INTRODUCTION TO THE 2013-2014
PCC PSYCHOLOGY INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Dear Prospective Applicant,
Thank you for your interest in our Internship Program in Professional Psychology at Pasadena City College. There are two very good reasons to consider us as your first internship choice. College settings are wonderful training sites in which to sharpen your skills. Pasadena City College is an excellent setting to increase your understanding in working with a diverse population. Our Psychological Services Program draws from a multicultural community of students with the largest groups being Caucasian (19%), Asian-Pacific (26%), Hispanic (43%), and African-American (6%). Over half of our students are female (53%) and 50% are older than 25 years of age.
Next year we will accept three or four half-time pre-doctoral interns. The minimum requirement is 750 hours spread out over 46 weeks. There are three weeks of vacation that are not included in the 46 weeks. I know some schools require 1000 hours. We can adjust your hours to accommodate those schools. In the past, we have been able to award stipends to each intern. All stipends will be dependent upon College budget approval.
Pasadena City College is in the midst of its second $100 million, ten-year master plan. We have already broken ground on a new Performing Arts Center that won’t be completed until 2013. The Psychological Services Program, along with our internship, has grown over the years and is a stable and well-regarded component of the College. We don’t believe this will change in the future.
We know that the selection of an internship is crucial in the professional development of a psychologist. It is an equally crucial decision for the internship program. To facilitate a good match of interests, opportunities, and needs, we ask that you familiarize yourself with our internship and Psychological Services Programs.
Our theoretical orientation is primarily cognitive-behavioral. We emphasize short-term therapy, although there is no limit to the number of sessions that a student can be seen. Supervision is conducted from cognitive-behavioral and developmental perspectives.
Dr. Richard A. Beyer, as the Clinical Supervisor, recommends you follow these procedures in making a formal application:
Arrange to have the Intern Supervisor Recommendation form completed by two clinical supervisors. Also, have one academic instructor complete Academic Recommendation form. Have these people send the forms directly to us. You will also need to send us the most recent copy of your practicum or intern end-of-year or mid-year evaluation.
(2) Complete the Clinical Skills Inventory. Send a hard copy to us.
(3) Submit a current resumé describing your experiences in providing
psychological services. This may be done through the CAPIC website.
(4) Provide a one-page typed statement of your interest in, and your
expectations of, the internship and how it relates to your career goals
as a professional psychologist. This also may be done through the
To be eligible for the 2013-2014 intern year we must receive your materials in our office by 4 p.m. on January 22, 2013, but the sooner the better. Once we receive the required material, the selection committee will review the information and notify those applicants selected for an interview. Please be aware that submitting an application does not guarantee you an interview. Those not selected will be notified by mail.
We will start conducting interviews in mid-January. We will adhere to the computer match procedures of the California Psychology Internship Council (CAPIC).
If you are not already familiar with our internship program here at PCC, you may wish to speak with one of our current interns to gain an intern’s perspective of the quality of training. You may call any of them at the office and explain the purpose of your call.
Because clinical supervision is a central feature of our training, you may wish to know more about your supervisors. The résumé of each of the supervisors is available on the CAPIC website under Pasadena City College.
Your internship experience is a vital part of your clinical training. Please call me anytime with your questions or concerns. I want you to have all the information you need to make a solid decision.
Very truly yours,
Richard A. Beyer, Ph.D.
Below are links to the application materials for the intership program.
Academic Recommendation Form
Intern Supervisor Recommendation Form
Clinical Skills Inventory
Information about Dr. Richard Beyer - Clinical Supervisor, and Dr. Kent Yamauchi - Assistant Dean, and Director of Psychological Services.
Dr. Richard Beyer - Curriculum Vitae
Dr. Kent Yamauchi - Curriculum Vitae