Institute on Violence, Abuse & Trauma

Internship and Fellowship Opportunities

Internship and Fellowship Opportunities

Positions for the 2018-2019 training year are still open. 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 with clients of all ages at IVAT as well as for ½ day at one of our contracted sites. Interns also serve 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, 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

For more information please contact Gimel Rogers, Psy.D. at or 858-527-1860 ext. 4560.

Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT) 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: TBD based on funding and experience.

IVAT is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply, please include:

  • A cover letter describing your fit with the position at IVAT, and 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:

Gimel Rogers, Psy.D.
Training Director
Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma
10065 Old Grove Road, San Diego, CA 92131
(858) 527-1860 x4560          Fax: (858) 527-1743