Program Information: Behavioral Health Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2277
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: L.U.K. Crisis Center, Inc.
Department: Behavioral Health Services
Address: 545 Westminster Street
Fitchburg, Massachusetts 01420
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH
Distance from Major City: 30 miles north of Worcester, MA
Phone: 978-829-2236
Fax: 978-829-2210
Email: dhamolsky@luk.org
Web Address: http://www.luk.org
Brochure Website's Address: https://www.luk.org/get-involved/internships?view=article&id=542&catid=188
Primary Agency Type: Community Mental Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric or Pediatrics
  • Community Mental Health Center
Member of APPIC since:
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: David Hamolsky PsyD
Chief Psychologist: David Hamolsky PsyD
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 09/06/2022
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 2
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 36000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 18000
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Access to six (6), 3 CEU credit training at no cost to the Intern.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns are expected to work 40 hours per week over five days. Daily schedules including seminars, trainings, staff meetings, supervisions and direct client services are very flexible depending upon the availability of clients, the Intern's responsibilities, and the Intern's schedule. Generally, because we serve mostly children and youth, the "high volume" client hours (e.g., individual, group and family therapy) are after-school into early evening. Some days Interns' schedules may coincide with school schedules as they may be providing treatment services in school. Psychological testing is generally offered starting early in the morning. Intern Seminars are scheduled on Wednesday and other group supervision opportunities are scheduled throughout the week usually in the late morning and early afternoon time. Individual supervision is scheduled between the Supervisor & the Intern conducive to each person's schedule. Since March 18, 2020 LUK, Inc. has been providing telehealth services and as of June 2021 we have transitioned to a hybrid service delivery model (i.e., in-person and telehealth services). We anticipate in September 2022 the services described above will continue to be provided utilizing a hybrid model based upon the assessed needs of clients and service/program requirements.
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: Yes
Application Due Date: 12/15/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Optional
  • Required
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/17/2021
Tentative interview date: 12/27/2021
Interview process description:

Interview date ranges

Interviews will be held from Friday, December 31, 2021 – Friday, January 28, 2022

Length and format (e.g., open house, individual, group)

Interviews will last approximately 3 hours:

  • Welcome, Introductions, Overview & Questions with the Internship Director & Staff
  • 4, 20-30 minute Individual Interviews with Internship Program Training Staff
  • An opportunity to speak with current Interns about their experiences for at least 30 minutes

Information about how applicants are notified

All applicants will be invited to participate in the Interview Process by email and/or by phone

Whether interviews can be on-site/phone/other

Assuming that we are fully operational with no restrictions due to COVID-19, we prefer interviews are conducted in-person and on-site at our Fitchburg, MA facility. We will consider video interviews via our Zoom video conferencing platform on a case-by-case basis, 1) if preferred by the applicant (e.g., due to travel considerations) and 2) if we can assure that video interviews will not in any way bias (either positively or negatively) an applicant's interview and/or our consideration of any person's application to our Internship Program.

How many interviewers there will be? 

There will be approximately four (4) staff and two (2) current Interns participating in the Interview Process.

Whether requests to meet with specific staff are welcome

Yes

 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Antioch New England University Arizona School of Professional Psychology Carlos Albizu University Illinois School of Professional Psychology Northeastern University Rivier University University of Connecticut University of Massachusetts, Amherst In addition to the match, we have accepted Interns from Capella University & Walden University
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: Yes
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: Yes, by application deadline
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: No
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 400
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 100
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
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: Must pass CORI, SORI and OIG reviews by Human Resource Department. If working in schools, must pass an FBI fingerprinting test.
Program Description

LUK’s Doctoral Internship Program in Clinical Psychology (APPIC member since 2013) is intended to provide a diverse and challenging learning experience for interns who have a passion for working with children, youth, young adults and families. Interns will practice in the context of ecosystemic and trauma-informed approaches, which value collaboration with youth and families as well as partnerships with the other persons (“natural” and professional) involved in their lives. As an organization LUK offers a supportive and challenging learning environment in which interns are expected to function as professional colleagues while participating in close supervision, training and mentoring from professional staff. LUK values collaborative, flexible and creative teamwork (both internally and externally) with the persons with whom we work, and we strive to support interns to be active, full participants in all agency activities.

