Doctoral Child and Adolescent Psychology Internship

For nearly a century, Starr Commonwealth has been at the forefront in developing positive environments in which all young people can thrive. Grounded in the Circle of Courage® resilience model, Starr provides a full range of residential, community-based and school programs serving children and youth who are experiencing emotional and behavioral challenges. Starr’s treatment approach is strength-based, family-involved, ecological, developmental and trauma-informed. The organization’s research, publication and professional development activities operate through the Starr Global Training Network, which includes Reclaiming Youth International, The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children™ (TLC) and Glasswing racial healing and facilitator training. Starr clinical professionals produce leading-edge publications on topics such as strength-based assessment, milieu treatment, positive peer culture, deep brain learning, trauma-informed care and therapeutic alliances with troubled youth and their families. Practice-based evidence is disseminated through the journal Reclaiming Children and Youth, now in its 21st year of publication. Further information is available at and  

In the fall of 2012, Starr inaugurated its Doctoral Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology Internship program. Starr Commonwealth is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). Interns provide clinical services in this organized training program on Starr’s 350-acre Albion, Michigan campus to residents of Montcalm School - Starr’s family referral, therapeutic boarding school - and residents in the public residential program.  Interns gain experience and are supervised in individual, group, and family therapy.  They also provide psychological assessments for Montcalm students and the broader population of Starr, including youth from its court-referred programs, school-based evaluations and day treatment programs. 

The internship experience is not limited to office-based settings, as interns spend 10-15 hours of face-to-face direct service to clients in the residential milieu and school, collaborating with colleagues on an interdisciplinary team. Those with an interest in research and publication may spend a portion of their time with journal editorial staff or Starr’s research department. 

Interns serve youth and their families across a range of clinical challenges. Youth currently placed at Starr have diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorders, mood disorders such as Major Depression and Pediatric Bi-Polar Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, trauma-related disorders such as PTSD, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and other disruptive behavior problems, substance abuse disorder, sexually reactive disorder and learning disabilities. Interns benefit from Starr’s vast array of training seminars in areas of resilience, relationship trauma, assessment, cultural competence, crisis intervention, developmental psychopathology, neuroscience, evidence-based practices and professional conduct. This experience integrates science, practice, values and self-reflection to best meet the needs of children and families. Supervision is provided by three licensed psychologists who bring an accumulated 81 years of experience in the profession.

For the academic year 2015-2016, Starr will serve as a site for three (3)doctoral interns.

We are not currently accepting applications for the 2015-2016 internship year that would begin September 1, 2015. If/when this situation changes, our website will reflect that change. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

The stipend is $25,000. Fringe benefits are offered to interns and are similar to those provided to regular, full-time employees, including:

  • Ten (10) all-purpose paid leave days
  • Ten (10) holidays consistent with current agreement with employees
  • Health insurance with same options available to employees
  • Professional liability insurance
  • Life insurance

Intern applicants may request brochure and application information by:

Download the Clinical Training Manual here.

Starr Commonwealth agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant.

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