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Citrus Health Network Psychology Internship Essays

The Multicultural Psychology Internship Program is a training site based in a community mental health center serving a primarily minority population (Latino/as). Our primary mission is to provide services that are clinically-sound, culturally-responsive, and linguistically-appropriate. Supervision is offered from numerous perspectives, including cognitive behavioral, family systems, psychoanalytic, and dialectical behavioral. The client population covers the full spectrum of ages and diagnostic categories. Many of our clients have a history of trauma. Interns are expected to participate in a weekly clinical seminar which includes didactic instruction and case presentations throughout the year. Interns also participate in the weekly Case Consultation Team, DBT seminar, Medical Integration rotation (1 day a week), Multiculturalism seminar, and Research seminar (covering program evaluation and consultation). Supervision is offered in weekly individual and group meetings for all psychotherapy cases and psychological testing assignments. The clinic and internship program faculty strive to maintain a respectful and supportive training environment.

Intern Candidate Requirements

Applicants must be enrolled in a doctoral program in Clinical or Counseling Psychology at an accredited university or professional school and be approved by the school training director for the internship. You must have a master’s degree in Clinical or Counseling Psychology and be fully bilingual (English and Spanish). All coursework and comprehensive examinations must be completed by the time of application submission. A minimum of 600 hours of practica training is acceptable at the time of application, but we prefer candidates with at least a 1,000 practicum hours.  The internship is full time for 12 months beginning in September with a stipend of $24,000. 

Internship Completion Requirements

In order to successfully complete the MPIP internship, the following criteria must be met:

1. Completion of 2,000 hours of training

2. By the end of the internship year, achievement ratings of 3 (‘good’) or higher on all competencies outlined by the program and measured on our evaluation form

3. Two formal case presentations (written and oral)

4. Completion of three full assessment batteries

Primary Care Psychology Rotation

The primary care psychology rotation includes experience with adults, women’s health, and pediatrics. It focuses on applying psychological knowledge and principles to common physical and mental health problems. The interns participate on a multidisciplinary team providing comprehensive care in patient evaluation and treatment, determining factors affecting health, and developing tailored therapies for individuals struggling with biopsychosocial stressors. In addition, interns work towards managing illness, psychological symptomatology, and improving overall quality of life.

Site Supervisors:

  • Julissa Artiles, Psy.D.
  • Erika Pablos-Velez, Psy.D.
  • Lianne Gonzalez, Psy.D.
  • Melina Visser, Psy.D.

Rotation Experience:

  • Six Months
  • Individual Therapy
  • Diagnostic Interviews
  • Screenings/Risk Assessments

Setting/Patient Population:

  • Primary Care
  • Children/Adolescents and Adults

Outpatient Psychotherapy Rotation

The outpatient psychotherapy rotation offers psychotherapy, based primarily on a brief or short-term, psychoeducational and/or a maintenance approach.  Interns make use of problem-focused, defense building and supportive psychotherapeutic strategies which may include the participation of family members when necessary and appropriate.  Besides individual and family therapy, the outpatient psychotherapy rotation also offers a specific psycho-educational approach through group therapy for those patients who can benefit from more ongoing, long-term support and education in specifically identified areas.  In particular, the outpatient psychotherapy rotation offers interns the ability to co-facilitate one of two weekly groups in the Treating Adolescents Coping with Trauma (TACT) Program for youths who have pending legal charges for sexually offensive behaviors. Interns will receive ongoing training, weekly supervision, and have the opportunity to lead groups with a licensed clinical psychologist. In addition, interns will collaborate with a multidisciplinary team (i.e., psychiatrists, Juvenile Probation Officers, Public Defenders, Case Management Agencies, etc.) as a way to enhance various professional skills and overall learning experience with this specialized population.

Site Supervisors:

  • Madelyn Cabrera, Psy.D.
  • Brandon Holland, Psy.D.
  • Dolly Akel-Greer, Psy.D.

Rotation Experience:

  • Six Months
  • Individual Therapy
  • Family/Group Therapy

Setting/Patient Population:

  • Outpatient Psychotherapy
  • Children/Adolescents, Adults, and Families

Psychological Testing Service

The goal of an intern’s experience in the psychological testing service is to develop the administration and interpretation skills necessary to conduct psychological and psychoeducational evaluations to formulate an appropriate diagnosis and make treatment recommendations. Interns will develop refined administration skills and increasing proficiency in interpretation of cognitive, academic, behavioral, developmental, and personality assessments.

Clinical Supervisor:

Dianne Rosen, Ph.D., ABPP

Psychological Testing Service:

  • 12 months
  • Psychological Evaluations
  • Psycho-educational Evaluations

Setting/Patient Population:

  • Outpatient
  • Children, Adolescents and Young Adults

Seminars

In addition to the learning that occurs through supervised practice, interns at Citrus Health Network also benefit from an extensive array of structured seminar experiences. The internship program provides opportunities for didactic exposure to scientific literature and the discussion thereof, through several seminars.

  • Diagnostic Seminar
  • Psychotherapy Seminar
  • Primary Care Seminar
  • Psychological Testing Seminar
  • Mentoring Seminar  
  • Multidisciplinary Grand Rounds: Primary Care and Behavioral Health Topics

For more detailed information on Internship activities, please refer to theHandbook.