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Internship Program

The Community Action and Human Services Department, Psychological Services Division, has provided the Psychology Program since 1981. The internship program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). Additionally, training has been provided for graduate psychology students, social workers, marriage and family therapy, and mental health counselors practicum students since the mid-1970s.

Questions related to the programs' accredited status should be directed to the: Commission on Accreditation: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association, 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002, Phone: 202-336-5979, Email [email protected], Web:

Internship Admissions, Support and Initial Placement Data

Miami-Dade County Internship Program

Miami-Dade County Community Action and Human Services Department (CAHSD) welcomes you to the Psychology Internship Program. CAHSD provides services in a variety of areas: early childhood education and development; counseling and substance abuse rehabilitation; elderly and disability services; services for victims of domestic violence and human trafficking; emergency assistance; job skills; and special services.

The mission of the Department ''is to empower adults and families, individuals and communities through the provision of comprehensive social services.''

The Psychology Internship Program abides by the APPIC policy and procedures, adhering to their schedule of recruitment and acceptance. The staff adheres to the American Psychological Association's 2002 Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, keeps up-to-date with policy statements relevant to standards for professional services as issued by the Association, and conforms to relevant statutes established by federal, state, and local governments.

The Internship Program offers a full-time pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology. Our mission is ''to provide an organized training experience in clinical psychology to pre-doctoral level interns and equip them with the necessary clinical skills and competencies to successfully perform the role of health service psychologist at the entry level.''

The general training philosophy of the Psychology Internship Program is enacted via a Mentor/Practitioner Model, through which the senior mentor supervisors are paired with the interns in preparation for professional careers in psychology working with children, adolescents, adults, and their families.

Four intern positions have been funded in FY 18-19. Recruitment will begin in the summer of the year prior to placement. The internship stipend is  $19,000. All interns are considered temporary Miami-Dade County employees.

For more information about our internship program, policies and procedures, please contact Tiffany Amrich, Psy.D at [email protected].

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Program Competencies

There are nine areas of competence for the Internship Program

  • Research
  • Ethical and Legal Standards
  • Individual and Cultural Diversity
  • Professional Values, Attitudes and Behaviors
  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills
  • Evidence Based Assessments
  • Evidence Based Interventions
  • Supervision
  • Consultation and Inter-professional/Interdisciplinary skills
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Requirements and Application Process

In order to be considered for admission into the Internship Program, the applicant is expected to:

  • Have completed three years of graduate study from a Clinical, Counseling, or School Psychology program, which is APA, accredited.
  • Have completed a minimum of 600 practicum hours, a minimum of 50 Assessment hours and at least three years of clinical experience.
  • Submit completed APPIC application documents.
  • Provide verification of Internship Eligibility and Readiness Form from the university’s training director.
  • Preferential consideration is given in the screening review to applicants who have demonstrated an interest in working with children, adolescents, and adults via related coursework, practice/externships, and/or work experience.
  • To a lesser degree, a demonstrated interest in assessment/psychological evaluations is considered.
  • Applicants must submit the required APPI Online Application by midnight on December 7, 2018. Include a cover letter indicating any preference for clinical assignments/areas.
  • Prior to placement in the Internship Program, the parent university must sign the Affiliation Agreement with Miami-Dade County.

Interview invitations will be completed by December 17, 2018. Interview dates will be coordinated with prospective applicants, will try to honor requests. Please plan for two hours on the day of the interview.

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Placement of Practicum Students

Students (bachelor and master level) in the mental health field can also request placement at the Community Action and Human Services Department (CAHSD) to fulfill the clinical experience requirement by their universities to obtain their masters or bachelor’s degrees. CAHSD has diverse populations and services within the department.

