Program Information: Psychology

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1961
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Program Category:
Site: Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems
Department: Psychology
Address: 467 Creamery Way
Exton, Pennsylvania 19341
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD
Distance from Major City: 25 miles west of Philadelphia
Phone: 610-363-1488
Fax:
Email: Bethany.Dudash@chimes.org
Web Address: https://chimes.org/about/chimes-family/holcomb-behavioral-health-systems/
Brochure Website's Address: https://chimes.org/files/2022/09/Internship-Brochure-2023-2024.pdf
Primary Agency Type: Community Mental Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since:
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Bethany Dudash
Chief Psychologist: Ashley Murry
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 3
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 08/01/2023
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 6
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 23712
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): 80 hours of paid time off (PTO) and 10 agency recognized holidays
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Typical work week: Outpatient therapy that could be individual or family sessions with a wide range of ages and diagnoses (8 hours); rotation work- Mental Health Court, Crisis, D&A, child/adolescent (26 hours), supervision (2 hours), case conference (2 hours), and didactics (2 hours).
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?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: 11/20/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/09/2022
Tentative interview date: N/A
Interview process description:

Applicants will be notified by email no later than 12/9/2022 as to whether or not we will be extending an interview. The email will detail how to sign up for the interviews via Sign-up Genius. Virtual group orientations will be scheduled with the Training Director during the week of 1/2/2023. The purpose of these are to provide an overview of the program and to answer questions. You will only be asked to attend one of the sessions.

 

Individual interviews will be offered at various times between 1/9/23 and 1/20/23. These will consist of two half hour interviews with staff members which could include staff psychologists or other site supervisors. All interviews will be virtual.

 

 

We will also arrange virtual opportunities for applicants to meet with current residents. These meetings will be considered optional and attendance will not be factored into the overall ranking. 

How to obtain application info: Email the Program
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Adler University, Binghamton University, Biola University, Chestnut Hill College, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Drexel University, Fielding Graduate University, Gallaudet University, Immaculata University, LaSalle University, Marywood University, National Louis University/Tampa, Nova Southeastern University, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ponce Health Sciences University, University of Indianapolis, West Chester University, Wright Institute, Wright State University
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: 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 start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 400
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 25
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable): 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-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:
Other Requirements: Matched residents are subject to fingerprinting, background checks, and urine drug screens. While Holcomb does not have a formal policy about COVID vaccines, we are currently following state and local mandates. At this time, Philadelphia has vaccine mandates for behavioral health workers and anyone working in Philly schools. As residents will be working in Philly schools for the year, this would apply to all residents. Please contact program for additional information.
Program Description

Residents will work in several programs throughout the year in order to improve upon a generalist training. The resident will function as a member of the interdisciplinary team, serving in multiple capacities depending on cases. Residents will work in a Mental Health Outpatient Program for the entire year. There will be three 4-month rotations in the following areas: Crisis Services, D&A, and child/adolescent. 

 

Outpatient: Each resident will maintain a caseload of approximately 8 outpatient clients per week in one of three outpatient offices: Exton, Kennett Square, or Upper Darby. Resident functions in outpatient may include diagnostic evaluations, treatment planning, individual therapy, and family therapy.

Substance Abuse: Each resident will work in the Drug and Alcohol Program (outpatient and IOP) at the Kennett Square office. This will allow the resident to obtain exposure to the provision of formal substance abuse treatment. Resident functions may include, but are not limited to: chemical dependency evaluations, co-facilitation of groups, and individual therapy.

 

Crisis Services: Each resident will spend two days per week working in Valley Creek Crisis Intervention. Residents on this rotation will engage in telephonic crisis counseling to those in acute crisis; conduct crisis assessments for walk-in clients; and provide mobile crisis interventions to clients including crisis de-escalation, solution-focused interventions, and supportive counseling. Additional focus includes providing consultation and education to concerned family, school personnel, and other identified agents calling on a client’s behalf. Residents will also work one day in a Crisis Residential program conducting biopsychosocial assessments, group therapy, and individual sessions.

 

Child/Adolescence: Each resident will work as a mobile therapist for children and/or adolescents who have behavioral health concerns and are authorized for IBHS (Intensive Behavioral Health Services). This rotation can include the provision of individual and family therapy, conducted within the school. There could be additional opportunities to do in-home work. Resident functions may include, but are not limited to: assessments, individual sessions, family therapy sessions, group therapy, and behavioral consultation.

 

In addition, residents will conduct an average of one forensic clinical assessment per month for Chester County's Mental Health Court. Residents may also have opportunities to complete psychological testing cases over the year. Other activities include completing a community service project and conducting two didactic seminars.

 

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

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

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students :
Other:

Experience

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

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: https://chimes.org/about/chimes-family/holcomb-behavioral-health-systems/  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 2022-2023
Number of Completed Applications: 63 56 55 45 67 116
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 40 47 50 43 55 83
Total number of interns: 7 4 6 6 6 6
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 7 4 6 6 6 6
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 0 1 1 0 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 5 4 5 5 6 4
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 7 4 6 6 6 6
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 4 2 7 2 4 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 69 70 69 60 36 17
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Working on dissertation/Student: 2 1 1 3 3 1
Postdoctoral Fellow: 4 6 3 2 3 5
Community Mental Health Center: 1 1 1 1 2 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 1
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 1 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 3 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 3 0 1 1
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 1 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0 1
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 1 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 2 2 0 1 1 2
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 1 1 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 2 1 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0 0