Program Information: WellSpan Philhaven Psychology Department

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1531
Program Type: Internship
Site: WellSpan Philhaven Hospital (Formerly Philhaven)
Department: WellSpan Philhaven Psychology Department
Address: P.O. Box 550
283 S. Butler Rd.
Mt. Gretna, Pennsylvania 17064-0550
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD
Distance from Major City: 18 mi. from Lancaster; 25 from Harrisburg; 80 from Phila
Phone: 717-270-2447
Fax: 717-270-2419
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Private Psychiatric Hospital
Additional Agency Types:
  • Private Outpatient Clinic
  • Private Psychiatric Hospital
Member of APPIC since: 1989
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Melanie Baer
Chief Psychologist: Melanie Baer
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 7
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 6
Position Information
Start Date: 08/17/2020
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 4
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 26500
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Interns attend about 3 days of on-site professional development trainings in addition to intern seminars.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site The typical work day depends on the rotation. In many cases it will include a few therapy sessions, a treatment team meeting or informal communication with team members and perhaps a supervision meeting. On many days the intern will conduct an initial evaluation, or do some work on an administrative project or other elective assignment. When working on psychological assessment cases, a typical work day may include administering, scoring and/or interpreting tests, editing reports, etc.
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: Yes
An onsite interview is: Preferred
Interview notification date: 12/15/2019
Interview notification date time zone: Eastern Standard Time
Tentative interview date: 01/02/2020
Interview process description:

Applicants are notified by email regarding their interview status. For those invited to interview, a two hour interview process is scheduled, including a site tour. Interviews generally include the candidate and two internship supervisors. Interviews are scheduled between mid-December and mid-January. On-site interviews are strongly encouraged.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: There are too many to list here--we are open to accepting interns from APA-accredited clinical and counseling psychology programs.
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: No
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
Masters Degree Required: Yes, by application deadline
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved: No
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 300
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours:
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required:
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 Not 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

The WellSpan Philhaven Hospital Doctoral Psychology Internship Program is part of a multidisciplinary psychiatric behavioral health organization, affiliated with a larger healthcare system, WellSpan Health. WellSpan Philhaven has multiple programs including inpatient, day hospital, triage, outpatient, residential, and several community-based treatment programs. The population includes children, adolescents, and adults from urban, suburban and rural areas. Clients represent many ethnic and religious groups and all socio-economic classes. The program emphasizes profession-wide competencies in psychology practice. A unique feature of the program is the opportunity for interns to explore ways to integrate religion and spirituality into clinical practice to best serve clientele in our practice area. There are two internship tracks-General Track: 3 positions; Child/Adolescent Specialty Track: 1 position. The General track includes 2 adult rotations and 1 child/adolescent rotation. The Child/Adolescent track intern is trained in child/adolescent programs all year. Assessment, consultation, individual and group therapy, and couples/family therapy are part of the program. See program handbook for additional information. Handbook can be viewed on our website, at



Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Other: Plain Community Clients (Amish, etc.)

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Group Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Consultation/Liaison: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students :
Other: Supervision of developing staff members


Health Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Anxiety Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Trauma/PTSD: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders:
Pediatrics: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Public Policy/Advocacy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - specialty: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)

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: 45 52 36
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 35 38 36
Total number of interns: 4 4 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 4 4 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 1 0
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 3 3 4
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 4 4 4
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 4 4 3
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 46 46 57
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 1
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 2 3
Community Mental Health Center: 1 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0
General Hospital: 1 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 1 1 2
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 1 0
Independent Practice: 1 0 1
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 1 1
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 1 0