Department : Behavioral Health

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2570
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Solano County Behavioral Health
Department: Behavioral Health
Address: 2101 Courage Dr
Fairfield, California 94533
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA
Distance from Major City: 47 miles east of San Francisco
Phone: 707-784-2053
Fax: 707-427-2981
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Community Mental Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Community Mental Health Center
  • Other
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director: christina Urrea
Chief Psychologist: Amanda Davis
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: 07/22/2024
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 2
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 50000
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): Access to multiple agencies in the area that offer free trainings.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site A typical work day would consist of arriving to adequate parking and your own space to work from that has all the tools needed to be successful. Depending on the unit that clients are being seen the day may consist of supervision, some training, completing assessments, seeing clients for therapy, hands on learning on consultation of high risk client challenges and other clinical practices, some with a cross disciplinary lens. Our priority is the learning environment so there will be a team of supports to shadow and learn from. Our clients come from diverse backgrounds and life experiences so there is daily opportunity to reflect and address cultural humility and equity topics and challenges while reflecting on one's own bias.
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: 12/01/2023 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
A Virtual Interview is: Optional
Interview notification date: 12/11/2023
Tentative interview date: 01/08/2024
Interview process description:

Week of January 8th and 12th

Open house. Group interview with vignette after and separate individual interview. 


Preffered in person, flexibility to do interview over video if out of region. 

Interviewed by two or three persons

Requests ok

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Visit Website
We have matched with interns from these programs: Alliant International University, CSPP San Francisco and National University JFK 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: No
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application 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): 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Not 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: Yes
How to obtain text of statement: We have a county Code of Conduct form that is included in the training manual. It will also have a link on the website
Other Requirements: fingerprinting background check.
Program Description

Components of the Health Service Psychology Internship Program

Solano County Behavioral Health is an active APPIC member. Christina Urrea, Psy.D orchestrates the program to support learning and training within Solano County’s Behavioral Health Division. Interns will complete 2000 hours over a one-year (52 week) time period working 40-44 hours per week. This includes a two-week vacation/sick, all county holidays, dissertation time and a $50,000 stipend. There are two full-time Intern positions open annually.

Overview of Placement

The Behavioral Health Department is a large division of Health and Social Services with a range of opportunities to gain experience. To obtain services from Solano County, the ACCESS line provides brief assessment and guidance for services. The Centralized Assessment Team connects with them for assessment and treatment planning and level of care guidance. There are Children, Family, and Adult Outpatient services in Vallejo, Fairfield and Vacaville serving consumers with moderate challenges with mental health and or substance use. There are also three Full Service Partnership teams providing higher level community-based outreach for consumers managing higher levels of needs. Intensive Care Services provides services to individuals in locked facilities, Mental Health Rehabilitation Centers (MHRC.) Hospital Liaison and the Crisis Aftercare Recovery Engagement (CARE) team provide services for individuals entering and exiting the hospital for mental health and/or the Crisis Service Unit or ER for crisis support. The Forensic Triage Team provides triage services for adults in the justice system receiving diversion services for mental health. The SMART team provides services to adults receiving support through CalWorks. There are additional departments that handle higher level policy, state guidance, and quality improvement in our MHSA department and the Quality Assurance department. Community Integration services is a department that attends to the unhoused population with the Homeless Outreach Team, in addition to the Community Wellness Team.  With the variety of opportunities available our program looks to match Interns with areas of interest.

The Experience

Under the supervision and guidance of Training Director Christina Urrea, Psy.D. clinical psychologist, and supervising psychologist, Amanda Davis, and a multidisciplinary team including psychiatrists, licensed mental health professionals, peer support specialists, and Substance Use Disorder Liaisons, Interns will have a robust training experience. There is the opportunity for direct work (individual, group, family) with children, adolescents, adults and families within our different treatment units. The Intern would hold a caseload of 10-12 clients and complete two psychological evaluations. There is also an opportunity to integrate research projects for those inclined towards and experienced with large data sets and analysis. The county is required to complete regular Performance Improvement Plans that include identifying a problem, exploring root causes, and addressing steps to address the area of concern.

Interns will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of direct services including: Intake assessment; psychological testing; individual, group, and family psychotherapy; psychoeducation; crisis evaluation and intervention; forensic psychosocial intervention; case management; and consultation. Depending upon qualification and interests, Interns will have the opportunity to provide one or more of these services and work in programs located in Fairfield, Vallejo, and/or Vacaville.


COVID Statement: We recognize the sustained stress experienced by many over the past few years of the COVID pandemic and the continued unpredictability of when risks will be gone. While acknowledging everyone has different comfort levels and concerns, Interns at Solano County Behavioral Health are considered essential workers and are expected to follow health orders as directed by the state and federal government and as directed by OSHA. At this time, clinical teams have returned to seeing clients in person with appropriate precautions and continuing to monitor if symptoms are present before meeting face to face. We have HIPAA compliant Telehealth platforms available that we have utilized in situations the client requests telehealth, concerns with symptoms (client or provider), and when necessary. Because things are ever changing, if you have questions or concerns regarding current expectations, please email

Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Consultation/Liaison: Experience (21% to 30%)
Crisis Intervention: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Brief Psychotherapy: Experience (21% to 30%)
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: Experience (21% to 30%)
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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Adult: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Neuropsychology-Child: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Anxiety Disorders: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Trauma/PTSD: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Sexual Abuse: Experience (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Forensics/Corrections: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Sexual Offenders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Geropsychology: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Pediatrics: Experience (21% to 30%)
School: Experience (21% to 30%)
Counseling: Experience (21% to 30%)
Vocational/Career Development: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality: Experience (21% to 30%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Program Development/Evaluation: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Supervision: Experience (21% to 30%)
Research: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Administration: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:

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: 6
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 4
Total number of interns: 2
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 2
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs:
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs:
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2
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: 0
Other (Academic Psychology Department): 0