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APA Accredited Psychology Doctoral Intership Program

The Citrus Health Network Psychology Doctoral Internship Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). 

Presently, Citrus is accepting six doctoral psychology interns each year.  All internship slots are full-time and fully funded.  The internship year begins on or just after July 1st, and all interns are expected to start on that date.  

• Assessment experiences in a large Community Mental Health Center

• Treatment and evaluation in a Community Mental Health and Primary Care settings

• Treatment and evaluation of adolescents coping with trauma.

• Short-term outpatient psychotherapy

• An emphasis on services to children, adolescents, and families

• A multi-ethnic, largely Hispanic patient population

• A rich program of didactic seminars

 

Mission and Model

CHN Mission: Citrus Health Network is in the business of helping people.

Internship Training Model: Science informed by the literature

 

Training Goals and Objectives

Our basic training goals and objectives are as follows:

  1. Goal 1:   Develop intern’s ability to integrate clinical theory and practice in the application of knowledge, assessment and clinical skills in the practice of psychology.
    1. Objective: A:  To proficiently perform psychological assessments.
    2. Objective B:  To be proficient in psychological interventions.
    3. Objective C:  To use scientific base to inform clinical practice and research.
    4. Objective D:  To competently provide psychological consultation.
    5. Objective E:  To be proficient in Supervision.
  1. Goal 2:  To be aware of and respond to issues of cultural diversity
    1. Objective A:  Practice with sensitivity with individuals of a diverse cultural, ethnic/racial, religious and social context.
  2. Goal 3:  To foster intern’s sense of professionalism
    1. Objective A:  To maintain the highest ethical standards
    2. Objective B:  To develop a professional identity
    3. Objective C:  To develop the attitudes and skills needed to support lifelong learning.

Each of these training objectives has corresponding competencies, prescribed activities, assessment criteria, and outcome requirements.

Citrus Health Network is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association’s Office of Accreditation and Program Consultation for a Doctoral Internship Program as well as for a Postdoctoral Residency Program, the only accredited program in the nation to be based in a community mental health center.  In addition, the training program is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and observes all rules for intern and postdoctoral resident selection as established by that organization.

Admission Process and Criteria

Applicants representing cultural and individual diversity including but not limited to age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, language, national origin, race, religion, culture, sexual orientation and social economic status are encouraged to apply.

  1. Availability of Internship positions for the upcoming year will be made available through the APPIC website.
  2. Candidates interested in the Doctoral Internship must submit all of the following documents electronically to the Training Coordinator through the APPIC website in order to be considered for interviews by no later than December 1st:
    1. Cover Letter
    2. Completed APPI Application
    3. Director of Clinical Training Statement of Readiness
    4. Official Graduate Transcripts
    5. 3 Letters of Recommendation from Professional or Academic Sources
    6. Curriculum Vitae
    7. Copy of Master’s Degree or letter of equivalency
    8. Verification of APA Accredited Graduate Program

Incomplete packages will not be eligible for consideration for interviews.

  1. Practicum and academic requirements most appropriate for consideration:
    1. Psycho-educational testing experience with children and adolescents
    2. Experience working in a medical setting with adult and pediatric patients presenting with co-morbid medical and behavioral health conditions
    3. Outpatient psychotherapy experience, including individual , group , and family therapies with child, adolescent, and adult populations
    4. Experience with trauma patients, specifically trauma focused cognitive-behavioral therapy
    5. Working with diverse populations (includes age, cultural, sexual orientation, religion, disabilities) in a multi-disciplinary setting
    6. Diagnostic interviewing
    7. Spanish speakers preferred
  2. Selected candidates will be offered an in-person interview during the month of January.
  3. All interviewed applicants will be ranked through the APPIC Match System.
  4. On the day of the match the Internship Training Director will personally contact each of the matched Interns.
  5. Matched Interns will receive a formal offer letter to begin internship on July 1st of the same year.
  6. At the time of offer, the program will share with the matched applicants all policies related to the Internship Program including:
    1. Selection and Hiring Procedure for the Doctoral Internship Program
    2. Competency Evaluations for Doctoral Internship Program
    3. Process for Completion and Tracking of Psychology Training Programs Anonymous Feedback Forms
    4. Graduate Psychology Education Committee (GPEC) Policy
    5. Program Evaluation Process for Graduate Psychology Education Committee
    6. Graduate Psychology Education Grievances Policy
    7. Graduate Psychology Education Progressive Discipline and Dismissal of Psychology Interns

 

Completion Requirements

A certificate of completion will be issued once all of the following requirements have been met:

  • All required center-wide trainings have been completed
  • In-Vivo Evaluations will be conducted at the beginning and end of each rotation, three times yearly.
  • A minimum score of at least 4 must be obtained on all In-Vivo post-rotation evaluations;
  • A Mid-Year Evaluation will be conducted at mid-year
  • An End Year Evaluation will be conducted at the end of the internship training year
  • A minimum score of at least 4 must be obtained on all competencies on the end-year evaluation
  • A minimum of 8 testing batteries
  • 70% attendance at all Seminars including excused absences.
  • A minimum score of 70% on the Seminar Post Assessment
  • All clinical documentation must be finalized
  • Keys, laptops and all testing materials must be returned

Resources

CHN Summary of Services PDF

For more information on the Citrus Health Network Psychology Doctoral Internship Program, please contact the Office of Education and Training at education@citrushealth.com.

For concerns or questions specific to the program's accreditation, please contact the Commission on Accreditation at:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First St, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242

Telephone: (202) 336-5979
TDD/TTY: (202) 336-6123
Fax: (202) 336-5978
Email: apaaccred@apa.org.