Department : Behavioral Health

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2509
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Christ Community Health Services
Department: Behavioral Health
Address: 2595 Central Ave.
Memphis, Tennessee 38104
Country: United States
Metro Area:
Distance from Major City: Memphis TN
Phone: 678-643-9371x
Fax: 901-842-3166
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Community Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Other
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Tara Samples
Chief Psychologist: Jesse Malott
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 3
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 2
Position Information
Start Date: 07/22/2024
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 2
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 25000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Comp Time , 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): Tax Differed Dependent Care Reimbursement Account
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns will complete a 2000 hour training program 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 two 25 week major rotations at our Raleigh and Frayser Clinics, and four 12 week minor rotations (Immigration/Refugee Care, HIV/AIDS Care, Women's Health, Trauma Informed Family Therapy, Metabolic Disorders, Medication Assisted Opiate Therapy) of the Interns choice across any of our Memphis locations and programs. 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. CCHS is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH) serving the under served communities of Memphis and western TN. The Behavioral Health program was designed with the primary function of providing direct access to same day mental health services. This program is built on a population based foundation and utilizes a step-based care approach to assessment, treatment and referral. Within this program patients are seen in a brief primary care based model, emphasizing screening and assessment, solution focused, motivational interviewing, brief behavioral and cognitive behavioral interventions, as well as promoting basic steps towards healthy lifestyle modification to prevent and intervene with chronic disease. Patients are most typically referred based on population based screening for developmental concerns, problematic substance use, depression, and anxiety disorders; however patients can be treated for a variety of behavioral health conditions as well (i.e. chronic pain, smoking cessation, medication adherence, lifestyle modification, etc.). Interns will have the opportunity to conduct individual and group interventions for behavioral health and health behavior concerns for children, adolescents, adults and geriatric patients. Interns may have the opportunity to provide group interventions for weight loss, persistent pain conditions, and diabetes management. They will learn about integrated behavioral health for metabolic disease, diabetes, hypertension and HIV/AIDS care. Assessment training will include brief health psychology, behavioral, ADHD and cognitive screening. Population care will include low-income communities of Memphis, homeless services, refugee services and there are opportunities for Spanish language provided services.
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: 12/08/2023 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are: Optional
A Virtual Interview is: Optional
Interview notification date: 12/15/2023
Tentative interview date: 12/14/2023, 12/21/2023
Interview process description:

