Program Information: Behavioral Health

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2501
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Harbor Care Health And Wellness Center
Department: Behavioral Health
Address: 45 High Street
Nashua, New Hampshire 03060
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH
Distance from Major City: 42 miles
Phone: 603-821-7788x
Fax: 603-821-5620
Email: s.vonderheide@harborcarenh.org
Web Address: http://www.nhpartnership.org
Brochure Website's Address: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5e498ce4647539551e1cd2fa/t/5eea6fed717378717d49a515/1592422381754/FY2020+Website+Get+Involved+Internship+HHI-Internship-Brochure.pdf
Primary Agency Type: Community Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Other
Member of APPIC since:
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Susan Vonderheide
Chief Psychologist: Susan Vonderheide
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 2
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 08/31/2022
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 4
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 33280
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): 3 paid personal days per year; 10 paid sick days per year; 10 paid holidays per year; 10 paid vacation days per year..
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site 8 hours Monday through Friday. 1.5 days weekly for neuropsychological teating training and test administration; 2 days per week for outpatient psychotherapy; 1/2 day per week for inpatient services in substance use disorder facility; 1 day per week in training including integrated health in outpatient health clinic.
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? Yes
Details of the above affiliations Antioch University New England sends practicum students to this site for integrated health training. Also, Rivier University sends practicum students as well for outpatient supervised practicums. We also participate in Antioch's seminar twice monthly on integrated primary care with behavioral healthcare.
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 01/28/2022 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Optional
  • Preferred
  • Required
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 01/30/2022
Tentative interview date: 01/31/2022
Interview process description:

Applicants will be interviewed by Dr. Meehan and Dr. Vonderheide, as well as Dr. Scanlon when available.  They will also have a tour of the building if they come in person.  Otherwise, they will be virtually interviewed for 1 hour and then have up to 1 hour with the interns who are present at the site at this time, or have a virtual Zoom interview if they are not present and the applicant is in person. 

Applicants are expected to forward 2 test reports prior to their interview, one of a child and one adult, or two of each if they do not have both age groups.  An emphasis on health psychology and an interest in same is preferred, as well as treatment of substance use disorder, and a strong interest in neuropsychological testing. 

INTERNSHIP OVERVIEW

Our 12-month full-time 2000-hour psychology internship program, which enrolls 3 interns annually on August 31st, is designed to integrate your formal academic preparation with comprehensive clinical training.  Interns have 3 hours weekly of individual supervision, and 2 hours weekly of small group supervision.  The objective of the clinical training experience is to expose interns to the following:

 

  • Neuropsychological Testing Track assessing patients with dementia and other brain disorders.  Also diagnostic assessment treatment and consultation within a range of treatment modalities (EKG, integrated primary care, for additional mental health, crisis stabilization for substance using patients in recovery).
  • Opportunity to work with specialists in multiple disciplines (e.g., family physicians, nurse practitioners, psychiatrists, pharmacists, social workers, nurses, case managers) during the integrated care track.
  • Learn evidenced-based behavioral health interventions with patients who are diagnosed with Substance Use Disorder.
  • Implement a variety of theoretical orientations (e.g., cognitive-behavioral, systems, psychodynamic).
  • Work with a diverse developmental patient group (children, adolescents, adults, elderly and (and ethnic (rural, urban, Hispanic, African-American) populations.

 

Training model: This internship program subscribes to a developmental model of training.  A developmental model of training and supervision has been suggested (Finkelstein and Teichman, 1977, Castle out and Deering, 1994; Castle and Rice, 1985; Stedman, 1997) in order to facilitate the process of developing autonomy and  professional development.  Viewing the internship as a developmental process, the psychologists supervising the interns individualize training to maximize the progress in transitioning from student to practitioner.  Training is personalized and adapted to the trainee’s level of knowledge as new professional challenges are encountered.

Structure:   To allow for a diversified clinical experience, interns participate in four, year-long tracks (integrated primary behavioral care, traditional mental health psychotherapy, substance use disorder treatment, and neuropsychological testing).  The internship structure is also designed to allow for some flexibility for each intern to shape their clinical tracks to increase the breadth, depth and diversity of their training.  Prior to the start of the internship and throughout the year, we work with each intern to develop a schedule that is tailored to his or her own unique clinical interests within the core framework of the program.  The internship training experience is primarily focused on clinical assessment and intervention.

