Date Program Tables are updated: 9/1/2018

Briefly describe in narrative form important information to assist potential applicants in assessing their likely fit with your program. This description must be consistent with the program’s policies on intern selection and practicum and academic preparation requirements:

Our goal is to train entry-level generalist psychologists that have been exposed to various clinical contexts in which professional psychologists work. In addition to developing core competencies in the general areas of clinical psychology, each intern will gain experience in a particular area of concentration. Further, we emphasize direct experience with patients at various stages of development, with a wide breadth of presentations and demographic characteristics, in varied contexts and service delivery systems (i.e., outpatient mental health, psychiatric inpatient, medical setting), and employing a variety of modalities of approaches, which we believe prepares interns to enter comfortably into a range of professional roles and settings. We believe this approach to training helps interns articulate a strong professional identity, and fosters a commitment to "whole-person care," namely, a bio-psycho-social-spiritual perspective in clinical care. All interns develop core competencies in psychological assessment and diagnosis, psychological intervention, supervision, professional consultation, and program evaluation/development. Each intern completes a specialty mental health rotation and a health psychology rotation. Specialty mental health rotations experience is obtained in a psychiatric inpatient/partial hospitalization/intensive outpatient setting, with adults, adolescents, or children. Examples include geriatric inpatient (which includes a neuropsychology component), child and adolescent partial hospitalization setting, eating disorders, and adult partial hospitalization/intensive outpatient. The health psychology experience is obtained in a medical outpatient setting, serving patients with chronic illness such as diabetes, heart disease, chronic pain, obesity. Together, these rotations are designed to provide interns with exposure to a wide range of populations with various needs, including those with co-morbid medical and psychiatric diagnoses in a medical care setting.

What we look for in the “ideal” candidate:

First, it is important that the applicant be well grounded in the current theory and practice of clinical psychology. Applicants with substantial experience in outpatient and inpatient mental health settings, and in medical contexts would be a good fit for our program. Since we are housed in a Department of Psychiatry, we value an apprenticeship model, where the learner primarily develops competency through direct experience under supervision.

Second, we value applicants for whom team-work and excellence are well developed personal traits. During the interview process you can expect that we will ask questions as to how these values are part of your professional experience, not just a verbal agreement. Our interns spend significant amount of time working with professionals and trainees from other disciplines in multidisciplinary settings, thus, they need to have the capacity to value the contributions and wisdom that come from non-psychologists.

Third, Loma Linda University Medical Center is a faith-based organization operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The organization’s mission is "to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ, to Make Man [Humanity] Whole,” which reflects its spiritual heritage of attention to the body, the mind, the spirit, and the social environment. Our interns participate in a year-round seminar on Diversity, Religion/Spirituality and Psychotherapy. Most, but not all, of our supervisors are competent in areas of religion and psychotherapy, although with different perspectives connected to their own spiritual commitments. Our interns have come from diverse spiritual backgrounds and commitments, and with different levels of theoretical sophistication in this area.

Some applicants wonder if they need to be Seventh-day Adventists in particular, or Christians in general to be good candidates. The answer is no. However, as a religiously qualified organization, Loma Linda University’s website indicates that "LLU is a Seventh-day Adventist, faith and values based Christian institution. Candidates must understand and embrace the mission, purpose, and identity of LLU and its affiliated entities.” This means that interns are expected to understand and respect organizational values. In clinical contexts this means that our interns are expected to understand and respect their patients’ spiritual commitments and incorporate those into their work as appropriate.

                 

Does the program require that applicants have received a minimum number of hours of the following at time of application? If Yes, indicate how many:

Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours

No

 

Amount: n/a

Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours

No

 

Amount: n/a

                 

Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:

Intern qualifications are initially evaluated during the application process by two of the licensed psychologists in supervisory roles (Training Director and a primary supervisor). Classroom-based preparation and practicum training are closely reviewed, as both of these learning experiences prepare prospective interns to make effective use of the internship training we offer. Regarding classroom-based preparation, completion of at least three years of graduate training from an APA accredited program in Clinical Psychology (preferred), or Counseling

Psychology (acceptable) is expected. More specifically, successful completion of graduate course work in areas of individual intelligence testing, projective testing (particularly the Rorschach), abnormal psychology, personality theory, and psychotherapy theory is required.

While a certain minimum of direct service or practicum hours is not necessary, successful applicants typically had completed about 600 intervention hours (including at least 50 group intervention hours) and approximately 10 integrated assessment reports at the time of the APPIC application submission. The breadth and depth of prior clinical experiences are taken into consideration when evaluating the strength of the applicant’s preparation. Additionally, the quality and diversity of prior practicum training, the number and range of client populations with whom applicants have had prior experience (typically, interns who have worked with some range of client populations, preferably including adult, child and family in outpatient, inpatient and medical settings), and the number of integrated testing reports completed are all taken into consideration. Our program requires applicants to have experience administering projective, personality and intelligence tests. In some cases, exceptions will be made for applicants whose letters of recommendation suggest strong assessment and report skills, and who are committed to ensuring they seek out additional training opportunities prior to the beginning of the internship year. Finally, an applicant must be certified as ready to apply for internship by the Director of Training of his or her graduate program, as listed in Part II of the APPIC application form.

Once the above requirements are fulfilled, the applicants’ interests are also considered, as those who have interests in common with the primary training experiences that the program offers are strongly preferred. Most specifically, in keeping with Loma Linda University’s mission statement, applicants who show interest and commitment for the integration of religion and spirituality within the practice of psychology (evidenced both by prior learning experiences and future career aspirations) are strongly favored. This interest in spirituality and psychology is weighted heavily in the final ranking process.

 

Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year*

Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns 

28,766.40

Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns

n/a

Program provides access to medical insurance for intern?

Yes

No

If access to medical insurance is provided:

 

Trainee contribution to cost required?

Yes

No

Coverage of family member(s) available?

Yes

No

Coverage of legally married partner available?

Yes

No

Coverage of domestic partner available?

Yes

No

Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation)

80

Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave 

40

In the event of medical conditions and/or family needs that require extended leave, does the program allow reasonable unpaid leave to interns/residents in excess of personal time off and sick leave? 

Yes

No

Other Benefits (please describe):

     

*Note. Programs are not required by the Commission on Accreditation to provide all benefits listed in this table

 

Initial Post-Internship Positions

   

(Provide an Aggregated Tally for the Preceding 3 Cohorts)

   
 

2014-2017

Total # of interns who were in the 3 cohorts

19

Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree

1

 

PD

EP

Community mental health center

1

0

Federally qualified health center

0

0

Independent primary care facility/clinic

0

0

University counseling center 

2

0

Veterans Affairs medical center 

3

0

Military health center 

1

0

Academic health center 

0

0

Other medical center or hospital 

4

0

Psychiatric hospital 

3

0

Academic university/department

0

0

Community college or other teaching setting

0

0

Independent research institution

0

0

Correctional facility

0

0

School district/system

0

0

Independent practice setting

1

3

Not currently employed

0

0

Changed to another field

0

0

Other

0

0

Unknown

0

0

Note: “PD” = Post-doctoral residency position; “EP” = Employed Position. Each individual represented in this table should be counted only one time.  For former trainees working in more than one setting, select the setting that represents their primary position.

 

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