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 doctoral, masters and bachelor internships.

Morrison values interns and welcomes your interest in our programs. Morrison’s ability to accept interns varies throughout the year. Please download the Intern Application and submit to internships@morrisonkids.org. Depending on our current availability you will receive an automatic message stating whether we are accepting interns and if selected you will be contacted for an interview. Thank you for applying.  

Clinic-Based Outpatient, Counterpoint Outpatient, School-Based Outpatient, Early Childhood, and SAGE Residential Program require the following:
1. Must be a student at one of the following institutions: Portland State University, Pacific University, Lewis and Clark College
2. Must be a second or third year Masters student.
3. Must have completed the DSM V diagnosis class prior to start date.

All other programs will consider applicants from other colleges and universities as well as accepting Bachelor or Master level students.

MASTERS LEVEL REQUIRED PROGRAMS (Portland State University, Pacific University, Lewis and Clark College)
Clinic-Based Outpatient
Counterpoint Outpatient
Community/School-Based Outpatient
SAGE Residential
Early Childhood

BACHELORS OR MASTERS ALL SCHOOLS CONSIDERED
Breakthrough Day Treatment and Foster Care
Counterpoint Day Treatment and Foster Care
Listos Para Aprender
Program Evaluation (Research Emphasis)
ORR
□ Administrative Services (Which includes Fiscal, Human Resources, and Equity and Inclusion)

The Morrison Doctoral 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 three doctoral interns. Doctoral 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 Doctoral Internships, download the Morrison Doctoral Internship Handbook.

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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 $25,000. 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 ensure 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)
Mindsights Faculty: Dane Borg, PsyD; Freda Bax, PsyD; and Derrin Fukuda, 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; there is a bilingual differential of 11 percent available with demonstrated proficiency.

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, PhD
Joyce.Ochsner@morrisonkids.org