Program Information: Clinical psychology

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2131
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Fairfax Behavioral Health Psychiatric Hospital
Department: Clinical psychology
Address: 10200 NE 132nd Street
Kirkland, Washington 98034
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
Distance from Major City: 5-10 miles from Seattle, WA
Phone: 206-992-9192
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Private Psychiatric Hospital
Additional Agency Types:
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric or Pediatrics
  • Private Psychiatric Hospital
  • Other
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Michael Archer
Chief Psychologist: Valerie Hewell
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 2
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 2
Position Information
Start Date: 07/01/2021
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class:
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 23200
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above):
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns will work within a collaborative care treatment team comprised of psychiatric providers, the nursing team, discharge planning supports and allied services including recreational, occupational and dietary services as well as utilization review. As a member of this team the intern will carry case management responsibilities for an assigned caseload. They will have daily contacts with assigned cases through group as well as individual contacts and family work and also provide collateral care coordination with outside providers. In addition interns will provide comprehensive psychological testing to patients with this identified need. Group therapies are also a large treatment component with content areas spanning cognitive-behavioral interventions as well as other psychoeducational, skill building and process oriented groups. All services are provided with close team collaboration as well as individual supervision and group based didactics. The typical day begins with attending the treatment team meeting where all disciplines gather to review each case, determine treatment planning needs and review patient progress toward and planning for discharge. Component services described above comprise the remainder of the work day.
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? No
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: No
Application Due Date: 12/13/2020 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
This program uses the AAPI: No
An onsite interview is:
  • Preferred
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/30/2020
Interview notification date time zone: Pacific Standard Time
Tentative interview date: 01/20/2021
Interview process description:

Prospective candidates are asked to come for either an in-person interview or virtual interview.  Interviews are conducted with the Training Director.  Interviews afford discussion of the applicant's interest in this setting, relevant prior training or history applicable to this setting as well as a discussion of how this training setting meets eventual career interests.  Applicants will be given the oppotunity to speak with current interns and to tour the hospital to gain a better understanding of the program offerings.

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: Antioch University, Northwest University, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Fielding Graduate University, Western Kentucky University, Illinois School of Professional Psychology, John F. Kennedy 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: No
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 ranking deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 300
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 20
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 4
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
Non-Accredited 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:
Program Description

The purpose of the doctoral internship is to provide an intensive supervised experience in clinical activities available within an acute care inpatient psychiatric hospital setting. Fairfax Hospital is committed to the achievement of excellence in the internship experience it provides. Interns are encouraged to gain a broad exposure to the variety of professional activities and service delivery systems that exist in an acute hospital setting. The expectation is that interns will profit from the experience in terms of both their professional and personal growth, will view the experience as a valuable capstone to their formal graduate training in psychology and will be capable of assuming positions of responsibility within the field. 

The internship experience at Fairfax Behavioral Health affords an opportunity to engage in the assessment, treatment and post-discharge coordination of care for patients seen for acute stabilization within a secure setting.  As a result, the training year provides a unique opportunity to work with patients of the most complex or challenging diagnostic groups.  The internship at Fairfax Behavioral Health provides an opportunity to work with clinical needs  of patients with diagnoses that include adult major mental illnesses, adult mood disorders, adult SUD, gero-psychiatry as well as a general adolescent services.  Interns also have the opportunity to learn of the civil committment process as well as step-down to less-restrictive court oversight.  Interns will provide psychological testing to include cognitive as well as projective and personality testing.  In addition, interns will provide group therapy with objectives tied to the needs of the patient population seen.   

The internship experience is very much team based with the intern participating as a member of the multidisciplinary team inclusive of psychiatry, nursing, social services, group therapies, OT, dietary and other adjuctive supports all provided within milieu programming intended to structure the patients' experience within a stabilizing and supportive setting.

It should be noted that while the inpatient psychiatric setting provides a unique environment in which to observe and engage with patients of many diagnostic groups or clinical presentations less frequently seen in outpatent settings, it is not a training site that would best meet the training goals of someone wanting to do advanced training in individual psychotherapy.  Rather, patient engagement centers on diagnostic clarification, clinical formulations that are comprised of all aspects of the known biopsychosocial factors, group based treatment interventions and collaborative work with supportive others, families and outpatient providers in meeting the patient's acute care needs as well as aftercare planning.

In addition to clinical activities, each intern meets on a weekly basis with two primary individual supervisors and participates in a number of didatic seminars (e.g., psychologcal testing; group therapy; general diagnostics & case reviews).  Daily attendence at the multidisciplinary treatment team also provides the intern an opportunity for exposure to the clinical formulations of multiple cases in addition to their own.  Diagnostic considerations, psychopharmacologic interventions, family issues, nursing and milieu management concerns seen across this breadth of clinical presentations may provide one of the most clinically rich training settings available to the advanced graduate student.

Internship Training Opportunities


Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: 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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Individual Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Couples Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Group Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Crisis Intervention: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Long-term Psychotherapy:
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)


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

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
Number of Completed Applications: 25 15 6
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 20 10 15 5
Total number of interns: 9 3 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 0 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 1 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 3 2 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 1 1 1
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 3 2 2
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 10 5 10
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 20 5 10
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
Working on dissertation/Student: 1 0 1 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 0 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 1 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 2 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 1 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 1 2 1 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 1 0 0 0