Institute on Violence, Abuse & Trauma
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Clinical & Forensic Services

We provide professional training, clinical and forensic services focused on violence, abuse, and trauma.

IVAT works in conjunction with The Family Violence & Sexual Assault Institute (FVSAI) offering professional services which include conducting child custody evaluations, psychological testing, forensic evaluations, writing reports to the court, conducting observations of interactions between involved parties, and conducting treatment of a variety of emotional and behavioral problems.  Additional direct services available through IVAT include:  individual, family, and re-unification therapy; supervised visitation; and parenting skills training.  Therapy is provided to people with a variety of different problems in our comprehensive program.  All services are provided on a sliding fee scale.  Treatment providers at IVAT have a minimum of a Master’s degree in Clinical or Forensic Psychology and are working towards their doctorate degree or are a post-doctorate fellow.  In addition, all have been trained in assessment and child custody evaluations, as well as in Intimate Partner Violence.

NEW POSITIONS currently available for Research Assistants:

NPEIV Research Assistant

The National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence across the Lifespan (NPEIV) is comprised of an international network of researchers, practitioners, and policy makers dedicated to addressing interpersonal violence through collaboration across seven action teams (Public Awareness, Training & Mentoring, Practice, Research, Public Policy, Dissemination/Translation, and Global Peace). Our objective throughout the year is to continue to build awareness through public campaigns, including social media outreach, advocacy and research to establish best practices addressing trauma experienced by individuals and communities, and the implications across the lifespan. Accepting 3 interns with a minimum of a Bachelors degree. Students and professionals that have knowledge in trauma, interpersonal violence, and policy are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Forensic Research Assistant

The Forensic Research Assistant Intern, under the general direction of the Forensic Training Coordinator and/or Executive Director, will be responsible for collecting social scientific research and case law to supplement expert witness testimony and related legal documentation. In addition to participating in the collection of data, responsible for working on a team to interpret intersectional research on trauma for peer-review publication and/or white papers. We are seeking committed students or professionals seeking experience in research with concentrated areas of interest in: interpersonal violence, sexual abuse/assault, childhood trauma, and intergenerational trauma.  Accepting 3 interns with a minimum of a Bachelors degree. Graduate students and professionals that have knowledge in trauma, interpersonal violence, and policy are strongly encouraged to apply. 

 

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clinical services

Our clinicians are licensed psychologists, post-doctoral fellows, pre-doctoral interns, forensic associates and psychological assistants.  All of our unlicensed clinicians are supervised by one or more licensed clinical psychologists.  Services may be available in other languages.

THERAPY  Individual, family, and group therapy is available.  We offer low-cost options so that our services are accessible to all.  Treatment services are provided on a sliding scale based on income.  
COMMUNITY BASED SERVICES  We also offer community based therapeutic services.  Therapy is provided by doctoral-level trainers and post-doctoral fellows to various community based programs throughout San Diego.  We currently provide therapy for  homeless shelters, transitional housing, and youth programs at various locations.      
PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENTS   Neuropsychological testing and educational assessments are available. 
SUPERVISED VISITATION  IVAT clinicians are able to provide supervised/court-ordered visitations as well as re-unification therapy.
PARENTING SKILLS  Our providers offer individual therapy that can be tailored to train clients in parental skills in fulfillment of court-ordered therapies.  At this time, IVAT does not offer group therapy or specific classes.  Please contact us if you have any further questions.  

  •  Because IVAT is a resource and training center, our clinicians have access to and participate in the latest mental health research.
  • IVAT’s clinicians participate in continuous training in order to enhance their clinical skills and keep current on emerging mental health issues.
  • We believe that everyone has a right to get help, regardless of financial situation. That’s why we offer an income-based sliding scale for mental health services.

forensic services

The forensic consulting team at IVAT serves clients who are involved in criminal, family, and civil cases involving a broad range of forensic issues (sexual or physical), including child custody, child abuse, family violence allegations, sexual assault and trauma.  Services offered include:  conducting child custody evaluations, writing reports for court, observations of interactions between involved parties, psychological expert witness testimony and forensic evaluations, and providing treatment for a variety of emotional and behavioral problems.

