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Internship- Doctoral

Thank you for inquiring about our doctoral Psychology Internship Program at Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health. We are proud to be fully accredited by the American Psychology Association. We are pleased to offer a wide variety of experiences to our interns during their 12-month stay with us.

If you are interested in “rolling up your sleeves” and working with severely emotionally disturbed children and their families, then we are the Psychology Internship for you. Below you will find information that outlines our Psychology Internship Program.

Thank you again for your inquiry.

Sincerely,

Marysa Williams, Psy.D.

Director of Internship Training

The Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health (C&A) Psychology Internship Program is designed in accordance with APA standards and follows the Standards of Accreditation for Health Service Psychology (SoA). The internship also is listed as a member and strictly follows the policies and procedures of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC).

The purpose of the Psychology Internship Program at C&A is to facilitate intern development as a highly trained, qualified, and functioning individual who is prepared to practice professional psychology with children and families in the community mental health setting. The internship is an organized program that endorses the scholar-practitioner philosophy. It is community-based and systemic in nature and is consistent with the mission, goals and culture of the sponsoring institution. The Internship faculty has developed a strong, diversified, evidence-based training program that consistently informs the interns that science and practice are interlocking skills that form the foundation of psychological knowledge and application. Thus, the Internship provides training in psychological assessment and clinical interventions that are evidence-based and incorporate issues of human diversity throughout the curriculum. As such, an intensive integration of theory and best practice is stressed throughout the year. The process of critical thinking, hypothesis testing and other elements of the scientific method are engendered and integrated into all experiential activities throughout the training process.

Over the course of the training year, interns learn about evidence-based practice and become familiar with interventions that have been supported by the research. It is expected that interns arrive at C&A with well-grounded training in science and the scientific method. Interns will use these as a foundation for the development of advanced skills in clinical practice. They are encouraged to view their practice as an opportunity to become increasingly independent in utilizing their clinical skills that allow them to gather significant data on their clients, to generate hypotheses about client conditions, and to develop treatment plans based on these hypotheses, as well as the current literature. Training faculty expect interns to learn to practice psychology in a manner that is informed by psychological theory and research and to develop the confidence and skills to convey their expertise to clients, parents, consultants and colleagues with respect and dignity.

Interns can expect to develop competence and skills in integrating research in practice; ethical and legal standards; individual and cultural diversity; professional values attitudes, and behavior; communication and interpersonal skills; assessment; evidence-based intervention; supervision; and consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills.  Evaluation relative to the above stated competencies is done periodically in a formal manner as well as weekly in supervision activities.

The internship structure includes required activities, such as participation in clinical/therapeutic services and psychological assessment and consultation services. Further, clinical work experiences may include participation with pre-school children, school-based clients and group therapy. An intern may express a preference in an area of interest at the time of the interview in order that a plan may be developed to meet a training need, desire, or goal of the particular intern. The psychology internship strives to provide training experiences that are relatively flexible in order to accommodate interns' specific training interests.

TRAINING AND SUPERVISION

The internship sequence of training was designed to promote both professional and personal growth and development. The sequence includes an internship and agency orientation, two full quarters of internship seminars, intensive clinical experiences, primary, secondary and assessment supervision, attendance at staff meetings (including Quality Assurance and Peer Review sessions), collaboration with other on-staff specialists, and consultation and collaboration with other community systems. The sequence therefore begins with an intern at orientation and ends with an intern prepared to practice, consult and collaborate in a professional manner in the community.

The Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Psychology Internship believes that a strong training component is essential to developing expertise in working with children and families. By structuring the training into a seminar format, we have established clear boundaries between training and work experience. This assures that the intern will get more than on-the-job training. The seminars are presented by the internship faculty as well as outside consultants from community agencies and/or area universities with doctoral programs in psychology, as needed. Most seminars meet for two hours. The current Psychology Internship Seminar and Special Topics Schedule includes the following presentations:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder/Developmental Disorders Treatment
  • Bullying
  • Client Engagement and Treatment Planning
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Ethics in Psychology
  • Exposure and Response Prevention
  • Introduction to ADHD
  • Introduction to Early Childhood Disorders
  • Introduction to Substance Use Disorders
  • LGBTQ+Supportive Therapy Seminar
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
  • Professional Development Seminars
  • Race, Class and the Intersection in the Therapy Room
  • Sexual Offender/ Sexually Inappropriate Behaviors Seminar
  • Suicide Assessment/"SIMPLE STEPS"
  • Supervision in Psychology
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (6 sessions)

