Program Information: Psychology

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1324
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Cherokee Health Systems
Department: Psychology
Address: 2018 Western Ave
Knoxville , Tennessee 37921
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 865-544-0406x1324
Fax: 865-544-0480x
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Community Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Community Mental Health Center
Member of APPIC since: 08/01/2003
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Parinda Khatri
Chief Psychologist: William Berez
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 43
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 5
Position Information
Start Date: 07/13/2020
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 5
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 28000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class:
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above):
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? No
Is this program fully affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Is this program partially affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 11/01/2019 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
This program uses the AAPI: No
An onsite interview is: Required
Interview notification date: 12/06/2019
Interview notification date time zone: Eastern Standard Time
Tentative interview date: 01/03/2020
Interview process description:


Applicants who meet the basic requirements (e.g. psychology graduate students with a minimum of three years of graduate study, broad clinical practicum experiences) and appear to be a good match for the program (e.g. interest in community health, integrated care) are invited to an on-site interview (8am-3pm)  in January.  On interview day, applicants meet with the Training Director to discuss the overall structure and goals of the internship, address general questions about the internship program, and review information about CHS Health System as an organization.  Applicants meet with the Training Director/Chief Clinical Officer and Director of CMHC Services and also have individual interviews with potential clinical supervisors (matched by similar clinical interests), as well as other members of the Psychology Training Committee.  Interviewee’s are provided lunch, which they share with current interns in order to gain the intern’s input on their training experience.  Interviews are structured to provide an opportunity to assess goodness of fit for both internship program and intern applicant.




How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs:
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: Yes
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
Masters Degree Required: Yes, by start of internship
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 500
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 75
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Not Accepted
Non-Accredited Not Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree Accepted
This institution, department, internship, or postdoctoral program requires trainees to sign a statement about personal behavior and/or religious beliefs as a condition of admission and/or retention in the program: No
How to obtain text of statement:
Other Requirements:
Program Description

Cherokee Health Systems (CHS) is a comprehensive health services organization in East Tennessee. The primary goal of our internship is to provide an intensive and diverse clinical training experience within a community health setting. Because CHS provides progressive and broad-based health services, interns will have exposure to a unique range of clinical training opportunities, including integrated primary behavioral care, psychosocial rehabilitation, as well as traditional outpatient mental health care. Interns rotate through a variety of clinical settings throughout the year. The objectives of the clinical training experience are to expose interns to (1) assessment, treatment, and consultation within a range of treatment modalities (e.g. integrated primary care, traditional mental health, day treatment), (2) opportunities to work with multiple disciplines (e.g. family physicians, internists, nurse practitioners, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, case managers), (3) a variety of theoretical orientations (e.g. cognitive-behavioral, systems, psychodynamic), and (4) diverse developmental (children, adolescents, adults, elderly) and ethnic (rural Appalachian, African-American, Hispanic, urban) populations. To meet these objectives, we aim to develop professional competency in a range of clinical settings. To allow for a diversified training experience, interns participate in two clinical placements at a time. Each intern cycles through a traditional community mental health placement, integrated primary care placement, and a psychosocial rehabilitation placement. We also recognize the individual training interests and needs of each intern. The internship structure is designed for flexibility to allow for each intern to incorporate elective clinical experiences to increase the breadth, depth, and diversity of their training. We will work with each intern to develop his or her own unique clinical interests within the core framework of our internship.

Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults:
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Family Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Group Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Community Intervention: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Consultation/Liaison: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Crisis Intervention: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)


Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Assessment: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Anxiety Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Substance Use Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders:
Pediatrics: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy:
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Integrated health care - primary: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Integrated health care - specialty: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)

Additional information about training opportunities: Not all rotations or experiences may be available at all consortium sites, and some internship programs may not have updated this information recently. Please consult the program's web site or other application materials for a complete description of the training opportunities available at each site.

Summary of the Characteristics of the Specified Internship Class
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
Number of Completed Applications: 103 95 80
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 31 31 33
Total number of interns: 5 5 5
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 5 5 5
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 4 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 5 4
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 5
Community Mental Health Center: 3 3 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 1 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 1 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 1 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 1 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0