In forensic cases, the evaluator/expert witness/consultant does not advocate for a client. You are retaining a mental health professional. It should be noted that the forensic evaluator/consultant/expert witness does not provide legal advice. You are encouraged to speak with a licensed attorney if you have legal questions.

The Forensic Team consists of a licensed psychologist, a post-doctorate fellow and 2-3 doctorate students, with Master’s Degrees in Clinical or Forensic Psychology, who are obtaining their doctorate degrees. They are under the supervision of Drs. Geffner and/or Shaw at all times throughout the length of the case. Vitas/Resumes can be requested of any of the Forensic Team.  Learn more about our team here.  


Frequently asked Questions

Q. What types of services do you offer?     
A. IVAT has a nonprofit training and clinical internship program that is able to provide direct clinical services as well as forensic consultation work.  Professional services offered at IVAT and FVSAI include conducting child custody evaluations, psychological testing, forensic evaluations, writing reports to the court, conducting observations of interactions between involved parties, and conducting treatment and assessment of a variety of emotional and behavioral problems.  Additional direct services available through IVAT and FVSAI include:  individual, family, couple, and re-unification therapy; supervised visitation; and parenting skills.  Therapy is provided to people with a variety of different problems in our comprehensive program.  Treatment services are provided on a sliding fee scale based on income.

Q.    Who provides the services?     
A.    Treatment providers at IVAT have a minimum of a Master’s degree in Clinical or Forensic Psychology and are working towards their doctorate degree or are a post-doctorate fellow.  In addition, all have been trained in assessment, child custody evaluations as well as in intimate partner violence.  The providers on the forensic team functions under the supervision of Robert Geffner, Ph.D., ABN, ABPP.   Bios are available upon request.

Q.    What is the cost of services?     
A.    All clinical treatment including therapy, parenting skills sessions, and supervised visitations are offered on a sliding fee scale based on income.  IVAT’s sliding fee scale ranges from $25-$150 per session.  Evaluations conducted at IVAT cost $250-$350 per hour and typically take approximately 10-13 hours to complete, including scoring of questionnaires and report writing.  Forensic consulting work costs $300 per hour.  Dr. Geffner can provide testimony and may be retained for a minimum of half a day (4 hours; $1,500).

Q.    How do I begin services?     
A.     To begin any clinical or forensic service, contact the case manager at (858) 527-1860 X4560 to set up an intake appointment and to have forms sent to you.  At the intake appointment, regular sessions will be scheduled for services.  For supervised visitations, an intake appointment will need to be scheduled separately for both the mother and father of the child(ren).  To begin forensic consulting work with IVAT, an intake appointment is not necessary.  We require that you read and sign our informed consent agreement and send that back to us along with a deposit and records to review.

For further information, please call (858)527-1860 x 4560, or email IVATpcfs@alliant.edu.

 

Internship and Fellowship Opportunities

The positions for 2017-2018 have been filled. Please check our website in October 2017 for upcoming deadlines for internship opportunities. You can join our mailing list here to receive regular updates about opportunities at IVAT. 

Pre-Doctoral Internship

The Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT) is a training center that focuses directly and specifically on violence, abuse and trauma -- responding to it, and addressing its impact -- across a wide social spectrum. We are concerned with issues ranging from child maltreatment, sexual assault, children exposed to violence, intimate partner violence, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). We currently accept 2-3 full-time interns per academic year. Interns will be assigned both clinical and forensic cases. Interns will conduct individual, group, and in some fewer cases family therapy will clients of all ages at IVAT as well as for ½ day at one of our two contracted sites. Interns may also be asked to conduct psychological evaluations at IVAT for various clinical referral problems. Interns are also members of our forensic consulting team at IVAT which operates in conjunction with the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Institute (FVSAI) and serves clients who are involved in criminal and civil cases involving a broad range of forensic issues, including child custody, child sexual or physical abuse, and family violence allegations. Primary duties of the internship position includes providing therapeutic services to children, adolescents, and adults, as well as a thorough review and summary of various court records, including police files, child custody evaluation reports, Child Protective Services reports, psychological and psychiatric evaluations, case records, etc. Other duties will include psychological testing, forensic evaluations, supervised visitations, and/or child custody evaluations of involved parties, including children, adolescents, and adults, writing reports to be submitted to the court, conducting observations of interactions between involved parties, and assisting attorneys to prepare for questioning of involved parties within cases.