Our mission is to offer client-centered services of the highest quality to members of our communities who are challenged with behavioral health issues and experience lower socio-economic status. The majority of clients with whom Interns would work are Medicaid-eligible and present with symptoms consistent with a wide-range of childhood/youth diagnoses including but not limited to PTSD (Developmental trauma), anxiety, depression, and disruptive mood dysregulation disorder.

LUK’s Internship Director will work closely with interns to develop a training experience that will meet the individual strengths, competencies, needs and interests of interns. While our internship emphasizes clinical work in clinic-based settings, interns are allowed to practice in school-based, home-based/outreach and community-based group home environments. Within these settings interns will be expected to conduct individual, group and family therapies, psychological testing and evaluations as well as care coordination functions attached to these clinical activities. While interns will conduct these clinical interventions, there is significant variability within these service delivery options. Interns may focus on different age-populations with varying challenges and will also have the option to gain experience working in LUK’s other Divisions which offer foster care services, residential services, and independent living services.

LUK, Inc. is a National Child Traumatic Stress (NCTSN) Category III Trauma Center funded by two (2), five-year grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). LUK's Central Massachussetts Child Trauma Center (CMCTC) provides a variety of trauma services to children and youth (infants through 18 years old) and their families utilizing several evidence-based practices. Interns will have an opportunity to participate in the provision of CMCTC services. For more information: https://www.nctsn.org/about-us/network-members?state=MA&field_organization_type_value_2=All&field_person_type_value_2=All&page=1

Another unique opportunity for Interns is the development of skills in understanding and collaborating with family, school, state agency and other larger systems that have an impact on the lives of children, youth and families. Interns may work with State Agencies including Massachusetts Departments of Children & Families (DCF); Mental Health (DMH); Public Health-Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (MDPH-BSAS); Developmental Services (DDS) and Youth Services (DYS). Also, the larger systems critical to working with LUK’s population include but are not limited to school systems, juvenile justice (e.g., courts and probation officers), the Children’s Behavioral Health System (CBHI) and other community-based provider agencies.

LUK is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and the Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance (MOVA) to provide trauma services to children and youth and their parents/guardians. We offer interns opportunities to be involved with several evidence-based and trauma-informed treatment practices.  In addition, LUK is licensed by the MDPH to provide both mental health and substance abuse services and interns may tailor their internship to focus on working with youth, families and/or adults with substance use disorders.

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults:
Inpatients:
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
French-speaking:
Deaf/Hearing-impaired:
Students:
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other: Families involved with Child Welfare; Children & Youth in Foster Care and community-based Group Homes and Apartments

Treatment Modalities

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

Experience

Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
HIV/AIDS:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Neuropsychology-Adult:
Neuropsychology-Child: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Serious Mental Illness: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Anxiety Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Forensics/Corrections:
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology:
Pediatrics: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
School: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Counseling: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration:
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:
Other:
  • Working with children, youth & families involved with the Massachusetts State Departments of Children & Families (DCF - Child Welfare) and Mental Health (DMH)
  • Massachusetts Children's Behavioral Health Initiaitve (CBHI)
  • Wrap-around Services
  • Foster Care Services
  • Independent Living Services
  • Community-based Group Home
  • Prevention & Education Services

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: www.luk.org  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: 22 10 10 10 8
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 15 9 10 10 8
Total number of interns: 2 2 2 1 2
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 1 2 1 1 2
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 0 2 0 0
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 2 0 1 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2 2 1 0 2
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 1 1 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 3 8 3 4 2
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 10 218 17 22 30
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 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 2 0 0 2
Community Mental Health Center: 0 1 1 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 1 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 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 1 0 0
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 0 0