Psychology Internship Program

The internship program adheres to the APA Ethics Code and as a member of APPIC follows its guidelines. The 12-month, full-time JCCA psychology internship program is open to advanced pre-doctoral psychology students in clinical, school, counseling, and community psychology programs.

The goal of the internship is to train psychologists to work with children and families and develop and refine a broad set of professional competencies. Interns are trained to provide theoretically sound clinical services, which are grounded in the latest research and literature in the field of psychology. They are continually evaluating the effectiveness of their clinical interventions and strengthening their skills by utilizing feedback from clients, supervisors and peers. Another goal of the internship is the development of a professional identity as a psychologist.

The program is based on the Practitioner-Scholar model of training that gives interns an in-depth clinical experience. Interns are trained through close clinical supervision, seminars and collaborative work with multi-disciplinary treatment teams. Interns work closely with staff psychologists who function as their clinical supervisors and role models. The opportunity to work with supervisors who have diverse areas of expertise and theoretical orientations enables interns to develop their own professional identity. Interns are trained to provide clinical services, which are grounded in the latest research and literature in the field of psychology. They are continually evaluating the effectiveness of their clinical interventions and strengthening their skills by utilizing feedback from clients, supervisors and peers.

Internship Training: Goals and Objectives

The internship training program is well-organized, sequential, supportive and experiential, and provided in a flexible learning environment that encourages the unique style and interests of each intern. The following goals of the internship are intended as a guide to the intern’s development:

  • The intern will achieve competency in psychological assessment.
  • The intern will achieve competency in methods of intervention, including individual psychotherapy and group psychotherapy.
  • The intern will be exposed to collaborative consultation, supervision and program evaluation.
  • The intern will become familiar with specific ethical and professional considerations, including confidentiality, professional conduct and obligations under the law.
  • The intern will be encouraged to conduct his or her practice with a respect for and understanding of cultural and individual diversity.
  • The intern will be encouraged to understand the interplay of science and practice, and foster a commitment to life-long learning.

Eligibility

This program is open to psychology graduate students meeting the following criteria:

  • Current enrollment in a professional psychology doctoral program in clinical, counseling or school psychology
  • Successful completion of all coursework
  • Completion of practicum training in psychotherapy and psychological assessment with children and adolescents
  • Completion of at least five integrated child or adolescent assessments
  • Approval of their graduate school training director to begin pre-doctoral internship

Application Procedures

Applications for pre-doctoral internship training are made in the fall preceding the internship year. Materials due by November 15:

  • Completed APPIC application form which is available on the APPIC website, http://www.appic.org.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Internship eligibility and readiness verification
  • Official transcript from the graduate program
  • One child or adolescent assessment report (including projectives)
  • Three letters of recommendation

Applicants will be notified by December 15 if JCCA wishes to arrange an interview in late December or early January. Phone interviews may be arranged for out-of-state applicants.

Notification of acceptance or rejection is made in accordance with rules of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC).

The internship program is a full year and begins the Monday after Labor Day. Medical insurance is available after three months. The stipend is $25,000.

JCCA’s Internship Program is listed in the APPIC Directory and is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242, tel. 202-336-5979

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