As a provider for services for low-income communities committed to economic justice, CCHS clinical training program is aware that the Internship application process is often cost-prohibitive for many students, therefore both onsite and virtual interview options will be available. Believing that representation is central to community care we specifically invite students from low-income background to consider application.  Students will have opportunity to attend an open house in January or a may select a virtual open house and zoom based interview with program faculty and current interns. Interviews will be conducted on Wednesdays in December and January. Students in need of alternative interview dates due to conflict may request an alternative date. Students should expect that interview process will take 3-4 hours.  Interviews will involve individual and group participations. Tours of clinic sites will be permitted. Requests to meet with specific faculty are welcome. 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: California Lutheran University, Ponce Health Science University, Fielding Graduate University, Eastern Kentucky University, Azuza Pacific, Alliant 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 application deadline
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 300
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 100
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable): 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited Accepted
Non-Accredited Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree Not 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: Yes
How to obtain text of statement: CCHS recognizes that not all applicants will identify as Christian, and we welcome students of all faith or non-faith to apply, but ask that that applicants are comfortable working in a community that follows the CCHS Mission Statement: Christ Community Health Services exists to provide high-quality healthcare to the under served in the context of distinctively Christian service. We recognize that Jesus Christ is the true healer of individuals and their communities and the source of our ability to serve. We understand this mission to mean the following: 1. Healthcare ministry is an expression of Christ's three fold ministry to preach, teaching and heal which He enables his church, the body of Christ, to do by the power of the Holy Spirit. 2. The gospel is expressed in our clinics as we offer Christ's healing, show Christ-like love and compassion, pray with and for patients to acknowledge God as healer and offer Christ's gospel of salvation; 3. We are an extension of the local church, united Body of Christ and a bridge from our patients to the local church community. 4. God has a special place in his heart for the under served and marginalized and mandates the Body of Christ to show special concern for those who are under served and marginalized regardless of any external factors such as race, sexuality, origin, religion or nationality. Our motivation to serve is to be faithful to God's command, to express gratitude for God's great love for us and to tangibly serve Christ as he counts what we do as being done for Him. 4. I will support the mission of this organization by doing my best to perform my role in the mission. Values: Faithfulness (Matthew 24: 14-30): I commit to be faithful in my work. I will carry out my responsibilities. I will be faithful with the blessing God has given me by blessing my co-workers and all around me. Unity (1 Corinthians 1:10) : I will commit to work effectively with others to advance the mission of Christ Community Health Services. Every person has been given unique talents and gifts that can be used to meet and minister to the needs of our patients and I will use my gifts and role for the good of the mission God has entrusted to us. Service (Mark 10:45; Luke 6:30-31) : I commit to serving the needs of our patients, their families, my co-workers, and all the people I encounter. I am here to minister to all and show the same compassion, grace, and kindness God has show me. Excellence (Colossians 3:23): I commit to strive for excellence in the care and services we provide. I will do my best to provide high quality health care services to the under served in the context of a distinctively Christian service. By signing you are stating you have read and agree to the mission of Christ Community Health Services and commit to the values.
Other Requirements:
Program Description

Christ Community Health Services (CCHS) is a faith-based Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). CCHS is an award winning community of clinics staffed with medical, dental and behavioral health workers committed to providing a evidence based, trauma informed,  Primary Care Based Medical Home (PCMH) of integrated care healthcare service to the low-income communities of Memphis, TN. The CCHS Health Psychology Internship is a residential year 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. The Internship is located within the behavioral health consultant service, which has been identified as a PCMH program of distinction in Tennessee.

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 each training experience rotation. 

Interns will have opportunity to share didactic training and clinical training experinces with medical familily medicine and dental residents. 

Interns will be assigned alternating major rotations (six shifts or 24 hours a week) one in CBT/MI approaches to primary care at the Raleigh 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 (Raliegh 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/AIDS/Prep Care (Broad Clinic or Hickory Hill Clinic) Complex Medical and Metabolic Disorders (Broad Clinic or Third Street Clinic), Women’s Health (Broad OBGYN Clinic), Refugee/Immigrant Care (Broad Clinic), Trauma Focused Family Therapy (Raleigh CCHS Family Support Center), Medication Assisted Therapy for Opiates (Third or Frayser Clinic), Homeless services (Operation Outreach collaborative program with Catholic Social Services and Baptist Hospital).  All interns will also have opportunity to learn telehealth services by providing support to our school based clinics and our rural Jackson, TN clinic. All interns will have opportunity to learn interpreter facilitated care for our patients.

Interns will have opportunity for comprehensive and focused assessment, individual and group based interventions, and supervision of master’s prepared behavioral health graduate students. One four hour 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.


Internship Training Opportunities


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

Treatment Modalities

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


Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Anxiety Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Trauma/PTSD: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Pediatrics: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Integrated health care - specialty: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)

Christian Faith integrative therapy for patients who prefer that modality. 

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
Number of Completed Applications: 3 2 3
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 3 2 2
Total number of interns: 2 2 2
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 2 2 2
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs:
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2 2
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 4 4
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 8 8
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
Academic teaching:
Community mental health center: 0
Consortium: 0
University Counseling Center: 0
Hospital/Medical Center: 1
Veterans Affairs Health Care System: 0
Psychiatric facility: 1
Correctional facility: 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0
School district/system: 0
Independent practice setting: 0
Other (Academic Psychology Department): 0