The Center for Brief Therapy serves as a doctoral internship site for training future psychologists and also serves as a site for PCOM masters and doctoral level students completing practicum experiences.
The Center for Brief Therapy serves as a doctoral internship site for training future psychologists through participation in the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC).View Internship Handbook [PDF]
The internship at the Center for Brief Therapy is exclusively affiliated with the APA accredited PsyD program in Clinical Psychology at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). The doctoral program at PCOM is grounded in cognitive-behavioral practice, and the internship mirrors and extends the competencies gained in the doctoral program prior to internship. The doctoral curriculum trains students in the use of empirically supported assessment and interventions addressing the most current developments in psychology, with an emphasis on the intersection of psychology, behavioral health and primary care medicine, while enhancing learning through practical clinical applications. The internship emphasizes values of self-reflection, attention to diversity, advocacy and social justice.
The internship requires a total of 2000 hours. This time is split between supervised work in the primary rotation at Center for Brief Therapy for three (3) days a week and a secondary rotation in an assigned integrated primary care center for two (2) days a week for a total of 16 hours each week. Interns who wish to concentrate their assessment training in neuropsychological assessment and testing may exchange one of their secondary rotation days in an integrated primary care center for a day in the PCOM neuropsychological assessment center.
The PCOM Center for Brief Therapy is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and uses the National Matching Service program to select interns in the annual Match (Match # 193811).
The internship is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association, having received initial accreditation for seven years in August 2014 (the maximum at the time). It is a member of the Association of Postdoctoral and Psychology Internship Centers (APPIC) and uses the National Matching Service program to select interns in the annual match. The program’s next accreditation site visit was originally scheduled for 2021, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, site visits were delayed. The new projected site visit cycle is Fall 2022/Winter 2023 [September 2022-March 2023]. The Office of Program Consultation & Accreditation has affirmed that the site visit cycle shift will not impact accreditation status.
For general information about APA accreditation or specific information about the accreditation status of the internship at the PCOM Center for Brief Therapy, please contact:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
APA requires that accredited programs make certain data available to the public. In compliance with this policy, data on the PCOM Center for Brief Therapy is available here: Internship Admissions, Support and Initial Placement Data.
The Center for Brief Therapy also serves as a site for PCOM masters and doctoral level students completing practicum experiences in order to obtain training hours toward degree completion and internship preparation.
For additional information about the training components of PCOM’s psychology programs, please refer to the specific psychology program in which you are interested.
Trainees have the opportunity to: