Psychology Internship Program Overview
The Psychology Internship Program at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) provides education and training to advanced graduate students in preparation for practice in professional psychology. The broad-based training approach exposes interns to the existing and developing body of knowledge in psychology and provides opportunities for a wide range of clinical experiences with a diverse group of patients. The internship selects ten interns per year.
The Psychology Internship Program at CPMC uses the practitioner-scholar model and emphasizes the mutual influence of science and practice. The program values the development of reflective abilities and multiple ways of knowing in the practice of psychology and it stresses the importance of theory and research to influence clinical interventions (Rodolfa et al, 2005). In turn, the science of psychology is informed by the experience of clinicians working with patient. Intensive scholarship is required of interns in the form of didactic classes, extensive reading requirements, and intensive supervision. The program focuses on integrating and applying foundational knowledge to the clinical endeavor.
The mission of the CPMC Psychology Internship Program is to enable our interns to provide high quality mental health services in a compassionate and respectful environment that is both supported and stimulated by education and research. We serve a culturally diverse patient population in the city of San Francisco and are committed to ensuring that our training program fosters clinicians who are knowledgeable about and sensitive to cultural differences in the assessment and treatment of their patients. Our training program is grounded in psychodynamic theory, and is also strongly influenced by the science of the medical model in the treatment of psychiatric disorders.
We aspire to provide our interns with an intensive training experience and to expose them to a variety of treatment modalities while practicing in an urban medical setting. A cornerstone of our program is enabling our interns to successfully integrate theory acquired through scholarly inquiry and technique in their clinical work with patients. We also value, and strongly promote, effective teamwork and regularly integrate training with our medical colleagues in order to ensure that all aspects of the bio/psycho/social model are considered in the assessment, diagnosis, and case formulation of patients. Psychology interns at CPMC train alongside advanced psychiatry residents, thus engaging in interdisciplinary collaboration in the comprehensive treatment of patients. Finally, supervision is considered a foundation of our training program. Interns are exposed to multiple supervisors in order to foster in-depth understanding of patients and to further the interns’ personal and professional growth.
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: Scholarly Review and Application and Delivery of Services – Interns will demonstrate the ability to review scholarly literature and effectively integrate theory into the assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, and clinical treatment of their patients.
Goal # 3: Science and Interdisciplinary Treatment Systems – Interns will demonstrate a respect for scientifically derived knowledge and treatment methods, and will effectively identify when interdisciplinary collaboration will benefit their patients, and collaborate accordingly.
The CPMC Psychology Internship Program requires a 12-month, full-time 2,000 hour commitment from the interns.
Although the distribution of hours is somewhat different for each training track, a typical weekly schedule is as follows:
- 14 hours of face-to-face psychotherapy (individual, couples, group, family)
- 2 hours intake/assessment
- 2 hours consultation / case management
Training and Supervision:
- 4 hours of individual supervision
- 1-3 hours of group supervision
- 9 hour training seminars (lectures, didactics, grand rounds)
- 2 hours preparation for supervision and training (process notes, scientific literature review, readings for classes, preparation for presentations and case write-ups)
- 3 hours administrative paperwork
- 1 hour staff/administrative meetings
- 1 hour other (rounds, meetings, projects)
CPMC is currently a member of CAPIC although we are participating as a non-member in the APPIC match. We are writing our self-study for submission to APA’s Commission on Accreditation.
Intern Stipends/Financial Support
The intern stipend is $25,000. Payroll checks are issued every other week and arrangements may be made for direct deposit to a bank. Interns enter their hours into the hospital’s Kronos system.
Medical and Dental Benefits
At this time, the intern position does not come with medical or dental benefits.
Paid Time Off
Interns receive two weeks (80 hours) of paid time off during their internship year. This includes a combination of vacation and sick time.
Interns are given one week of professional leave during the internship year. This includes time off for attendance at conferences or seminars, dissertation release time, time off for interviewing at post doctoral residency sites, or other approved educational purposes.
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 the Friday after), Christmas
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. Sutter Health 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, which is supported and stimulated by education and research.
The vision of the hospital is to be a leader in the transformation of health care to achieve the highest levels of quality, access and affordability. The core values include excellence and quality in the delivery of services to patients, innovation in providing care to patients, affordability of care, teamwork, and honesty and integrity.
As stated above in the mission statement, CPMC is committed to high quality 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 supports over thirty residents, psychology interns and medical students per year to further the hospital’s mission of educating the next generation of health professionals.
Meeting the health care needs of all of CPMC’s community members is the cornerstone of CPMC’s mission. In addition to their other medical services, the Community Health Programs at CPMC provide access to those in the community who cannot afford health care and support programs and services for those in financial need. CPMC recently (2011) offered a community benefit plan of $1.1 billion to provide health care services to the poor and uninsured. These programs respond to public health needs while generating low or negative financial return with the aim of improving overall community health. The Psychology Internship Program supports this effort by providing low fee or pro bono services to individuals in need of mental health services.