Program Information: Psychology

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1535
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Friends Hospital
Department: Psychology
Address: 4641 Roosevelt Boulevard
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19124-2399
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD
Distance from Major City: NE area of Philadelphia & suburbs
Phone: 215-831-4771
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Private Psychiatric Hospital
Additional Agency Types:
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric or Pediatrics
  • Private Psychiatric Hospital
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Peter Vernig PhD
Chief Psychologist: Peter Vernig PhD
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 7
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 07/25/2022
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 7
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 28568
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): 21 days of paid time off (includes holidays, professional days, and sick days), free parking
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Depending on the site you match, the interns will have slightly different "typical day" experiences. However, all sites have the following clinical experiences: provide group therapy, individual therapy, conduct psychological assessments, and are a member of a multidisciplinary treatment team providing consultation on clinical issues. Other experiences may include case management, creating/ implementing behavior plans, serving on various committees/ providing program evaluation/ implementation.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Do Psychology Interns/Postdocs Have the Opportunity to Supervise Practicum Students?Yes
Is this program fully affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Is this program partially affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? Yes
Details of the above affiliations Friends Hospital is partially affiliated with the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Any applicant from PCOM is granted an interview, however we do not have a designated number of positions for their students.
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:
  • Preferred
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 11/30/2021
Tentative interview date: 12/15/2021
Interview process description:

Interviews will take place at Friends Hospital for the adult track and/or Foundations Behavioral Health for the child/ adolescent track in December/January, and will consist of a information sessions, a tour of the facility, a virtual tour and/or description of the other rotation sites,group and individual interviews with department faculty, and an opportunity to have lunch with the current intern cohort as applicable. Applicants can expect to spend up to a full day on-site. Applicants will be notified via email of an offer to interview, along with a selection of dates to choose from for the interview. Given the present sate of the COVID 19 pandemic, a virtual interview abd tour also is offered but wi not be for entire day. The applicant can expect to have up to a 2 hour virtual interview with faculty

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine; LaSalle University; Immaculata University; Chestnut Hill College; Suffolk University; Temple University; American School of Professional Psychology Argosy University, Washington DC Campus; Hofstra University; Indiana State University; Pacific Graduate School of Psychology; Alliant International University; Fielding Graduate University; Yeshiva University; Antioch University New England Graduate School; Chicago School of Psychology; Midwestern University; Divine Mercy University; Wright Institute; Argosy - Orange County Southern California; Long Island University; Springfield College, Yeshiva University, Rutgers University, Adler University, University of Massachusetts - Boston; Fielding Graduate School,
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: Yes
If NOT a U.S. Citizen, Authorization to Work or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in the US is Required: Yes
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 ranking deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 450
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 25
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited 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: N/A
Other Requirements: Applicants are required to include one de-identified assessment report with their application. They also need to indicate on their letter of interest which track they are applying. All accepted interns must pass a background check/ FBI clearance and drug screen prior to official start date in order to begin internship.
Program Description

Friends Hospital, founded in 1813, is the first private psychiatric hospital in the United States. Originally modeled after The Retreat, a Quaker asylum founded in York, England during the 18th century, the hospital is located in Northeast Philadelphia on a majestic 100-acre campus. Today, Friends Hospital provides recovery-oriented inpatient behavioral health services for a diverse population of individuals from the Philadelphia area. Friends Hospital is owned by Universal Health Services Inc., of Delaware (UHS), the largest national provider of inpatient services, and therefore has access to vast clinical expertise and resources including numerous local sister facilities.

Friends Hospital is proud to partner with several local UHS facilities to provide a variety of clinical rotations for the psychology internship. These facilities are Fairmount Behavioral Health System, and Foundations Behavioral Health (further information and descriptions of all of the clinical settings and the experiences offered for this internship is provided in Appendices III-VI of the Internship Handbook, which can be found on the Friends Hospital website as well as the APPIC Directory).

Friends Hospital and its sister facilities utilize a multidisciplinary approach, integrating professionals from psychiatry, psychology, nursing, social work, expressive arts, and chaplaincy. Treatment teams employ a recovery-oriented and empirically-supported approach to care.

Friends Hospital’s Internship in Clinical Psychology provides an opportunity for doctoral candidates in clinical, counseling, or school psychology to work under close supervision in a professional setting that is committed to the principles of recovery-oriented care and empirically-supported treatments in an Adult or Child/ Adolescent clinical track. The internship program employs a Practitioner-Scholar model of training and is grounded in cognitive and behavioral approaches to therapy, including integrated care interventions.

Throughout the course of the training year, interns participate in a one-year experience at their respective site (depending on their training goals and preferences) with primary clinical experiences in group therapy as well as individual therapy.  Psychological assessment is an important part of the clinical training program, and interns complete integrated assessment batteries and several brief screenings. Interns receive weekly individual and group supervision, and attend regular didactic trainings provided by various speakers from within and outside of the facilities. Overall, Friends Hospital offers a large variety of clinical and professional training opportunities, and is committed to assisting interns in meeting their individual training needs.

Friends Hospital offers a salarty of $28,568, 21 paid time off days (which includes holidays, vacation, sick time, and professional days), health and dental benefits, and free parking.

Applicants must have a minimum of 3 years of academic training, 1400 total hours (25 testing, 450 face to face intervention hours- if in the child/adol track 250 of these hours need to be with this age-group population, plus supervision & support hours) of experience, group therapy and previous serious mental illness experience.  Holiday and monthly weekend rotations are an expectation of the internship. Please indicate in your cover letter if you are applying for the adult track (Match code 153511) or child/adolescent track (Match code 153512) and any preferred rotation sites or diagnostic populations you would like to gain experience. The distribution of slots available at each rotation is as follows:

                                                              Adult                                                                        Child/ Adol 

                                                             (APPIC Match #153511)                                     (APPIC Match # 153512)

Friends Hospital                              3 adult                                                1 adolescent

Foundations                                   0 adult                                                 1 child/adolescent

Fairmount                                     1 adult                                                 1 child/adolescent

The Friends Hospital internship is partially affiliated with the Psy.D. program in Clinical Psychology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) for the 2021-2022 match year, in which all applicants are granted an interview. However, the program does not have a dedicated number of internship positions for PCOM students; applications from other programs will be equally considered.

If selected by the match for internship, all interns are expected to attend a mandatory, paid, orientation training prior to the internship start date. A pre-employment drug test and clearances are required to attend internship.

Internship Training Opportunities


Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
French-speaking: Yes
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other: ID/ASD

Treatment Modalities

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


Health Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Women's Health: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
HIV/AIDS: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Physical Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Anxiety Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Substance Use Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Pediatrics: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
School: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Counseling: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:

Interns may have further opportunites, depending on their track selection and site selection to have interactions with school districts, probation officers/ court system, mental health court, Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS), partial hospitalization programs, residential programs, outside treatment providers, Crisis Response Center (psychiatric emergency room), and extended acute care programs.

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: 90 108 107 103 117
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 68 75 75 73 77
Total number of interns: 9 7 7 7 7
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 9 7 7 7 7
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0 1 1 1 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 9 6 6 6 5
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 9 7 6 7 7
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 1 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 1 1 3 2 2
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 36 30 27 28 25
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 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 9 9 7 6 7
Community Mental Health Center: 2 4 2 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 2 2
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 1 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 1 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 4 3 3 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 1 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 1
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 1
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 1 0 0
Research Position: 1 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 2 1 0 2 2
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 1 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 1 0