The application process is as follows:

  1. All requests for placement will be referred to the Director of Training at least 3 months prior to the beginning of the semester. 
  2. The Training Director will present all placement requests to the Training Committee to determine if the applicant meets the minimum qualifications.
  3. Upon meeting the minimum qualifications, the applicants will be forwarded to all interested programs for interviewing. However, placement is pending the Division Director/Unit Supervisor’s approval.
  4. The Division Director/Unit Supervisor will meet with the prospective student and conduct an informal interview with him/her to confirm that the student has the desired skills/qualifications that are of value to the program and to ensure that the program can provide the experiences that the student is seeking.  The interview will also include, but not be limited to a review of the goals of the program; the qualifications and skills of the existing staff; the nature of the tasks to be performed and the population that will be served, the facility, the hours of service, and any other pertinent information that is required.
  5. Upon acceptance of the student into the specific program, the student will be required to provide a picture identification, confirmation of their current address and a letter or other documented form of introduction/recommendation from the referral source, detailing their qualifications for the job and confirmation of background screening.
  6. Each Division/Unit Supervisor upon completing the above requirements will present their final decision to the Training Committee.  In case there is not a good fit between the specific division/unit and the student, the student will be referred back to the Training Committee to determine suitability for another division or unit.
  7. Each Division/Unit Supervisor will develop the student responsibilities in that particular unit. This document will be signed and dated by the student and the supervisor.
  8. There will be a Policies and Procedures Manual at each site for the students to review. This manual will be reviewed at least once a year and more if necessary.
  9. All students must pass a Level 2 Background Check conducted by Miami-Dade County. Students are responsible for associated fees.
  10. All students must have a County ID.
  11. Documentation of supervision form must be completed by the task supervisor/ancillary supervisor.
  12. The Miami-Dade County Affiliation Agreement PDF between the university and the County must be executed prior to the initiation of the placement.
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Training in psychology is administered by the Director of Psychology Training who is also the Director of the Psychological Services Division. The Psychology Internship Training Committee, consisting of the Training Director, licensed staff psychologists, and departmental licensed professionals in the mental health field, meets regularly to review student progress and assist in the continued development and administration of the program. A total of three doctoral level psychologists licensed in the State of Florida provide the supervisory base for student training in psychology.

  • Tiffany Amrich, Psy.D.
    Interim Director Psychology Training
    B.S. 1988, Stetson University; M.S. 1991, Nova Southeastern University; Psy.D. (Clinical) 1997, Nova Southeastern University.  Florida licensed.  Interests: (Professional) Child Adolescent and Older Adults (emotional and behavioral disorders); (Personal) Sports, Photography, Boating; Home Decorating; Spending time with family; Reading.
  • Argelio Cabrera, Psy.D.
    B.A. 1961, Biscayne College; M.S. 1984, Miami Institute of Psychology; Psy.D. (Clinical) 1989, Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor 1989 and Florida Licensed Psychologist 1993. Interests: (Professional) Mental Health Problems – Adults and Geriatric; Substance Related Disorders; (Personal) Music; spending time with family.
  • Vanessa Feliciano, Psy.D.
    B.S. in Psychology 2006, Florida State University; M.S. in Mental Health Counseling 2008, Nova Southeastern University; Psy.D. (Clinical) 2015, Nova Southeastern University. Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor 2011 and Florida Licensed Psychologist 2016, Interests: (Professional) Mental Health Issues - Domestic Violence, Substance Related Disorders; Eating Disorders, Adults and Geriatric; (Personal) Exercising; traveling, spending time with family and pets.
  • Ulysses Arteaga-Acosta, LCSW
    Task Supervisor
    B.A. 1988 Florida International University; MSW 1990, Barry University; 1992 Florida Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  Interests: (Professional) Refugee and immigrant population; (Personal) Travel, Opera, Skiing, and spending time with family.
  • Armando Garcia, LCSW
    Task Supervisor

    B.A. 1984, Florida International University; MSW 1989, Florida International University.
    2000 Certified Addiction Professional, 2005 Florida Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Interest: (Professional) Substance Abuse and Mental Health; (Personal) Sports, Walking, Music, Art, Traveling, spend time with family and pets.
  • Lilliam Alamo, MSW
    Career Planner/Field Instructor and Task Supervisor
    B.S.W. 2001, Florida International University; M.S.W., 2003 Florida International University.
    Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern. Professional interests: Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Early Childhood Development and Case Management. Personal interests: To be close to family and friends, and to take time to enjoy outdoor activities such as fishing, camping and swimming.
  • Lillian Pinero, LMHC
    Task Supervisor
    B.A. Tufts University; M.A. 1984, Lesley University. Licensed in Florida as a LMHC since 1990. Professional interests: disorders characterized by underlying trauma, including trauma, mood, personality, substance abuse and dissociative disorders.
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