APA-Accredited Psychology Doctoral Internship

Welcome, and thank you for your interest in the doctoral internship at the Child and Family Guidance Center.  The internship program has sustained continuous APA accreditation for over 50 years and throughout we have specialized in child, adolescent and family clinical psychology.

Located in the northern part of the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, the Center serves vulnerable and at-risk children and adolescents as well as their families.  Because the Center is committed to serving the “underserved,” we provide a continuum of quality mental healthcare, supportive social services and links to needed resources.  Interns gain significant experience assisting families who face the challenges of multiple stressors, including those associated with mental health, poverty, and acculturation in an urban setting.

The Center has always had a strong commitment to remaining current with changing trends in community mental health service delivery.  As such, we are able to offer interns a wide and dynamic variety of experiences in the context of a broad spectrum of modalities and settings, including community-based as well as Center-based settings.  Interns provide individual, family and group psychotherapy as well as psychodiagnostic assessment for children and youth who present with a broad range of diagnoses and family constellations.  Interns are integrated within the Center’s multidisciplinary team approach, working closely with psychologists, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, psychiatrists, and others whose combined efforts enable clients and their families to become empowered, overcome challenges, and flourish within the community.

Most recently, the internship, along with the agency as a whole, has responded and adapted to the ongoing Covid19 pandemic with the primary goal of continuing best practices care for our clients while minimizing the health risks to clients, staff and the community.  Like many other similar internship sites, we have transitioned to telehealth via Zoom as the primary means of service delivery.  Similarly, staff meetings and supervision are via Zoom.  In-person services, when appropriate and deemed necessary on a case-by-case basis, are provided following the current safety protocols.

Our Doctoral Internship has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1967.  For further information regarding APA accreditation status, please contact the APA Commission on Accreditation at 750 First Street NE, Washington DC 20002-4242 (Phone number 203-336-5979).

Goals and Philosophy of Training (PDF link)

Organization of the Doctoral Internship Curriculum (PDF link)

Application and Selection Procedures (PDF link)

Center Staff (PDF link)

History and Description of the Center (PDF link)

Trainees Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data (PDF link)

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