Institute for Multicultural Counseling and Education Services (IMCES)

(213) 381-1250

Training and Education Offered by Internship

Please describe your objective in training Predoctoral interms. Please include a brief description of your training program and how it fits within the goals or mission of your agency:

Educational Goals & Training Objectives: IMCES' educational goal is to provide specific clinical training to prepare Interns/clinicians to become clinically and culturally competent mental health service providers, as well as socialization into the professional role and responsibilities. Each Doctoral Intern will be given the opportunity to develop an individual training plan within the context of supervision. A sequential evaluation plan to assess the status of progress will be incorporated with the aim of giving and receiving feedback to effectively achieve the competency outcome. The Goals and Competencies of the Doctoral Internship Program: 1. Research Competency: Doctoral intern demonstrates the substantially independent ability to critically evaluate and disseminate research or other scholarly activities at the local, regional, or national level. 2. Ethical and Legal Competency: Doctoral intern demonstrates knowledge of relevant laws, regulations, rules, and policies governing health service psychology at the organizational, local, state, regional, and federal levels; and relevant professional standards and guidelines and the ability to recognize ethical dilemmas as they arise, and apply ethical decision-making processes in order to resolve the dilemmas. 3. Individual and Cultural Diversity Competency: The Cultural Diversity Competency training is uniquely designed to be in parallel with and actualized through the Advocacy/Outreach and Engagement Competency training. Doctoral interns demonstrate an understanding of how their own personal/cultural history, attitudes, and unconscious biases may affect how they understand and interact with people different from themselves. Doctoral interns demonstrate the ability to integrate awareness and knowledge of individual and cultural differences in the conduct of professional roles (e.g., research, services, and other professional activities). Also included is the ability to work effectively with individuals whose group membership, demographic characteristics, or worldviews create conflict with their own. 4. Professional Values, Attitudes, and Behaviors Competency: Doctoral intern will behave in ways that reflect the values and attitudes of psychology, including integrity, deportment, professional identity, accountability, lifelong learning, and concern for the welfare of others. Doctoral interns will engage in self-reflection regarding their personal and professional functioning; and engage in activities to maintain and improve performance, well-being, and professional effectiveness. 5. Communications and Interpersonal Skills Competency: Doctoral intern develops and maintains effective relationships with a wide range of individuals, including colleagues, communities, organizations, supervisors, supervisees, and those receiving professional services, demonstrating effective interpersonal skills and the ability to manage difficult communication well. 6. Assessment Competency: Doctoral intern will demonstrate current knowledge of diagnostic classification systems, functional and dysfunctional behaviors, including consideration of client strengths and psychopathology. The doctoral intern will also demonstrate the ability to select and apply assessment methods; interpret assessment results; and effectively and accurately communicate the findings and implications of the assessment. 7. Intervention Competency: Doctoral interns will develop and implement evidence-based intervention plans specific to the service delivery goals and informed by the current scientific literature, assessment findings, diversity characteristics, and contextual variables. The doctoral intern will also evaluate intervention effectiveness to be outcome based, and adapt intervention goals and methods consistent with ongoing evaluation. 8. Supervision Competency: Doctoral interns will apply supervision knowledge in direct or simulated practice with psychology trainees, or other mental health and health professionals. Examples of direct or simulated practice of supervision include, but are not limited to, role-played supervision with others, and peer supervision with other trainees. 9. Consultation and Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary Skills Competency: Doctoral interns will demonstrate knowledge and respect for the roles and perspectives of other professions. Doctoral interns will apply this knowledge in direct or simulated consultation with individuals and their families, other health care professionals, interprofessional groups, or systems related to health and behavior. In addition to the nine (9) required profession-wide competencies, IMCES has developed two additional program-specific competencies to further enhance the training experience of doctoral interns in response to our communities’ needs. 10. Risk Assessment and Management Competency: Doctoral intern will develop competency in proactively assessing and managing critical incidences in the context of individual, family, and community (i.e. school, home). Doctoral interns will also develop competency in responding to psychological trauma and to provide psychological first aid/intervention and assistance. 11. Advocacy/Outreach and Engagement Competency: Doctoral intern is to facilitate opportunities for doctoral interns to develop and practice their leadership potential in the context of the Cultural Diversity Training. Doctoral interns will conduct needs assessment survey in the context of clients and the community and develop competency in identifying disparities in availability and accessibility of resources including but not limited to health and mental health services in the context of the community. The fundamental aim of this competency is to facilitate and motivate necessary systemic changes in policy and procedure as it relates to clients and communities in relevant domains. 11. The Advocacy/Outreach and Engagement Competency training is uniquely designed to be in parallel with and to actualize the Cultural Diversity Competency training.

If applicable, describe in detail how the internship training differs from practicum training:

IMCES does not have a practicum training program.


Intern/clinicians have a multitude of opportunities to participate in both direct service to clients, professional development, community projects, including advocacy, outreach & engagement, conducting psychological testing, consultation, community liaison, crisis management, research and development, and didactic public education seminars. Weekly commitment includes: Attending didactic seminars Attending team meetings/case consultations for each clinical program Individual Supervision Group Supervision A combined caseload of 10-12 clients from children and adult services Leading or Co-Leading one group treatment session Attending weekly Quality Assurance (QA) meetings for self and peer chart review IMCES provides the opportunity for organizational skill development and time management. Each Intern/clinician is required to schedule and maintain their professional appointments, proactively balance their personal and professional time and be responsible and responsive to their clients as well as self needs.

Training/Clinical Services Offered:

Assessment, Brief, Consultation, Couple, Crisis, Family, Group, Individual, Inpatient, Long Term, Neuropsych, Other, Outpatient, Psych. Testing

Comments Regarding Theoretical Orientation of Staff

  • County - Los Angeles
  • Contact Person Title - Director of Training
  • Contact Person - Tara Pir, PhD
  • Dir. of Training Title - Clinical Director & CEO
  • Dir. of Training - Tara Pir, PhD

  • Last Updated - 29 November 2023

  • Number of Applicants Last Year - 42

  • Participating in CURRENT Match process - Yes

  • CAPIC Program ID - I-183
  • CAPIC Member Since - 2008
  • Region - So. Cal
  • Internships Status - Full
  • Statuses approved by CAPIC
    • Half-Time 1 Year - No
    • Half-Time 2 Years - No
    • Full-Time 1 Year - Yes
  • CAPIC Internship Types Available:
    • Half-Time 1 Year - No
    • Half-Time 2 Years - No
    • Full-Time 1 Year - Yes

Primary Location

  • Executive Director - Dr. Tara Pir
  • 3580 Wilshire Blvd Suite 2000
  • Los angeles, CA 90010
  • Phone - (213) 381-1250
  • Fax - 213-383-4803

Secondary Location

  • 121 W Lexington Dr #300, Glendale, CA 91203
  • Glendale 91203
  • Phone - 818 240-4311
  • Fax - 818 480-3316

Training/Clinical Services Offered

  • Assessment
  • Brief
  • Consultation
  • Couple
  • Crisis
  • Family
  • Group
  • Individual
  • Long Term
  • Outpatient
  • Psych. Testing