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Internship in Clinical/Counseling Psychology

For a complete Insight Behavioral Health Centers Doctoral Internship Training Manual, please email Dr. Anne Kubal, Director of Clinical Training, at Anne.Kubal@ERCInsight.com. View the training brochure hereinsight-logo-small

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Selection of Doctoral Interns

Insight’s doctoral internship is open to applicants from APA-accredited doctoral graduate programs in Clinical Psychology and Counseling Psychology. Two interns are selected per year.  Selected applicants must have completed all graduate coursework and passed their clinical competency exam prior to the start of internship. Insight participates in the APPIC Match for the doctoral internship. Required application materials include a completed AAPI, including: cover letter, current vita,official transcript(s) of graduate course work, and three letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with the applicant’s recent work (including at least one, preferably two, letters from individuals who provided direct clinical supervision within the last year).

APPIC Membership Status

Insight is a participating member of APPIC.

Current APA Status of Doctoral Internship

Insight’s Doctoral Internship Program is not currently accredited by the APA.

Questions related to the program’s accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone:  (202) 336-5979
Email:  apaaccred@apa.org

Philosophy of Training

Insight’s doctoral internship is based on the practitioner-scholar model of training. This model focuses on the development of the doctoral intern’s clinical skills through scholarly inquiry. The doctoral intern learns to practice psychology that is informed by both theory and research.

Goals of the Training Program

The overarching goal of the doctoral internship training program at Insight is to promote the growth of effective and innovative future psychologists through facilitation of interns’ skill development, professional identity development, and ability to thrive within a multidisciplinary environment.

The practitioner-scholar model of training serves as a foundation for achieving the overarching goal. The training program is designed to assist interns in gaining competencies appropriate to their developmental level in the following areas:

1) Implementing a wide range of evidence-based clinical interventions, in individual therapy, group therapy, and assessment to diverse clientele

2) Developing a generalist base of clinical skills as well as developing competency in an area of specialty that demonstrates integration of theory and research knowledge with practice

3) Developing one’s own clinical style that is congruent with professional values and attitudes

4) Use of self-reflection to continually examine one’s own strengths and limitations and how these strengths and limitations impact the therapeutic process

5) Collaboration and consultation with multidisciplinary team members

6) Integration of multicultural awareness and competence in all professional responsibilities

7) Application of appropriate ethical and legal standards in all professional responsibilities

Training Program Content/ Structure

The training year begins July 1 each year and ends June 30th.  Specific work schedules, including days and times of work, are determined at the beginning of the internship year based on program needs and interns’ interests.  Evening and/or weekend hours may be required, depending on the treatment program the intern is working within.

The doctoral internship is structured so that interns complete 2,000 hours of overall service in the course of 12 months, with the goal of completing 25-30 direct service hours per week.

The internship is designed to help interns to develop a generalist base of clinical skills as well as develop competency in an area of specialty. As such, interns work with the Director of Clinical Training prior to the start of the internship year to determine which treatment programs the intern will work within during the internship year and how their time will be split if working with two different treatment programs. Interns may work within one treatment program for the entire 12 months of internship, split time between 2 programs for the entire 12 months of internship, or complete two 6 month rotations, rotating between 2 different programs across the 12 months of internship.

The training year will emphasize the continued development and refinement of the doctoral intern’s assessment and therapy skills through clinical interactions, collaboration with multi-disciplinary teams, didactic seminars, group supervision, and individual supervision that focuses on self-reflection and skill development.

Interns’ time is structured by the following training opportunities:

Group Therapy. The doctoral intern will lead approximately 9 to 12 hours of group therapy per week in 1-2 two treatment programs.

Individual Therapy. The doctoral intern will be expected to have an individual therapy caseload of 12-15 clients.

Psychological Evaluation. The doctoral intern may choose to complete psychological evaluations consisting of cognitive and personality assessments.

Supervision. The doctoral intern will receive two hours of individual supervision per week from licensed clinical psychologists from the training team. An additional hour of group supervision will be provided weekly.

Didactics. Didactics in the form of case conferences, seminars, and specialty workshops will be provided at a minimum of two hours per week. Current didactic training experiences include advanced training in areas such as eating disorders and nutrition, ACT, DBT, substance abuse, professional development, motivational interviewing, and women’s health.

