Program Description • F.A.Q.'s

Intern Program :: August 1, 2009 - July 31, 2010

Thank you for your interest in the Intern Program at The Berkeley Therapy Institute. We have been offering training in psychotherapy for nearly thirty-five years. Most of the interns who enter our program are graduate students who have had several years of supervised psychotherapy experience and are working toward PhDs or PsyDs in Clinical Psychology. We also train social work students, licensed MFTs and LCSWs who want further training, and postdoctoral fellows who are completing hours toward licensure.

The program requires a twenty-four hour per week commitment. Seven of these hours are spent in formal instructional activities. In the remaining hours, interns and postdoctoral fellows treat individuals, couples, and families in on-going psychotherapy. In addition, there are opportunities to do psychological assessment, forensic evaluations, and to co-lead psychotherapy groups.

This year the intern schedule is as follows: All interns receive two hours a week of individual supervision with two different supervisors. In addition, the Intern Program includes the following meetings and seminars:

9:00 a.m. A consultant leads a seminar focusing on developing skills training in using Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in both group and individual psychotherapy.
10:00 a.m. Joseph Chernick, Ph.D. leads a case seminar in which a single case is presented in-depth and discussed over the course of several weeks. Audiotapes, verbatim transcripts, or process notes are used in the discussion.
2:10 p.m. Interns and Staff meet together for clinical meetings. At this meeting either a case is presented by staff or guest lecturers provide training.
3:10 p.m. Robert Dolgoff, M.D. leads a case seminar.

10:00 a.m. Joan Sullivan, M.D. leads discussions related to professional growth and development.

The curriculum for the didactic component of the program includes topics such as:

  • developing a private practice
  • couples therapy
  • sex therapy
  • group therapy
  • working with the unmotivated patient
  • psychopharmacology
  • understanding the role of the forensic psychologist and expert testimony post traumatic stress
  • working with survivors of abuse
  • working with survivors of cults
  • sexual orientation and gender issues
  • developing a heightened awareness of diversity and its impact on the therapeutic relationship
  • the experiential dimension of psychotherapy
  • substance abuse
  • the therapist as consultant
  • adolescence
  • working with the elderly
  • an exploration of the changing field of contemporary psychology

The philosophy at Berkeley Therapy Institute is eclectic and multi-disciplinary. We are comprised of six MDs, six PhDs, two PsyDs, and two MFTs. Our theoretical orientation includes the following: psychodynamic, gestalt, existential, cognitive-behavioral, and family systems. Interns are encouraged to bring their individual perspectives to BTI. We aim to further develop your orientation and refine your clinical skills.

All of us at the Berkeley Therapy Institute are committed to long-term psychotherapy. Interns who have been seeing patients at other agencies or practice locations are therefore encouraged to continue treatment with these patients at BTI. When interns complete the program, we offer their clients the choice either to follow the intern to their next practice location or to see another intern at BTI.

Our patients vary from students and/or professionals seeking personal growth to severely disturbed individuals who have more serious social problems as well as significant psychopathology.

Interns and postdoctoral fellows receive a stipend of $1500. In addition, BTI provides malpractice insurance, telephone and answering services, and secretarial assistance.

Applications to the Intern Program must be received by Monday, March 2, 2009. Please submit your application prior to the deadline, if possible. Given the volume we receive, it is helpful for us to have the applications early so that we can review them and make arrangements for interviews in March..

Prospective interns should submit the following:
  • A complete CAPIC Uniform Application (CUA, revised 10/05).
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A brief description of yourself highlighting those aspects of your previous training and experience that had the greatest impact on you, and the goals you have for the training year.
  • Three letters of recommendation from people familiar with your clinical work.

Prospective candidates typically receive one to two individual interviews. The interviews do not require advance preparation, sample reports, or a formal case presentation.

Applicants will be notified on Uniform Notification Day, Monday, April 6, 2009 in accordance with the application/selection timeline set forth by the California Psychology Internship Council.

If you have questions about the program, you can reach me at (510) 841-8484, ext.1102 or you can .

Thank you again for your interest in our internship program.


Joseph Chernick, Ph.D.
Director of Training