The SCP Internship Program offers four full-time positions within 2 training tracks. Each track works with a broad spectrum of ages and clinical presentations. The tracks are based within acute mental health settings including an inpatient psychiatric hospital and partial hospital program. The full training year is spent within one of these tracks rather than implementing “rotations” in order to gain expertise within these specific settings. The training program lasts for one year, from August to July, and adheres to the licensing requirements for the California Board of Psychology, APA guidelines, and all ethical, legal, and professional standards. During the training year interns will accrue 2,000 hours of supervised professional experience.
While on the inpatient rotation, interns provide evidence-based group psychotherapy, psychological assessment and consultation, working with children, adolescents and adults on the Child and Adolescent unit (C/A), the Adult Care Unit (ACU), and the Adult Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
- Child/Adolescent Unit — Doctoral Interns provide group psychotherapy utilizing the evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). In addition they participate in multidisciplinary team meetings and provide individual therapy, and consultation and psychological assessment to children and adolescents. The C/A unit is comprised of 23 beds, which include both children (ages 5 to 12), and adolescents (ages 13-17).
- Adult Care Unit — Doctoral Interns provide group psychotherapy utilizing the Seeking Safety treatment, which is an evidence-based therapy for co-occurring PTSD and Substance Abuse, as well as other behavioral health conditions. In addition, Interns provide individual therapy, psychological assessment and consultation, and participate in daily multidisciplinary team meetings. The unit is comprised of 35 beds.
- Intensive Care Unit — Doctoral Interns provide group psychotherapy utilizing evidence-based therapies including CBT, DBT, and ACT. Interns also provide individual therapy, and psychological assessment. The ICU is comprised of our most acute adult population and contains 15 beds.
Interns are able to develop the skill of integrating multiple evidence based interventions within group and individual settings depending on the need of the individual(s) they are working with. Interns also gain extensive knowledge and experience providing brief individual interventions as well as crisis stabilization. Interns work within a multidisciplinary team comprised of Psychiatrists, LCSW’s, RN’s, Recreation Therapists, Pharmacists, and Utilization Review staff, among others.
Partial Hospital Program/Intensive Outpatient Program Track
Two interns are placed within the Partial Hospital Program/Intensive Outpatient Program (PHP/IOP) track. As part of the PHP/IOP track, interns provide extensive group therapy treatment, psychosocial assessments, psychological testing, and support staff with risk assessment and safety planning when appropriate. Interns work with adolescents and adults in our PHP and IOP programs.
- Adolescent PHP/IOP - Interns gain knowledge and experience utilizing DBT as the core of the group therapy interventions. They also integrate other evidence based treatments including CBT and Mindfulness based interventions. Interns work with adolescents in the daytime PHP and evening IOP, providing both psycho-educational group therapy, as well as process-oriented groups. Interns may also participate in the weekly multi-family meeting, where parents come for a joint session with the adolescents.
- Adult PHP/IOP - Interns provide evidence-based treatments including DBT, CBT, ACT, and Seeking Safety in working with adults in our daytime PHP and evening IOP, providing both psycho-educational group therapy, as well as process-oriented group therapy.
One of the interns working within the PHP/IOP track works during the day program, supporting both adolescents and adults, the second intern primarily works during the evening program supporting the adult IOP. Interns work within a multidisciplinary team comprised of Psychiatrists, LCSW’s, RN’s, LVN’s, and MFT’s. Interns participate in daily morning meetings, flash rounds, daily huddles, and case conferences with the team.