competence in strengths-based, family-oriented interventions that address effects of trauma, immigration, acculturation, and socioeconomic disparities. Through guided practice, bi-lingual supervision, readings, program evaluation and didactics, this track offers a particular emphasis on cultivating awareness, knowledge and skills in navigating intersectional identities when working with underserved Latino/a communities. Interns receive individual and group supervision in Spanish and have opportunities to provide bi-lingual consultation to multicultural clients and colleagues at CHAC. Interns will be able to deliver high-quality services to underserved and underrepresented communities with the goal of becoming culturally informed Health Service Psychologists. The program is ideal for students with different levels of Spanish proficiency as it encourages the cultivation of multi-cultural and Spanish language competencies. Although many of their cases are with Spanish-speaking clients, interns in the Latinx Track spend significant clinical hours also working with English speakers, and are integrated into the overall program. 

 

Community Engagement Project: This project provides interns the opportunity to provide a minimum of three (3) presentations focused on community outreach and advocacy. These presentations provide opportunities to build research, inter-disciplinary, interpersonal and teaching competencies. Within the context of the local clinical scientist model, applying psychological science to local challenges with the aim to reduce suffering and provide community support, CHAC has many opportunities for presenting research in local settings, remotely during COVID Shelter in Place. This may be in the form of being on an expert panel speaking with parents and/or local stakeholders about any number of concerns ranging from child and/or adolescent anxiety, depression, vaping, drug use, crisis intervention, cultural and diversity considerations, trauma, racism, healthy coping skills, etc.  Interns may choose to present their own dissertation research as it applies to the context and/or collaborate with staff on creating specific presentations based in relevant research literature.  

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: Yes
International Students:
Rural:
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other: Supervision in Spanish language and LatinX culture provided through our LatinX track

Treatment Modalities

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

Experience

Health Psychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Women's Health:
HIV/AIDS:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Neuropsychology-Child: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Serious Mental Illness: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Anxiety Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Forensics/Corrections:
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology:
Pediatrics:
School: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Multicultural Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Feminist Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Religion/Spirituality: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Public Policy/Advocacy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Program Development/Evaluation: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Supervision: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Research: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Administration: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: www.chacmv.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: 40 40 29 30 30
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 22 29 25 25 25
Total number of interns: 5 8 8 8 9
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 5 8 8 8 9
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 4 4 4 4 5
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 5 8 8 8 9
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 4 4 4 4 4
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 9 10 10 5 10
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 1 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 5 5 7 7 6
Community Mental Health Center: 2 0 1 3 1
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 2 4 0 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 1 0
Other Medical Center: 2 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 1 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 1 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 1 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 1 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 1 0 0
Independent Practice: 1 2 1 0 3
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 1 1 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0