One goal of our internship training program is to provide the necessary training and experience in conducting appropriate forensic assessments for clients who are involved in criminal and civil cases involving a broad range of issues. Another goal is to expose the students to examining legal documents and providing the court with appropriate, sound, and helpful recommendations based on collateral information that has been analyzed, clinical knowledge, and experience. The students would also be able to refine their report writing skills for documents that will be submitted to the court or other referral sources. Students also learn appropriate ways to analyze the work of other professionals in the field of psychology to ensure the maintenance of a high quality work for the best interest of the clients. Additionally, a goal is to help students refine therapeutic skills across a range of presenting problems but particularly when dealing with clients who have a history of trauma. Furthermore, a goal of the agency is to expose students to the number of career possibilities within the realm of clinical and forensic psychology.

Applications are submitted via the CAPIC (California Psychology Internship Council) website at www.capic.net
For more information please contact Morgan Shaw, Psy.D. at ivatpcfs@ivatcenters.org or
858-527-1860 ext. 4560

Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT) and the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Institute (FVSAI) invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Forensic and Clinical Psychology field. This position begins in the Summer and ends in the Summer (start date is flexible).

Responsibilities Include:
Working on forensic cases, especially involving Civil, Criminal, and Child Custody cases usually with family violence or trauma issues, and managing forensic consulting projects (including reviewing and summarizing court records and conducting literature research)

  • Contacting and working with attorneys to set up interviews and evaluations
  • Acting as a Case Manager, including overseeing client and associate invoices, supervisors’ schedules, client appointments, etc.
  • Assisting in the supervision and training of Forensic Interns who are doctorate students with Master’s degrees in clinical or forensic psychology
  • Providing consultation within the community regarding issues of family violence victims and offenders, psychological trauma, sexual assault and children exposed to violence
  • Conduct forensic psychological evaluations to address a variety of referral questions
  • Provide psychotherapy to selected clients

Other Responsibilities Could Include:

  • Working with the IVAT Professional Training and Conferences Department to help plan and manage trainings designed for certification programs
  • Grant writing
  • Research and article writing
  • Developing and conducting program evaluations of local and national agency programs

Under general supervision, the post-doctorate fellow will work in our Professional and Clinical Services Department. The fellow will receive at least 1-2 hours of training, 1.5 hours of group supervision, and 2 hours of individual supervision by licensed psychologists per week. Additional consultation and other supervision with staff and associates occur on an as needed basis.

Qualifications: Candidates should hold a doctorate degree in forensic psychology, clinical psychology, or a related discipline. Also, candidates should possess 2-3 years of experience in these fields. Experience and/or training in forensic psychology and clinical psychology are very helpful, especially with child custody, psychological, and other forensic evaluations.  Strong candidates will show evidence of excellence in communication, networking, assessment, writing skills, supervisory skills, reasoning, problem-solving, and team-building. Research and clinical experience in violence, abuse, and trauma fields are also preferred. Although this fellowship will be one year, the possibilities of renewal or continued work at the Institute are possible.

Due to the nature of the work, candidates cannot have a criminal background since they will undergo a background check before employment.

Salary: This is an unpaid position (IVAT/FVSAI are nonprofit organizations).

IVAT is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply, please include:

  • A cover letter describing your fit with the position at IVAT
  • A statement of research and professional interests, as well as training received
  • A detailed CV
  • A de-identified sample psychological evaluation
  • Three letters of reference
  • Graduate transcript

Please submit application materials to:

Morgan Shaw, Psy.D.
Clinical Director
Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma
10065 Old Grove Road, San Diego, CA 92131
(858) 527-1860 x4160          Fax: (858) 527-1743
morgans@ivatcenters.org