The full-time APA-accredited Doctoral internship in Health Service Psychology is designed to facilitate the professional growth of students who are in the process of becoming practicing Psychologists. The goals of the internship year include assisting the intern to become more skilled in the breadth and techniques of assessment and intervention with children, adolescents and families. During the training year, emphasis is also placed on giving the intern exposure to the varied roles a psychologist plays in a large community-based mental health agency including consultation, supervision, administration, program development and research in outcome evaluation.
The Help Group serves an incredibly diverse range of clients with respect to ethnicity, culture, SES, age, diagnosis and cognitive ability. We serve children/adolescents/families with special needs related to child maltreatment/trauma, emotional disturbance, autism spectrum disorder, and learning disabilities.
Clients are served in an outpatient community mental health setting; in ten different on-site, non-public, school-based milieu settings; in two day-treatment programs; and in residential treatment.
Clinical supervision focuses on case conceptualization, treatment planning, treatment interventions, and the treatment process, including the nature of the therapeutic relationship and the ability of the therapist to use the self as a therapeutic tool. Supervisors also focus on uncovering the many layers of meaning in a therapeutic encounter, on identifying transference/countertransference, and on learning how to turn countertransference experiences into techniques. EBPs such as behavioral and cognitive-behavioral techniques are utilized regularly, as are art and play therapy techniques. A multidisciplinary treatment team approach is a crucial component of our orientation and our training.
The Help Group’s staff mirrors the rich cultural diversity of Los Angeles, and we pride ourselves on our ability to meet the needs of families from diverse ethnic, religious, social-economic and linguistic backgrounds. Interns attend a monthly Cultural Complexity Seminar with training staff, and intertwine the topic of culture into all their roles.
The Help Group’s Doctoral Internship Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation.
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2017-2018 Internship Manual
2017-2018 Internship Manual
You can download a copy of the 2016-2017 Help Group Internship Manual, which offers a comprehensive description of the internship program.
The Doctoral internship program utilizes the online APPIC Application for Psychology Internship (AAPI). The AAPI is available on the APPIC website. Applicants must be attending an APA-accredited graduate school in Clinical, Counseling or School Psychology.
Applicants may obtain instructions and download the Applicant Agreement Form required to register for the APPIC Match from the National Matching Service Inc. APPIC Internship Matching Program.
The Help Group requires three letters of recommendation to be sent through the reference portal of the online AAPI.
All application materials must be received by November 15, 2016, at 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time and will only be accepted via the online AAPI.
When all application materials have been received, selected applicants will be contacted for interviews. Notifications of interviews will be completed by December 15, 2015. Interviews and Internship Open Houses will be held in January. Interns will be selected based upon matching the applicant’s training needs and interests with the needs, interests and mission of the agency and the internship program. For further information, Dr. Barajas, the Director of Training, can be reached by e-mail at: email@example.com
All applications will be reviewed and applicants who are invited for an interview will be contacted by December 15, 2016. In-person interviews are required, and will take place during January 2017.
All applicants who are invited for an interview are highly encouraged to attend one of our open houses. Our open houses give applicants the opportunity to interact with our faculty, as well as with current and past interns, to hear more about The Help Group itself and our internship program in particular and ask specific questions to assure that our program is a good fit for them. This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant.
Alumni Photo Gallery
Alumni Photo Gallery
Doctoral Internship Class of 2013-2014
Jeana Allan, PsyD (Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology), Shalena Heard, PhD (Lehigh University), Karen Enyedy, PhD (Chief Psychologist/Director of Training), Kristyn Troyer, PsyD (Biola University), Susie Norton, PsyD (University of Hartford), Sarvenaz Sepehri, PsyD (The Wright Institute), Priscilla Barajas, PhD (Associate Director of Training)