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APA Accredited Doctoral Internship

Western Youth Services offers a one-year, full time Doctoral Internship Program for interns seeking to build expertise in child and adolescent (community) psychology.

Intern at WYS and Gain Experience in Evidence-Based Practices

All interns will gain experience in one or more of the following evidence-based practices

Functional Family Therapy

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Seminars and other training experiences may also be available in the following evidence-based programs

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Motivational Interviewing

Incredible Years

Seeking Safety

The WYS Doctoral Internship Program is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). To apply, please complete the APPIC Application for Psychology Interns (AAPI) online.

Applications are due each year by November 1. With the exception of letters of recommendation, no materials will be reviewed late without prior permission and a clear rationale.

The AAPI Online application packet will include:

  • Resume/Vitae
  • Cover letter/letter of interest in our program
  • Copy of all graduate transcripts
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Verification of Internship Eligibility and Readiness from your graduate program’s Director of Training

To have a complete application, you also will need to include one psychological testing report, preferably on a child or adolescent. Please remove all identifying information in the supplemental materials section of the AAPI online. Do not submit any application materials by mail.

For detailed information about our Doctoral Internship, please see our 2023-2024 Doctoral Internship brochure or visit our directory profile on the APPIC website

Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data can be found here.

This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant.

Shannon Wilson, PsyD, Director of Training 

Joshua Chen, PsyD, Assistant Director of Training

Our internship program is APA accredited and will be reviewed again in 2027. Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation (CoA):

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation

American Psychological Association

750 1st Street, NE, Washington, 

DC 200202-336-5979 / TDD/TTY: 202-336-6123

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