Program Information: Therapy Program

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2527
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Dallas Children's Advocacy Center
Department: Therapy Program
Address: 5351 Samuell Blvd.
Dallas, Texas 75228
Country: United States
Metro Area: Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX MSA
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 214-818-2671
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Community Mental Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric or Pediatrics
  • Other
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Elena Doskey
Chief Psychologist: Katrina Cook
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 3
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 07/01/2022
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 2
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class:
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 31000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Dissertation release time, licensing exam release time, and professional development time are pending approval by the Director of Clinical Training. Interns have a designated workspace with a laptop and access to a phone. Each treatment room is equipped with recording capabilities. Interns have access to DCAC’s therapy library and therapy resources. Interns will be able to attend seminars of interest through the Lecture Series at DCAC with approval from DCAC’s Director of Clinical Training. Interns will be expected to support DCAC’s efforts in hosting the annual Crimes Against Children Conference. Interns will attend a free, live TF-CBT training conducted by an approved national trainer in TF-CBT and will likely be able to complete the other requirements for eligibility for national certification in TF-CBT upon licensure.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns spend their days conducting mental health assessments, delivering evidence-based trauma treatment, conducting screenings with the family advocate team, and delivering Health and Behavior Assessment and Intervention (HBAI) with a multidisciplinary team who conducts the medical examinations for suspected victims of child abuse. Interns will additionally receive individual and group supervision as well as weekly didactics. Additional time during each week is spent completing treatment planning, documentation, and consultation with multidisciplinary team partners. Interns will be expected to work two weekday evenings (Monday – Thursday) until 8pm at DCAC each week to accommodate the scheduling needs of children and families. On these days, the start time for the day may be flexed.
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?No
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, with additions
An onsite interview is:
  • Required
Interview notification date: 11/12/2021
Tentative interview date: 12/15/2021
Interview process description:

Interview notifications will occur on Friday, November 12, 2021. All interviews will be conducted in person on either Wednesday, December 15, 2021 or Thursday, December 16, 2021. Interviews will likely occur for a half day on either of these two days. Applicants will meet with the Training Committee in addition to other staff members of DCAC. Applicants will have an opportunity to tour DCAC and will also meet with the current interns. 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology's (Anaheim, CA) Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program; Stephen F. Austin State University's School Psychology Ph.D. Program; Texas Tech University's Educational Psychology Program/Ph.D. School Psychology Track; University of California, Santa Barbara 's Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology Ph.D. Program
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: No
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours:
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours:
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited Accepted
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: DCAC conducts criminal background checks, child abuse registry checks, and a drug screening on all persons who are offered employment with DCAC. All offers of employment are contingent upon acceptable criminal background checks, child abuse registry checks, and drug screening. If applicable, as part of your cover letter, please include a statement discussing how you and your program have adapted to changes in training opportunities due to COVID-19. Please discuss any changes to training opportunities and the accumulation of hours toward supervised practicum work. Under the “Treatment Summary” portion of the AAPI, please include a deidentified therapy/counseling intake report including case conceptualization and treatment recommendations AND the corresponding treatment/discharge summary for the same case. Please clearly mark which section captures the intake report and which section captures the treatment/discharge summary.
Program Description

The Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC) Doctoral Psychology Internship Program shares DCAC's common set of core values in that (1) The children come first in all that we do; (2) We operate as a seamless team; and (3) Each of us acts with a servant's heart. To that end, the aim of the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center Doctoral Psychology Internship Program is to support the overall mission of the DCAC through the provision of training in evidence-based practices of psychology with an emphasis in child maltreatment.

The internship provides training in evidence-based practices that have been shown to be effective not only with children and families with child maltreatment histories but also those with other disruptive behavior, impulse-control, trauma-related, and mood disorders. This training will prepare interns for independent practice and successful post-doctoral specialization in the field of clinical child psychology and child maltreatment consistent with APA’s required profession-wide competencies for internship programs as listed in the Standards of Accreditation for Health Service Psychology. These competencies include (a) Research; (b) Ethical and legal standards; (c) Individual and cultural diversity; (d) Professional values, attitudes, and behaviors; (e) Communication and interpersonal skills; (f) Assessment; (g) Intervention; (h) Supervision; and (i) Consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills. A summary of the objectives covered within these competencies can be found in the Appendix at the end of the Doctoral Psychology Internship Program brochure. In addition, the internship also prepares future psychologists to work effectively within multidisciplinary teams in a variety of settings to best coordinate care and treatment for the children and families being served.

The DCAC Doctoral Psychology Internship Program partners with University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW), the academic medical center affiliated with Children’s Health, and Children’s Health to provide comprehensive training in the mental health and multidisciplinary treatment of children and families affected by child maltreatment. Supervision follows a developmental model and training is supplemented with weekly didactic/seminar experiences to aid the interns’ development across APA’s profession-wide competencies.

The Program is not currently APA-accredited. We submitted our self-study to the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation (OPCA) and have been approved for a site visit, which will likely occur between June and December, 2022. Due to the impact of the pandemic, APA accreditation site visits continue to be shifted/delayed as the OPCA works to complete the visits that were postponed in 2020. We cannot guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

Please visit our webpage and download our Doctoral Psychology Internship Program brochure for a complete review of the program and expectations.

Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults:
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
International Students:
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Other: Commercial sexual exploitation

Treatment Modalities

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


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

Consultation and community education

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
Number of Completed Applications: 6 16
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 5 12
Total number of interns: 2 2
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 0 2
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 0 1
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 2 1
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
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0 0 1
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 0 0 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
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 2
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 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0