The Consultation Center

APPIC #118314


Primary placement at The Consultation Center (TCC) provides fellows with a range of community-based training experiences in consultation, prevention, program evaluation, staff development training, and related research. Fellows receive professional training through project assignments under the supervision of faculty and staff.

Placement Options

Primary placement, full year, 30 hours per week.

Combined with a secondary placement at CMHC Adult Outpatient Services / 34 Park Street or Child & Adolescent Services / West Haven Mental Health Clinic for the full year, 15 hours per week.

Number of Interns

Primary Placement: 2

Secondary Placement: 1 to 4

The Setting

For more than 30 years, the Center has been a multidisciplinary service, research, and training site whose mission is to design and implement prevention and health promotion programs in a variety of community settings, enhance the effectiveness of behavioral health and other human service organizations and service systems, carry out program and service system evaluations, and conduct related research. Partnerships with public and private agencies to build and sustain local service capacity is a hallmark of the Center’s work. As a cooperative endeavor of the Yale Department of Psychiatry, the Connecticut Mental Health Center, and The Consultation Center, Inc., a nonprofit community-based organization aligned with the Center’s mission, interns are provided with a wide range of training opportunities that involve services and research carried out in collaboration with community stakeholders, including service providers, service recipients and residents, state and municipal personnel, and local leaders. This work takes place in Greater New Haven and Connecticut, as well as nationally and internationally.

The Internship

Two predoctoral psychology interns are selected for a 12-month primary placement at the Center, and secondary placements at the CMHC Outpatient Services or the West Haven Mental Health Clinic. The Center also serves as a secondary placement site for primary placement interns at other CMHC sites, including: CMHC Outpatient Services – 34 Park Street, the Hispanic Clinic, the Forensic Drug Diversion Clinic, and the Substance Abuse Treatment Unit.

Primary placement interns complete 2 to 4 year-long projects with projects requiring a "single" (6-hour) or "double" (12-hour) project commitment each week. In addition, interns participate in unit-based seminars, colloquia, and various staff meetings for about 3-5 hours per week. Secondary placement interns complete 1 to 2 year-long projects as well as seminars, colloquia, and meetings for about a 15 hour per week commitment.

Fellows are matched to projects during the first two weeks of the internship based on their project preferences and the approval of faculty. The goal of placement is to ensure a broad training experience that supports the needs and interests of the fellow.

Examples of project activities include the following:

  • Evaluation of behavioral health, health, and prevention programs and services;
  • Provision of psycho-educational and prevention services in school settings;
  • Community-based prevention and services research;
  • Conducting family violence education programs for mandated offenders;
  • Consulting to community agencies to build organizational capacity for prevention, program evaluation, continuous quality improvement, advocacy, or consultation;
  • Research on health disparities and health equity;
  • Consultation to state and municipal agencies on program and policy development;
  • Risk and protective factor research to address health-related challenges; and
  • Consultation to local coalitions and collaboratives to address community challenges and affect positive community change.

Evidence-Based Practices

The following evidence-based practices (EBPs) are used in this placement setting. Depending on their project selection, Fellows may have exposure and/or supervision and training in the following EBPs: Mental Health First Aid; Wraparound Services Model; Results-based Accountability (RBA); Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR).

Scholarly Activity

The Center provides leadership for the Division of Prevention & Community Research (DPCR), one of the research divisions of the Yale Department of Psychiatry. Many faculty affiliated with the DPCR have primary appointments at The Consultation Center, and conduct studies in a wide range of areas, including: resilience promotion with at-risk populations; the prevention of adolescent substance abuse; understanding and prevention of trauma; global mental health; risk and protective factors for interpersonal violence; impact and effectiveness evaluations of behavioral health, child welfare, and juvenile justice services; academic achievement and engagement among low-income and minority youth; social determinants of health; gender differences in smoking and health; impact of neighborhood contexts on health and well-being; health access and health disparities; prisoner re-entry; and, fatherhood and male development. Studies are conceptualized within social ecological, developmental, and cultural contexts; often involve multiple levels of analysis (individual, family, peer, organization, neighborhood, community); and use mixed methods that combine quantitative and qualitative approaches. Click here for more information about the DPCR.

Each year a number of projects are available to fellows for placement as part of their internship training experience in consultation, prevention, and program evaluation.

These projects provide opportunities for involvement in ongoing research. Fellows also participate in scholarly activities through their attendance at monthly colloquia and the Annual Visiting Lecture given by a prominent scholar from outside Yale.

Teaching Faculty

There are a variety of faculty members at The Consultation Center who serve as advisors and supervisors to the fellows.

Derrick Gordon, Ph.D., Primary/Secondary Advisor, Project Supervisor
Joy S. Kaufman, Ph.D., Primary/Secondary Advisor, Project Supervisor
Tami P. Sullivan, Ph.D., Primary/Secondary Advisor, Project Supervisor
Jacob Kraemer Tebes, Ph.D., Primary/Secondary Advisor, Project Supervisor
Nadia L. Ward, Ph.D., Primary/Secondary Advisor, Project Supervisor


A primary advisor meets regularly with the fellow to ensure that individual training goals are being met, to discuss issues related to professional development, and to serve as a resource when individual needs or questions arise. Project supervisors oversee the training within the context of the assigned projects and also may provide individual, group, or team supervision depending on the nature of the specific project. They also serve as an additional training resource for fellows regarding professional development, professional practice, and scholarly work.

Fellows receive ongoing feedback during the internship from their advisor and project supervisors. Quarterly formal evaluations are completed that serve as opportunities to review progress on training goals and address progress toward core competency areas.

Seminar(s) & Specialized Training

In addition to the Core Seminar, interns in this placement are required to participate in a Predoctoral Psychology Seminar, which provides a strong foundation in the theory, methods, and principles of consultation, prevention, program evaluation, and community-based practice and research. Examples of seminar topics include:

  • Introduction to Prevention & Health Promotion Models;
  • Theory and Practice of Consultation and Training;
  • Program Development;
  • Organizational Development;
  • Ethics in Consultation and Community Practice;
  • Program Evaluation;
  • Grant Development;
  • Human Diversity in Practice and Research; and
  • Professional Development.

Applicant Qualifications

Applicants for this placement should have an interest in learning more about the systems in which clinical, health, and other services are provided; how best to prevent clinical problems and develop community-based interventions to address them in a variety of settings; how to consult to health service and governmental agencies; and, how to design, implement, and evaluate programs and services, particularly those focused on prevention and systems-level change. Although no prior experience is required, applicants with some didactic or practicum experience in these areas are likely to have a more competitive application. Applicants selected for this placement must be able to successfully pass background checks conducted by Yale University and the State of Connecticut.

For More Information

If you have a specific question regarding TCC as a primary placement training option, please e-mail Dr. Joy Kaufman at or visit the website of TCC at