Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology
Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology
Update as of January 1st, 2021: Center for Anxiety’s Internship Program plans to accept six full-time interns in for the 2021-2022 academic year: Two slots in our Manhattan office, two slots in our Brooklyn office, and two slots in our Rockland County office. Students interested in applying for the internship program should submit an online application through the APPIC website (www.appic.org) using the APPIC Application for Psychology Internships (AAPI).
The Center for Anxiety offers a one-year predoctoral internship program in clinical psychology. Our program provides interns with an immersive experience that offers both breadth and depth in developing competence in evidence-based clinical practice with diverse populations in an outpatient setting. Our agency’s mission is to synergistically combine clinical practice, education, and research to help our patients achieve their goals and lead healthy, meaningful, and fulfilling lives. We are caring clinicians, working, and growing together to provide effective outpatient and intensive treatment to make a difference in the communities we serve. The aims of our training program are consistent with the guidelines of the American Psychological Association, and place emphasis on establishing and maintaining profession wide competencies, within the realms of both training and clinical practice. The central goal of our training program is to provide doctoral students with the necessary support and experience to prepare for careers as psychologists who are proficient in providing evidence-based care to diverse individuals across the lifespan in an outpatient clinical setting. To facilitate this transition from student to professional, many trainees who remain in good standing throughout the internship year are offered a second year of training at the postdoctoral level with the Center for Anxiety, though this is not guaranteed or required.
Our internship program places an emphasis on hands-on clinical training within a supportive environment, to facilitate growth as a clinician. Interns will have the opportunity to provide direct clinical services to a mix of child, adolescent, and adult patients in our standard outpatient and intensive outpatient (IOP) programs, and are trained in various evidence-based treatment modalities including, but not limited to, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention, Behavioral Activation, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Parent Management training, and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. Interns will learn to deliver these specialized interventions to patients presenting with various anxiety, obsessive-compulsive and mood disorders, at varying degrees of distress and impairment. Over the course of the training year, as interns progress, they gain experience with gradually more complex and challenging cases that require an increasingly higher level of clinical skill and knowledge.
Interns are also provided with advanced technological resources to enhance research, clinical outcomes, and professional development. The Center for Anxiety offers a library of training resources including treatment manuals, books, training presentations, research articles, assessment instruments, and client handouts. Unlike many facilities, we utilize an on-line research-focused assessment tool to gauge progress, screen risk items, and improve treatment success. Clinical outcomes are rigorously evaluated by our on-site laboratory through the use of cutting-edge software, to provide real-time feedback to clinicians and patients throughout the treatment process.
All of these clinical experiences are supported with a rich didactics program, individual supervision, and ad hoc consultation with members of our clinical staff across offices in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Rockland County. In addition, interns are provided with professional development funds that they are encouraged to utilize. The Director of Clinical Training is involved in all aspects of the training program in both sites where trainees work (Manhattan office and Brooklyn office).
Applicants must be in the final year of a clinical, counseling, school, or combined psychology doctoral program and must have completed all pre-internship coursework and other academic requirements, including an approved dissertation proposal, prior to the start of the internship year. Applicants from APA- or CPA-approved programs are strongly preferred. No minimum number of clinical hours are required, but applicants must have completed at least two years of supervised externship/practicum experience involving provision of psychotherapy. Practicum experience utilizing evidence-based treatment methods, particularly CBT and DBT is strongly preferred.
Center for Anxiety’s internship program strongly values diversity and this value is explicitly reflected across multiple areas of the internship. The training program makes efforts to create an equitable, inclusive, and affirming learning environment. We also provide equal opportunity to all prospective interns and staff, and do not discriminate due to a person’s age, disability, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, language, national origin, race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, social economic status, or other factors that are not predictive of or related to success as a psychology intern. A copy of our Internship Diversity and Non-discrimination Policy, and Equal Employment Opportunity Policy can be found in our internship training program handbook, along with a more detailed description of our training program.
Please click here for a detailed description of our training program.
Qualified applicants should submit the following materials via the AAPI Online Portal:
- Completed AAPI application
- Cover letter (in your letter, please specify which sites you are interested in being considered for)
- Three letters of recommendation
All application materials must be received by the date noted in the current APPIC directory listing in order to be considered.
Additional information about the application and interview process is provided below:
- For the 2021-2022 Internship training year, Center for Anxiety is accepting applicants in our Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Rockland County locations. If you would like to be considered for more than one location, only one application is required. However, please indicate in your cover letter for which sites you would like to be considered.
- Applications for the Internship Program are due November 15, 2020.
- The Center for Anxiety – Manhattan’s Match # is 247111.
- The Center for Anxiety – Brooklyn’s Match # is 247112.
- The Center for Anxiety – Rockland’s Match # is 247113.
- Interviews will be conducted beginning in mid-December through January, and will be held virtually.
- The Center for Anxiety adheres to all APPIC Match policies and follows all APPIC guidelines pertaining to internship applications, offers, and acceptances.
Application Screening and Interview Processes
Center for Anxiety will base its selection process on the entire application package noted above.
All applications will be reviewed by the Center for Anxiety’s training committee using a Standard Application Rating Scale and evaluated for potential goodness of fit with the internship program. The training committee meets to determine which applicants to invite for interviews based upon the results of this review process. Applicants are notified whether they have received an interview by email on or before December 15. Interviews will occur virtually, and are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis beginning in mid-December and will continue through the end of January. Applicants will engage in interviews with two members of the training committee. All interviews are conducted using a standard set of interview questions, although members of the training committee may ask additional interview questions of applicants as appropriate.
Participation in the APPIC Match
As a member of APPIC, Center for Anxiety participates in the national internship matching process by submitting its applicant rankings to the National Matching Service. Center for Anxiety abides by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant. All interns who match to the Center for Anxiety must provide proof of citizenship or legal residency.
Questions regarding any part of the selection process or Center for Anxiety’s academic preparation requirements may be directed to the Director of Clinical Training:
Marcia Kimeldorf, PhD
Director of Clinical Training