Program Information: Training Institute

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2035
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Southwest Behavioral & Health Services
Department: Training Institute
Address: 3450 N. 3rd Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85012
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 480-416-4187
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Community Mental Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Leslie Montijo-Tai
Chief Psychologist: Lynette Livesay
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 9
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 09/12/2022
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 28
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 24000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): 80 hours of Paid Time Off and paid holidays
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site A typical day for an intern varies from site to site, depending on the placement/setting. Please refer to the brochure for more detailed information about the experiences offered at SB&H.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsNo
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? No
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 11/15/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 11/29/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/07/2022
Interview process description:

Please note that due to COVID, we understand that some applicants may not meet the minimum required intervention and assessment hours. We take a comprehensive look at every application, so if a prospective applicant does not have enough hours, that should NOT preclude them from applying to our program.

All interviews will be conducted via Webex for this Match cycle. No in person interviews are being offered. Applicants are notified about their interview status via email by 11/29/2021. Individual interviews will be conducted Friday, January 7th, 2022 and Monday, January 10th, 2022. Interviews will comprise of the applicant and two staff psychologists from SB&H. Interviews will last approximately 30-45 minutes with an opportunity at the end of the interview for the applicant to ask questions.

SB&H will also be offering virtual open houses, lasting 45 mintues, via Webex for any applicant who has been extended an interview. Details to be announced at a later date.

As a condition of becoming an intern and remaining an intern for the duration of the training year applicants must meet and adhere to certain background requirements. SB&H will perform a background investigation (which may include professional references, criminal history, civil history, sex offender search, social security number verification, education verification, OIG Exclusionary Clearance, driving history, vehicle insurance verification, drug screening test, occupational physical and TB test). Failure to submit a urine sample or if the analysis reveals the presence of drugs or other controlled substances, the opportunity to train as an intern at SB&H is immediately and wholly revoked. Applicants who test positive for marijuana and possess a valid medical marijuana card must provide a copy of the card to Human Resources. A fingerprint clearance card is also required.










How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Arizona School of Professional Psychology, Midwestern University, Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, Pacific University School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, University of Minnesota, Adler University, Wright Institute, Azusa Pacific University, Hawaii School of Professional Psychology, Rutgers University, University of Arizona, University of San Francisco, Pepperdine University, Wheaton College, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, William James College, California Lutheran University, Loma Linda University School of Behavioral Health, University of Denver, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Ohio University, University, Illinois State University, Howard University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, University at Albany, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, University of Washington, University of California Los Angeles, William Paterson University, Ponce Health Services 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: No
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: 250
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
PCSAS-Accredited Not Accepted
Non-Accredited Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree 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:
Program Description

Please click this link to a video providing an overview of our internship program:

Recovery College/ Community Living Program (NMS #203516)

The Recovery College/Community Living program offers the opportunity for interns to learn how to assist adults with behavioral health interventions in the community. A key component of this placement is assisting adults with community integration and resolving behavioral issues so that individuals may to gain greater independence. Interns work with adults, addressing a variety of issues, and navigating public health system to increase client supports and resources. As part of a multidisciplinary team, interns will engage in coordination of care, client advocacy, treatment planning and programming with an integrative approach. Interns conduct intake assessments, provide individual counseling, facilitate groups, and participate in community-based activities. Psychological testing is not an activity available on this track.

Community Recovery Unit (NMS #203514)

The CRU 1 and CRU 2 are 24-hour, Level One, secured facilities in Phoenix. Persons admitted to the CRU programs are typically considered a danger to self or others and are unable to function in the community. The CRU interns provide behavioral health inter­ven­tions for individuals experiencing a behavioral health crisis who require a struc­tured, non-hospital setting. Services are designed to build upon the client’s strengths while working to minimize escalation of behaviors that will lead to a more restrictive setting. At the CRU, interns are part of a multidisciplinary team consisting of prescribers, nurses, and behavioral health technicians. Daily group and individual therapy sessions are facilitated by interns. Psychological testing is not an activity available on this track. 

Opioid Replacement Services Clinic (NMS #203515)

The Opioid Replacement Services outpatient program, located in Phoenix, provides behavioral health and substance abuse services for adults. The program builds on client strengths and natural supports. Services are designed to assist adults in achieving optimal functioning in their personal lives and in the community. Specific services offered in both programs are intensive group and individual therapy, case management, and psychiatric medication services. The Methadone Maintenance and Suboxone Treatment program provides medication assisted treatment services to persons addicted to opioids. Interns will gain proficiency in performing initial engagement sessions, and facilitating group and individual therapy sessions with this population. As part of a multidisciplinary team, interns will also engage in treatment planning and programming with a team approach. Although not guaranteed, some psychological testing may be available on this track.

Outpatient Clinic: Maricopa County, Arizona (NMS #203513) and Flagstaff, Arizona (NMS #203517)

The Outpatient Clinics serve clients who reside in various urban and rural parts of Maricopa County, as well as in Flagstaff, Arizona. The clinics serve all age ranges of clients from birth through adulthood. The intern provides comprehensive behavioral health services including Initial Engagement Sessions, individual counseling, family/couples counseling, and group counseling. Coordinating care with the client’s primary care physician and other providers is essential and assists the intern in becoming adept at an integrated model of care. The intern works as part of a treatment team that includes the program director, case managers, clinicians, family coaches, and prescribers. Although not guaranteed, some psychological testing may be available on this track.

School and Community Based Counseling Services (NMS #203519)

The School and Community-Based Counseling Services program provides behavioral health services to youth and their families in school and community settings in the greater Phoenix area. All behavioral health services are developed in collaboration with the youth and family. The intern works collaboratively with school staff and families to provide not only individual, group, and family counseling, but helps identify supports needing to be developed and implemented in the home and school environment. As part the Child and Family Team process, the intern meets with identified members on the child’s clinical team to assess and monitor goals on a quarterly basis that drive the overall need for development. Psychological testing is not an aspect of this placement as all testing is done by school district staff. 

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
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Consultation/Liaison: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Long-term Psychotherapy:
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Evidence Based Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Other: Better Outcomes Now


Health Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Women's Health: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
Serious Mental Illness: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Anxiety Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Offenders:
School: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Counseling: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation:
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - specialty:

In all areas of service, SB&H supports the belief that all individuals possess personal strengths, interests, and desires, and are capable of live fulfilling and rewarding lives. The agency uses Better Outcomes Now (BON) and all interns receive training and become adept at utilizing these skills in service delivery. 

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: 176 107 163 169 253
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 73 65 81 95 135
Total number of interns: 17 17 24 26 28
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 16 14 22 26 28
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 0 3 6 8
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 16 17 21 20 20
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 17 17 22 23 23
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 2 0 2
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 3 3
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 38 25 48 102 53
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 1 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 9 15 0 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 7 8 0 11
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 2 4 0 2
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 1
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 2 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 1 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 4
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 1
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 0 0 0 1
Independent Practice: 0 4 1 0 4
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 2
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 1 1 0 0