Since its inception in 1957, our internship training program has been an important way for Morrison to contribute to our community’s ongoing scholarship, youth and family services, professional identity and cultural competency efforts.

We offer psychology predoctoral, masters and bachelor internships.

Internship opportunities are based on program need and the ability to provide staff oversight. Master’s level intern candidate requirements:

  • Must be a student at one of the following institutions:
    o Portland State University
    o Pacific University
    o Lewis and Clark College
  • Second or third year student
  • Completion of DSM V diagnosis class prior to start date
  • Flexible schedule

We are not currently accepting applications or inquiries for internships (master’s or undergraduate level). In late spring, we may be accepting applicants for fall 2017. Please check back for updates and contact information at that time. If you have additional questions related to internships, send them to internships@morrisonkids.org and they will be answered as quickly as possible.

The Morrison Predoctoral Internship, an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited internship, is a full-year, full-time intensive clinical training experience with a child/community outpatient focus for five Predoctoral interns. Predoctoral internships prepare Psychology doctoral candidates for the next step on their career path, whether the goal is licensure and professional practice or utilizing a clinical foundation to launch into research or academia. To meet their goal(s), interns are assisted in gaining and demonstrating relevant competencies prior to the completion of the internship year.

Internship Program Goals and Objectives

The internship program has established the following goals and objectives in each competency area for interns to achieve by the end of the internship:

  • Scholar-Practitioner: Interns will be able to incorporate relevant research findings and apply scientific approaches/methods in their clinical practice.
  • Ethical and Legal Practice: Interns will be able to demonstrate clear knowledge of APA guidelines, relevant laws and statutes, and professional responsibility, and will routinely apply these in all areas of clinical practice.
  • Diversity: Interns will be able to demonstrate knowledge, skills and attitudes including being attuned to equity and inclusion dynamics in working professionally with diverse individuals, groups, and communities, and will utilize that to provide collaborative and effective interactions and interventions.
  • Professionalism and Self Awareness: Interns will seek out and reflect on new learning about the professional practice of psychology as well as about themselves and their impact on others, are aware of and manage their emotional reactions and stressors, have developed a professional identity as a psychologist, conduct themselves in a professional manner consistent with this identity across settings, and are committed to act to safeguard the welfare of others and to resolve situations that challenge these professional values and integrity.
  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills: Interns will be able to develop and maintain effective and helpful professional working relationships in all roles and effectively utilize both oral and written communication.
  • Supervision Skills: Interns will be able to demonstrate an entry level understanding and application of supervisory models, roles and appropriate boundaries.
  • Assessment: Interns will be able to demonstrate proficiency in initial intake assessment skills and the use of DSM 5 diagnosis. Interns will be able to design psychological evaluation batteries to address a range of evaluation questions, demonstrate competency in the administration and interpretation of basic psychological testing instruments, and provide professional, useful, respectful reports and feedback tailored to the intended audience.
  • Treatment Intervention: Interns will be able to independently plan and provide effective, specific psychotherapeutic and systemic interventions designed to alleviate suffering and promote health to a diverse clientele addressing child, adolescent, and family issues. Interns will be able to collaborate with clients and guardians effectively in the planning and provision of services. Interns will demonstrate solid clinical judgment in selecting, evaluating, modifying, and managing the clinical process.
  • Consultation and Intraprofessional skills: Interns will be able to demonstrate appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes regarding intraprofessional and interdisciplinary collaboration in relevant professional roles.

To learn more about our pre-doctoral internships, download the Morrison Pre-Doctoral Internship Description.

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Internship Benefits

The internship is a full-time, full-year employment. Interns receive 2 weeks paid vacation plus 7 scheduled holidays, 5 floating holidays and sick/personal leave. The annual salary is $23,660. Benefits also include medical and dental coverage.

Interns are welcomed as highly valued members of the Morrison Child and Family Services staff. They have the right to pursue training free from discrimination based on gender, race, ethnicity, religion, marital status, age, sexual orientation or physical handicap. The internship staff, as well as the agency as a whole, makes every effort to insure that interns receive the same trainings, services, benefits and fair treatment as on-going staff members. Interns are also provided individual locked offices, phones and computers as well as access to video equipment and administrative support.

Intern Staff

Joyce Ochsner, PhD (Kent State University, 1986)
Beth French, PsyD (George Fox, 2008)
Colleen Scott, PsyD (Pacific University, 2007)
Grace Huang, PsyD (Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, 2013)
Externship Faculty: Dane Borg, PsyD and Freda Bax, PsyD

Internship Prerequisites

Applicants must be from clinical, counseling or school doctoral psychology programs. We are looking for bright, diverse and motivated applicants with a passion for child and adolescent work in a community setting. Applicants who will be considered:

  • Are from APA-approved or CPA-approved programs
  • Have a solid clinical foundation in their graduate training
  • Have demonstrated experience and interest in child and family intervention and an interest in community psychology
  • Have completed their graduate coursework
  • Have at least 400 hours of clinical work with children, adolescents, and/or families
  • Have completed at least three child and/or adolescent comprehensive psychological evaluations

We strongly encourage bilingual applicants who are proficient in Spanish to apply.

Application Information 

To learn more about how to apply, download the Morrison Application Process letter. (follow AAPIC Online Application Procedures including a de-identified child/adolescent psychological evaluation)

Contact Us

Morrison Child and Family Services Gresham Outpatient Clinic
912 NE Kelly Street, Suite 200
Gresham, OR 97030
Director of Training: Joyce Ochsner, Ph.D.
(503) 258-4627