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    Psychology Internship Program Overview

    California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) offers rigorous, high-quality education and training to graduate students from around the country in preparation for a career in clinical psychology. Our APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship continues many of the established traditions of psychology training and combines a broad-based, generalist education with a wide variety of specialty tracks or areas of concentration.

    The CPMC Psychology Internship Program adheres to a scientist-practitioner model that stresses the importance of research, theory, and scholarship, while drawing upon personal insights and clinical experiences to inform our work. We serve a very diverse patient population in multiple settings, including mental health clinics for children, adolescents, and adults; inpatient medical and psychiatric units; outpatient hospital clinics; and community-based health programs.

    Our mission is to provide intensive education and training in an intellectually stimulating and respectful environment that prepares interns to deliver effective psychological services in an ethical and culturally-sensitive manner.
    Despite only recently seeking APA accreditation, the psychology training program at CPMC dates back to the 1960s. Since its inception, the philosophy of the program has been grounded in psychodynamic and psychoanalytic theory and intervention. CPMC offers a unique training opportunity because there are only a handful of accredited internships in the country that offer hospital-based training in the analytic tradition. The strong reputation of our program is based on rigorous training and supervision. Throughout the year, interns accelerate their learning and professional growth through in-depth case conferences, diverse didactics with seasoned clinicians, and intensive individual and group supervision with multiple supervisors.

    As a hospital-based internship, our training model is also influenced by integrative perspectives of illness and disease, including biopsychosocial treatment of psychiatric disorders and the promotion of health and well-being through collaboration with interdisciplinary care teams. Our interns work side-by-side with a range of healthcare providers (e.g., physicians, nurses, social workers, etc.) and internship training is closely aligned with our ACGME-accredited psychiatry residency and our post-doctoral fellowships in health psychology and adult neuropsychology.

    Training Goals

    In accordance with APA guidelines, the CPMC Psychology Internship Program has three primary goals that apply to all interns in the training program. These goals are consistent with the foundational and functional domains of the APA competency benchmarks (APA, 2011):

    Goal #1: Professionalism and Relational Effectiveness – Interns will display a professional and ethical identity, and will relate with individuals with whom they work in a manner that reflects the values and attitudes of a competent and ethical professional psychologist.

    Goal # 2: Integration of Theory and Clinical Practice in Psychology – Interns will demonstrate the ability to incorporate the scholarly body of knowledge in psychology, including complex theories of mind as well as evidence-based literature; interns will effectively integrate these theories into their various professional activities including psychotherapy, assessment, and consultation.

    Goal # 3: Science and Interdisciplinary Treatment Systems – Interns will demonstrate a respect for scientifically-grounded knowledge and treatment methods, and will effectively identify when interdisciplinary collaboration will benefit their patients and collaborate accordingly.

    Structure of Training

    The CPMC Psychology Internship Program offers ten full-time positions, working with all age groups, including infants and children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. The program lasts one year, from July to June, and is designed to meet California Board of Psychology licensing requirements, APA guidelines and principles for internship training, and relevant ethical, legal, and professional standards. Interns will accrue approximately 2,000 hours of supervised professional experience.

    Interns work closely with psychiatry residents in the CPMC Outpatient Mental Health Clinic, which serves as the primary training location for the internship program. Each intern serves additional roles, often at other locations, including the Kalmanovitz Child Development Center, the Ray Dolby Brain Health Center, hospital-based clinics, and community-based organizations. The internship positions are split between various training tracks and therefore there are no "rotations" in this internship; each intern engages in a variety of clinical and training activities year-round. Please, refer to our Training Tracks page for more details.

    About California Pacific Medical Center

    California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) is one of the largest private, not-for-profit, academic medical centers in California and is an affiliate of Sutter Health. Our affiliated doctors and hospitals serve more than 100 communities in Northern California, including the San Francisco Bay Area. CPMC"s mission is to serve the community by providing high-quality, cost-effective health care services in a compassionate and respectful environment that is supported and stimulated by education and research.

    CPMC"s vision is to be a leader in the transformation of health care and to achieve the highest levels of quality, access, and affordability. Our core values include excellence and quality in the delivery of services to patients, innovation in providing care to patients, affordability of care, teamwork, and integrity.

    As detailed above in the mission statement, CPMC is committed to high-quality advanced education. As a private, multi-campus tertiary teaching hospital, CPMC offers a unique and rewarding educational experience through several medical education programs. The Department of Psychiatry, led by Chairman Alan Newman, M.D., supports over 30 psychiatry residents, psychology interns and fellows, and medical students per year to further the hospital's mission of educating the next generation of health professionals.

    CPMC"s mission is to meet the health care needs of all of our community members. Our community-based approach to care allows us to provide access to those who cannot afford health care and support programs for those in financial need. The internship program is largely supported by philanthropy and we provided low-fee or pro-bono services to patients in need of mental health services.

    Stipends/Financial Support

    The intern stipend is $25,000 for the year and does not include medical, dental or other benefits. Interns receive two weeks (80 hours) of paid time off during their internship year for vacation and sick time and one week (40 hours) of professional leave for post-doc interviews, dissertation release time, or to attend professional conferences. Additional stipends are available to cover onboarding costs and for travel and lodging expenses should interns be invited to present at regional or national conferences. The following holidays are observed: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving (and Friday after), and Christmas Day.