YOC’s Doctoral Internship Program
The Youth Opportunity Center’s (YOC) American Psychological Association (APA) APA-accredited Doctoral Internship in Psychology Program enables doctoral interns to be exposed to a variety of mental and behavioral health services for youth and families. The YOC’s residential treatment programs offer multiple treatment programs for a wide variety of childhood disorders. The interns are part of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals that provide mental and behavioral health services including individual, family and group therapy, as well as conducting comprehensive psychological testing. Doctoral Interns are exposed to numerous training opportunities provided by psychology faculty (on-campus), psychologists and professionals from the community. Interns are encouraged to develop their abilities to provide individual, group and family therapy, create behavior plans for the residents and staff, and learn to work within a cohesive multi-disciplinary team. Doctoral Interns will develop their problem solving skills, crisis intervention skills, and psychological assessment and report writing skills. The intern will engaged professionally with juvenile probation officers, family case managers from the Department of Child Services (DCS), educators, special education professionals and committees, and parents involved within the juvenile justice system. Additionally, doctoral interns will gain experience in the judicial system as they attend and testify in court. Please feel free to contact Dr. Eubank with any questions at 765-289-5437 Ext. 2225.
Youth Opportunity Center Clients and Services YOC is located on a 75-acre campus which includes nine residential cottages that are home to four individualized treatment programs, an on-grounds school, recreation facilities, support buildings, and nature areas. The YOC campus also includes emergency shelter care programs, a private secure treatment program for adolescents (Treatment for Adolescents in Secure Care), a juvenile detention center and an outpatient counseling clinic. Doctoral interns have the ability to work in a variety of settings with diverse populations of clients. The children and families served by the YOC are typically “multi-crisis families”. These families often struggle with substance abuse, poverty, disabilities, homelessness, physical and sexual abuse (generational), trauma, violence, and mental illness. Working with this challenging and diverse population requires the doctoral interns to be open to working systematically with complex family issues and working collegially with other professionals in an organized manner. Linking families to other agencies and resources, providing home-based therapy when needed, and maintaining a solution-focused approach is necessary to provide a supportive environment for residents as they transition back into the home. This doctoral internship program challenges the doctoral intern to find solutions to complex problems with the support of the court system, and to meet the needs of the youth and the entire family.