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APA Accredited Psychology Doctoral Internship Program

The Citrus Health Network Psychology Doctoral Internship Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA) and is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). 

Presently, Citrus is accepting six doctoral psychology interns each year.  All internship slots are full-time and fully funded.  The internship year begins on or just after July 1st, and all interns are expected to start on that date.  

• Assessment experiences in a large community mental health center

• Treatment and evaluation in both primary care and behavioral health outpatient settings

• Outpatient psychotherapy

• Services provided to children, adolescents, adults, and families

• A multi-ethnic, largely Hispanic patient population

• A rich program of didactic seminars

Mission and Model

Citrus Health Network Mission: The Business of Helping People.

Internship Training Model: Science informed by the literature

Training Goals and Philosophy

Citrus Health Network, Inc. has defined its training philosophy to reflect a “practitioner informed by the literature” orientation.  By virtue of this orientation, we seek to train interns in a variety of entry level clinical skills, augmented by regular seminars in related subject areas, scientific colloquia, and reviews and discussions of relevant current and past literature.

Our basic training goals are as follows:

  1. To advance interns' diagnostic skills and enable them to formulate complete diagnoses.
  2. To advance interns' knowledge of psychological testing skills and enable them to integrate test findings into a cohesive conceptualization of cases.
  3. To offer interns an opportunity to advance and develop their psychotherapy skills.
  4. To train interns in crisis intervention skills.
  5. To train interns in adequate documentation and risk management skills.
  6. To train interns in adequate ethical and professional behavior and to help them develop sensitivity to cultural and individual differences.
  7. To ascertain interns' effective use of supervision.
  8. To maximize interns' productivity and timeliness.
  9. To monitor distal outcomes of the CHN internship program.  

Each of these training goals have several specific objectives, all with corresponding competencies, prescribed activities, assessment criteria, and outcome requirements.

Citrus Health Network is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association’s Office of Accreditation and Program Consultation for both a Doctoral Internship Program and a Postdoctoral Residency Program. The Postdoctoral Residency program is the only accredited Postdoctoral Residency program in the nation to be based in a community mental health center.  In addition, the entire training program is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and observes all rules for intern and postdoctoral resident selection as established by that organization. To apply, please register through

For more information on the Citrus Health Network Psychology Doctoral Internship Program, click on the links below and please contact the Office of Education and Training at

Overview of Psychology Doctoral Internship Activities

Psychology Doctoral Internship Faculty

Admission Process and Criteria for Psychology Doctoral Internship Program

For concerns or questions specific to the program's accreditation, please contact the Commission on Accreditation at:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First St, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242

Telephone: (202) 336-5979
TDD/TTY: (202) 336-6123
Fax: (202) 336-5978

Resources: Citrus Health Network Summary of Programs and Services