Department : Shaping Success and Community Based Programs

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2511
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Psychological Assessment, Inc.
Department: Shaping Success and Community Based Programs
Address: MAIL 15501 San Pablo Ave, G317
Richmond, California 94806
Country: United States
Metro Area: San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA
Distance from Major City: 0
Phone: 888-524-5122x135
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Other
Additional Agency Types:
  • Private Outpatient Clinic
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director: Daniel Taxy
Chief Psychologist: Michelle Wysopal
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 3
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 07/08/2024
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 3
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class:
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 25000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 12500
Fringe Benefits: Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): $100 education reimbursement (books, CE, etc) Paid certifications (CASOMB, and various assessment instruments)
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Community Based Programs Track - this includes two major programs: -Shaping Success/Healthy Behaviors - Individual and group work with sex offenders, sex offender risk assessment, and assessments for treatment planning. Work may be divided between neurotypical clients mandated to treatment due to their offense, or clients with IDD who have a history of acting out which often includes sexually inappropriate behavior. Regular collateral meetings with families, case managers, probation/parole agents and others involved in the care team for the client also assist with coordination of care. Some clients with IDD/ASD have also been referred for other types of treatment, with a focus on more general therapeutic interventions for anger management, depression, or PTSD. -Crossroads Competency Restoration - Working with juveniles for competency restoration and developmentally delayed clients referred from regional centers for competency, and regular collateral contacts with attorneys and case managers regarding client progress.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum Students
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: 11/03/2023 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are: Optional
A Virtual Interview is:
Interview notification date: N/A
Tentative interview date: N/A
Interview process description:

Our interview process includes:

~ Virtual (Microsoft Teams) meetings 

~ 30 min informal meet and greet followed by 1 - 1 1/2 hr group interview

~ Brief (30 min) individual interview

The above information re: dates is subject to change - we follow the APPIC timeline.  

How to obtain application info: Email the Program
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Chicago School, Alliant International University, Antioch University, and John F. Kennedy University
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: Yes
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 1000
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 100
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable): 2
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology 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: For those wishing to apply to the Advanced Assessment Track - they must have experience in assessment beyond the classroom, although interns in all programs will still have the opportunity to assist with some advanced assessments as they develop through the training year.
Program Description

Psychological Assessment, Inc has one training track known as Community Based Programs (CBP). CBP is further subdivided into the Shaping Success program, the Healthy Behaviors program, and Crossroads Competency Restoration.

Shaping Success focuses on providing services to sex offenders on probation or parole who have been mandated to attend treatment, as well as services for individuals who have voluntarily sought out services for help with their sexual behavior.

The Healthy Behaviors program is focused on helping individuals with developmental delay learn appropriate boundaries and communication skills, in addition to healthy sexual practices.

The Crossroads Competency Restoration program helps to restore juveniles and/or individuals with developmental delay to competence so they can stand trial.

Interns will frequently be expected to carry clients from several different programs based on need. For example, while an intern may primarily work with clients who are mandated to treatment due to sexual offenses (Shaping Success), they may take on other clients from Community Based Programs to round out their schedule and ensure they are obtaining the required number of hours to meet internship and licensing requirements.

It is also worth noting that interns who demonstrate high levels of skill in forensic report writing using the assessment tools common in the Community Based Programs track will have oppurtunities to work with senior staff and program managers on more complex forensic evaluations. So, for example, a clinician who proves proficient at writing reports for the Crossroads Comeptency Restoration program may be asked to assist supervisors and senior staff in conducting initial evaluations of competency for the courts. Similiarly, an intern who shows interest and proficiency in writing reports using the risk and recidivism measures common in Shaping Success may be provided oppurtunities to assist with other forensic evaluations, such as Fitness for Duty or Sexuall Violent Predator evaluations. In short, those who show significant interest and capability with the forensic writing style along with excellent timliness and attention to detail in their day-to-day assessment reports will be provided opprtunities to work on a variety of forensic and neuropsychological evaluations, according to their level of interest and availability.

Internship Training Opportunities


Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Older Adults:
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
International Students:
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Individual Therapy: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Couples Therapy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Group Therapy: Experience (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Consultation/Liaison: Experience (21% to 30%)
Crisis Intervention: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: Experience (21% to 30%)
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Evidence Based Research: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students : Exposure (1% to 20%)
Other: Forensic work


Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities: Experience (21% to 30%)
Developmental Disabilities: Experience (21% to 30%)
Assessment: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Neuropsychology-Child: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Anxiety Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Trauma/PTSD: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Sexual Abuse: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Forensics/Corrections: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy:
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments:
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation:
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:

Please note the above percentages are included for all programs. 

CCR/HB = rehabilitative services, developmentally delayed clients, sexual abuse/acting out. 

Shaping Success = sex offender work

Advanced Assessment = emphasis is assessment 

it should be noted  Community Based Programs (which include both CCR and HB work) has some assessment required including Risk Assessment and Asessment for Treatment Planning for Shaping Success as well as baseline testing and continued outcome measure testing for Crossroads Competency Restoration.  

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 2023-2024
Number of Completed Applications:
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 12
Total number of interns: 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs:
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs:
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
Academic teaching:
Community mental health center: 0
Consortium: 0
University Counseling Center: 0
Hospital/Medical Center: 0
Veterans Affairs Health Care System: 0
Psychiatric facility: 0
Correctional facility: 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0
School district/system: 0
Independent practice setting: 1
Other (Academic Psychology Department): 1