Sanctuary Centers offers a unique training program for third and fourth year doctoral students who have an interest in working with severely mental ill individuals. As such, Sanctuary Centers is a dynamic agency and we pride ourselves on our team approach as we focus on tailoring treatment to each individual's strengths and needs.

Every year there are four intern positions available; each is 9-12 months in length and 15 hours a week.  Two of our Doctoral Students are assigned to the Co-Occurring Disorders program (COD) and the other two are placed in the Outpatient Mental Health Center. Both venues serve adults with severe mental illness and our COD program also incorporates programming geared towards assisting those who are in recovery from Substance Use Disorders. 

Doctoral Student Interns lead treatment groups, conduct individual counseling, complete psychological assessments and participate in data collection for research. Expectations for student candidates include: competence in administration of Assessments (such as:  MMPI-II, MCMI-III, SCL-90-R, WAIS-IV, BDI), basic knowledge of severe mental illness, familiarity with treatment of alcohol and drug users, ability to work well in a community based setting within a multi-disciplinary team, and an interest in conducting research.

Additionally, Interns are supervised both individually by our agency’s licensed psychologist and weekly in group supervision led by our Clinical Director.

Interns interested in our Doctoral Student Training Program need to submit a letter of interest and their curriculum vitae before an interview can be scheduled.  Generally, interviews are completed in March and offers made by April.

For more information please contact us.

Psychological Assessment

Sanctuary Centers provides culturally sensitive, low-cost psychological testing/assessment services to people living within the central coast community as well as those enrolled within any of our treatment programs.

Sanctuary Centers' Doctoral Student program serves as a training site for students where each assessment is tailored to the client and their presenting problem. Tests are selected based on the referral question and typically include at least one personality measure. Cognitive and memory assessment is also completed if the referral question indicates a need. Additionally, the results of our testing are tailored to describe the individual rather than the series of instruments used. This helps to inform treatment planning and ascertain the needs and strengths of each of our clients.

What is a psychological assessment?

Assessment is the process of taking a wide range of data including interviewing, observed behavior and psychological testing and creating a narrative to address the referral question. After which a systematic approach is taken to develop practical, evidence based treatment recommendations.

Overall, assessment is the process of using evidenced based assessment instruments to answer specific questions and aid in making relevant decisions.

At Sanctuary Centers, we most frequently conduct two types of assessment:

Often times, these can be combined for a broader range view of difficulties. Specific instruments selected are based on the individual referral question which is often generated by the team of working professionals at Sanctuary Centers and/or the family/loved ones of our clients. The most commonly used instruments at Sanctuary are the:

Additional instruments can be chosen if further information is required.