Interns also attend and participate in “Interdisciplinary Journal Club,” a monthly didactic interdisciplinary group, including psychiatry staff. This involves reading and discussing literature that pertains to both psychiatry and psychology.

Psychological Assessment Seminars include:

  • ADHD Assessment
  • Assessment of Achievement and Learning Disorders
  • Autism Assessment
  • Clinical Interviewing
  • Cognitive Assessment
  • Development Assessment
  • Introduction to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Assessment
  • Personality Assessment

Supervision is an important training component of the internship. Each intern is assigned and meets with both a primary supervisor and multiple assessment supervisors. The intern discusses clinical conceptualization, diagnosis, treatment planning and professional, legal, cultural and ethical issues with the primary supervisor. Psychological assessment administration, scoring, report writing and consultation are discussed with assessment supervisors. The opportunity to meet with the secondary supervisors is also available depending on the particular additional program an intern may choose to be involved in beyond the required placements. Internship supervision assignments are generally made based on intern desire to match with a supervisor who has an area of expertise that is common with an intern area of interest. Consultation with all staff psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counselors and community support providers is encouraged.

The Primary supervisors for the program are Marysa Williams, Psy.D. and David Coleman, Ph.D.  Both may also serve as assessment supervisors.  Colin Christensen, Ph.D. , Dustin Faller, Psy.D. and Seandra Walker, Ph.D may serve as assessment supervisors and secondary supervisors.

REQUIRED ACTIVITIES

  • Clinical Services: Individual, group, play and family therapy are provided to clients and families for a wide range of mental health concerns at C&A. Services are typically provided on an outpatient basis.  There are also options to provide services in school-based or home-based settings, based on the intern’s interests. Interns will develop and perform competence in the use of DSM-5 for clinical diagnoses, proceed with treatment planning, treatment follow-up and after care planning, while developing an understanding of and appreciation for the value of community interaction, collaboration and consultation. The Clinical Services activities with clinical supervision begins immediately following orientation for all interns and continues for the entire 12-month period.
    • Trauma Focused Therapy: Interns are expected to participate in the treatment of children and families who have experienced trauma. The Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Seminar series begins in October. Interns will have the opportunity to conduct trauma-focused treatment with multiple clients throughout the intern year and may elect to specialize in trauma-focused treatment, if desired.
  • Psychological Assessment and Consultation Services (PACS):  PACS activities require interns to complete  psychological assessments during the internship year. Interns are guided by the psychological assessment seminars, assessment supervision, and state-of-the-art assessment equipment. PACS begins in August for all interns and continues for the remainder of the intern year. It runs concurrent to the Clinical Services activities.
    • FASD Neuropsychological Assessment: Interns are expected to participate (on a monthly rotation) in the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) diagnostic clinic at C&A. The FASD clinic at C&A uses the 4 Digit Diagnostic Guide for FASD developed by the University of Washington. C&A’s FASD clinic is one of three in the state of Ohio based on 4 the Digit diagnostic code. The clinic provides expert, evidence-based training within the model and C&A’s FASD clinical team works within a high degree of fidelity with the model. C&A’s FASD clinic is composed of multidisciplinary team of professionals (psychiatrist, psychologists, and psychiatric mental health nurse). The FASD program at C&A was created to assist children and families who were previously unable to secure services due to a variety of financial and oppressive factors. Our clinic provides assessment for underserved populations. Many of the families served by C&A are those families who without this program would have a difficult time accessing quality comprehensive assessment for FASD. In the most collaborative way, the FASD clinic providers work directly with children and their families to identify the types of services that are needed to more fully develop physical and socio-emotional wellbeing. Participation in the FASD clinic provides interns with the opportunity to engage in consultation and collaboration with the multidisciplinary FASD clinic team, as well as conduct clinical interviewing, and neuropsychological assessment with children and families.
    • Intake Assessment: Interns are expected to participate in Intake Assessments beginning in the second half of the training year.
    • Trauma Focused Assessment: Interns are expected to participate in the assessment of children and families impacted by trauma.

