Program Information: WellSpan Philhaven Psychology Department

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1531
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
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: 717-270-2447x
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
  • Other
Member of APPIC since:
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 4
Position Information
Start Date: 08/15/2022
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: 31200
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): Psychology 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: 11/01/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Optional
Interview notification date: 12/15/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/04/2022
Interview process description:


Applicants are notified by email regarding their interview status. As of the present, related to further restrictions on in-person meetings in our health system, for 2022-23 we anticipate conducting all interviews virtually. In the 2020-21 application process our program came to value virtual interviews and we believe we benefitted by a larger pool of applicants. We also feel the virtual interview format expands the accessibility of our interviews which may be available to a broader group of interested candidates.


We recognize some candidates prefer visiting the training site in-person. We are in the process of creating a virtual tour experience for our candidates. Our interviews typically involve a two-hour process. Interviews generally include the candidate and two internship supervisors, as well as meeting time with a current or recent psychology intern who is available to provide input on the program. Interviews are scheduled between mid-December and 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: There are too many to list here (50 graduate programs)--we are open to accepting interns from APA-accredited clinical and counseling psychology programs.
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a U.S. Citizen, Authorization to Work or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in the US is Required: No
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a Canadian Citizen, Authorization to Work in Canada or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in Canada is 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: Yes
How to obtain text of statement: Email the training director at
Other Requirements: Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States for the entire duration of the internship. Applicants are solely responsible for ensuring that their immigration status is valid for the entire period of the proposed internship. WellSpan will not sponsor or pay for applicants needing immigration-related benefits to start or complete the program. If selected for the program, applicants will be required to provide proof of their legal authority to work for WellSpan. The WellSpan commitment to community wellness, protecting patients and promoting a healthy environment extends to all WellSpan employees, including psychology interns. WellSpan Philhaven psychology interns are expected to commit to: • Being Drug-Free • Being Tobacco-Free & Nicotine Free* • Being Fragrance-Free (no colognes, perfumes, or scented body products) • Obtaining an annual flu vaccination *WellSpan Health has a tobacco-free/nicotine-free hiring policy. All applicants who are offered employment with Wellspan Health will be required to pass a nicotine screening before employment is confirmed. Applicants who test positive for nicotine will not be hired but may reapply for a position after 12 months, provided they are nicotine-free. Beginning December 1, 2021 WellSpan is implementing the federal government mandate for health system team members to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Psychology Interns will need to demonstrate being fully vaccinated prior to beginning the internship. Note: Employment/Match offers may be rescinded if one tests positive for nicotine or illegal drugs or fails to obtain a flu vaccine or an acceptable flu vaccine exemption.
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, 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 training experiences may be available as described in the APPIC Directory. Please consult the program's application materials or their website at:  for a complete description of the training opportunities available at this training site. IF the site has not updated their information by August 1, feel free to contact the Training Director for additional information.

Summary of the Characteristics of the Specified Internship Class
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Number of Completed Applications: 45 52 36 36 43
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 35 38 36 32 41
Total number of interns: 4 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 4 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 1 0 0 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 3 3 4 4 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 4 4 4 4 4
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 4 4 3 6 4
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 46 46 57 48 8
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 1 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 2 3 0 0
Community Mental Health Center: 1 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 1 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 1 1 2 2 1
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 1 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 1 0 1 0 2
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 1 1 2 1
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 1 0 0 0