Psychology Training Programs

PIW Psychology Department

The PIW Psychology department offers Pre-Doctoral Internship and Externship training. Our Pre-Doctoral Internship Program is a twelve-month, full-time experience beginning on or about August 1st of each year and ending on or about August 1st of the following year. The Pre-Doctoral Internship Program includes 2000 hours of training in professional psychology, and became a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) in August 2012.

Our department offers two different options for externship placement. The two tracks offered are our therapy externship track and our assessment externship track, which are outlined below. Our externship program is a twelve-month, part-time experience beginning in mid June and ending in mid to late June of the following year. An extern typically accrues between 700 and 780 hours through the PIW externship program in professional psychology. The externship offers a variety of training experiences including individual therapy, group therapy, psychological assessment, clinical supervision, and seminars.

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PIW Clinical Psychology Assessment Externships

The Psychology Department offers an intensive externship focusing on psychological assessment and group therapy. Students have the opportunity to complete psychological assessments with a diverse inpatient population of children, adolescents and adults. The assessments are requested by the DC Superior Courts or by PIW psychiatrists. Students receive individual assessment supervision as well as group supervision of group therapy. Students also participate in a weekly didactic seminar. In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in treatment planning and/or family meetings with their patient and multidisciplinary treatment team members.

The externship is restricted to doctoral candidates in the field of Psychology. Students are required to work 16 to 20 hours per week. The externship extends from June to June of the following year.

To apply, send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation, a description of testing experience (including the number and name of tests administered, the number of tests scored, and the number of reports written), and a de-identified sample testing report to the address below. For additional information, please call 202-885-5600 or email to: [email protected]

** Deadline for applications is the 15th of February.

Jennifer Kahler, Psy.D
Director of Psychology
Psychiatric Institute of Washington
4228 Wisconsin Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20016

PIW Clinical Psychology Therapy Externship

The Psychology Department offers an intensive externship focusing on individual and group therapy. Students have the opportunity to provide short-term therapy with a diverse inpatient population of children, adolescents and adults. Students receive individual supervision of individual therapy as well as group supervision of group therapy. Students also participate in a weekly didactic seminar. In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in treatment planning and/or family meetings with their patient and multidisciplinary treatment team members.

The externship is restricted to doctoral candidates in the field of Psychology. Students are required to work 16 to 20 hours per week. The externship extends from June to June of the following year.

To apply, send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation to Jennifer Kahler, Psy.D or mail to the address below. For additional information, please call 202-885-5600.

** Deadline for applications is on the 15th of February.

Jennifer Kahler, Psy.D
Director of Psychology
Psychiatric Institute of Washington
4228 Wisconsin Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20016

PIW Clinical Psychology Pre-Doctoral Internship

The Psychology Department offers a funded internship program for doctoral candidates in the field of psychology. The 2,000 hour, full time training program uses the scholar-practitioner model, which emphasizes the application of scholarly knowledge to the practice of psychology based on the scientific foundations of the profession. This is an intensive program designed to prepare interns to function successfully as Clinical Psychologists. Interns have the opportunity to conduct individual and group therapy, psychological assessments, provide supervision for Psychology Externs, participate in multidisciplinary treatment planning meetings, participate in family meetings, and attend in-house training seminars. Interns also participate in multiple didactic seminars that include individual therapy, supervision, and research. Interns will find that the Psychiatric Institute of Washington serves a diverse inpatient population, including children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of presenting issues. Interns may select a major rotation on the Adolescent unit and/or the Adult unit. Minor rotations include opportunities to provide work in the Clinical Assessment Center (admissions) and The Center: Post-Traumatic Disorders Program, a nationally known trauma-based treatment program. Interns may also choose to provide therapy and/or assessment services in the PIW outpatient department as well.

The Psychology Internship is part of the APPIC Match and our number is 1918. Applications must be submitted through the Match by November 10, 2016. If selected for an interview, the interviews will be conducted in January 2017. The start date is August 1, 2017.

To apply, send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a sample testing report, transcripts of all graduate work, and three letters of recommendation through APPIC. For additional information, please email:
Jennifer A. Kahler, Psy.D., Director of Psychology, at [email protected]

Jennifer Kahler, Psy.D
Director of Psychology
Psychiatric Institute of Washington
4228 Wisconsin Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20016