Sarah Reed Children's Center APA Accredited Internship in Health Services Psychology

Sarah A. Reed Children's Center offers a 2000 hour doctoral Internship program in Health Services Psychology that is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association. The internship funds three full-time training positions beginning in early August and lasting 12 months.

Sarah Reed Doctoral Internship provides a unique experience to doctoral students through a broad range of experiential and didactic training opportunities. The overarching aims of the Sarah Reed Children's Center's Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology are: 

1) To support, facilitate, and guide the professional growth and development of interns to become competent, ethical, and responsible professional psychologists 

2) Ensure the development of broad and general knowledge, skills, and competencies, applicable to the areas of assessment, intervention, treatment, and consultation when working with children, adolescents, and families.  

3) Ensure that  interns develop practical competency evaluating and using research relevant to the practice of child psychology and an opportunity to conduct applied programmatic research to inform practice at Sarah Reed Children's Center. and to 

4) Provide exposure to the knowledge base of supervision and to gain supervised experience in the practice of supervision 

Training is organized around a set of guided, sequential, and comprehensive experiential and didactic practices that support and promote the intern's readiness for increasingly autonomous practice.  Didactic learning, direct/experiential clinical case practice, school-based practice, scholarly inquiry and research, role modeling, and consultation, in the context of an organized training program, provide interns with multiple opportunities for developing intermediate to advanced skills in the profession-wide of competency areas as identified by the field of psychology. The development of these competencies is accomplished using the concepts of exposure, experience, and expertise, in the context of reflective practice and disciplined scientific inquiry.

We look to attract and match with students who are seeking an internship training experience that emphasizes broad professional practice with children and adolescents who have histories of trauma and persistent emotional and behavioral disorders. Children are seen in clinical as well as school and alternative school settings. We require students to have training and/or experience in formal psycho-educational assessment and child therapy and counseling. Historically, our interns have come from school psychology programs, but we regularly review and will also consider students from clinical or counseling programs who have demonstrated training and/or experience (practica/work) with children in school/school-based settings (Please see the section on Application Requirements). Applicants must be from APA accredited doctoral programs.  Applicants from Canadian programs approved by the CPA will also be considered. 

We participate in the APPIC Matching Program and abide by the policies set forth by APPIC. For additional information or questions pertaining to Sarah A. Reed Children's Center Doctoral Internship Program in Professional Psychology, please contact the American Psychological Association's Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation at 750 First Street, NE Washington, D.C. 20002-4242 or telephone (202)336-5979 or fax to (202) 336-5978. The website is

Sarah A. Reed Children's Center is a private, non-profit mental health agency for children and adolescents ages 3-18 years with emotional, behavioral and psychiatric difficulties. It is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)

If you have any additional questions, please contact: 

Eric Schwartz, Psy.D., ABPP
Board Certified in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Vice President- Clinical Services
Director of Psychology Internship Training