Accreditation Disclosure Statement

The Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association has accredited the Jefferson Center for Mental Health internship since March 2016.    Jefferson Center for Mental Health is a member of Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC).  

Questions related to Jefferson Center Internship program accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
(202) 336-5979

Doctoral Internships

Jefferson Center for Mental Health and its Doctoral Psychology Internship Program are committed to the recruitment of culturally and ethnically diverse interns. We encourage inquiries and applications from all qualified individuals.

Completed applications are expected to meet the following requirements:

  • Doctoral student in an APA-accredited Clinical or Counseling Psychology program or in a re-specialization training program in Clinical or Counseling Psychology within an APA-accredited program
  • Approval for internship status by graduate program Training Director
  • Academic coursework completed by the end of the academic year preceding the start of internship
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • Completion of 6 integrated psychological reports, including projective, objective and cognitive assessments:
    • minimum of 1 child/adolescent administered
    • minimum of 1 adult battery administered
    • minimum of 1 WISC or WAIS administered
    • minimum of 2 Rorschachs administered, preferably to both an adult and child
  • Completion of at least 500 practicum intervention hours by the start of the internship including:
    • adults/older adults
    • children/adolescents
    • Evidence based practices
  • Approval of dissertation proposal by application deadline

Interested applicants should submit an application through the online APPIC Match process no later than December 1, 2015.

At minimum, applications are reviewed by the Training Director, the Intern Coordinator, and Clinical Psychologist supervisors. Applicants may be asked to provide a sample psychological assessment report, but no other supplemental application materials. The program requires that all interviews be conducted on-site or via Go-to-Meeting.

Thank you for your interest in our internship program. Please feel free to contact Dr. Elissa Stein at with any questions about the Internship Program.

The mission of Jefferson Center’s Doctoral Psychology Internship program is to train independent and competent health services psychologists who deliver ethical, comprehensive, and empirically informed treatment and effective mental health services to a diverse population of clients within a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary community mental health center.
The doctoral psychology internship program at Jefferson Center is committed to training that emphasizes both the professional and personal development of interns in a community mental health setting.

The Jefferson Center for Mental Health Doctoral Psychology Internship program seeks to train interns to become clinical psychologists with a firm foundation in health service psychology. Our philosophy is three-fold:

  1. that training in health service psychology is a continuing developmental process,
  2. that providing a broad range of training opportunities is optimum for the growth of developing clinical skills, and
  3. that clinical health service psychology is a science-based discipline and research should inform practice.
This internship program is not accredited.  We have submitted our self-study for APA accreditation, but there is no guarantee that this program will become accredited.  Our program strives to provide the best training possible and we invite you to contact us with questions.  Jefferson Center for Mental Health is a member of Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC).

Doctoral Internship Manual-2016-17

2017-18 Training Brochure

What past interns have said about their experience:

“The variety of experiences that my internship at JCMH provided helped me to become a well-rounded early career psychologist. I especially enjoyed work with outpatient adults and work at the emergency rooms to do evaluations.”

“My internship provided me with a very in depth experience  and well rounded training. I really liked working at Jefferson Center.”

“The supervision was outstanding. I enjoyed getting to learn from multiple professional psychologists in the field who have different styles and different jobs. The assessment piece of the internship really helped me to develop and hone my assessment skills, particularly with writing cohesive and succinct reports.”

“I found that doing presentations for staff and the community helped me to gain confidence in my education and training.”

Non-Discrimination Statement

Jefferson Center is committed to a policy of providing educational opportunities to all qualified students regardless of economic or social status, and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, beliefs, age, national origin, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability or any other legally protected category.  Jefferson Center is a Drug-Free and Tobacco Free Workplace.

Updated 8/11/15