Location: San Francisco, CA
Access Institute’s Doctoral Internship Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association’s Commission on Accreditation*.
Our next review period is September 1, 2023.
At Access Institute, we utilize a psychoanalytically-oriented model of mental health care. This model takes a depth approach to treatment and appreciates the complexity of each individual and the varied and idiosyncratic forms of mental suffering. We not only believe in reducing symptoms, but also value the long-term goals of expanding people’s capacity to live more meaningful and satisfying lives. We soundly reject the idea that lack of adequate financial resources should be a barrier to this type of treatment. Our treatment model recognizes that individual experience in all its complexity is embedded in one’s social context, and working within that context is a critical element to fostering therapeutic growth.
Our full-time internship program trains four doctoral interns over a 12-month period, during which time interns provide clinical services and receive training and supervision from some of the Bay Area’s top clinicians. Our doctoral internship program provides an intellectually rigorous and emotionally immersive training in psychoanalytic psychology. At Access Institute you are taught and supervised by contemporary thinkers who have evolved psychoanalytic practice in meaningful ways.
Interns provide psychotherapy (individual and couple) and conduct comprehensive psychological testing at our Hayes Valley clinic in San Francisco for 17 hours per week; participate in 3 hours of individual supervision and 1.5 hours of group supervision, plus 7.5 hours of training (didactics, case conference, and community and cohort meetings) weekly, and spend the rest of their time engaging in administrative activities.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have shifted our training and clinical work to remote meetings. Charting and paperwork will be done through an electronic health record system. We have included new classes that take up the challenge of telehealth work, and make space for those discussions in supervision and case conferences. Interns are able to access the Hayes Valley clinic, should they wish to have in-person meetings, or a physical space from which to work.