Training Philosophy

The Sullivan Center for Children has long maintained, as a fundamental part of its mission, a tradition of training psychology graduate students and professionals. Just one year after opening, the Center began to train Post-Doctoral Fellows in the service of facilitating their professional development and helping them attain licensure. We have continued the tradition of training practicum students, Interns and Post-Doctoral Fellows since 1991.

Dr. Sullivan has been teaching and training students of clinical psychology for over 25 years, both in her capacity as Director of the Sullivan Center and as an adjunct faculty member at the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP). Dr. Barnes has taught at the California School of Professional Psychology, Fresno Pacific University (FPU), and Fresno State University. Dr. Barnes currently maintains supervision groups at CSPP and FPU for third-year doctoral students and master’s level students respectively. Other Senior Staff members have taught or supervised both within the Sullivan Center and in graduate programs and training sites for many years. In general, The Sullivan Center for Children maintains a strong commitment to education, to training psychologists and to developing professionals whose desire it is to work with children, adolescents and their families.

The Sullivan Center for Children has been a member of the APPIC Pre-Doctoral Internship program since 1994 and the Post-Doctoral Fellowships program since 2006. Through these programs we have trained psychologists who have gone on to practice throughout California, the United States and Canada. We feel the education and training offered at The Sullivan Center for Children is excellent and has helped many professionals contribute to the quality care of children, adolescents and their families across North America.

The Center has also been approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education credit for Psychologists since October of 2003. In addition we have been approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences to offer continuing education to Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists as well as Licensed Clinical Social Workers since December of 2003. The Sullivan Center for Children maintains a strong commitment to sustaining ongoing high-quality continuing education to licensed professionals in our community.

APPIC Internship

The Sullivan Center for Children is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) Pre-Doctoral Internship program. Our internship offers training opportunities with senior clinical staff in both psychology and psychiatry. There is a strong emphasis placed on learning to practice within the Laws of the State of California Pertaining to Psychology and The APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, and in compliance with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations. As well, students attain experience in the practical business side of working with patient populations seeking services in an outpatient private practice setting.

The Center is a private outpatient treatment facility that also specializes in training interns in the provision of psychological services to children, adolescents, and their families. Our population varies in terms of age, type of pathology, socio-economic status, and cultural background. Our Center is dedicated to teaching the techniques necessary to determine the appropriate diagnosis, develop a successful treatment plan, and implement treatment. There is strong training in how to write articulate, comprehensive psychological reports and in the skills necessary to prepare high-quality documentation, as well as training in how to present information to clients and consumers in a professional manner.

We teach a variety of assessment techniques and treatment strategies so as to best meet the needs of the children and families, while simultaneously providing excellent clinical experience for our interns. The Center revolves around an integrated team approach allowing interns to work as a member of a team side by side with experienced clinicians.

APPIC Post-Doctoral Fellowship

The Sullivan Center for Children is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) Post-Doctoral Fellowship program. Our Fellowship offers training opportunities with senior clinical staff in both psychology and psychiatry. The goal of the Fellowship is to provide training opportunities to transform new graduates into license- eligible candidates who will be well prepared to become fully functioning independent practitioners. There is a strong emphasis placed on learning to practice within the Laws of the State of California and The APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, and in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) guidelines. As well, students attain experience in the practical business side of working with patient populations seeking services in an outpatient private practice setting.

The Center is an outpatient treatment center that also specializes in training Fellows in the provision of psychological services to children, adolescents, and their families, and helping them develop professional skills to a license-eligible level. The Center offers excellent training with a population that varies in terms of age, type of pathology, socio-economic status, and cultural background. The Fellow will be exposed to multiple cases with potentially complex diagnostic formulations and complicating factors. Our Center is dedicated to teaching the techniques necessary to determine the appropriate diagnosis, develop a successful treatment plan, and implement treatment. There is strong training in how to write articulate, comprehensive psychological reports and in the skills necessary to prepare high quality documentation, as well as training in how to present to clients and consumers in a professional manner.

We teach a variety of assessment techniques and treatment strategies so as to best meet the needs of the children and families, while simultaneously providing excellent clinical experience for our Fellows. The Center revolves around an integrated team approach which allows Fellows to work as a member of a team side by side with experienced clinicians. Fellows will also have the opportunity to mentor Interns in their professional development and to participate in the Sullivan Center for Children's didactic classes and group seminars.

On this page, you will find links to the Post-Doctoral Fellowship brochure which will provide a more detailed description of the training opportunities for the Fellow. Also on this page you will find links to the APPIC website for your reference. The guidelines and deadlines for application are listed clearly in the APPIC website and online directory. The application requirements are simply to send a Curriculum Vitae and a cover letter expressing interest in the training opportunity by the deadline to the Director of Training. Your material will be reviewed and then you will be notified accordingly.

Continuing Education

The Sullivan Center for Children is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists. The Sullivan Center maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. In addition, we are currently approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences to provide CE courses to Marriage Family Therapists and Licensed Clinical Social Workers.

In coordination with local area CE providers, we strive to provide ongoing training opportunities to assure that Central Valley clinicians have ample courses to meet licensure requirements. It is our goal to develop advanced clinical training opportunities. We strive to be able to cover a wide spectrum of pertinent topics and encourage formats that are interesting, creative, and practical. APA guidelines allow us the flexibility to approve programs in a variety of formats such as classes, seminars, lectures, or workshops. We also have the flexibility to sponsor large and small events and to structure various time frames, i.e., day-long trainings or classes that meet over several weeks.

The Sullivan Center CE Committee welcomes the input of local clinicians to help direct our CE planning. We need input into the types of educational experiences that professionals would like to have available in the community, and we request that you suggest topic areas of interest.

In addition to featuring speakers from outside the area, it is our goal to tap into the considerable knowledge of professionals within this community.We have developed a local faculty and are searching for experienced clinicians who would like to teach. If qualified to teach at a post-licensure level, professionals are encouraged to submit their curriculum vitae along with a letter of interest and specific areas of expertise regarding a course, class, or lecture that you would like to offer. The Sullivan Center's CE Committee will review submissions for possible inclusion in future programming. We want to not only provide educational opportunities for those who attend, but also to create meaningful teaching opportunities for local clinicians. If you have specific questions or ideas, please Contact Us.