Vantage Point Center for Psychotherapy has a robust training program for psychologists-in-
training. We train students at the practicum, intern, and post-doctoral levels. Practicum and
post-doctoral trainees should inquire directly about positions with Training Director, Dr. Karen Miller, email@example.com. Interns can apply through the CAPIC system. We are also currently applying for APPIC membership. Information about that status will be updated on this page.
At Vantage Point, we utilize a scientist-practitioner model of training. The internship training program is developmental, experiential, and sequential. We do our best to match our trainees with the type of experience they desire, while also challenging and stretching their growth areas to prepare them for independent psychological practice.
Qualified intern applicants must be enrolled in an accredited, degree-granting professional psychology program (i.e., clinical, counseling psychology). Intern applicants must have their dissertation proposal complete by time of applying. We highly recommend at least 500 direct service hours of previous supervised clinical experience.
We are currently working under a hybrid model, with Interns working 2-3 days in the office and 2-3 days from home. Interns engage in direct individual and group service, individual and group supervision, didactic seminar training, and supervision experience with our practicum students. Interns will conduct individual therapy for about 55% of their training experience. They will have the opportunity to work with a diversity of people aged 12-70. Interns will work with people of all ethnic, SES, religious, sexual orientations, and gender identities during their time at Vantage Point. They can expect to carry a total client caseload of around 25-30 clients. Therapy at Vantage Point tends to be longer term and is determined by presenting problem and discussions with supervisors and clients as to the best needs of the client. Therefore, treatment can be time-limited or longer term.
The internship application review committee is looking for the following in qualified interns:
1. Breadth of clinical experience with a diverse clientele
2. Various clinical and training activities, including coursework and/or experience in Assessment, Counseling and Psychotherapy Theories and Practices, Group Counseling, Multicultural and Diversity Counseling, and Supervision.
3. Clarity of emerging theoretical framework.
4. Openness to growth (lifelong learning).
5. Interpersonal relationship skills.
1. Stipend: $30,000, twelve months, full time; starts August 1, 2023.
2. Private office with internet and email access. Interns will need to have their own computer with camera access. If interns do not have access to one, Vantage Point will provide one to them.
3. Negotiated leave time for dissertation work, job search, and graduation.
4. Some flexibility in scheduling during academic breaks.
Vantage Point employs a wide variety of clinicians who support the training program. Primary supervisors include the licensed psychologists below. Please see our Team Page for more information about each psychologist.
Katie Polsky, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist #PSY23342, CEO & Clinical Director
Karen Miller, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist #PSY32141, Training Director
Marcella Kreysa, PsyD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist #PSY29595, Supervisor, Assessment Director
Ashli Ellis, PsyD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist #PSY31120, Supervisor
Shelley TIrsbeck, MA, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #85396, Supervisor
We facilitate the development of psychologists who can practice competently and independently in several domains. Our program emphasizes strengthening skills in areas that relevant to community mental health in the Sacramento region. This includes developing proficiency in conducting individual and group psychotherapy with a diversity of sexual orientations, gender identifications, and culture with teens and adults. Interns will be proficient in crisis intervention with diverse populations and communities.
The goal of the program is to also help Interns develop specialized experience with one of the following areas during their training if they so desire:
The specific program aims are as follows:
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The center’s hours of operation are between 8am-8pm Monday through Saturday. Interns are not required to work weekends but are asked to hold at least one evening (after 5pm) hour of clinical services. Interns will start in the first week of August. Services will be rendered in a hybrid model: in-person and virtually via tele-health. Interns will learn how to use our electronic health records program—Therapy Notes.
Interns will receive training on conducting initial intake appointments at VANTAGE POINT and will begin conducting intake evaluations early in the training year.
Interns will conduct individual therapy for a good majority of their time. Interns will work with people of age ranges 12-70, and all ethnic,SES, religious, sexual orientations, and gender identities during their time at VANTAGE POINT. They can expect to carry a total client caseload of around 25-30 for full-time Interns.
New to our program is the opportunity to specialize in psychological, cognitive, intelligence/learning disability, and attentional (i.e., ADHD) assessment and evaluation across the lifespan. Interns in this area will have 15 of their 40 hours dedicated to assessment: 2 hours of group supervision, 1 hour of individual assessment supervision, 1 hour of assessment didactics, and 11 hours of conducting assessments and report writing. The remainder of their schedule will consist of supervision, general didactic training, clinical hours.
Interns have the opportunity to participate in the VANTAGE POINT group therapy program. VANTAGE POINT offers several general and topic/population-specific groups throughout the year.
Interns will receive 2 hours per week of primary individual supervision of their clinical and professional work by CA-licensed psychologist. The supervisor will work closely with the Intern to design an individualized, graded learning experience within the context of the requirements and expectations of the training program. Interns and their supervisors will explore their areas of strength and expertise as well as collaboratively determine areas of professional growth and identify learning objectives for the training year. Individual supervision will include not only discussion of Interns’ direct and indirect clinical service activities, but will also address issues of professional development, professional identity, and professional enculturation to the field. Interns will have the opportunity to receive specialty training in the areas of Eating Disorders and OCD/Severe Anxiety Disorders.
Interns receive 2 hours of group supervision each week for the entire year. The group supervision will be conducted by CA-licensed psychologist.
During group supervision, Interns will discuss clinical work and professional issues, as well as conduct case presentations with the goals of receiving support, feedback, and recommendations from their peers and the facilitator. Interns are also encouraged to use this group supervision to celebrate successes with clients, to display examples of good clinical work, to discuss professional concerns that impact their work with specific populations or presenting issues, to discuss professional development topics, and to address matters about the dynamic amongst the advanced Intern cohort. The focus of this meeting is entirely on Interns’ clinical work and professional development. Interns will be required to present to formal case presentations in the meeting twice a year.
This training’s focus on increasing Interns' competence in a variety of professional issues and clinical topics, several of which are specific to working with issues such as practice within different theoretical models, practice with a variety of presenting concerns and clinical populations, and ethical and professional development issues. VANTAGE POINT focuses training on issues around diversity and multiculturalism and areas of focus on the center such as Eating Disorders, trauma, and Anxiety Disorders.
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