Department : 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
Training Director Email:
Co-Training Director Email:
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
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director: Diane McGuffin
Chief Psychologist: Diane McGuffin
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 24
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 07/01/2024
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: 40376
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, 32 days of PTO, optional supplemental insurances, use of laptop computer, medical library, EAP, Wellness programs, financial coaching.
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 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: 11/12/2023 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are: Not Offered
A Virtual Interview is:
Interview notification date: 12/15/2023
Tentative interview date: 01/10/2022
Interview process description:


We will only be offering virtual interviews on Zoom 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, Pacific University, Xavier University, Nova Southeaster, MSP, Seton Hall, Northeastern, UMBC, Fordham
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 (if applicable):
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Does your program require applicants to submit supplemental materials (i.e., an assessment report and/or a case/treatment summary):
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable): 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: criminal background checks, drug screen and required immunizations.
Program Description

Our training is full-time for 12 months (2000 hours from 7/1- 6/30).  A two-week orientation occurs prior to the start date. Each Intern is accepted into a major specialty training track. Each major rotation (3 days per week)is matched with elective minor rotations (1-2 days per week). Applicants may apply to up to two major tracks. Minor rotations are chosen after match.

Major Rotations:

Heart and Vascular- 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.

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.  

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 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 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 Behavioral Health Consultant in the busy OB/GYN office.

Minor Rotations may include:

Woman's Health OB/GYN- Interns provide BHC services in a Women’s Health practice, including in-room consultations, intakes for evaluation and referral, and ongoing brief solution-focused psychotherapy. Interns also have the opportunity to shadow and then, later, provide inpatient consultations on obstetrical units and the OB-Emergency Department

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 emphasizes a team-based approach where the BHC provides in-room consultation, assessment, follow up, and short-term therapy for patients as needed.

Consult/Liaison-Interns work collaboratively within the C/L team to provide consultation across to the medical floors.  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. 

Pain, Sleep and Neurology Outpatient: Interns provide outpatient therapy for specialty practice patients

Center for Worklife Wellbeing- Interns provide support to our staff  through; delivering wellbeing trainings (skills-based workshops, Psychological First Aid), doing peer support, facilitating Balint groups, becoming a Mindfulness for Caregivers facilitator, Wellbeing rounding and building partnerships with Employee Resource Groups

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 direct patient care.

Interns complete a minimum of 3 comprehensive assessments during their training. Inpatient and outpatient assessments are completed for various intellectual, personality and diagnostic referral questions. 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. We provide additional training in leadership and quality assurance, as well as weekly didactics and supervision.



Internship Training Opportunities


Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
People without housing:

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Exposure (1% to 20%)
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: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Crisis Intervention: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy: Experience (21% to 30%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: Exposure (1% to 20%)
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: Exposure (1% to 20%)
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: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Supervision: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Research: Exposure (1% to 20%)
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 2022-2023 2023-2024 2024-2025
Number of Completed Applications: 7 13 21 70 204 168 220
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 7 13 21 30 69 44 49
Total number of interns: 3 4 4 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 4 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 1 0 1 1 4
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 3 4 3 4 3 0
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 4 4 4 4 4 1
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 3
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 11 2 2 2 2 2
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 19 38 226 23 27 52
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
2022-2023 2023-2024
Academic teaching: 1
Community mental health center: 1 0
Consortium: 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0
Hospital/Medical Center: 2 0
Veterans Affairs Health Care System: 0 0
Psychiatric facility: 0 0
Correctional facility: 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0
School district/system: 0 0
Independent practice setting: 0 0
Other (Academic Psychology Department): 0 0
Link to Program's Trainee Admissions, Support, and Outcome Data: