Training

Psychology Predoctoral Internship Program

Pre-Doctoral Internship in Clinical, Behavioral Service, Psychology

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation* of the American Psychological Association

Appic Program Codes: 148812 & 148814

Progam Description & Overview — 2018-2019

Program Purpose

APA logoAstor Services for Children & Families offers an 1850-hour (minimum), APA Accredited one-year, pre-doctoral internship in clinical, behavioral service, psychology to five qualified graduate students from clinical, counseling, school or combined child/clinical-school psychology programs. The primary goal of the Astor internship program is to prepare interns for future clinical practice as entry-level professional psychologists who can work competently with children, adolescents, and families.

Agency Overview

The educational philosophy of Astor’s clinical, health service, psychology internship program is based on a Practitioner-Developmental-Apprentice model with scholarly pursuit. This model is based on a training mission emphasizing direct clinical practice consistent with the tradition of professional psychology training in the United States (practitioner), facilitating the transition from intern to professional psychologist (developmental), and providing consistent guidance for quality clinical service delivery, as well as, personal and professional growth (apprentice). Review of the research literature and integration of evidence-based treatment (Scholar) rounds out the internship. Taken together, each of these categories builds upon an intern’s prior training in psychology and provides a training experience that is sequential, cumulative, and graded in complexity.

Astor is committed to structuring training experiences that provide professional development for both staff and students. All of our trainees become integrated members of the psychological services department, attending in-services and training seminars alongside staff members.

At the core of Astor’s mission is service delivery. In addition, professional psychology training emphasizes direct clinical work. Therefore, clinical practice is the primary medium that fosters the educational and professional growth of interns while they are at Astor. The primary focus and purpose of the Astor internship program is to assure breadth, as well as quality of training in regards to an array of professional practices.

One-Year Full Time Requirement

Astor Services for Children & Families internship is a full-time (40 hours per week), 12 month program from August 28, 2018 through to August 27, 2019. To successfully complete the internship, interns are required to complete a minimum of 1850 hours of work. Interns are in both of their placements for the entire year.

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Respect for Cultural and Individual Differences

Astor is an equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to providing an environment that is free from all forms of discrimination and harassment. Compliance with all applicable City, State or Federal laws prohibiting discrimination and harassment affirms our pledge to providing an environment that supports dignity, productivity and creativity.

Astor serves a highly diverse population. Astor values trainees from diverse backgrounds and makes every effort to recruit intern candidates, graduate trainees and staff from a diverse background. This program strongly encourages applicants from diverse cultural backgrounds, and APA Minority Fellows, to apply to our program.

Consistent with APA’s Multicultural Guidelines, the internship program offers interns the opportunity to expand their understanding of the impact of their own cultural and diverse individual differences on their work with clients, and the impact of these cultural and diverse factors on their clients’ work with them. This is achieved through the agency’s personnel policies, the internship and agency’s didactic programming, the issues discussed and processed in supervision and training seminars, and the experience of working with the agency’s client population which represents a diverse population.

Understanding human diversity issues is an integral part of the training program provided to interns. Competency in this area is one of the core goals of the internship program.

Astor Internship Accreditation History

Astor’s Doctoral Internship program has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1964, 53 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.

The last site visit was in March 2011 with re-accreditation conferred for seven years. The next site visit will be in 2018. Astor Services for Children & Families is to have its APA re-accreditation site visit between January and March 2018. If re-accreditation is granted, it will be dated from the date of our site visit. Please be advised that there is no assurance that we will achieve successful re-accreditation.

Questions related to this program’s accredited status should be directed to the
Commission on Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242.
Phone: (202) 336-5979
E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

art by Jose S.This program adheres to APA principles and guidelines for its policies regarding intern selection, admission requirements, evaluation and due process. 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.

No formal complaints and/or grievances have been filed against the program and/or against individuals associated with the program since its last accreditation site visit.

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 in Rhinebeck, NY (3 days) and Poughkeepsie (NY) Clinic (2 days). These placement sites are for the full year – Match #148812.
  • All three Bronx interns are at Day Treatment at 516 East Tremont Avenue, Bronx, NY (3 days) and 750 Tilden Street, Bronx, NY Child Guidance Center (2 days). These placement sites are for the full year – Match #148814.
  • Intensive supervision (2-3 hours individual supervision, with average of 2 hours group supervision weekly with licensed psychologists).
  • Intensive clinical experience with an opportunity to obtain broad experience with diverse population (race, culture, age, gender, diagnosis and functional level).
  • Opportunity to obtain supervised experience in several different modalities, including individual therapy, child/play therapy, group/skills therapy, collateral family therapy, milieu treatment, crisis prevention/intervention, social skills training/group therapy, psychological assessment, program evaluation, and supervision of graduate psychology student.
  • Extensive didactic seminars on a wide range of current, clinically relevant topics.
  • Exposure to evidence-based treatment approaches (such as PCIT, TF-CBT, Trauma Systems Therapy, CARE, DBT).
  • Opportunities for program evaluation and supervision experiences.

Interns receive a certificate at the conclusion of the internship program upon satisfactory completion, greater than or equal to 80% of rating that meet or exceed expectations of delineated professional competencies on bi-annual supervisor evaluations, along with the following requirements (see full internship description):

  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, up to five full batteries.
  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.

The performance of each intern is evaluated three times annually. Once at three months, then again at mid-year and then at the 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 the training program, the intern may meet directly with the Director of Internship at any time to discuss the matter confidentially. Interns also regularly meet regularly with the Director of Internship 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 Information and Process

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Astor Services for Children & Families requires for consideration as the application:

  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 measures.

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

Internship Program Admissions

Applicants to be considered for interview must have a minimum of 800 hours Total Direct Contact Intervention hours in child or teen clinical experience (preferably with severely emotionally challenged clients from outpatient clinic, school, residential, day treatment, or hospital settings).

A minimum of 100 hours Total Direct Contact Assessment hours in child or teen assessment, with a minimum experience of 5 written integrated reports.

Applicants must include one integrated psychological assessment report of a de-identified/anonymous client (child or teen) that includes cognitive and projective measures in addition to their APPIC application.

Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year

Benefit  
Stipend for Full-time Interns $26,024.00.
Program provides access to medical Insurance for interns YES
Trainee contributes to cost required YES
Coverage of family member(s) available YES
Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO) 4 days
Vacation Time 4 weeks
Annual Paid Sick Leave 12 days
Extended unpaid leave in event of medical conditions and/or family need in excess of personal time and sick leave YES
Other benefits 10 paid holidays

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. Individual photographs will be taken on the day of the 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.

Initial Post-Internship Positions 2014-2017 (Updated 8/23/17)

Total # of interns who were in the preceding three cohorts:    16

Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program and are completing their doctoral degree:    0

  Post-Doc (PD) Employed (ED)
Community mental health center 7 7
Federally qualified health center 0 0
Independent primary care facility/clinic 2 2
University counseling center 2 2
Veterans Affairs medical center 0 0
Military health center 0 0
Academic health center 0 0
Other medical health center or hospital 0 0
Psychiatric hospital 0 0
Academic university/department 0 0
Community college or other teaching setting 0 0
Independent research institution 0 0
Correctional facility 0 0
School district/system 1 1
Independent practice setting 1 1
Not currently employed 0 0
Changed to another field 0 0
Other 4 4
Unknown 0 0

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, NY 10941
845-673-4260 ext. 232
Contact us by email

Read the full 2018-2019 Internship program for complete details regarding the internship, placement sites, populations served, completion criteria, and supervisor backgrounds.

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* Commission on Accreditation, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242 (202) 336-5979, (202) 336-6123 TDD