Pre-doc Psychology Internship
CAPIC Internship in Clinical Psychology
The Wright Institute Los Angeles Clinical Psychology Internship is designed to develop and refine competence in the conduct of brief and long-term psychotherapy (individual, couples, and group) and clinical assessment. Interns may enter the program on a full-time or half-time basis. Half-time trainees who successfully complete the first year of the program are invited to continue for a second year of training at WILA. The Internship Program includes psychotherapeutic and assessment activities with an outpatient, adult caseload drawn from WILA’s Hedda Bolgar Psychotherapy Clinic, individual and group supervision for this caseload, seminars on theory and technique, and administrative and clinical case conferences.
Full-time interns participate in the program for 35 hours per week. They carry caseloads of 18-20 hours of psychotherapy, receive 3 hours of individual supervision, and 1 hour of group supervision each week. Full-time interns also train in the Institute’s brief evaluation and triage service, and become involved in clinical projects within the Institute.
Half-time interns participate in the program for about 20 hours per week. Half-time interns carry caseloads of 10-12 hours of psychotherapy and receive 2 hours of individual and 1 hour of group supervision each week. All interns conduct clinical assessments.
The internship program includes a year-long series of seminars on theory and technique, clinical, charting and administrative conferences, program meetings and various other professional activities. Interns conduct extensive assessments using clinical interviews throughout the training experience.
Full-time interns can also participate in one of WILA’s clinical projects. These are typically grant-funded endeavors, which vary from year to year.
Participation in the internship program meets the pre doctoral supervised professional experience requirements for licensure of the California Board of Psychology. Professional experience obtained at Wright Institute Los Angeles has also been accepted by licensing boards in other states in which interns have sought licensure.
The theoretical orientation of WILA’s core faculty and teaching and supervisory faculty is contemporary psychoanalytic/psychodynamic. A wide range of psychoanalytic models guide clinical practice at WILA. The field of psychoanalytic psychotherapy has undergone a substantial evolution in recent years. WILA’s program includes the core of theory and technique that has endured through this evolution. Also, presented are relatively recent developments, which have advanced theory and enlarged the range of application of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. These developments include advances in the treatment of borderline and narcissistic personality organization, new work in object relations theory, the widened scope of the patient-therapist relationship, and recent applications of psychoanalytic theories and technique to brief psychotherapy.
While a psychoanalytic/psychodynamic influence is strongly felt at WILA, the internship program maintains a broadly based therapeutic perspective. The advantages and limitations of psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy as well as of alternative approaches are considered in formulating treatment plans for each case. Interns are encouraged to use psychoanalytic concepts to enhance their understanding of the therapeutic process. However, interns are also encouraged to conduct their psychotherapeutic and assessment activities in accordance with needs and capabilities of their patients.
The internship program shares the Wright Institute Los Angeles’ commitment to a multidisciplinary, broad based approach to human problems. This commitment is reflected in the Institute’s diverse faculty drawn from each of the mental health disciplines, and by WILA’s openness to innovative conceptions and approaches. WILA’s orientation is also reflected in our training program’s tempering of traditional clinical knowledge with an appreciation of the vast array of social, political and economic forces, which affect individuals and groups in society.
Seminars and Conferences
Seminars on theory and practice and clinical and administrative conferences are an integral aspect of the WILA Internship Program. Seminars are offered on a quarter system. Academic quarters begin in early October (fall), January (winter), April (spring) and July (summer). Clinical work, supervision and administrative conferences continue throughout the year.
Seminars vary somewhat from year to year. The following is a selection of seminars and conferences typically offered to interns within a two-year period:
Brief Dynamic Psychotherapy
Clinical Use of Dreams
Continuing Case Conference
Core Issues in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Eating Disorders & Addictions
History of Psychoanalytic Concepts
How Does Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Cure?
Impact of a Culturally Diverse Patient Population on the Practice of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Klein and The Kleinians
LGBT Issues in Psychotherapy
Object Relations Theories
The Primitive Mind and Borderline Personality Organization
The Psychoanalytic Frame
Psychopharmacology in the Practice of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Treatment of Narcissistic Personality Disorders
Treatment of Traumatized Patients
See a list of our Teaching and Supervisory Faculty
Collaboration with WILA Postgraduates
The WILA Internship is situated within an advanced training institute, the Postgraduate Center. The Postgraduate Center’s two-year program in psychoanalytic psychotherapy is open to graduate psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, physicians and psychiatric nurses. Each year ten to twelve postgraduate fellows are in residence at the Center. In addition to jointly attending seminars and conferences, interns are provided with opportunities to interact informally with postgraduate fellows and senior Postgraduate Center faculty. The internship program’s relationship to the WILA Postgraduate Center enriches and deepens the training experience for all participants. For more information, see our Postgraduate Training Program page.
Evaluation and Accountability
Mutual evaluation and accountability are core values of the program. Supervisors and interns write evaluations of their work together twice yearly. In the event of concern or compliant, interns have access to the grievance procedures described in the Institutes’ Procedures Manual.
The internship is open to students in good standing enrolled in Ph.D. or Psy.D. level clinical and counseling psychology graduate programs. Applicants must have completed at least two years of graduate work, and be certified by their department or school as ready to begin internship level training. A completed online application, graduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation are required for consideration of admission into the internship. A personal interview is also required. Interns begin their training year in early July or October. You must apply through CAPIC. Deadlines and application information are available on their website.
WILA is a CAPIC member agency and uses their online internship application and match process. Deadlines and application information are available on the CAPIC website.