Program Information: Regional Mental Health Center

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1296
Program Type: Internship
Site: Southlake Community Mental Health Center, Inc DBA Regional Mental Health Center
Department: Regional Mental Health Center
Address: 8555 Taft St.
Merrillville, Indiana 46410-6199
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI MSA
Distance from Major City: Approximately 35 miles southeast of Chicago, IL
Phone: 219-392-3803
Fax: 219-392-2908
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Community Mental Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Community Mental Health Center
Member of APPIC since: 07/01/1979
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Anissa Rivers
Chief Psychologist: Sharon Kraus
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 8
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/10/2020
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: 23023
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): The agency also reimburses at the average rate 54.5 cents/mile (changes with the national average), for work-related travel expenses. The agency pays for malpractice insurance and life insurance. Interns may participate in the agency's health and dental insurance plans and have access to free short term psychotherapy through the agency's EAP for up to six sessions.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site The core of the day is outpatient therapy. Rotations (about 8 hours a week) are in other departments and programs at the agency (such as on residential substance abuse, emergency services, behavioral health rotation at a clinic, etc.). Weekly didactic training is held throughout the year, group supervision with a licensed psychologist is held weekly. Individual Supervision for outpatient and assessment each occur weekly.
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: 11/10/2019 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone: Central Standard Time
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is: Required
Interview notification date: 12/16/2019
Interview notification date time zone: Central Standard Time
Tentative interview date: 01/10/2020
Interview process description:

At Regional, we offer a full day of visitation at the facility. The morning is spent at one of our sites in Merrillville or East Chicago, where there is an informal information session, tour with the current interns, and then individual interviews with the psychologists on staff. After lunch (which is provided), the current interns will take you on visits to the other locations of the agency where an intern may be placed or experience a rotation.  We will email invitations for interview day, interview dates are traditionally in early to mid-January.  

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: No
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
Masters Degree Required: Yes, by start of internship
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by ranking 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: 100
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 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: Pre-employment drug screen and background check are required. Spanish speaking prospective interns are not required but they are encouraged to apply.
Program Description

On July 1, 2009, Southlake Center for Mental Health acquired Tri-City Community Mental Health. The legal name of the combined agency will continue to be Southlake Community Mental Health Center, Inc., though we will be doing business as, Regional Mental Health Center.The combined internship program includes primary training in outpatient therapy and assessment, and elective rotations in adult day treatment, residential and outpatient addictions treatment, emergency services, primary behavioral healthcare, and assertive community treatment. Both Centers have had long-standing APA-approved pre-doctoral psychology internship programs through CoA (Commission on Accredidation). Southlake's pre-doctoral internship program has been APA accredited since 1986. Regional Mental Health Center is a comprehensive community mental health center. The internship includes training in outpatient therapy and assessment with a diverse client population, including children, adolescents, and adults with a wide array of diagnoses. We have a significant Spanish Speaking population that attend outpatient services. This is a generalist program whose goal is to provide broad based training in clinical work with adults and children in psychotherapy and assessment in a variety of psychotherapeutic contexts. We adhere to a practitioner model of training. In following this model, the program's principal goal it to train competent and ethical psychologists who will be clinically prepared for independent clinical practice, especially in a community based program. The theoretical orientation of the program is eclectic. Cognitive, behavioral, object relations, interpersonal, and systems orientations are among those represented among supervisory staff. Short-term psychotherapy and evidence based methods are emphasized.  

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
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

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


Health Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Women's Health: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Neuropsychology-Child: 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)
Forensics/Corrections: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders:
Pediatrics: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Counseling: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Religion/Spirituality: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Integrated health care - specialty: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)

The East Chicago location of Regional has a significant number of Spanish Speaking clients. 

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: 59 58 45
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 34 33 28
Total number of interns: 6 4 5
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 6 4 5
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 0 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 5 4 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 6 4 5
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 7 9 17
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 21 25 67
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
Working on dissertation/Student: 1 1 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 1 0 3
Community Mental Health Center: 0 3 1
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 1
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 1 0 0
General Hospital: 0 1 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 1
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 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 1
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: 0 1 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