Program Information: Behavioral Health

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2404
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Christiana Care Health Systems
Department: Behavioral Health
Address: 47350 Olgletown-Stanton RD
Suite 2223
Newark, Delaware 19713
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD
Distance from Major City: 30 miles south of Philadelphia
Phone: 302-623-2944x
Fax: 302-623-2940
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Academic Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Academic Health Center
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited on Contingency
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Diane McGuffin
Chief Psychologist: Diane McGuffin
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 13
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 07/01/2022
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: 38000
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): Free gym membership, free parking, 31 days of PTO, optional supplemental insurances, use of laptop computer, medical library.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns split their time between major rotations (Women's Health, Neuropsychology Assessment, Heart and Vascular and Oncology) and minor rotations. Most of the day is spent providing direct care (assessment, consultation, or therapy) to patients and/or their families. Interns consult with other professionals, participate in multidisciplinary meetings, and help with referrals as needed.
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?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: 11/25/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/15/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/10/2022
Interview process description:


We will only be offering virtual interviews on Zoom this year. The 2-3-hour meetings will allow time for the applicants to learn about the internship program and interview individually with the Training Director and the supervisors of the rotations for which they applied. During separate, virtual drop-in sessions, applicants will have an opportunity to meet with current interns for a question and answer session.  We will provide videos of our campus and staff to help applicants get to know us and the culture at ChristianaCare.  We will offer a phone interview if requested.


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 University, Carlos Albizu University, Ponce Health Sciences University, Argosy University, Chestnut Hill College, CUNY, PCOM, LaSalle University, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Immaculata, University of Pennsylvania, Regent 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: No
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:
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours:
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 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: criminal background checks, drug screen and required immunizations (including required proof of COVID Vaccination) .
Program Description

Our training is a full-time for 12 months (minimum of 2000 hours from July 1- June 30).  A two week orientation will occur prior to the start date. Each Intern is accepted into a major specialty training track. Each major rotation is matched with a minor rotation.  Major rotations are three days per week and minor rotations are two days per week. We provide additional training in leadership and quality assurance, as well as weekly didactics and supervision. 

Applicants may apply to up to two tracks:

Major: Heart and Vascular Health Minor: Primary Care
Major: Neuropsychology Assessment Minor: Neuroscience Consult/Liaison & Neurology Outpatient
Major: Cancer Center Minor: Primary Care
Major: Women’s Emotional Wellness Minor: Woman's Health/OB/GYN

Each Intern completes a minimum of 3 comprehensive assessments during their training. Inpatient and outpatient assessments are completed for various intellectual, personality and diagnostic referral questions for adults and children. These assessments can take place in our specialty sites, or through our formal assessment programs. Each Intern is encouraged to participate in research with a faculty member, complete a quality assurance project, or participate in our leadership class. 

Heart and Vascular Health- Interns assess patients’ psychosocial needs and provide inpatient consultation, and supportive, short-term therapy and education to patients and their families. Interns work as part of a multidisciplinary team to address behavioral and psychological factors affecting patients. Interns have opportunities to conduct pre-surgical evaluation of candidates for advanced heart failure treatment options, facilitate support groups, and see patients on an outpatient basis.

Neuroscience Consult/Liaison and Neurology Out Patient- Interns work collaboratively within multidisciplinary teams on the Neuro Critical Care and Stroke Treatment and Recovery Units. Interns assess and provide supportive, short-term therapy and education to patients and their families. Interns develop and present educational material to staff and co-facilitate support groups. One day per week is dedicated to outpatient therapy in our Neurology office. Broader Consult Liaison experiences are also offered. 

Cancer Center- Interns participate in multidisciplinary teams across the Cancer Care continuum by providing outpatient therapy, multidisciplinary team assessment, education and intervention, and inpatient consultation for patients from the point of diagnosis, through treatment and recovery, or end-of-life. Interns also have the opportunity to observe, co-facilitate or provide psychoeducation, support, and education groups, participate in the patient triage process, and complete psychosocial evaluations for bone marrow transplant.  Interns may also have opportunities to engage in program development and implementation, and research activities.

Women’s Emotional Wellness/OB/GYN- Interns provide inpatient and outpatient consultation and treatment for ante-partum and post-partum women.  Interns provide assessment, short-term therapy, and referrals as needed. Interns have opportunities to facilitate support groups and provide consultation to other professionals, via a hotline.  Intern serves as BHC in OB/GYN.

Primary Care-Interns provide consultation to pediatric and adult patients in the primary care setting who have psychological or behavioral barriers to health and well-being. The Interns’ role is one of an integrated behavioral health consultant (BHC). Our model l emphasizes a team-based approach where the BHC provides in-room consultation, assessment, follow up, and short-term therapy for patients as needed.

Psychological Assessment- Interns learn a holistic and comprehensive approach to assessment which includes the crucial component skills of defining referral questions, consulting with various medical and psychiatric professionals, administering, scoring and interpreting tests, completing written reports and providing feedback. 

Neuropsychology Assessment- Interns conduct clinical interviews, administer test batteries, write reports, and provide feedback. Outpatient referrals include questions related to concussion/traumatic brain injury, dementia, stroke, and other neurological and psychiatric diagnoses.  

Our mission is to produce highly-skilled doctoral-level clinicians. We train students to provide evidence-based assessment, intervention, and consultation in various settings within a medical system. Our training encourages the use of scientific research to inform clinical work. Building relationships with patients and team members, communicating effectively, self-care, and providing professional, ethical, culturally competent care are emphasized. Students are expected to spend between 25-50% of their time engaged in experiential learning and to use scientific literature to inform their work. 

Internship Training Opportunities


Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Family Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Group Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Consultation/Liaison: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Crisis Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)


Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Serious Mental Illness:
Anxiety Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Pediatrics: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy:
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Supervision: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Research: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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
Number of Completed Applications: 7 13 21 70 204
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 7 13 21 30 69
Total number of interns: 3 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 4 4 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 1 0 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 3 4 3 4
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs:
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 4 4 4 4
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 11 2 2 2
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 19 38 226 23
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 2 2 4
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 2 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 1 0 1
General Hospital: 0 0 0 2 2
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 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 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 0 2 1
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 1 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 1 0 0 0