Program Information: Columbia Valley Community Health - Behavioral Medicine Department

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2125
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Columbia Valley Community Health
Department: Behavioral Medicine Department
Address: 600 Orondo St. Suite 1
Wenatchee, Washington 98801-2800
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 148 miles east of Seattle
Phone: 509-662-6000x1073
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Community Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric or Pediatrics
  • Community Mental Health Center
  • Other
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Misha Whitfield
Chief Psychologist: Christine Wineberg
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 4
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 6
Position Information
Start Date: 07/25/2023
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: 36379
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Vacation/sick time= 3 weeks (120 hours) Holidays & float time. Credentialing for insurance panels, licensing/renewal fees reimbursement, administrative help. Additional benefits such as 403(b) Retirement Plan, Supplemental Life (Employee, Spouse, & Child) Voluntary AD&D,Flex Plan for Medical and Dependent Care, Cell Phone Discounts, & Gym membership.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site A typical work day is a combination of consultation with medical providers within our integrated primary care setting, direct patient care (a combination of brief therapy, crisis management, and long-term/specialty mental health services), assessment and psychological testing, a number of training activities on a daily basis, and administrative time. The environment in our integrated primary setting is fast-paced, dynamic, and highly collaborative. The Behavioral Medicine team is highly supportive, warm, and collegial with one another. Based on feedback from our trainees, the opportunities to practice within our integrated primary care model and clinical supervision are some of our biggest strengths as a program.
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: 11/14/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: N/A
Tentative interview date: 01/6/2023
Interview process description:


CVCH Doctoral Internship program upholds a strong commitment to recruitment of diverse interns. We welcome applicants from diverse personal and cultural backgrounds.

Eligible applications are reviewed by the Director of Clinical Training and one or more members of our supervisory team. A select group of applicants are invited for an interview. Notification of invitation to interview is made by email communicated from the program’s Teaching Training Coordinator on behalf of the Director of Clinical Training. Applicants are given several dates to choose from in the month of January and are asked to rank order them in terms of preference. Occasionally, some interviews are also scheduled in late December and early February. The site strives to be flexible to accommodate intern schedules given the reality of likely multiple interviews at other sites. 

Due to COVID-19 precautions, our site will host several days of virtual interviews in January. Virtual interviews will include interviews with supervisors as well as informal Q&A time with our current trainees. 

Due to COVID-19 being an evolving situation, we reserve the right to change our interview process to ensure health and safety of applicants and the site.

Finally, we recognize that applicants may have some difficulty reaching minimum hourly requirements this year due to COVID-19. If this applies to you but you're still interested in our site, we encourage you to still apply and provide a brief explanation about the impacts of COVID-19 on your hours. If you have any questions about this issue or any other requirement, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Whitfield at 


How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Alliant International University Midwestern 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 start of internship
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): 50
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 Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
Non-Accredited Not 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: *The site ideally requires a minimum of 400 intervention/50 assessment hours BY THE START OF INTERNSHIP. Applicants with fewer than required hours, who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic are encouraged to apply; please make a note in your cover letter regarding your expected hours by the start of internship and any negative impacts on your AAPI hours due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All candidates that will be considered must have a Master’s degree in psychology, mental health counseling, social work, marriage and family therapy, or another related field and must be eligible for Master’s level licensure in Washington State at that Associate-level or above. If you match with us, our agency will provide extensive support in obtaining the required licensure. See the DOH Mental Health Professions website for more details: ***IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS IF YOU QUALIFY FOR WA STATE LICENSURE, PLEASE CONTACT TRAINING DIRECTOR Dr. Whitfield at
Program Description

Doctoral Internship program at CVCH offers in-depth training and applied clinical experience within an integrated primary care/ community health center setting in the beautiful North Central Washington state.  With emphases on support and flexibility, our objective is to provide a stimulating learning environment in which interns hone their clinical and scholarly skills and acquire expertise that allows them to work in a variety of professional settings after graduation. The overall goal of CVCH’s Doctoral Internship is to provide broad-based, generalist training in nine different profession-wide competencies that are supportive of our model of integrated healthcare in a community health setting that provides a broad spectrum of mental health services that ranges from prevention, consultation, brief therapy, as well as long-term therapy, and assessment and psychological testing. The program highlights and areas of focus include the following:

  • Biopsychosocial-spiritual clinical framework anchored in trauma-informed care;
  • Consultation with medical providers and interdisciplinary functioning within the integrated primary care/community healthcare setting;
  • Brief intervention as well as long-term therapy for individuals, couples, families, and groups of all ages and from diverse backgrounds (with special emphasis on populations that are rural, underserved, and frequently marginalized, with high incidence of trauma and PTSD, and/or facing complex health disparities);
  • Many of our patients are monolingual Spanish-speaking (we provide interpretation services). For over 40 years, CVCH has served the low-income, uninsured, and migrant and seasonal farm worker populations of North Central Washington State as its target population.
  • Acute and chronic illness management for a variety of frequently comorbid medical and behavioral health conditions, such as chronic pain, diabetes, trauma/PTSD, dual diagnoses, and many others;
  • Special emphasis on crisis management skills, psychopharmacology, applied assessment, and cultural humility, and working with marginalized and underserved populations.

Information about our site

Columbia Valley Community Health is a non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) providing quality healthcare to families and individuals of all ages, regardless of ability to pay. We offer an array of comprehensive services, including primary care services for patients and families of all ages from prenatal care to geriatrics, behavioral health, outreach, dental, diabetes and nutrition, midwifery, pharmacy, WIC, lab and radiology, and walk-in/urgent care services at multiple sites in our two-county catchment area in North Central Washington State.

In April 2012, CVCH was one of 18 organizations in the country, and the first in the Pacific Northwest, to achieve the Joint Commission’s Primary Care Medical Home certification. The medical home is best described as a model or approach to primary care that is patient-centered, comprehensive, team-based, coordinated, accessible, and focused on quality and safety (as defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)).


For over 50 years, CVCH has served the low-income, uninsured, and migrant and seasonal farm worker populations of North Central Washington State as its target population.

Partnering to achieve optimal health and wellness with compassion and respect for all.

CVCH is a valued and sustainable community partner providing high quality, integrated, innovative and barrier-free healthcare. We practice and model healthful living and provide an environment where patients and employees feel inspired, welcomed, supported and respected. 


Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology at Columbia Valley Community Health is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) Commission on Accreditation.

Questions related to the program’s accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation 

American Psychological Association     
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002     
Phone:  202-336-5979     


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
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other: Migrant & seasonal farm workers

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Crisis Intervention: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students :


Health Psychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Women's Health: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
HIV/AIDS: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Substance Use Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Geropsychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Pediatrics: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Integrated health care - specialty: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)

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 2022-2023
Number of Completed Applications: 23 2 65 99 91 89
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 15 20 40 40 42 48
Total number of interns: 2 2 2 2 3 2
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 1 1 2 2 3 2
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 1 1 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 0 1 1 2 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs:
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2 2 2 1 2 2
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 3 10 1 0 1 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 15 70 5 1 14 5
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: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 2 2 1 2 1 3
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 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: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 1 0 1 0