Program Information: Psychology

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1913
Program Type: Internship
Site: Pennsylvania Counseling Services
Department: Psychology
Address: 200 North 7th Street
Lebanon, Pennsylvania 17046
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: approx. 75 mi. West of Phil. PA , 33 mi. East of Harrisburg
Phone: 717-695-7919x5908
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Community Mental Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Community Mental Health Center
  • Private Outpatient Clinic
Member of APPIC since: 10/22/2004
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: MaryAnn Sutton
Chief Psychologist: Roy Smith
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 9
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 07/16/2018
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 5
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Low Stipend High Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend Ranges for Next Class: 19550 23000
Part Time Annual Stipend Ranges for Next Class:

Stipend ranges are values in US Dollars.

Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Mileage paid, Access to company condo in Orlando, Florida (subject to availability), Extensive library of books, manuals, DVDs and other media related to a variety of clinical services. Post-Doctoral Training is available for qualified candidates.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns will typically work 9 hours per day, with 4 days of the week being primarily concerned with provision of clinical services and engagement in individual supervision. An intern's day will typically begin in the morning (around 8am) unless they are working in the evening, in which case, interns will typically begin around 11am. Interns are required to be on site on at least two evening per week, with this requirement being identified as being consistent with standard practice in the majority of outpatient settings for which the intern is receiving training. The internship places a significant emphasis on preparing interns for practice within the outpatient setting and, as such, interns are expected to demonstrate an ability to maintain a clinical caseload of approximately 22 clients, while also engaging in supervision and didactic experiences. Clinical services will include individual and group therapy for both Mental Health (MH) and Drug/Alcohol (D/A) issues, as well as intake evaluations for both MH and D/A, with these experiences occurring throughout the internship year. Each Friday interns will meet with the Training Director at PCS Headquarters for didactics and group supervision, with these experiences typically lasting a total of 4-6 hours per week. Four assessment batteries are also required over the course of the internship year and there is the possibility for more experience in this area, though that is not required.
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: 12/04/2017 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: 12/18/2017
Interview notification date time zone: Eastern Standard Time
Tentative interview date: 01/08/2018
Interview process description:

Applicants will be interviewed both individually and in small groups, with the interview process expected to last from morning until early afternoon. Interviews will involve applicants meeting with the Training Director as well as one or more internship supervisors. When availability permits, applicants will meet in a group with present interns & post-docs as well as other applicants. Phone/Skype interviews are accepted but face-to-face interviews are vastly preferred. Applicants are notified by telephone or email regarding interview times/dates. Those who will not be interviewed are informed by email that they are no longer candidates for the program. Typically, interviews are conducted primarily in January, with some dates sometimes available in December or February.


Some portions  of interviews conducted with staff at Pennsylvania Counseling Services may be video recorded. These video files will be kept on a secure server and will only be available for review by relevant personnel (e.g. supervisors, members of the training committee, etc.) to assist with ranking decisions. Files will be deleted following submission of rankings of applicants in early February.  Applicants will be informed on the day of the interviews of any planned video recording and will have the option to decline a videotaped interview if they prefer. A consent form will be signed or declined as part of this process. Declining to be videotaped will in no way affect selection decisions.
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: 400
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 40
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 4
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Preferred
Counseling Psychology Preferred
School Psychology None
APA-Accredited Preferred
CPA-Accredited Acceptable
Non-Accredited Acceptable
Ph.D Degree Preferred
Psy.D. Degree Preferred
Ed.D. Degree Acceptable
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 doctoral level psychology internship at Pennsylvania Counseling Services involves broad-based training experience consisting of a 12-month experience in Outpatient Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse treatment. Given the outpatient setting of the internship, interns are required to work at least two evenings per week.

