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.
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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