BHC Alhambra Hospital
A CAPIC Training Site
4619 North Rosemead Blvd.
Rosemead, CA 91770
Director of Training Program: Joseph H.
Dadourian, ED.D., Licensed Psychologist
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APPLICATION PROCESS: We are a member of
CALIFORNIA PSYCHOLOGY INTERNSHIP COUNCIL (CAPIC) and follow their
application process for internships (except for
California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant
International University). The application is available on the
CAPIC website at http://www.capic.net. Applicants from
California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant
International University, when selected by their school, apply to
the internship by emailing Dr. Dadourian at JDadourian@aol.com, your
interest in applying to BHC Alhambra Hospital as well as a
curriculum vitae (LETTERS OF REFERENCE ARE NOT NECESSARY).
You will be emailed the time for your interview, which will take
place in late February or early March. Interviews will be at the
hospital and approximately half to one hour in length.
You will be informed of an informational
session (approximately one hour in length) about the internship and
psychiatric hospitalization. The objective of this session is to
provide more specific information and the internship and answer
questions in a group setting with other applicants.
NOTIFICATION: Typically 8-12 doctoral
psychology interns are selected for each academic year.
Notification will at the designated time as determined by the CAPIC
and/or your University.
STIPENDS: Unfortunately there are no stipends
available for this internship. However, interns have the privilege
of eating in our cafeteria at no cost to them.
NATURE OF HOSPITAL AND POPULATION SERVED:
BHC Alhambra Hospital is a private, for-profit
psychiatric hospital offering both inpatient and partial day
treatment services. The inpatient services include four distinct
programs; Pediatric, Adolescent, Adult units and Assessment &
Referral. The adult unit provides rapid stabilization, brief
treatment models for acute psychiatric disorders as well as dual
diagnosis (psychiatric and chemical dependency). The Adolescent and
Pediatric units offer rapid stabilization, brief treatment for
acute psychiatric disorders as well as dual diagnosis services. The
inpatient programs are locked and the hospital is a 5150 designated
facility in the County of Los Angeles.
The Partial Day Treatment Program is designed
to address the psychiatric and dual diagnosis needs of adults who
require more intensive care short of hospitalization. The program
focuses on maintaining, stabilizing, and preventing relapse of
psychiatric disorders and chemical dependency.
The Assessment & Referral office provides
telephone and face-to-face crisis evaluation for inpatient
treatment, psychosocial evaluations, individual follow-up while
patient is hospitalized and other duties related admission and
DIRECT AND INDIRECT SERVICES
This training site is an excellent opportunity
for graduate students in psychology to learn about severe
psychiatric disorders, traumatic stress and learn skills of rapid
stabilization and brief focused treatment. The majority of
treatment is group psychotherapy. Individual brief psychotherapy is
assigned for patients in crisis who may benefit from this form of
intervention. Family and marital therapy may also be rendered when
deemed appropriate by the treatment team. Interns participate in
multi-disciplinary treatment planning and milieu therapy. Interns
are assigned to a particular program for the entire internship.
Interns are assigned to a specific program for
the entire year. Interns are assigned to the program based on their
preference and program directors preference. Interns can be
assigned to one of the following programs:
& Referral Service
Partial Hospitalization Program
Eating Disorders Program
The theoretical orientation of the hospital is
crisis intervention and stabilization oriented drawing from
cognitive behavioral and systems theories. Interns will also learn
a great deal about management of psychiatric crisis and addictions
as well as the use of psychotropic medications used by the
attending psychiatrists in stabilizing patients in acute
SUPERVISION AND TRAINING
The hospital is committed to provide interns
with the necessary supervision to meet state licensing, APA and
CAPIC requirements as determined prior to the beginning of the
internship. All clinical supervisors are licensed and have met
necessary requirements to provide supervision. We take great
care to assure the intern has a gradual supportive introduction
into this challenging setting. Typically interns begin through
observation until deemed ready to conduct groups independently.
There is a two-hour weekly seminar/group supervision (Wednesdays
from 8:00 to 10:00 am) conducted by Dr. Dadourian, Dr. Ascarate, or
Dr. Rousch. Interns receive ongoing training throughout the
internship based on their needs as well. The first week of
internship is devoted to preparation prior to the actual
involvement with patients. Once a month interns attend the
“Clinical Educational Series” focused on increasing interns
clinical skills in specific areas relevant to their internship.
LENGTH OF TRAINING
Following CAPIC requirements this internship is
1000 hours. The length of the training program is appropriately 52
weeks based on 20 to 25 hours per week.
VACATION & HOLIDAYS
There are two weeks of vacation that must be
pre-approved by the program manager. Since the hospital is open
24-7, 365 days a year there are no assumed holidays. All holidays
must be pre-approved as with vacations.