Location and culture: Nashua New Hampshire is located in Hillsborough County, the Southern tier of the state, consisting of ten towns plus the city of Nashua.  Nashua is an outlying suburb of Boston, and the surrounding area is a variation of suburban and rural.  The city of Nashua has grown in recent years, and is home to a population of 88,500.  Hillsborough County as a whole is populated by 409,000 persons.  Patients vary widely in terms of educational level and socioeconomic status, but tend to share common cultural values that are evident in both patient care and community interaction.  A strong sense of community, allegiance to the Northeast and the state of New Hampshire, and the importance of family loyalty characterizes this region.

 

 

 

 

 

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: William James University Antioch University New England Rivier University University of Puerto Rico Pacifica Nova Southeastern 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: 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 start of internship
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: 500
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 50
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Not Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited Not 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:
Program Description

INTERNSHIP TRACKS

 

Integrated primary behavioral care (12-month track, 1 day a week):

 

The integrated primary behavioral care track offers interns the unique opportunity to train in the growing area of primary care psychology.  Interns served as behavioral health consultants within a primary care setting (family practice, pediatrics, women’s health and internal medicine) and are called upon by primary care providers to assess and treat patient’s presenting with behavioral concerns during a primary care visit.  They then provide feedback to the medical provider regarding clinical impression, treatment, and coordinate follow-up appointments with the patient as necessary.  As members of an interdisciplinary primary care team, interns learn to apply psychological theory and techniques to address behavioral aspects of health and illness.  Training also emphasizes understanding ethical issues that arise in a primary care setting and understanding the role of a psychologist on a primary care team.  In this track, interns will provide a range of health psychology services to patients and medical providers, including:

 

  • On-site and timely assessment assessing readiness to change and utilizing motivational interviewing techniques.     
  • Assessing readiness to change and utilizing motivational interviewing techniques.
  • Psycho-education and behavioral lifestyle change.
  • Management of behavioral factors and illness and health.
  • Implementation of evidence-based practice to address mental health concerns (primarily cognitive behavioral, ACT, mindfulness and solution focused therapy)
  • Consultation and collaboration with primary care providers.
  • Facilitation of patient groups such as Intensive Outpatient Treatment group with dual-diagnosis patients who have both substance abuse and other psychiatric diagnosis.
  • Interns see a diverse population that includes many indigent, homeless patients.

 

Supervisors for this track:

Susan Vonderheide, Ph.D., APRN

Lauren Meehan, Psy.D.

 

Traditional outpatient mental health (12-month track, 2 days a week):

 

This track provides opportunities for both short and long-term individual psychotherapy, as well as group, family and couples therapy.  All interns carry an independent full caseload of child, adolescent, and adult patients over the course of the year.  During a full day, most interns are scheduled to see 1 or 2 intakes and 4 to 5 ongoing therapy cases.  Because of the nature of the patient’s seen at Harbor Care Health and Wellness Center, interns have the opportunity to work with a wide range of mental health issues and often have cases from the majority of diagnostic categories.  Interns develop and refine skills in clinical interviewing, diagnostic clarification, treatment planning, intervention, documentation, and coordination of care with on-site psychiatry and case management when appropriate.  Interns may interact with other community agencies such as schools, medical providers, Child and Family Services, and the legal system. 

 

Supervisors for this track:

Lauren Meehan, Psy.D.

Susan Vonderheide, Ph.D., APRN

 

Substance Use Disorder (12-month track, 1 day a week):

 

Interns will also be trained to provide up treatment for patients with substance use disorder.  This treatment model includes an intensive outpatient program for patients, as well as behavioral health interventions for patients on Medication-Assisted Treatment, such as group therapy and brief behavioral health interventions.    

 

Supervisors for this track include:

Susan Vonderheide, Ph.D., APRN

Lauren Meehan, Psy.D.

Graciela Silvia Sironich-Kalkan, M.D.

 

Neuropsychological & Psychological Assessment (12-month track, 1 day a week):

 

Interns will see patients under the close supervision of our psychologist specializing in Neuropsychological Testing.  Some patients are referred in from physicians in the local community with suspected diagnoses of dementia and other brain disorders, as well as patients referred by the staff at Harbor Homes, Inc.  This track also includes supervision in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Testing as well as Personality Testing.  Interns work with Dr. Scanlon to design their caseload, and 8 test reports are required to complete this track.  Since Neuropsychological Testing cases can be very complex, the supervision of the interns is particularly important for this track, and they are exposed to assessment instruments which they typically have not seen before the internship. 

 

Supervisors for this track:

Joan Scanlon, Ph.D.

Lauren Meehan, Psy.D.

Susan Vonderheide, Ph.D., APRN

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
French-speaking:
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other:

Treatment Modalities

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

Experience

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

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.nhpartnership.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: 0 25
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 0 22
Total number of interns: 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 4
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 2
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 4
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 55
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 3 1
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 0 0 1
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 1
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 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 1 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 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 2 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0