Training

Psychology Predoctoral Internship Program

American Psychological Association – Accredited

2017-2018

APA logoAs part of its ongoing commitment to training and professional development, Astor Services for Children & Families offers an APA-Accredited Pre-doctoral Psychology Internship Program to five qualified candidates from APA-accredited programs in clinical, counseling, school or combined clinical-child/school psychology doctoral programs.

All five positions are full-time for twelve months, from August 28, 2017 through to August 27, 2018. The program includes a stipend of $26,024 in addition to a generous medical, benefits and vacation plan.

Astor’s Internship program has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1964 — 52 consecutive years. Astor’s mission is to serve underprivileged and under-resourced populations. Astor is dedicated to the training of staff, doctoral psychology interns, and other discipline trainees, in order to provide the highest quality care possible for our clients and families in “real world” settings.

The last site visit was in March 2011 with re-accreditation conferred for seven years. The next site visit will be in 2018. Accreditation Information can be obtained from APA’s Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242 or (202) 336-5979.

This program adheres to APA principles and guidelines for its policies regarding intern selection, admission requirements, evaluation and due process. The program is open to doctoral students from APA accredited programs in clinical, counseling, school, or combined clinical-child/school psychology. 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.

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Internship Program Overview:

  • Five intern positions, with two separate match numbers. Two interns are in rural Dutchess County, NY and three interns are in urban Bronx, NY.
  • Two Dutchess interns are at the Residential Treatment Center (3 days) and Poughkeepsie Clinic (2 days). These placement sites are for the full year – Match #148812.
  • All three Bronx interns are at Day Treatment at Byron Avenue (3 days) and Tilden Street Child Guidance Center (2 days) for the full year – Match #148814.
  • Intensive supervision (2-3 hours individual supervision, with average of 2 hours group supervision weekly).
  • Intensive clinical experience with opportunity to obtain broad experience with diverse population (race, culture, age, diagnosis and functional level).
  • Full year placement in two different diverse training sites: three days in Residence (Rhinebeck), or 3 days in Day Treatment setting along with two days in outpatient clinic (Poughkeepsie, Bronx).
  • Opportunity to obtain supervised experience in several different modalities, including individual therapy, child/play therapy, group therapy, collateral family therapy, milieu treatment, crisis prevention/intervention, social skills training/group therapy, psychological assessment, program evaluation, and supervision.
  • Extensive didactic seminars on a wide range of current, clinically relevant topics.
  • Exposure to evidence-based treatment approaches (such as PCIT, TF-CBT, Coping Power).
  • Opportunities for program evaluation and supervision experiences.

Interns receive a certificate at the conclusion of the internship program upon satisfactory completion of the following requirements:

  1. Completion of twelve months training per internship schedule.
  2. Completion of all treatment and case documentation, and required paperwork responsibilities.
  3. Completion of all testing responsibilities, including written reports, as assigned by the testing supervisor.
  4. Participation in all seminars, required professional development activities, and any required seminar presentations (e.g. testing roundtable and one topic of choice).
  5. Regular attendance at all scheduled supervisory and didactic activities.
  6. Achieve an aggregate performance rating of at least “meets expectation” when averaged across all competencies and supervisors.

Performance Evaluation

art by Jose S.The performance of each intern is evaluated three times annually. Once at three months, at mid-year and end-of-year. Interns also provide an evaluation of their supervisors and aspects of the training program during the mid-year and end-of-year evaluations.

If an intern experiences problems with any aspect of their training, the intern may meet directly with the Director of Clinical Training and APA-Accredited Internship at any time to discuss the matter confidentially. Interns also regularly meet with the Director of Clinical Training monthly during seminar times and have opportunities to share experiences and concerns then as well. Usually informal procedures result in a satisfactory resolution of any complaint. Additionally, the internship program stipulates a formal grievance and due process procedure.

Application Process:

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Astor Services for Children & Families requires:

  1. the APPIC application;
  2. cover letter specifically stating which site(s) are being applied to;
  3. three letters of recommendation;
  4. copies of graduate school transcript(s);
  5. curriculum vitae;
  6. an integrated psychological assessment report of a de-identified/anonymous client (child or teen) that includes cognitive and projective testing (preferably including Rorschach) for consideration as the application.

One application can be used to apply to both program sites but each site requires a separate match number and requires separate interviews.

The deadline for applications is November 15th and applicants invited for interviews are notified by December 15th. In-person interviews are scheduled in January, regardless of weather. In-person interviews are preferred, but other arrangements can be made on an individual basis. Individual photographs will be taken on day of interview to help in remembering interviewees. Interviewees can bring their own personal photo or opt out of being photographed, if they choose.

All applicants matched must be cleared by an agency physical, the NYS Abuse Registry and fingerprint check prior to starting. Interns are required to have completed the ten (10) hour, on-line, TF-CBT training and have a certificate of completion prior to the starting date of the internship.

Dutchess County Interns are required, per OMH (Office of Mental Health), prior to working individually with any Residence child, to be fully trained at Level 4 in TCI (Therapeutic Crisis Intervention) and must demonstrate competency in both physical and non-physical techniques every six months. In addition, they are required to be certified in CPR. Bronx interns must also be trained in TCI prior to working individually with any child clients. Astor will provide training in TCI and CPR during the first and second weeks of the internship.

Any questions regarding the internship should be directed to:

Dr. Athena A. Drewes
Director of Clinical Training and APA-Accredited Internship
Astor Services for Children & Families
390 Crystal Run Road, Suite 107
Middletown, N.Y. 10941
845-673-4260 x232
Contact the Director of Training

More Information:

Read the full 2017-2018 Internship program for complete details regarding the internship sites, populations served, and supervisor backgrounds.