Doctoral Internship (Psychology) – Child & Family Center – Santa Clarita, CA


$29,000 a year
Temporary, Contract, Internship

Child & Family Center’s Mission:
Changing lives and healing relationships by helping people thrive through education, treatment, prevention, and advocacy.

Strengthening families today for stronger communities tomorrow.

Child & Family Center (C&FC) is a non-profit dedicated to helping children, families, and adults reach their full potential for becoming caring and responsible individuals. We are committed to showing the same care to our staff as we offer to our clients, ensuring they have the support needed to be successful while providing the invaluable services that C&FC delivers to our community.


Child & Family Center’s full-time Doctoral Psychology Internship will begin September 3, 2019 and will conclude on August 26, 2020. The Internship is structured to support doctoral interns in obtaining minimum of 1800 hours over the course of the year. During the internship, Interns are expected to be on site Monday through Friday for a full time 40-hour work week.


The stipend for doctoral interns is $29,000 per year. Health and dental benefits are available to Interns beginning the first month after 30 days after the start of the internship. These benefits are chosen from among different plans, requiring different contributions. Interns will begin accruing vacation from start of internship & will accrue per pay period based on hours worked (Annual total time of 80 hours). Paid Sick Leave benefits for interns will begin accruing from start of internship & will accrue per pay period based on hours worked (Annual total time of 64 hours). Interns will become eligible to use accrued Vacation & Sick beginning on the 90th day of internship. Interns are provided 15 paid holidays including the Agency winter break, which occurs during the week between Christmas and New Year’s. The specific dates of the Agency winter break will be announced at the beginning of the internship year. The Director of Training must approve any additional times that Interns are not on site.


Doctoral Intern is an individual participating in a field intern/trainee placement while enrolled in an accredited clinical/educational psychology doctorate degree (PsyD or PhD) program that will prepare the intern for licensure within the field of psychology.

The Intern is an energetic self-starter who is able to function comfortably in a team environment or independently and relates well to co-workers and community partners. This position requires flexibility and the ability to manage time and multiple tasks. The Intern in this position must be able to assume a wide range of responsibilities, provide timely responses to requests and deadlines. The Intern will support the strengths-based, family-centered, team-oriented community-based principles of the Agency and acquire documentation skills to meet the Los Angele County Department of Mental Health (“DMH”), Child & Family Center (“C&FC”) guidelines, and other third party requirements as appropriate.


Summary: Under the direct supervision of a Licensed Practitioner of the Healing Arts (LPHA), the Intern will perform the following:

  • Provide individual therapy for assigned clients (child and/or adult); couple and family therapy to be provided as needed
  • Co-lead a group (group therapy, coping skills group, dual-diagnoses group, or other group provided by the C&FC, based on need and Intern interest)
  • Develop understanding of the delivery of comprehensive services by working in a multidisciplinary team that includes clinicians, case managers, psychiatrist, nurse, peer advocates, and multiple specialists
  • Develop the skills to conduct intakes (i.e., Adult Initial Assessments and accompanying documentation), which include thorough assessment of client symptoms, mental status examination, psychiatric history, medical history, substance abuse issues, and psychosocial history to provide diagnoses and make appropriate recommendations
  • Provide case management services as needed
  • Provide outreach services to the community
  • Develop the skills to complete Department of Mental Health (DMH) and other third party paperwork, as appropriate
  • Participate in case conferences in which cases are discussed in detail within the interdisciplinary team (on an average 1-2 hours per week)
  • Meet individually with their supervisor for 1 hour per week and/or 2 hours of group supervision per week
  • Attend staff meetings and to receive on-site and off-site trainings
  • Required to adhere to all DMH and Agency policies and procedures
  • Provide and document direct services 50% of their time
  • Meet any additional requirements listed in the training agreements of their respective school programs.

Approved Activities

The Intern may perform the following activities under the supervision of an LPHA within their scope of practice:

  • Can conduct comprehensive Assessments (other than diagnosis) and Client Plans, but require a co-signature by a licensed LPHA;
  • Can write Progress Notes but require a co-signature by a licensed LPHA;
  • Can claim for individual and group psychotherapy but require oversight and co-signature of a licensed LPHA staff member; and
  • Cannot provide a diagnosis, however may indicate an existing diagnosis by documenting which licensed LPHA made the diagnosis
  • Can claim for any service within the scope of practice of the discipline of their graduate program.

Direct Services

  • Facilitate and/or co-facilitate rehabilitation groups and group therapy
  • Provide individual therapy to children and/or adults
  • May provide case management services as needed to meet the needs of the assigned clients


  • Attend team meetings
  • Consult with inter- and intra-agency team

Clinical Skill Development

  • Develop clinical skills by way of individual, group, live, audio or video supervision and by experiential work in individual and family therapy sessions.
  • Gain education and experience related to different theoretical orientations, developing treatment goals and interventions, defense mechanisms, countertransference, personality traits and disorders, etc.

Quality Assurance

  • Become proficient at Department of Mental Health documentation and progress notes.
  • Become proficient at case conceptualization and currently used DSM diagnosis

SCHEDULE: (subject to change based on Center’s needs)

  • Length of Internship: 12 Months
  • Hours/Week: 40 hours per week

Actual work schedule as agreed with Direct Supervisor and based on business/program needs




  • Requires the ability to independently use a computer and learn necessary computer programs.
  • Must have a current valid California driver’s license and current automobile insurance. Must have and maintain a clean driving record acceptable to the C&FC’s insurance company.
  • Must pass all applicable health, fingerprint/Live Scan and DMV clearances.


  • Must have a minimum of a Master’s degree from an accredited or State approved school in a related field of study.
  • Enrolled in a PsyD or PhD Program in recognized program and University with whom Child & Family has an executed agreement for Intern placement
  • One year experience working with children and/or families preferred.
  • At the start of the internship year the applicant has 72 quarter units or 48 semester/trimester units of coursework, not including thesis, internship, or dissertation, must complete DMH waiver prior to start date and must provide a copy of an official transcript before start date and an unofficial copy at time of application.


  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to:
  • Walk
  • Use hands to finger
  • Handle or feel objects, tools, or controls, and talk or hear
  • Stand and sit
  • Reach with hands and arms, and stoop, kneel, crouch, or possibly crawl.
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Job Types: Temporary, Internship, Contract

Salary: $29,000.00 /year


  • working with children and/or families: 1 year (Preferred)


  • Master’s (Required)

Employment Length:

  • Varies
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