The Clinical Psychology Training Program offers a one-year APA accredited internship opportunity for students who have attended APA-accredited clinical or counseling psychology programs.

For the 2018-2019 training year, there will be three separate training opportunities.

CAARE Center Internship (4 positions)
Psychology interns can receive training and supervised experience in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), psychological evaluations, child welfare evaluations, Infant Mental Health Therapy, intake assessments, individual and/or group therapy, and consultation to local agencies. Most CAARE Center clients range in age from 2 to 18 years, although adults are seen for family treatment, individual therapy, and evaluations.

Trauma-Adolescent Mental Illness Internship (TAMI - 2 positions)
Psychology interns in this track will receive training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and assessment and treatment of early psychosis based upon Coodinated Specialty Care (CSC) model, which includes training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp). Trainees will spend approximately 50% of their time at the CAARE Center receiving training and supervised experience in TF-CBT and psychological evaluations with children and adolescents seen for trauma. Trainees will also spend 50% of their time at SacEDAPT receiving training and supervised experience in the assessment and treatment of early psychosis.

Infant-Preschool Neurodevelopmental Disorder and Child Maltreatment Track (1 position)
Psychology interns in this track will receive training in infant mental health treatment with children ages 0 to 5 and their families and neurodevelopmental psychological assessments of infants and young children. Trainees will spend 50% of their time at the CAARE Center and 50% within Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at the MIND Institute. Interns will be provided training in one empirically based approach, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy at the CAARE Center. In addition, they will be trained to conduct evidence based, neurodevelopmental evaluations with a focus on identifying developmental delay and autism spectrum disorder.

The training program, which subscribes to a practitioner-scholar model, emphasizes knowledge of current research to guide assessment and intervention. Psychology interns develop competency in empirically supported treatments and make presentations on current research. The clinical psychology training program is a challenging and dynamic internship program with the goal of training ethical and competent future psychologists in the field of clinical psychology and child maltreatment who will contribute both to the welfare of society and to the profession.

Predoctoral Psychology Internship Position - Juvenile Justice and Forensic Psychology Track
The UC Davis Children’s Hospital/CAARE Center has sustained an APA-Approved doctoral internship program since 2003. Starting July 1, 2019, we will have a Juvenile Justice and Forensic Psychology track. This new track will join the three existing CAARE Center tracks. The new Doctoral Psychology Internship position in Juvenile Justice and Forensic Psychology track is accredited by APA (APPIC Number 177111). This internship is funded by the UC Davis CAARE Center in partnership with the Sacramento County Probation department. Interns will spend approximately 50% of their time completing assessments, including child welfare evaluations (e.g., parent-child bonding, termination of parental rights, parenting capacity, and parent ability to benefit from services), juvenile competency to stand trial evaluations, and juvenile sex offender risk assessments. In addition, interns will provide therapy and consultation in a local Youth Detention Facility. Interns will also conduct activities related to court testimony. Interns will be provided training in one empirically based approach, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and will also receive experience working with sexually exploited youth. Interested applicants must come from an APA accredited program, have an interest in juvenile justice/forensic psychology, and experience completing assessments and working with adolescents. Please submit an application via the AAPI portal indicating interest in the Juvenile Justice and Forensic Psychology track.

Deadline for applying is November 1, 2019. For any questions, please email Dr. Blacker.

To obtain more information about the CAARE Center Clinical Psychology Training Program, please see the program brochure (PDF).

Any questions about accreditation may be addressed to: Office of Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street NE, Washington, DC  20002. 
Phone: 800-374-2721 or 202-336-5979.

Post-doctoral training program

The CAARE Center also offers postdoctoral training that is similar in nature to the Clinical Psychology training program. In addition, postdoctoral fellows are able to obtain specialized training in a clinical area of their choice (e.g., individual and group therapy, parent-child interaction therapy, psychological evaluations, child welfare evaluations).

Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

Dawn Blacker, Ph.D.
Co-training Director, Clinical Psychology Training Program
UC Davis Medical Center CAARE Center
3671 Business Drive
Sacramento, CA 95820
916-732-8971
Email