Department : Mental Health

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2535
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: New Mexico Psychology Internship Consortium
Department: Mental Health
Address: US Hwy 491
Shiprock, New Mexico 87420
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: varies from 124 to 236 miles from Albuquerque, NM
Phone: 505-368-7313x
Fax: 505-368-7319
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Community Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Community Mental Health Center
  • Consortium
  • State/County/Other Public Hospital
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director: Ciara Hansen
Chief Psychologist: Ciara Hansen
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 4
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 08/01/2024
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 5
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 35000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above):
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site The intern will be involved in all activities typically performed by a licensed psychologist at each training site. These activities may vary by site such as assessments, case loads for psychotherapy clients, group activities, and so forth, but each site will cover all required elements needed to meet APA requirements for training.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsNo
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: 12/01/2023 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
A Virtual Interview is: Required
Interview notification date: 12/15/2022
Tentative interview date: 01/0/2023, 01/11/2023, 01/25/2023
Interview process description:

Selected candidates will be asked to interview by televideo with all site supervisors for the three sites affiliated with the consortium.  On-site interviews may be arranged at the interviewee's request.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Texas Woman's University, Felician University, Virginia State University, Fielding Graduate University, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, St. John's 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: No
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): 400
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 50
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable):
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: No
How to obtain text of statement:
Other Requirements:
Program Description

The New Mexico Psychology Internship Consortium (NM-PIC) represents the collaborative effort of three agencies, Hidalgo Medical Services in Silver City, Iina Counseling Services at Indian Health Services in Shiprock, and the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute in Las Vegas, to share resources and faculty for the purpose of providing a quality educational program for psychology doctoral interns focusing on culturally relevant and responsive treatment to New Mexico residents of all ages. 

HMS is located in Silver City, NM, approximately 70 miles from the Mexican border. The population in the two-county area served by HMS is predominantly Hispanic/Latinx (approximately 48-55%) and White (39-46%). HMS's Mental Health team provides a variety of opportunities to deliver care to individuals, families, couples, and children in both individual and group settings. Therapists provide child and adolescent therapy in both office and school settings through collaborations with local schools in both Grant and Hidalgo counties. HMS supports the needs of people with serious mental illness through our psychosocial rehabilitation program at New Beginnings.  Additionally, HMS provides substance abuse treatment in both individual and group settings through the Tu Casa facility.  Psychology interns are encouraged to experience the full range of services offered at HMS through integration with medical, behavioral health, psychosocial rehabilitation services, care coordination, peer support, and substance use treatment throughout the intern experience. 

Iina’ Counseling Services is located in a federal Indian Health Service Hopital in Shiprock NM. Iina Counseling is located in the west wing of Northern Navajo Medical Center and consists of a multidisciplinary team (2 psychologists, 3 psychiatrists, 5 counselors, and a team of behavioral health coaches) focused on providing evidence-based and culturally appropriate care for American Indian/Native American clients. The Dzilth-Na-O-Dith-Hle Health Center (DZHC) is located in the community of Dzilth-Na-O-Dith-Hle, NM, approximately 30 miles south of Bloomfield, NM and is under the administrative oversight of Shiprock Service Unit. Interns provide full range of outpatient mental health services. Doctoral interns participate in year-long concurrent rotations of outpatient mental health, psychological assessment, and behavioral health integration/crisis triage.


The New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute (NMBHI) is the only state owned and operated psychiatric hospital in New Mexico. NMBHI is made up of five clinical divisions serving a wide range of public needs. The Adult Psychiatric Division (APD) is an inpatient psychiatric hospital offering acute care to adult individuals. Adult psychiatric services are provided on six units, serving approximately 1000 admissions per year. The Forensic Division (FD) is a hospital-based setting that provides competency restoration services to individuals referred by District Courts across the state and the Long-Term Care Division is the largest, restraint-free, nursing home facility in Northern New Mexico. NMBHI interns work with a wide range of patient populations including adolescents, adults, older adults, and forensic populations. They have the opportunity to gain experience in multiple areas of psychology which include, but are not limited to, individual and group psychotherapy, psychological/neuropsychological/forensic testing and report writing, consultation, and supervision.

Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Rural: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Individual Therapy: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
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: Experience (21% to 30%)
Brief Psychotherapy: Experience (21% to 30%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: Experience (21% to 30%)
Primary Care: Experience (21% to 30%)
Evidenced Based Practice: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Evidence Based Research: Experience (21% to 30%)
Supervision of Practicum students : Exposure (1% to 20%)


Health Psychology: Experience (21% to 30%)
Women's Health: Experience (21% to 30%)
Eating Disorders: Experience (21% to 30%)
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology: Experience (21% to 30%)
Physical Disabilities: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Assessment: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: Experience (21% to 30%)
Serious Mental Illness: Experience (21% to 30%)
Anxiety Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Trauma/PTSD: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Sexual Abuse: Experience (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Forensics/Corrections: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Sexual Offenders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Geropsychology: Experience (21% to 30%)
Pediatrics: Exposure (1% to 20%)
School: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Counseling: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Feminist Therapy: Experience (21% to 30%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Experience (21% to 30%)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Supervision: 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%)

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: 4 10 11
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 4 10 11
Total number of interns: 2 2 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 2 2 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 2 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 0 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 0 2 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 2 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 0 1 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 23 86 566
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
Academic teaching:
Community mental health center: 1
Consortium: 0
University Counseling Center: 0
Hospital/Medical Center: 1
Veterans Affairs Health Care System: 0
Psychiatric facility: 0
Correctional facility: 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0
School district/system: 0
Independent practice setting: 0
Other (Academic Psychology Department): 0