 CLINICAL PROGRAMS AT C&A

* Please note intern participation in the following listed programs may vary based on availability and/or need.

  1. Sexually Inappropriate Behavior Remediation (SIBR) Program: The Sexually Inappropriate Behavior Remediation (SIBR) Program specializes in the treatment of adjudicated adolescent sex offenders. Group therapy is the primary treatment modality with all other agency services available to the client on an adjunct basis. Assessment services are provided as an aid to various Stark County legal offices and human services agencies. While an intern will not be able to conduct risk assessments or group therapy with court adjudicated sex offenders during internship due to the high level of accountability to the court that is required by the SIBR Program interns may gain experience conducting individual therapy or group therapy with non-adjudicated sexual offenders after completing the Victim/Offender Seminar.
  2. Psychiatric Consultation/Medical Services: State licensed psychiatrists and psychiatric nurses offer psychiatric evaluation, medication, and treatment recommendations to agency clients from any of the service programs on a consultation basis. Interns are expected to both consult with and participate in team efforts with the psychiatric staff personnel. Interns will consult extensively with Medical Services on a regular basis as a clinician, an assessor and a valued member of a treatment team.
  3. Day Treatment Program: The Day Treatment Program is available to school age children designated by their school district as having severe emotional/behavioral disorders as well as a history of trauma. Children spend the school day in a psycho-educational environment that combines both psychological treatment and educational objectives in an effort to increase the child’s level of functioning. Interns have the opportunity to observe day treatment activities and consult with staff concerning services for children who have completed the day treatment program as well as receive a referral to outpatient therapy for follow-up services.
  4. School Based Services: Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health offers consultation and psycho-educational services to many area schools in an effort to assist in the development of a healthy learning environment for special education and other at-risk students. Staff members consult with administrators, school psychologists, counselors, and classroom teachers attempting to identify inappropriate behaviors that under normal circumstances would interfere with a student’s ability to learn. Individual and group therapy are offered to students in order to facilitate changes in problem behaviors and positive school adjustment. Interns may participate in these programs by making school visits, doing classroom observations, and/or participating in-group co-therapy activities. Interns have the ability to work in Stark County public schools if desired.
  5. Early Childhood Services: C&A provides consultation, assessment and counseling to children under the ages of six and their families in the pre-school, day care and home environments. Developmental and behavioral consultation is offered to parents and/or classroom teachers based on the child’s needs. Psychological Assessment is available to assist in the assessment of those needs. Service plans are developed which maximize collaboration between the families and the available community resources. Each intern is required to complete a minimum of one Developmental Assessment during the intern year.
  6. Transitional Services: The Transitional Services program assists clients in the 17 - 21 year-old age group in making the transition to adult living. Many are developmentally delayed in social, academic, vocational, and independent living skills. This program offers a variety of services including education, skill training, therapy, case management, and housing assistance. Interns have the opportunity to work consult with providers in Transitional Services as well as serve this population. Individualized opportunities for a specialized placement with Transitional Services may be developed if an intern expresses an interest in doing so.
  7. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Program.  The DBT program specializes in using individual and group therapy to treat adolescents with mood dysregulation disorders.  Interns interested in participating in this program will receive training and supervision in using DBT, as applied to individual therapy and skills training.
  8. Substance Use Disorders (SUD) Program.  C&A’s new SUD program provides assessment and individual/family therapy for adolescents up to the age of 24 with substance use disorders.

OUR COMMUNITY AND AGENCY

Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health is a community-based mental health center that serves Stark County, Ohio. Stark County has approximately 375,000 and is a combination of urban and rural areas, including Canton, Ohio, a city of approximately 79,000. C&A is the only mental health agency in the county that specializes in mental health services to children and their families. While approximately 90% of Stark County residents are Caucasian, on average, approximately 23% of clients at Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health self-identify as African American, Hispanic or other ethnicities.