All training time credited to internship is at the post-practicum and pre-doctorate level. Training opportunities include:

• 2 hours of individual supervision, as well as 2 hours of group supervision with supervising faculty weekly (licensed doctoral-level psychologists), case conferences, didactic seminars, group supervision and clinical staff meetings weekly, as well as other periodic educational forums. Group supervision will be held at the HQ location in Lebanon, PA

• The interns are provided an average of at least 2-hours of didactic activities weekly which also functions as an activity to allow interns time to socialize as a peer group. Continuing education seminars conducted by PCS are approved by the American Psychological Association. Didactics will be held at the HQ location in Lebanon, PA.

• Duties of the interns in both tracks will include psychological assessment, psychotherapeutic interventions (individual, group, family), consultation, and case management.

• Exposure to supervision within a variety of treatment orientations is possible, with supervisors identifying themselves as typically utilizing a pragmatic and often integrative approach to supervision and intervention which is typically couched in a chosen theoretical orientation. Supervisors’ orientations include (but are not limited to) Interpersonal and Psychodynamic approaches, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Systems approaches, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

• Exposure to Empirically Supported Treatments, such as Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Prolonged Exposure among others is possible. Certification in intervention with problem gambling is also available, as is exposure to the Duluth Model for intervention in domestic violence.

• Opportunities to develop skills in psychological assessment are also available, with PCS maintaining a library of testing material addressing a variety of clinical presentations across the lifespan. Each intern is required to complete at least 4 integrated psychological assessments, however opportunities to engage in further assessment experiences are available.

Interns in the program are expected to work 40-45 hours per week for a full year, and to minimally perform at the professional capacity of an entry-level doctoral clinician. The applying candidate must be enrolled in an APA-accredited doctoral program (or regionally or accredited equivalent as determined by the PA State Board of Psychology) and must have all coursework completed by the start of the internship (August 2016). Specific details for each internship track are as follows:


The internship involves providing psychotherapeutic intervention within a community mental health clinic setting. The intern will work with clients struggling with mental health and/or substance abuse issues, with each intern expected to conduct individual and group therapy to address a range of presenting problems.
Notable aspects of the internship include:

• Performing level of care evaluations to determine suitability for outpatient treatment with a range of clients, as well as maintaining a varied caseload of both adults and children.

• Intervening in both group and individual settings. Interns will be required to run at least three groups per week (typically addressing substance abuse issue, however other opportunities are available for group work)

• The community mental health clinic setting, entails interns developing skills with a range of presentations.

• Clients are typically, self-referred, court mandated, or come to PCS from an external referral source (e.g. PCP, MHID etc)

• Given the variety of presenting issues within each community clinic, some degree of specialization with a particular population may be possible. This specialization is dependent on availability of clients and particular strengths and skills of the intern, as well as availability of supervision for specific issues.

Note: Interns must attend all of the state required drug and alcohol trainings in order to successfully complete internship.  Interns are also required to hold a Master's Degree.

Pennsylvania Counseling Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Individuals from diverse backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply to the doctoral internship program.

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

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Yes
Individual Therapy: Yes
Couples Therapy: Yes
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: Yes
Community Intervention:
Crisis Intervention: Yes
Brief Psychotherapy: Yes
Long-term Psychotherapy: Yes
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care: Yes
Evidenced Based Practice:
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students :


Health Psychology:
Women's Health: Yes
Eating Disorders: Yes
Sexual Disorders: Yes
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities: Yes
Assessment: Yes
Serious Mental Illness: Yes
Anxiety Disorders: Yes
Trauma/PTSD: Yes
Sexual Abuse: Yes
Substance Use Disorders: Yes
Forensics/Corrections: Yes
Sexual Offenders:
Counseling: Yes
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Yes
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality: Yes
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Yes
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation:
Administration: Yes
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:

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
2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018
Number of Completed Applications: 64 39 32
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 47 25 21
Total number of interns: 8 4 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 5 2 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 3 0 0
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 5 4 4
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 8 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 5 13 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 36 40 12
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 2 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 3 6 2
Community Mental Health Center: 0 3 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: 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 1 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 1
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0
Unknown: 1 2 2