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Addressing the Need for More Internships

Drs. Robert Perl and Andrea Morrison, along with other members of the California Psychology Internship Council (CAPIC) board, recently discussed the efforts of CAPIC to expand the pool of internships for students in an article that appeared in Training and Education in Professional Psychology (Schaefer, M., Newman, G., Perl, R., Morrison, A., Jordan, V., Wong, J., Ribner, N., & Montenegro, H. [2011]. Shifting the paradigm: Alternative perspectives and solutions to increasing the availability of quality internships. TEPP, 5, 209-212). Dr. Perl is the current secretary on the CAPIC board and Dr. Morrison is the current Vice-Chair and the At-Large representative for Northern California. In the last several years, CAPIC has secured over $5 million dollars from the state to fund internships in underserved areas. Dr. Perl, Dr. Morrison and the rest of the CAPIC board of directors continue to advocate for increasing the pool of funded internship training sites.

Internship Consortium

In order to develop additional internship positions for our students, we have developed a CAPIC member internship consortium between our own in-house assessment clinic and the Lincoln Child Center. The internship aims to train students in therapy and assessment for at-risk youth. We plan to seek APPIC membership and eventual APA accreditation for this internship.

Argosy Assessment Clinic

Recognizing the need of our students to gain additional assessment experience, the program opened an assessment clinic in early 2011 to serve the needs of the local community. Currently, students are gaining experience conducting a wide range of evaluations to a diverse client base. The clinic is currently making plans to be an integral partner in both practicum and internship consortia for our students.

Additional Faculty and Student Scholarship

  • Dr. Eric Prensky, who joined the program last summer and was recently appointed Director of Clinical Training, has been actively presenting and publishing his research in the areas of health psychology. Last year he co-presented on the treatment of psychogenic non-epileptic seizures at the annual meeting of the American Neuropsychiatric Association in Denver; and he will be presenting further research at the association’s meeting this year in New Orleans. In addition to presenting on this topic at the American Psychiatric Association last year, he was co-author of an article in 2010 in the journal Epilepsy and Behavior and has two manuscripts under review.
  • Drs. Herget, Persing and Perl presented a poster in January at the midwinter conference of the National Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology along with two recent graduates. The poster was titled, “The Impact of One-Way Mirror Training: ASPP San Francisco’s Clinical Intensive.” Their research highlighted the positive impact of one-way mirror training on our students. Our Clinical Intensive, directed by Dr. Mary Herget, is designed as an in-house psychotherapy training clinic based on a Narrative Therapy model, and is staffed by student clinicians and supervisors working under the direction of our faculty.
  • Megan Reuter, a second year student in the Clinical Psychology program, has recently been appointed as President-Elect of the American Psychological Association's Section 10 (Graduate Students and Early Career Psychologists) of Division 12: Society of Clinical Psychology. As president-elect, Megan looks forward to working with other leaders in Section 10 to promote awareness of the unique needs and challenges of graduate students and early career psychologists.
  • Nakieta Lankster was recently awarded funding for her doctoral research through the Sigma Xi Committee on Grants-in-Aid of Research.