Stark County is proud of the cultural and recreational activities available in its community. Canton is the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which is a major attraction for the sports-minded person. Canton is in the midst of a cultural revitalization in the downtown area, which includes the opening of a local theater and galleries showing the works of local artists. Canton is home to the First Ladies Library, a Classic Car Museum, the Canton Museum of Art, The Canton Ballet and the McKinley Museum, which honors President William McKinley, who was a native of Canton.

Canton is approximately one hour from downtown Cleveland where the sports fan can find professional football, basketball and baseball. Cleveland is also home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Canton is 20 minutes from Akron to the north and Columbus is approximately 2 hours to the southwest. These cities offer museums, exhibits and other venues for exploration, study and enjoyment of culture, history and science.

C&A is committed to providing a comprehensive, interagency and community-based system of care that emphasizes child-centered services and family involvement. C&A is also committed to achieving the goals presented in the Mental Health Report of the Surgeon General (1999) and is committed to the use of evidence-based practice as set forth in the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health (2003).

Lastly, C&A is passionate about providing effective, equitable, understandable and respectful quality care and services that are responsive to diverse cultural health beliefs and practices, preferred languages, health literacy and other communication needs. C&A strives to be a welcoming environment for interns from all backgrounds.

Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health employs approximately 175 people and has a total budget of approximately $8.5 million.

 

INTERNSHIP STIPEND AND BENEFITS

Stipend:$20,000

Hours:40 hours/week including 1 evening (12-month internship)

Vacation:10 paid vacation days

Holidays:8 paid holidays

Personal Time:2 paid personal days

Sick Leave:8 sick leave days

Insurances: Health, vision, and dental insurances are optional; life insurance

Other benefits: Professional development flextime; 403b retirement match

Professional Liability: Each intern is insured for up to $1,000,000

Internship begins July 1 and ends June 30 the following year.

 

PREVIOUS INTERNS

In recent years interns have come to our Psychology Internship Program from the following Professional Schools and Universities:

  • American School of Professional Psychology in Virginia
  • American School of Professional Psychology in Washington, DC
  • Ball State University
  • Bowling Green State University
  • California School of Professional Psychology at Fresno
  • Catholic University of America
  • Central Michigan University
  • Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • Cleveland State University
  • Florida State University
  • Fuller Graduate School of Psychology
  • Georgia School of Professional Psychology
  • Illinois School of Professional Psychology
  • Indiana State University
  • Indiana University
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • James Madison University
  • Kent State University
  • Loyola College of Maryland
  • Marshall University
  • Northeastern University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Pacific University School of Professional Psychology in Oregon
  • Penn State University
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Rutgers University
  • Spalding University
  • SUNY at Buffalo
  • University of Akron
  • University of Denver
  • University of Indianapolis
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Louisville
  • University of North Dakota
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Texas
  • University of Toledo
  • West Virginia University
  • Wheaton College
  • Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology
  • Wright State University
  • Xavier University
  • York University in Toronto, Canada

 

QUALIFICATIONS AND SUBMISSIONS

Applicants must have:

Achieved candidacy status from a regionally accredited doctoral program in psychology (APA preferred)

Completed at least 400 hours of clinical practicum

A desire to develop expertise with children, adolescents and their families

A fundamental knowledge to the use of psychological tests throughout appropriate course work

To apply for an internship position, an applicant must submit the following:

  • A vita of educational and professional activities
  • Three letters of recommendation
  1. Two from supervisors of your therapy and/or testing experience
  2. One from an academic advisor
  • A cover letter containing a professional statement, including your reasons for seeking a child/adolescent psychology internship
  • A graduate transcript of all graduate level coursework
  • The APPIC Application for Psychology Internship (AAPI).

The deadline for the receipt of all application and supporting materials is November 15, 2019. Applicants selected to be interviewed will be notified of their status no later than December 7, 2019. This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant.

Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health is APA Accredited. Any questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation

American Psychological Association

750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002

Phone: (202) 336-5979/E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org

Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation