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.