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 & Lead / 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: 07/10/2023
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) Flex time Paid certifications (CASOMB, and various testing)
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. -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. Advanced Assessment Track - Trainees get in depth training in various types of assessment (criminal, civil, family, immigration courts), neuropsych, Learning Disability/accommodations, Qualified Medical Evaluations, competency to stand trial evaluations, and risk evaluations, with a focus on providing forensic psychological assessments.
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: 11/04/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: N/A
Tentative interview date: N/A
Interview process description:

Historically we have had a half-day interview process with group/individual interviews and a time to meet the current trainees and get a tour.  However, due to COVID-19, we anticipate a shift to be: 

~ Virtual (Zoom) meetings 

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

~ Brief 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 two different training tracks:  Community Based Programs and Advanced Assessment.  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 sexual practices.

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

The Advanced Assessment track focuses on various forensic and non-forensic testing and building expert witness skills.

Interns will frequently be expected to carry clients from several different programs based on need. For example, an Intern who is part of the Advanced Assessment track may spend the bulk of their time conducting and writing forensic testing reports, but will also likely have a small number of clients from one of the Community Bases Programs to round out their schedule and ensure they are obtaining the required number of hours to meet internship and licensing requirements. Similiarly, an intern in the CBP track will receive oppurtunities to assist with advanced assessments if they demonstrate appropriate skills during other, more routine assesments (intellectual assessments as well as competency and/or risk assessments for clients are part of our intakes for Community Based Programs) and take the initiative to request additional assessment work.

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
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)
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0 1
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 1 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 1
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0 1
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 1 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 1 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0 0