Christ Community Health Services (CCHS) is a faith-based community of medical, dental and behavioral health workers committed to providing a Primary Care Based Medical Home (PCMH) integrated care health ministry to the low-income communities of Memphis, TN. CCHS Psychology Internship is designed to produce practitioner-scholars competent in the provision of health service psychology and prepared for pursuing postdoctoral specialization in either clinical or health psychology.
Interns completing their primary rotation at CCHS will be trained in the Behavioral Health Consultant model (BHC), a psychological approach to population-based clinical health care that is simultaneously co-located, collaborative, and integrated within the primary care clinic. The training year will be divided into 25 week major rotations, and four 12 week minor rotations. Interns will have a major rotation supervisor and a minor rotation supervisor throughout the training experience. They may also elect to learn a specific theoretical intervention under the supervision of qualified training supervisors.
Interns will be assigned alternating major rotations (six shifts or 24 hours a week) in CBT/MI approaches to primary care at the Third Street Clinic, and one rotation in Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (fACT) at the Frayser Clinic. Each major rotation is for a six month appointment to learn the BHC model for services across the lifespan. Additionally, interns will have opportunity to work with the training committee to choose four “minor” rotations (two shifts/ or 8 hours a week) in areas of specialty interest or needed experience which will rotate every twelve weeks and may be located at the primary clinics (Third and Frayser) or other CCHS clinics (Orange Mound, Hickory Hill, Broad, school based health and Raleigh clinics) allowing specific training in a chosen area of specialized training. All clinics are located within ten miles of the other clinics so that travel will not be a burden for interns. Potential minor rotations include: HIV Care and Metabolic Disorders (Frayser, Orange Mound, Third, Broad or Hickory Hill clinics), Women’s Health and Refugee/Immigrant Care (Broad Clinic), Parenting Support (Raleigh CCHS Family Support Center), Medication Assisted Therapy for Opiates (Broad, Third or Frayser Clinic), Mindfulness based interventions (Orange Mound) and Evidence Based Trauma Focused Interventions (All clinics), and Spanish language provided services (Hickory Hill, Broad Avenue clinics). All interns will also have opportunity to learn telehealth services by providing support to our school based clinics and our rural Jackson, TN clinic.
Interns will have opportunity for comprehensive and focused assessment, individual and group based interventions, and supervision of a master’s prepared behavioral health student. One shift a week will be devoted to training seminars. One four hour shift a week will be allowed for professional development, dissertation work or assessment reports. Interns will have opportunity to provide a minimum of twelve hours a week of direct service care hours, and most weeks will provide fifteen to twenty hours of direct service care. Interns will have the opportunity to complete at least two comprehensive assessment batteries each semester, and will have opportunity for experience in primary care based assessment of autism, dementia, ADHD, and other primary care assessment needs.