Department : Clinical & Behavioral Health Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2525
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Copa Health
Department: Clinical & Behavioral Health Services
Address: 924 N Country Club Rd
Mesa, Arizona 85201
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ
Distance from Major City: Copa Health is located in the Phoenix Metro area.
Phone: 480-798-4709
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Community Mental Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Community Mental Health Center
  • Other
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Diana Medina
Chief Psychologist: Diana Medina
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 4
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/07/2023
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 6
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 30000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Interns will be eligible to the following company-wide benefits: ● 9 paid holidays per year ● 10 paid time off (PTO) days for the internship year, accessible after 30 days in the position ● Access to health coach and wellness incentives ● Medical Vision, and Dental ● H.S.A., H.R.A, F.S.A. (with select medical plans) ● Group Life/AD&D and Short-Term Disability ● Long-Term Disability and Life/AD&D ● 403(b) retirement plan with company match ● Short Term and Long-Term Disability ● Employee Assistance Program
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns can expect to devote 40-43 hours per week to their internship activities in order to meet the 2,000-hour requirement. While there will be some variations in the Interns’ weekly schedule, the following activities will be part of a typical Intern’s week: I. Integrated Health Clinic (3 days per week) a. Intakes (2 hours per week) b. Provision of Therapy (12 hours per week) c. Consultation (1-2 hours per week) d. Staff Meetings (1 hour per week) e. Individual Supervision with primary supervisor (2 hours per week) f. Group Therapy (1-2 hours per week) g. Documentation/Indirect Activities (3-4 hours per week) h. Supervision of a practicum student (1-2 hours per week – during the second half of the internship only) II. Community Integration/Residential Services (1.5 days per week) a. Provision of Therapy (6 hours per week) b. Group Therapy (1 hour per week) c. Psychoeducation (1-2 hours per week) d. Documentation/Indirect Activities (2 hours per week) III. Didactic Training (2 hours per week) IV. Group Supervision (2 hours per week) V. Professional psychology presentations (e.g. trainings, conferences, talks) (1-3 hour per month) VI. Research (1-3 hours per week)
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: 02/23/2023 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Required
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 02/27/2023
Tentative interview date: 03/02/2023
Interview process description:

All interviews will be conducted via Zoom. Interviews will be held on Thursday March 2nd, 2023. Interviews last approximately 30 minutes where applicants meet with faculty from the program.There is a standard set of questions and opportunity for the applicants to ask us questions about the program. If you need accommodations, please contact the Director of Training at

There is an Intern Meet and Greet where applicants interviewing for a position can meet with the current interns and ask them questions about their experience (faculty not present). This meeting will be held on Friday, March 3rd, 2023 from 2-4pm (AZ time).

You can find the Health Service Psychology Internship Program brochure at: (Go to INTEGRATED HEALTH then scroll down to PSYCHOLOGY TRAINING PROGRAM to download Internship Brochure). You can also receive a copy by emailing the Director of Training at:


How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Northern Arizona University, Albizu University, Medaille College, Ponce Health Sciences University, Virginia State University, Adler University, Alliant International University and University of San Francisco
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: 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): 300
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 25
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 Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited Not 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: All matches/offers are contingent upon successful completion of: Pre-employment drug screening and criminal background check are required to provide services at Copa Health. The intern must be able to obtain a Level One Fingerprint Clearance card issued by the Department of Public Safety. Pre-employment physical and TB test may be required (as applicable per program requirements). Failure to comply with these requirements will result in immediate removal from the internship program. Also, please note that Copa Health is committed to the safety of members, guests, employees, and the community. Copa follows the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and Arizona Department of Health guidelines. At this time, vaccinations are not required but this may change.
Program Description

The health service psychology internship consists of a major rotation at an integrated health clinic (3.5-4 days per week) and a secondary rotation (1-1.5 days per week) at one of our community integration/residential services, Copa’s People First / training department, day program or secure residential (to open in late 2023).  There are 6 internship positions for the training year 2023 – 2024.

Major Rotation

Integrated Health Clinic: Copa Health is home to 5 integrated health clinics (plus 2 outpatient clinics) where interns work alongside Primary Care Physicians, psychiatrists, nurses, pharmacy staff, case managers, program director, employment support services, and other ancillary staff. The clinics serve adults ages 18 and up. Our current enrollment at the clinics is roughly 8,500 Severe Mentally Ill (SMI) members and over 1,000 General Mental Health/Substance Use (GMHSU) members. The intern provides initial assessments, treatment planning, individual therapy, family/couples therapy, group therapy, crisis intervention, risk assessments, consultation, and ongoing assessment of client issues and progress. Interns also provide brief consults as needed to clients receiving services from the primary care provider or psychiatrist or other staff as needed. All of our facilities are compliant with the American with Disabilities Act.


Minor Rotation

Psychology Interns are assigned to one of the following minor rotations:

Community Integration Services/Residential Services: Behavioral Health Community Integration Services provides housing and support services for individuals with a serious mental illness in order to assist them to successfully live in a home setting by providing the supports necessary to assist them in achieving their recovery goals. Copa’s Behavioral Health Residential Treatment Facility services are designed to provide short term structured support services to adults with serious mental illness. Services promote recovery and are provided in a structured residential treatment setting with 24-hour supervision, including counseling or therapeutic activities. The goal of Residential Services is to enhance the independence, dignity, personal choice and privacy of the individuals.


Cultural Competence Staff Training Project: Copa Health’s People First Department (formerly Human Resources) provides human resources support and oversees the creation and implementation of agency-wide trainings at Copa Health, including New Employee Orientation, Clinical Week, and specialized staff certifications. Interns assigned to the Cultural Competency Staff Training Project rotation are responsible for developing and presenting trainings to clinical staff throughout the internship year. The rotation involves a multistep process during which interns select from an approved list of topics, conduct a needs assessment with the leadership of their primary clinic, identify an area of training value for their site, and create a new 1-2 hour presentation using current literature and best practices. The training project is expected to follow the ADDIE instructional model (Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement, and Evaluate) and interns are provided with technical and logistical support from the People First Learning and Development team. After interns have presented their trainings to their primary sites, they subsequently trade presentations with their peers and begin implementing the other trainings at their clinics throughout the course of the year.

Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
International Students:
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)


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

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
Number of Completed Applications: 3 25 26
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 3 18 20
Total number of interns: 3 5 6
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 1 2 2
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 0 0
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 5 6
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 5 6
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 3 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 5 5 5
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 25 25 25
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0 0 1 3
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 0 0 2 2
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 1 1
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 1
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0 1
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 0 0 1 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 1 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0 1