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Theresa Billeci
Executive Director

P. O. Box 2000
26501 Avenue 140
Porterville, CA 93258-2000
Public: (559) 782-2222
TDD: (559) 781-7822

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Job Opportunities, Internships and Volunteers

Porterville Developmental Center (PDC) is a California State civil service employer. In order to be considered for a position at PDC, you must have eligibility on a State of California hiring list or be a current or former State of California employee. To obtain eligibility on the hiring list you must apply for and successfully compete in an examination process. Applications and examination announcements can be downloaded at State Personnel Board or can be obtained by calling our Exams Department at (559) 782-2322.

CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY INTERNSHIP PROGRAM:

Porterville Developmental Center

The objective of the Clinical Psychology Internship Program is to train generalist psychologists who can apply skills learned at PDC in a wide variety of clinical settings. This internship program is part of the California Psychology Internship Consortium (CPIC), which is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). CPIC has multiple internship sites of which PDC is one site. The internship can be individualized. Most interns select to focus on the forensic opportunities available at PDC. This includes assessment and evaluation, report preparation, interdisciplinary treatment team functions and group and individual psychotherapy.

Stipend: Approximately $35,000 per year

Porterville Developmental Center

Application Requirements:

  • Complete Standard APPIC Application for the California Psychology Internship Consortium (CPIC).
  • 800 hours of practicum experience, 100 hours assessment experience and acquired practicum experience at two independent sites.

For more information, contact the Psychology Intern Training Director at P.O. Box 2000, Porterville, California 93258-2000, phone (559) 782-4047.

See APPIC Directory for more information.

SOCIAL WORK INTERNSHIP PROGRAM:

Porterville Developmental Center

The Social Work Field Internship is committed to providing high quality training in social work. The agency provides rich clinical exposure and opportunities for students to gain experience in individual case work/counseling, group work, teaching independent living skills and case management.

Through supervision and direct consumer contact, interns are offered comprehensive experience and quality social work training that instructs them in assessment, treatment, consultation, case management and consumer advocacy. The program accepts social work undergraduate and graduate interns.



Application Requirements:

  • Referral from participating University
  • Resume or curriculum vitae

Required Training:

  • 40 hour training provided on site

For more information contact the Social Work Internship Coordinator at (559) 782-4010

FOSTER GRANDPARENTS/SENIOR COMPANSIONS PROGRAM:

Porterville Developmental Center

The Foster Grandparent Program offers men and women an opportunity to share their love, wisdom and support with children and adolescents with developmental disabilities or mental health needs. Foster Grandparents are 55 years or older, have a limited income, volunteer 15 to 40 hours a week, provide support, guidance, mentoring, and individualized instruction. Children and adolescents 22 years of age and under receive a warm, caring adult who understands and accepts them; encouragement and confidence; personalized assistance; and individualized instruction.

The Senior Companion Program offers men and women an opportunity to share their time and talents. Senior Companions are 55 years or older, have a limited income, volunteers 15 to 40 hours a week, provide friendship, companionship, and individualized instruction. Adults with developmental disabilities or mental health needs receive a warm, caring friend; encouragement and confidence; personalized assistance; and individualized instruction.



Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions receive:

  • A tax exempt stipend;
  • One meal stipend provided while on duty;
  • Paid holidays;
  • Earned annual leave time; and
  • An annual health appraisal

For more information, contact the Foster Grandparent/Senior Companion Coordinator at P.O. Box 2000, Porterville, California 93258-2000, phone (559) 782-2404.

 
 
Last Updated: 9/9/2016