Trainees review a videotaped session together.
Brian shares a drawing with fellow trainees.
We offer training to graduate students in accredited PhD, EdD or PsyD clinical, school or counseling psychology doctoral programs. The Department of Psychiatry has offered comprehensive internship training to doctoral-level psychology trainees for over 30 years.In the past few years our programs have expanded to include training in other specialized mental health programs at our hospital, as well.
Our Psychology Internship program offers trainees the opportunity to experience a broader range of didactic and experiential learning from our very talented team of 13 child, family and pediatric psychologists, while having the choice of affiliation with one of two primary placement sites as a “home base” with the opportunity to rotate through the other program site to provide a broader learning experience. All training time credited to internship is post-practicum and pre-doctorate.
Goals of Psychology Internship Training
Trainees carry a full clinical caseload allowing them to provide approximately 12 to 15 hours per week of direct service to patients and their families. At least 25% of each Intern’s time is spent in face-to-face psychological services to patients. All trainees are selected for primary placement in one of the programs listed below, which will serve as their “home base.”
Program Primary Placement Sites
Interns see the majority of their patients in this primary setting and participate in case conferences and trainings of that service.
Trainees also participate in core training seminars that include all psychology interns. We provide a planned, programmed sequence of training experiences so that interns are gradually introduced to more challenging clinical work as they develop competencies based on the requisite background experiences. Psychology interns have the opportunity for experiential learning through a secondary rotation in a program outside of their primary placement for one day a week. This offers a greater breadth of
exposure to activities, patient populations and the staff throughout our hospital
Clinical Supervision and Teaching
Psychology interns and fellows receive at minimum:
Supervision styles and theoretical orientations vary, but there is a common emphasis on developmental and family systems perspectives informing our conceptualizations and treatment approaches.
Clinical supervision is available in assessment and treatment seminars and group supervisions which utilize videotape and case conference methodology. Psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurse practitioners and pediatricians throughout the hospital are available for consultation and teaching in their areas of expertise. Trainees receive written evaluation of their clinical and nonclinical performance twice per year and we strive to provide timely, constructive feedback on an ongoing basis.
A Core Seminar is required for all interns. The Core Seminar provides didactic training in the core cluster areas of: Child Development, Trauma, Assessment and Diagnosis, Pharmacology, Community Systems and Services, and Professional Development. As our hospital serves a very diverse linguistic, ethnic and socioeconomic population, our programs also offer ongoing training in multicultural issues as they inform the work of the psychologist.
Children’s Hospital also offers an extensive range of educational events including weekly Grand Rounds, daily noon conferences for residents, seminars at our research institute and in-service trainings for mental health professionals, all of which welcome our trainees. The hospital has an excellent medical library and the Family Resource & Information Center is available for use.
How to Apply
Our program is a member of the Association of Psychology Post-Doctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). We participate in APPIC’s National Internship Matching Program for pre-doctoral internship applicants.
To be included as an applicant you must submit your agreement form the National Matching Services, Inc. by the deadline date. For more information go to National Matching Services or call them at (416) 977-3431.
Application to one or both of the primary placement sites at Children’s Hospital Oakland will be accomplished through a single application to our program. However, please note that each of our Primary Placement sites has a separate code number, and you may apply for one or both of our programs. Applicants should indicate their preferences in their cover letter, and will separately rank each placement site of interest in the matching process.
We require personal interviews with all finalist applicants. Please note that, like most internship agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area, we are not an APA-approved internship site, although we are working towards that eventual goal. Our program is well respected in the Bay Area and our program graduates have an excellent record of obtaining licensure and employment.
*For more detailed information about our Psychology Internship, please request our brochure via email at:
To apply, please send the following materials by November 24, 2012 in the AAPI online application. Please include:
Note: 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.
Send all materials or questions to:
Psychology Training, Administrative Assistant
Department of Psychiatry
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
747 52nd Street
Oakland, CA. 94609
Phone: (510) 428-3885 ext. 4871