Post-Doctoral Fellowships

CSI post-doctoral fellowships offers an opportunity the opportunity to provide individual and family therapy.  The program also provides experience in developing advanced skills of psychological testing and neurofeedback. Post-Doctoral Fellows receive Primary, Group, Research, Neurofeedback and Assessment Consultation Supervision weekly. The program allows for the flexibility to tailor parts of the program to fit individual needs and interests including research projects, community presentations, blogging for CSI, case presentation and supporting pre-docotral interns. The design of the post-doctoral fellowship is flexible to allow participants to tailor parts of the program to fit specific needs and interests. Recent Post Doc Fellows are graduates of  Pontific Catholic University of Puerto Rico, Ponce Health Sciences University, University of Puerto Rico, Illinois School of of Professional Psychology, The University at Albany and the University of St. Joseph, Brigham Young University.

Doctoral Psychology Internships

The Doctoral Psychology Internship at Community Services Institute is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and offers up to 8 full-time positions at its
Springfield, MA location. These funded positions begin during the first week in July and extend through the second week of July the following year, for a total of 2000-Internship hours.

The mission of the Doctoral Psychology Internship at CSI is to prepare Interns to be psychologists who can function independently, effectively, and flexibly in a variety of community settings. CSI was an early pioneer in providing child-focused family support for multi-problem families, particularly those involved with child welfare, juvenile justice, and the Courts and continues this mission.

The treatment of mental health has undergone a radical shift in the way services are delivered to the disenfranchised, a population often poorly served by a clinic-based model. CSI provides a structured training program for delivering a wide range of clinical services including psychological testing, clinical interviews, diagnostic assessment, play therapy, and individual and family psychotherapy. Many of our Interns have familiarity with the office setting; however, CSI prepares Interns for effective practice in the community-particularly at home and in school.

The focus of the training year is on effective service delivery of in-home outpatient psychotherapy treatment. We believe that this training has broad applicability, with transferable clinical skills and roles, to virtually any community or hospital-based healthcare setting, private practice, and residential or public/private school.

Additionally, in-home outpatient psychotherapy is a growing field of service. Once viscerally familiar with the challenges of in-home outpatient psychotherapy with this demanding population, Interns may choose to pursue further training using in-home outpatient psychotherapy services as doctoral-level psychology supervisors, clinical program administrators, grant writers or program innovators.

If you have any questions about the accreditation process for doctoral internship programs, you can contact the APA Commission on Accreditation at:
American Psychological Association
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation/Commission on Accreditation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: (202) 336-5979
TDD/TTY: (202) 336-6123
Fax: (202) 336-5978

Doctoral Practicum Training

Doctoral practicum students will be responsible for providing in-clinic and outreach individual psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults struggling with serious emotional disturbances, psychological impairments, addictions, and high-stress life circumstances. Many clients at CSI have experienced some sort of traumatic event as well as are involved with the Department of Children and Families. This 20 hour a week practicum includes two 1 hour individual supervisions with a licensed psychologist, four hours of weekly didactic training, and about 8-10 direct client hours per week. Practicum students are welcome to work with their supervisors to tailor their training experience based on their interests. Previous trainees have focused their trainings on gathering experiences in neurofeedback, psychological evaluation, play therapy, filial therapy, and group psychotherapy.

Psychological Testing Track
Doctoral practicum students have the opportunity to participate in a specialized training focused on providing psychological evaluations over the course of the training year. Students would complete a minimum of ten evaluations throughout the practicum, which averages to about one per month. To accommodate the increased focused on testing, doctoral practicum students would carry a smaller clinical caseload.

Pre Masters Internship in Psychology/Mental Health Counseling

This internship provides 2nd year graduate-level students in a mental health-related major, the opportunity to provide outpatient therapy to a diverse population of adults, children, and families in an outreach setting while being fully supported by a dedicated internship faculty.  The internship is designed to give the participants the necessary skills to be successful at providing therapy to a population challenged by multiple stressors (e.g., economic stress, multigenerational transmission of trauma, lack of supportive resources, and other challenges). The program is rounded out with weekly individual and group supervision, as well as weekly didactic training and other leaning opportunities.

Recent interns come from Springfield College, Bay Path Univeristy, Simmons College, Lesley College, Cambridge College, and William James University.

Pre-MSW Internship Program

CSI’s Social Work Interns—all advanced standing or second year placement—work within the inter-disciplinary team environment of the agency. The dynamic commitment of student interns energizes and enriches the agency’s culture of learning. Clients, staff, and students alike benefit. CSI works to help students meet requirements particular to each respective Graduate School of Social Work. The clinical training program provides weekly individual clinical supervision, weekly group supervision and didactic trainings, ongoing dialogue, and monthly consultation with the Medical Director.

Social Work field education connects classroom knowledge with practice situations and challenges. The vital learning laboratory of the agency setting helps illuminate the principles of therapeutic alliance and effective intervention. By providing services under the guidance of experienced professionals, students competently apply social work values, skills, and knowledge while serving individuals and families from vulnerable populations. Students develop their own particular clinical style while working from strengths-based and person-in-environment perspectives. Interns’ multilevel social work interventions help clients address their problems and better navigate community and social service systems.

Recent interns in the pre masters in Social Work program graduated from Springfield College School of Social Work, Westfield State University, Simmons College, University of Connecticut.

Undergrad and Graduate Internships, Psych Nursing

Community Services Department of Psychiatry provides undergrad nursing students the opportunity to satisfy their community nursing rotation by working with prescribers during their daily routine of assessing and managing psychiatric medications for outpatient clients.   Graduate students who are pursuing a career as an Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse Prescriber are given the opportunity to provide services to clients under the supervision of experienced APRN Psychiatric Nurse Prescribers.  Additionally the students have an opportunity to collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of providers

CSI has had the pleasure of hosting nursing students from UMass Amherst and MGH Boston.

Affiliation with Springfield College Department of Psychology

As an affiliate of Springfield College, CSI annually administers and supervises a program of practical clinical experience for graduate level psychology students.