Utah Psychological Association

The Children’s Center Psychology Internship Training Program

Type of Site: Internship, Private Outpatient Clinic, APA Accredited

Program Description:

The Children's Center provides mental health services for families with infants, toddlers, and preschool aged children who are experiencing behavioral and emotional problems. Interns gain exposure to a breadth of psychiatric disorders ranging from ADHD, to Anxiety and Depression. The children have typically experienced high levels of trauma in their young lives. We also work with families whose children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. The Center provides a range of treatment including a therapeutic preschool program, parent-child psychotherapy, and trauma work with young children. The treatment modality is relationship based and the application of attachment theory to clinical practice is emphasized. In addition, The Children's Center is the recipient of a SAMHSA grant enabling us to be partners with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). As a result interns will have the opportunity to be trained in the use of TF-CBT and Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)with a preschool population. These evidenced based practices are essential tools for anyone working with families with very young children. Interns receive intensive supervision and effectively learn how to conduct comprehensive psychological evaluations on infants, toddlers and preschool aged children. By the conclusion of the internship, students will have learned to diagnose and treat most of the DSM disorders impacting young children. The internship placement is ideal for students planning a career that focuses on early intervention and treatment with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

Training Director: Douglas Goldsmith

Address: 350 S 400 E

Salt Lake City, UT 84111

(Downtown Salt Lake City, UT)

Phone: 801-582-5534

Populations: Children, adolescents, family, outpatients, gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender, ethnic minorities, Spanish-speaking, urban, low income, homeless

Treatment Modalities: Individual therapy, couples therapy, family therapy, group therapy, consultation/liaison, crisis intervention, brief psychotherapy, long-term psychotherapy, trauma focused family treatment

Experience: Learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, assessment, serious mental illness, anxiety disorders, trauma/PTSD, sexual abuse, multicultural therapy, empirically-supported treatments

Position Information

Position Begins: 9/1/2016

Number of Full Time Slots expected in next class: 2

Number of Part Time Slots expected in next class: 0

Full Time Annual Stipend: $22,000

Fringe Benefits: Comp Time , Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation

Applications/Interviews: Application Info available on the website: http://www.tccslc.org/internships

Applications due: 11/20/2015

On-site Interviews preferred: January 20th, 2016.

Interviews include: Applicants meet with the faculty and interns and also have an opportunity to interact with the children in our therapeutic preschool program.  Applicants will meet with Dr. Goldsmith privately for 30 minutes and also be given group interviews with the remaining faculty during the day.  If applicants are not able to attend an on-site interview we make arrangements for a telephone interview. 

Requirements for application: Pass comprehensive exams by start of internship, dissertation proposal approved by start of internship

Minimum number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 600

Minimum number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 100

Minimum number of years of grad training required: 3

Additional Information: Accepts students from Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychology programs. Accepts students from APA or CPA-Accredited programs and will accept students from non-accredited programs. Accepts Ph.D., Psy.D., and Ed.D. Degrees.

Summary of 2014-2015 Internship Class

  •          25 completed applications

  •          15 applicants invited for interviews

  •          2 total interns (1 from APA/CPA accredited programs, 1 from Ph.D. program, 1 from Psy.D. program)

  •          Of the 2 interns, 1 was from a Clinical Psychology program, and 1 was from a School Psychology program

  •          Range of Integrated Assessment Reports Written: 6-17

UPA Address: 5442 South 900 East, Suite 512 | Salt Lake City, UT 84117 |(801) 410-0337
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