Careers at NAC

Psychology Internship Training Program


The psychology internship training program at New Alternatives for Children seeks to develop professionals who can competently and sensitively provide psychotherapeutic services to a traditionally underserved and marginalized population of clients involved in the child welfare system, and to take an integrative, person-centered approach to treatment, with respect to the inextricable link between medical, emotional and behavioral health.

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Goals of the Internship

The following goals of the Internship are intended as a guide to the Intern’s development:

  • Achieve competency in areas of professional conduct, ethics, and legal matters. Interns will work toward developing a professional identity that adheres to ethical standards and best practice.

  • Achieve competency in individual and cultural diversity. Through didactic and experiential training, interns are expected to demonstrate sensitivity to cultural and ethnic diversity.

  • Achieve competency in theories and methods of psychological assessment. Interns are trained to identify appropriate test measures; interpret results of objective and projective assessments; integrate data meaningfully; and provide feedback.

  • Achieve competency in theories and methods of effective psychotherapeutic intervention. Interns are trained to manage safety concerns, develop case formulation skills, select the appropriate intervention for a client’s need and functioning, and effectively utilize a range of therapeutic interventions.

  • Demonstrate competency in scholarly inquiry and application of current scientific knowledge to practice. Interns are trained to ground their clinical practice in theory and research, as well as to seek out medical experts for consultation in work with medically fragile youth.

  • Achieve competency in professional consultation. Interns are trained to utilize a consultee-centered approach that considers the goals of the consultee and their foundational knowledge in providing guidance.

Internship Overview

NAC’s psychology internship program aspires to be a center of excellence that will afford prospective interns the opportunity to experience the rewards of serving the underserved while receiving first class training as professional psychologists. We are committed to providing interns with experiences in serving:

  • Clients who require repair of their relationships using an attachment-based treatment framework through diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and research

  • Clients who have developmental disabilities or autism spectrum disorder, through diagnosis, parent education and training

  • Clients who have experienced trauma that continues to negatively affect their life trajectory

  • Clients who will benefit from individual, dyadic, group or family therapy using modalities such as psychodynamic psychotherapy, CBT, motivational interviewing, that best suit their needs

  • Clients who would benefit from a comprehensive psychological evaluation to support them and their families in gaining a greater understanding of their needs

Interns are involved in conducting psychological evaluations, mental health assessments and treatment plans; providing consultations to caregivers and staff; participating in case conferences; and providing the full complement of treatment modalities in therapy (individual, dyadic, group and family) with clients. Interns are expected to carry a caseload of 10 to 12 clients and to conduct approximately 40 psychological evaluations over the course of the year. Interns will also provide attachment-based dyadic therapy under the supervision of psychologists skilled in this type of work.

Training Model

  • A comprehensive orientation, which provides an introduction to all areas of functioning included in the internship with background conceptual and/or didactic frameworks

  • Weekly didactic seminar sessions (1-2 hours per week) with topics that are pertinent to the clinical work interns will provide at NAC, such as training in assessment and intervention, working with medically fragile youth, and clinical dynamics of adoption

  • Participation in weekly case conferences with a multidisciplinary team from all of the relevant units at NAC for the purpose of insuring an appropriate treatment plan

  • Two hours of supervision provided individually and one hour in a group on a weekly basis for both testing and therapy cases

  • Supervision provided individually and in a group on a weekly basis by outside supervisors from the NYIPT for the attachment model intervention include video feedback of the session

  • Written evaluation and feedback from supervisors twice a year to identify areas of practice that are strengths for the intern and those needing further skill development.

Interns receive a stipend of $25,000 for 12 months with full employee benefits including health and dental coverage (individual or family) as well as five personal days, four weeks paid vacation (accrued), paid sick leave (accrued), and paid holiday time.

Training & Supervisory Faculty

Ashley Golub, Psy.D. is the Assistant Director of Mental Health and Coordinator of Psychology Training at New Alternatives for Children. She is a NY state licensed psychologist who earned her degree at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Yeshiva University in their Child-School Psychology program. Dr. Golub brings an attachment lens to her clinical work and supervision, and has expertise in psychology assessment, particularly projective measures.

Amanda Boris, Psy.D. completed her doctoral training at The Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. Her areas of interest include trauma, relationship challenges, and family conflict, with a focus on multicultural sensitivity. She has expertise in autism testing using the ADOS-2.

Dayna Shapiro, Psy.D. is a NY state licensed psychologist who earned her doctoral degree from Pace University. Dr. Shapiro brings an eclectic trauma-informed approach to her therapy, assessment and consultation work.

Kate Hariton, Psy.D. earned her doctor ate in clinical psychology from The George Washington University. She specializes in early childhood mental health and parent-infant psychotherapy.

Shauna Balch, Psy.D. earned her doctorate in school clinical psychology from Pace University. She has experience working with individuals across the lifespan, and particularly with medically fragile and SED youth.


Through APPIC online, submit the following materials by December 1st:

  • A copy of your APPI application

  • A copy of your CV

  • Photocopy of your transcript from your graduate program(s)

  • Three letters of recommendation

  • An integrative assessment report

You will be notified of your interview status by December 20th. Interviews will occur in January.

For questions, contact Ashley Golub:

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