Department : Behavioral Health Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2542
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Desert Sage Resource Center
Department: Behavioral Health Services
Address: 6490 So. McCarran Blvd
Bldg B, Ste.18
Reno, Nevada 89509
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, CA
Distance from Major City: 2 hour drive from Sacramento CA, 8 hour drive from Las Vegas; 6 hour drive from Salt Lake T; 7 hours from Boise ID
Phone: 775-229-5654
Fax: 775-800-7033
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Community Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Other
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Nancy McNaul
Chief Psychologist: Herbert Coard III
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 2
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 07/03/2023
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 4
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 32000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Guidance and support for those still completing their dissertation research and support in writing research papers and presenting at conferences. Experiencing a geographical location that offers amazing outdoor sports experiences and beauty. Lake Tahoe and several other lakes are nearby. Northern Nevada has an active biking, hiking, hunting, archery, kayaking/sailing, and running community. Reno also provides a growing arts community and an active downtown social life.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Internship work week is Monday through Friday and one day a week is devoted to individual supervision, group supervision and didactic training. A typical day starts at 8AM and ends around 5PM with an hour lunch. Interns will be scheduled around 5 direct service patients on average on the other four days. Hours of no direct service hours will be filled with assigned projects, documentation or report writing time, and community outreach or case management. Even though Interns will select areas of training concentration, all interns will receive some experience in their non-emphasized population. All clinical and training experience will be tailored to each Intern's training needs and interests.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? 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: 12/18/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Optional
  • Required
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/19/2022
Tentative interview date: 1/02/2023, 1/04/2023, 1/06/2023, 1/09/2023, 1/11/2023, 1/13/2023
Interview process description:

DSRC application due date is 12/18/22 and all applicants will be notified on 12/19/22 whether they have been invited or not for a structured interview. Applicants will be given some questions to prepare by email prior to the interview. Interviews will take place on January 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 2023 and will last between an hour and half  and two hours in duration. Applicants will have a choice of interviewing in person or virtually via Zoom. Please let us know if you need assistance with accommodations when we call to arrange the interview appointment. Applicants will interview with the Training Director, Psychology Lead Chief, and one current Doctoral Intern. Please be prepared to talk about your past clinical experiences, your special service interests, your training needs, and your future professional goals. 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Alliant Intl Univ, San Diego, CA - PhD Univ Del Turabo Gurabo, Puerto Rico - PsyD
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 start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable):
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 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:
Program Description

Desert Sage Resource Center was developed in 2021 to address the therapeutic needs of the rural and underserved areas of Northern Nevada. Desert Sage Resource Center (DSRC) facilitates access to evidence based behavioral health services, psychological and forensic  assessment, and psycho-education in order to reduce the effects of poverty and violence on adults and families throughout the Sierras and beyond. DSRC strives to meet the behavioral health needs of the most vulnerable of our community by providing equitable access to programs that serve to restore emotional wellbeing, mitigate the psychological impact violence on children and families, and assist families out of poverty stemming from mental health challenges. Many of our rural communities have few to no mental health services available forcing many in the community to travel long distances to access care.

DSRC’s Doctoral Internship Program strives to develop psychologists committed to enhancing access to healthcare, valuing cultural differences, and advocating on behalf of the patients, families, and communities they serve. The aim of the Desert Sage Resource Center Internship program is to prepare Interns for general practice in clinical psychology as informed individuals by scholarly inquiry with a thorough grounding in psychological theory, assessment, diagnosis, intervention, supervision, consultation, professional values & attitudes, communication and interpersonal skills, and research.

Desert Sage Resource Center’s Doctoral Internship Program is grounded in a practitioner-scholar model of training and has been approved for provisional membership in APPIC.  Our program is designed to provide Interns with clinical opportunities that allow for a comprehensive training experience so that Interns can confidently assume the role of a professional psychologist and feel prepared for their post-doctoral placements. Each specialty service area, didactic, and other training requirements are designed to expand the Interns’ existing clinical knowledge and experiences. Each Intern will recieve some exposure to all the specialty ares, but can identify expiences for deeper training with supervisors. The Internship program utilizes multiple sites and services to accomplish this goal and Interns will be provided exposure to diverse clinical cases, ages and cultural issues.

Primary Outpatient Therapy – select an adolescent/child or adult focus.

Juvenile Justice/Detention and Family Court Services 

Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program: Substance Abuse/Co-Ocurring Treatment 

Forensic Evaluations/Generalist Psychological Testing Services

School-Based Behavioral Health Services

Parents As Teachers Program

Problematic Sexual Behavior Clinic for Juveniles and Adults

problematic Parenting Servives

Primary Outpatient Therapy rotation provides a range of experiences upon which Interns can build their theoretical and applied clinical skills. These include opportunities to work with patients representing a broad spectrum of psychopathology, conduct diagnostic evaluations and learn a variety of treatment approaches.

For Internship information call Rebecca at 775-562-4509 or go to 

Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other: family court, juvenile and drug court

Treatment Modalities

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


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

Consultation with other community mental health providers, teachers, and law inforcement.

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: 0 7
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 0 7
Total number of interns: 0 7
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 0
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0 4
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 1
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 0
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 1
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 0
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 2
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
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 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0 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 0 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