Psychoanalytic Psychology Internship Program
PLEASE NOTE: We are not accepting applications for the 2019-2020 training year. Please check back in Fall 2020 for new application dates.
Access Institute offers two-year, half-time psychoanalytically-oriented pre-doctoral internship. Interns participate in an intensive program where half of the 24 hour per week commitment is comprised of supervision and didactic training from some of the Bay Area’s top clinicians. This internship begins July 1 and ends June 30 and pays a yearly stipend of $12,500. It is open to pre-doctoral interns who have completed their coursework and practica requirements. Interns in this program receive 1200 hours per year for a total of 2400 hours.
Interns spend up to 12 hours per week providing direct clinical services. This can include individual therapy for adults, adolescents, and children, as well as therapy with couples and families. The psychodynamic approach supports the use of more frequent sessions, and many patients are seen at the clinic two and three times per week. The 12 hours per week also includes the completion of at least three psychological assessment batteries over the course of the training year.
All trainees receive at least two hours of individual supervision per week for their psychotherapy work. One of these hours is on-site at Access Institute, with a primary supervisor who is an Access Institute staff member. The second hour of supervision is provided by an affiliate of Access Institute and takes place off-site in the delegated supervisor’s private office. In addition, interns attend five one and a half hour seminars per week. Seminars are progressive throughout the two year period and are designed to facilitate the building of clinical thinking and skills. Interns also attend the weekly staff meeting where, in addition to covering general clinic business, they have the opportunity to consult on cases with the clinic’s prescribing psychiatrist and participate in “Care Team” where patients in need of adjunctive services are discussed. When interns have been assigned an assessment battery, they are also assigned an external supervisor with whom they meet for the duration of the time that they are working on that battery up through the completion of the report and the feedback session.
Intern’s weekly time commitment will include:
- Direct patient services, up to 12 hours per week (half-time).
- Attending all required didactic training seminars. Attending a weekly staff meeting.
- Meeting weekly with the primary on-site supervisor for one hour.
- Meeting weekly with the adjunct supervisor(s) for one hour.
- Maintaining all clinic paperwork.
- Attending all in-house Grand Rounds presentations.
- Attending and completing other assigned activities related to training and patient care.
The overall goal of the internship programs at Access Institute is to teach young clinicians how to flexibly integrate psychoanalytic approaches to be used with an underserved, inner city population. We train clinicians to be culturally competent and theoretically sound. Our graduates have a dedication to working with underserved populations and carry this commitment with them as part of their enduring professional identity. More specifically, students can expect to gain experience working with a culturally and diagnostically diverse caseload, spanning the lifecycle. They will become proficient in diagnosis, case formulation, treatment planning and become well versed in contemporary psychoanalytic theory that flexibly integrates cultural and sociopolitical perspectives. Through this intensive training, they will find their own clinical voice among others in the psychoanalytic tradition.
In their psychotherapy work, after completing their internship at Access Institute, interns will be able to:
- Use psychoanalytic concepts in case formulation
- Accurately diagnose a broad range of patients
- Understand how cultural forces interact with internal dynamics
- Use psychoanalytic techniques flexibly
- Intervene appropriately in a crisis situation
- Self confidently assess their own strengths and weaknesses
- Use supervision and consultation maturely and appropriately
- Know ethical principles and legal mandates
In their assessment work, after completing their internship at Access Institute, interns will be able to:
- Perform a clinical interview and Mental Status Exam
- Administer Cognitive, Educational, Personality, Projective and Neuropsychological assessments
- Write assessment reports
- use assessment supervision efficiently and appropriately
- communicate findings and give clinical feedback about assessment results
- manage assessment cases in a timely and responsible manner
This sequence of courses follows a developmental trajectory, starting with basic principles, beginning treatment and formulation, and becoming more specific, with classes in working with special populations, like children and couples and ending with a course on termination. The theoretical sequence begins with Freud and continues through Contemporary Object Relations. Additionally, courses include Substance Abuse and Trauma, as these are common problems in the community mental health population served in our clinic. We place special emphasis on Sociocultural Processes in each and every class, in addition to having a designated course which addresses this topic alone. The case conference is designed to follow a developmental process, whereby in the first semester, the students focus on case formulation and diagnosis and in the second semester, the focus is more on issues that arise once treatment is established. This sequence of courses continues the developmental trajectory that was started in their first year of training. Human Development is taught, the sequence in psychoanalytic theory is completed and technique specific courses are included having to do with ending treatments. The case conference continues the developmental process, and the students become more and more collegial and collaborative, with less structure provided by the instructor as the sequence goes on. The assessment seminar meets weekly for the whole year.
Access Institute provides therapy in both English and Spanish and strongly encourages applications from Spanish bilingual interns.