Program Information: Adult Treatment Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2254
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Brattleboro Retreat
Department: Adult Treatment Services
Address: 1 Anna Marsha Lane, P.O. Box 803
Brattleboro, Vermont 05302
Country: United States
Metro Area: Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH
Distance from Major City: 110 miles northwest of Boston; 85 miles north of Hartford, CT; 80 miles east of Albany, NY
Phone: 802-258-6925x
Fax: 802-258-3743
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Private Psychiatric Hospital
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: James Benton
Chief Psychologist: Jilisa Snyder
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 5
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 06/20/2022
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 6
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 31200
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Comp Time , Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Optional CE training is available for full day training events sponsored by the Retreat.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site The normal work day varies depending on whether you are on the inpatient or outpatient rotation. Typically you attend an interdisciplinary treatment team meeting in the morning and then conduct individual and group therapy sessions. In addition, you will have 2 hours of individual and 2 hours of weekly group supervision as well an hour of didactics each week.
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?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: 11/12/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Optional
Interview notification date: 12/10/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/07/2022
Interview process description:

Interviews are by invitation only.  All applicants will be notified by email on or before December 10, 2021.  Interviews will be held on January 7, 2022 and January 14, 2022.  All interviews this year will be virtual and conducted via Zoom per APPIC guidelines.  Invited applicants should plan on half day (until 12 pm EST) interviews.  See program brochure for further information.  The interview process will involve meeting individually with multiple staff members in addition to a group interview format.  Applicants will also have an opportunity to meet with the current interns to further ask questions regarding their internship experience, etc.  Our intention in the interview process is to assess the best fit for the Retreat and for the prospective intern.  We hope the interview day will be informative, with a minimum of stress for applicants.

Applicants who are accepted for an interview will also be offered the opportunity to visit the Retreat for a tour, in December 2021.  Accepted applicants will receive details regarding the optional visit.  

It is a long standing practice of the Brattleboro Retreat's Internship Program to take photos of all applicants when they are interviewed.  We have been informed by APPIC that notification of our intent to photograph applicants is required.  Therefore, please be advised that if you choose to attend an interview at the Brattleboro Retreat we will photograph you.  We interview a number of people each year and have found the photos are an important aid to place a face with the name in order to help the selection committee when they meet.   

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Texas at Austin, State University of NY at Buffalo, University of Montana, Hofstra University, William James College, California School of Professional Psychology, and Kean University, to name a few.
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 application deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 300
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 50
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 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: Applicants may submit a supplemental testing report (deidentified), publication or research study. This is not required. Interns must obtain a permit from the State of Vermont as a non-licensed, non-certified psychotherapist. Instructions will be provided prior to the start date. In addition, if you match with the program you will be subject to a background check that includes the following: criminal record, education verification, and employment verification. Per our hospital's policy on criminal background checks: The Brattleboro Retreat will not employ any person who has been convicted of an offense for such action related to bodily harm, theft or misuse of funds or property, or other crimes inimical to the public welfare. An example of convictions that would prevent an individual from being hired, or jeopardize continued employment include, but are not limited to: a) crimes of violence b) misdemeanor or felony crimes of abuse or exploitation, including crimes of a sexual nature c) any crime committed with a firearm d) crimes of fraud, theft or deceit
Program Description

The Brattleboro Retreat, Predoctoral Clinical Psychology Internship Training Program offers two tracks - patial hospital and inpatient.  All interns have responsibility for leading groups, caseload management, and indvidual therapy cases.  In addition, interns are expected to complete at least one in-depth psychological assessment.   Supervisors come from a broad range of theoretical perspectives (e.g., Psychodynamic, Person-Centered, CBT, ACT), and interns from all theoretical orientations are welcome.  The focus of supervision is supporting interns in developing case comceptualizations that are comprenehsive and consistent with their theoretical orientation, developing treatment plans that meet the patients's goals and needs, and addressing successes and opportunities for improvement that arise in working with patients and colleagues. 

The internship provides professional psychology training that emphasizes both generalist and specialty training using a scholar-practitioner model. The general goals of the internship are:

  • to integrate the theoretical, research, and applied aspects of graduate education and training in psychology with the professional practice of psychology
  •  socialization that leads to the development of a professional psychologist identity;
  •  to prepare to function independently, competently, and ethically as a professional practicing psychologist;
  •  to develop adequate levels of proficiency in basic professional skills required to evaluate, treat, and consult with a wide range of clients with a variety of psychological disorders;
  •  to build upon a generalist foundation with specific training in the area of psychological treatment for uniformed services personnel including police, fire, military, veterans, emergency medical technicians, and corrections personnel;
  • and to develop in the practice of professional psychology an increased awareness and sensitivity to issues related to racial/ethnic bases of behavior.



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
Students: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other: Healthcare professionals, Uniform personnel, military, police, fire

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Individual Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Couples Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Group Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Crisis Intervention:
Brief Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students :


Health Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Anxiety Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy:
Feminist Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:

Behavioral Medicine 

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: 35 40 50 60
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 18 15 38 32
Total number of interns: 2 4 4 6
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 2 4 4 6
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0 1 1 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 1
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2 3 4 5
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 1 0 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 2 1 1 2
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 25 20 2 15
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 0 0 1 1
Postdoctoral Fellow: 2 0 2 2 3
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 1 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 1 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 1
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 1 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 1 0 0 0 1
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 1 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 1 0 0
Independent Practice: 1 0 0 0 1
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 1 0