Clinical Psychology Internship Program

About the Clinical Psychology Internship Program

Founded in 1912 as the Boston Psychopathic Hospital, the Massachusetts Mental Health Center was one of the nation's first public psychiatric teaching hospitals. An agency of the Department of Mental Health and an academic division of the Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the MMHC has a proud history of providing enlightened treatment to those with serious mental illness, as well as excellent training and research in a rigorous academic program.

The predoctoral internship program in clinical psychology at MMHC has been part of that tradition for over 40 years. The program provides training in the major roles of the contemporary psychologist and the mastery of skills essential to the practice of psychology. The program follows a clinician-scholar training model. It aims to develop reliable competencies in evaluation and treatment planning, psychotherapy, psychodiagnostic testing, and neuropsychological testing through supervised clinical experience, seminars, and relevant readings. The program honors and teaches the mission of MMHC to provide person-centered, trauma informed, and recovery-focused care to people with serious mental illness. This training requires a substantial time commitment to the core curriculum for psychology interns in the Psychology Department and a sustained, year-long involvement with multiple clinical placements.

At each clinical placement the intern works on a multidisciplinary team and is responsible for providing individual therapy, both short-term and long-term; family interviewing and family therapy; group therapy; intake evaluation; crisis intervention; case administration; and consultation with community agencies.

The program includes experience with populations which have typically been underserved, particularly those with chronic and severe mental illness. Each intern has a clinical placement on one of our outpatient teams and another placement in either the Vining Street Program, the Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis (PREP) program, or the Neuropsychology Service.

The psychology faculty at MMHC have a strong interest in psychological and neuropsychological assessment. These are emphasized in the internship and also in an annual testing conference.

Psychology has substantial representation at MMHC. There are the members of the internship faculty, the clinical psychology interns, fellows, and practicum students, neuropsychology fellows, the psychologists on the clinical and administrative staff, and other psychologists engaged in research. Psychologists enjoy mutually respectful and responsible relationships with other mental health professionals at MMHC.

Applicants are selected for placement without regard for race, color, religion, sex, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, age, marital status, medical condition, disability, or any other legally protected status. We strongly encourage minority applicants to apply.

The predoctoral internship program in clinical psychology at MMHC is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

American Psychological Association

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
Phone: 202-336-5979 / Email:
Web: APA Accreditation

It is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and abides by its regulations.

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