Postdoctoral Fellowships and Doctoral Internships in Health Service Psychology
Located on a rural 25-acre campus five miles from the Pacific Ocean, Casa Pacifica is Ventura County's Residential and Community Mental Health Treatment Center for abused, neglected and severely emotionally dysregulated children, adolescents, and young adults. Agency services include a non-public school, certified medical clinic, a partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient program, residential treatment, Transitional Youth Services, Parent Child Interaction Therapy, and a variety of community-based services.
There are currently five training tracks across two sites:
A. Campus-Based Services
1. Camino a Casa – short-term residential treatment, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient for commercial insurance referred youth. Interns and fellows will have experience in all three levels of treatment.
2. Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP) – short-term residential treatment for publically referred youth (e.g., child welfare, juvenile probation, education, and post-adoptions services).
3. Non-Public School - serving students grades 1-12 with special education needs.
4. Transitional Youth Services – serving transitional-aged, extended foster care youth through outpatient services and a transitional housing program.
B. Site B: Community-Based Services
1. Parent Child Interaction Therapy – providing evidence-based therapeutic intervention services to children (ages 2-7) and their families.
All Doctoral Interns and Postdoctoral Fellows receive high-quality training through a planned, programmed sequence of training experiences in the professional wide competencies of Research; Ethical and Legal Standards; Individual and Cultural Diversity; Professional Values, Attitudes & Behaviors; Communication and Interpersonal Skills; Assessment; Intervention; Supervision and Teaching; and Consultation and Interdisciplinary Skills. Clinical experiences include crisis intervention, psychological testing, individual, group and family therapy, development and coordination of multidisciplinary treatment plans, and parent training and behavioral management. As a team member, interns and fellows will interact with and provide consultation to several partnering agencies, including Ventura County Schools, Behavioral Health, Ventura County Medical Center, Probation, Child Protective Services, and Commercial Insurance Providers. Trainees will be exposed to a variety of diagnoses in children, adolescents, and young adults including but not limited to Complex Trauma, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, ADHD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Generalized Anxiety, Phobias, Eating Disorders, Substance Abuse, Borderline Traits, other Mood and Anxiety Disorders as well as other disorders of childhood and adolescence. The primary theoretical orientation is a blend of neuro-relational, attachment, and cognitive behavioral approaches; however other orientations are integrated into the training experience.
Training includes two hours of individual supervision per week as well as two hours of group supervision and other training activities. Weekly seminars designed to address the educational needs of interns and fellows are taught by both staff psychologists and invited speakers. Evidenced-based treatments are introduced and practiced throughout the training year. In addition, as a provider of CE units for Psychologists, approved by the American Psychological Association, Casa Pacifica offers a variety of clinical training workshops throughout the year. Doctoral Internships are twelve months and commence the first week of August each year. Postdoctoral fellowships begin the day after Labor Day and are 24-months in length. Fellows are encouraged to obtain licensure by the end of their first year and participate in a semester-long didactic on clinical supervision. Those licensed may be eligible to provide supervision during their second year of fellowship and will participate in Supervision of Supervision.
The Doctoral Internship program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association and is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers. Eligibility requirements include enrollment in a graduate program accredited by the American Psychological Association and participation in the computer matching system of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers. The Postdoctoral Fellowship program is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers. Eligibility requirements include completion of a doctoral degree from an institute of higher education accredited by the American Psychological Association or other regional accrediting agency and completion of a doctoral internship which meets the standards of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers. Trainees with relevant clinical experience are encouraged to apply.
Please see our website at https://www.casapacifica.org/programs_services/clinical_training_supervision for application instructions and more detailed eligibility requirements.