UCS

Training

Dear Prospective Applicant:

Welcome to our site!  Thank you for considering our internship training program.  We realize that applying for internships can be overwhelming and stressful, yet concomitantly exciting.  We hope you will be able to glean the information you need in order to make the best decision for yourself.

We are deeply committed to diversity and to training culturally competent psychologists. This priority is woven into the fabric of our Training Program and our Center.  It is reflected in the diversity of staff we hire, the lens through which we consider clinical cases, and the way we integrate diversity into all aspects of training.  Our trainings go far beyond scholarly learning encompassing meaningful dialogues, culture-sharing, self-reflection, and experiential learning.  Of note, our campus is rich with diversity; therefore, interns routinely have the opportunity to work with diverse clients, including those with cultural complexity and intersecting identities. You might be interested to know that we:

  • Are designated as a “Hispanic Serving
  • Are designated as an “Asian, Native American, and Pacific Islander Serving Institution.”
  • Are 5th nationally in awarding master’s degrees to Latino students
  • Are 10th nationally in awarding bachelor’s degrees to minority students
  • Have more international students (representing almost 100 countries) than any other state university in the country.
  • Enroll the largest number of deaf and hard-of-hearing students of any US state university.

I would like to underscore several features of our program.  These can be accessed by selecting the tabs below.

I wish you the best throughout the remainder of this stressful process.

Cordially,
Pat Alford-Keating, Ph.D., ABPP
Coordinator of Training
Diplomate, American Board of Professional Psychology
Fellow, American Academy of Counseling Psychology
 

Video Case Conference

Intern’s share their clinical work and receive input from team members (including the Training Coordinator).  The intent is to establish a safe, productive environment, wherein interns receive constructive input that helps them refine clinical skills.  Interns benefit from exposure to a wide-range of clients and presenting problems, and from gaining an “insider’s glance” into the application of clinical techniques derived from a variety of theoretical perspectives.

Peer Programs

Our Peer Educator Programs reach over 20,000 students. We have four highly effective Peer Educator Programs (JADE, addressing eating problems, The Blues Project, addressing depression and suicide prevention, and Project Date and MenCare, addressing sexual assault on campus).  Interns supervise our advanced paraprofessional peer educators (weekly); likewise, they provide administrative supervision to graduate and teaching assistants. Having Peer Education experience makes interns attractive to counseling and it is a skill set that few possess.

Supervision

We provide copious supervision experiences; interns receive three hours of individual supervision (2- Primary, 1-Secondary). Further, interns receive two hours of Video Case Conference weekly.   Interns receive co-therapy supervision for their group work. Moreover, they receive biweekly sup of sup for their work with paraprofessional Peer Educators.  Further, they receive biweekly outreach supervision. Our supervisors enjoy working with interns and take this sacred duty very seriously.  Supervisors lift their supervisees, encouraging intern’s unique interests, skills, and talents.

Crisis

We are extremely fortunate to have a highly qualified Clinical Coordinator who is passionate about helping clients in crisis.  Through our Training Modules, interns receive “hands on” training (from the Clinical Coordinator) on managing crisis situations.  She has developed meticulous materials that clearly articulate the procedures to follow in assessing and managing high risk clients.  Also, interns do a rotation on our Peer Review Committee, exposing them to multidisciplinary consultations around managing our highest risk clients.  Interns have a weekly Triage shift; with readily available support, interns handle crisis situations, including hospitalizations.

Groups

We have a vibrant groups program, offering interns an array of process and psychoeducational groups from which to choose.  While many centers have trouble getting groups “off the ground,” ours can be counted on to run.

Supportive Learning Environment

Starting at the top, we value training.  Our director, Dr. Pearce, was herself a Training Coordinator; she is a vocal supporter of the Internship Program in terms of resources, desire to provide excellent training, and true interest in the well-being of our interns.  Our well-qualified staff members are kind and caring.  We take our work seriously, but at the same time have a lot of fun and laughs. Staff members have regard for our interns, appropriately challenging and supporting them. We are honored to “walk with” and guide interns as they complete the final step in their important journey towards becoming skilled, ethical, contributing psychologists.

Affordability

I would like to mention that relatively speaking Northridge is more affordable than many other locations in the greater Los Angeles Area.  The campus is well-placed in a nice area where interns have been able to secure safe, affordable housing. Finally, for any “foodies,” rest assured that there are many tasty restaurants within blocks of campus.