Friendship Public Charter School operates a thriving network of college preparatory public charter schools. Headquartered in Washington, DC. Friendship serves 4,500+ students in preschool to grade 12 and guides a growing network of alumni to college completion annually. 80% of students come from low-income households. 98% are African American or Latino. The mission of Friendship Public Charter School (FPCS) is to prepare students to become ethical, literate, well-rounded and self-sufficient citizens by providing a world-class education that motivates students to reach high academic standards, to enjoy learning, to achieve success, and to contribute actively to their communities.
Friendship Public Charter Schools (FPCS) offers a unique training opportunity as it is one of the largest public charter schools nation-wide. There are seven campuses that currently make up FPCS. FPCS allows students to have a wide variety of experiences working with inner city youth and their families. The program aims to train culture-relevant practitioner-scientists. FPCS offers students an opportunity to bring the science of psychology to bear on bettering the lives of minority youth and the under-served community. By paying particular attention to how individual and community variables impact the mental health stability of individuals, students gain valuable experiences regarding the lives of the students and families that they service. Students are afforded a multitude of learning opportunities such as, but not limited to, participation in Staff Multi-Disciplinary Team Meetings, Individual and Group Therapy, Assessment Experience, Staff Trainings, Research, Program Development, and Clinical Rounds.
The Psychology Internship program offered at FPCS prepares its students to function as culturally sensitive, competent psychologists. The primary focuses are human concerns and the amelioration of those factors in the urban community which negatively impact the educational and psychological experiences of children and youth. In particular students are expected to be able to (1) think critically, (2) analyze and solve problems, (3) make ethical decisions, (4) assume leadership roles in the community and (5) demonstrate knowledge, sensitivity, and skill in working with special needs and diverse populations.
The FPCS Training Program is divided into Assessment and Therapy track. Students alternate between the Assessment and the Therapy Track each semester. Each track lasts the whole semester.
Intern candidates should be registered, full-time students at an accredited college or university.
This is an unpaid position.
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