Multidisciplinary Staff Meetings. The doctoral intern will participate in two hours of staff meetings per week with the multidisciplinary treatment team.

Overview of Insight’s Treatment Programs

Insight has multiple treatment programs that offer a variety of groups and provide treatment at a residential (except for AP), partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient level of care. Doctoral interns will have the opportunity to work within one or two treatment programs.  The programs are as follows:

The Eating Disorders Program specializes in treatment for adults experiencing eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder. Comprehensive programs and services are available to meet the needs of patients and families at every stage of the treatment spectrum. At each level of care, individualized and developmentally appropriate treatment plans deliver evidence-based medical, psychiatric, psychological, and nutritional interventions. We believe that enhanced awareness of the underlying emotional issues that drive behaviors is necessary. With compassion and experience, we also focus on helping our patients to improve decision-making and coping skills. Similarly, our staff provides medical nutrition therapy, medical management, and treatment of co-occurring disorders such as depression, anxiety, family problems, or substance abuse.

The Compulsive Overeating Recovery Effort (CORE) Program at Insight Behavioral Health Centers focuses on treating binge eating, compulsive overeating, emotional eating, and night eating accompanied by weight gain or difficulties with weight management. While traditional eating disorders treatment focuses on stopping the diet-induced weight loss and regain cycle, CORE concentrates on ending “dieting.” CORE replaces dieting with behaviors that decrease overeating, while helping with long-term weight management. CORE also focuses on the addictive/compulsive nature of food behaviors and provides the treatment intensity needed to break the emotional eating cycle and have a healthier relationship with food and one’s body.

MAP (Mood and Anxiety Program) provides multidisciplinary treatment for individuals who have experienced a decline in overall functioning due, in part, to difficulties with depressed and anxious symptoms. In the Mood and Anxiety Program, patients learn skills that promote improved coping and deeper understanding of the issues that created and maintain mood symptoms. Several specialized tracks within MAP help patients with their individual needs, including the Trauma Track, Anxiety Track, Co-Occurring Substance Abuse Track, General Intensive Outpatient Program Track, and the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Track.

The Adolescent Program (AP) is a treatment program designed specifically for adolescents and their families. The AP treats adolescents with mood and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and other mental health concerns. The AP utilizes Multi-Family Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) as the main modality of treatment and offers Family Based Treatment (FBT) for the treatment of adolescent patients with anorexia.

Other group experiences are available through the training year, such as experiential groups and experience within our transitional living program. As described previously, the doctoral intern will co-facilitate no less than three groups from a maximum of two programs.

Progress Review and Evaluation

Insight Behavioral Health Centers’ training program provides ongoing feedback to doctoral interns and continually assesses interns’ progress. The goal of feedback is to facilitate ongoing clinical growth and professional development. In addition to receiving ongoing informal feedback, at the six-month mark and at the completion of internship, doctoral interns will receive formal, written feedback evaluating their performance.

Stipends, Benefits, and Resources

For the 2017-2018 internship year, the doctoral internship salary is $25,000.  Interns receive 23 days of paid time off (PTO) during their 12 months on internship.  Insight BHC is open 365 days per year, thus PTO is used when interns request off holidays.  Comprehensive health, dental, and vision insurance plans are available. Interns may opt to participate in an employer sponsored 401k plan.  Questions regarding specific benefits packages can be directed to Diana Izaguirre, Human Resources Generalist, at dizaguirre@insightbhc.com.

Numerous resources are available to support interns throughout the training year. All interns are provided with shared office space (Interns share an office with one officemate) and a computer. IT support is available for any technology issues. Administrative support is also available.  Interns have access to group therapy curriculum binders, relevant evidenced-based practice guides, and other current reference materials to support clinical and professional skill development. Interns are encouraged to attend professional conferences; Insight is able to provide limited funding to support conference attendance.

Doctoral Internship Training Team

See Insight staff bios for more information.

Susan F. McClanahan, PhD
Anne E. Kubal, PhD
Angela P. Derrick, PhD, CYT
Ellen Astrachan-Fletcher, PhD
Julie Friedman, PhD
Michelle Gebhardt, Psy.D
Andrea Stone, PsyD

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