Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology

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Organization Type: 
Not For Profit
Program Type: 
Standing Program
Education Level: 
Educational Elements: 
Experiential including clinical contact with patients
Program Description: 

WellSpan Behavioral Health offers a doctoral internship in clinical psychology that is contained within a community-based, not-for-profit integrated health system serving central Pennsylvania.  Behavioral health services are offered in a variety of settings including the inpatient Adult Behavioral Health Unit of the York Hospital, as well as five outpatient locations serving the full range of mental health needs of the community from children to geriatric patients. Interns perform a variety of clinical functions, including individual, marital, family and group psychotherapy, diagnosis and assessment, in-service training, and consultation with medical staff. There are ample opportunities in the system to work with children and applicants with a particular interest in working with children are encouraged to apply. 

A major objective of this internship is training psychologists to function effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team within a large, integrated health system. The program host is expanding its medical home model to numerous practices, which includes a fully imbedded behavioral health component. This internship program has a strong cognitive behavioral theoretical orientation and the didactic training relies heavily on demonstration, role-play, and review of videotaped interaction.  A defining emphasis of the internship is extending proficiency in cognitive behavioral psychotherapy. WellSpan believes diversity strengthens the program and applicants from under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.  

In 2013, WellSpan had interns placed in two Patient-Centered Medical Homes; the program expanded this to six placements in a PCMH for 2014.

Program Results: 

This doctoral internship is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association.

Targeted Professions
Self-Reported Competencies
PCPCC’s Education and Training Task Force identified 16 interprofessional training competencies critical for preparing health professionals for practicing in team-based, coordinated care models such as patient-centered medical homes. Listed below are the self-reported competencies that this program has achieved, which have been organized by the five core features of a medical home as defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Patient-Centered Care Competencies: 
Cultural sensitivity and competence in culturally appropriate practice
Development of effective, caring relationships with patients
Patient-centered care planning, including collaborative decision-making and patient self-management
Comprehensive Care Competencies: 
Assessment of biopsychosocial needs across the lifespan
Coordinated Care Competencies: 
Care coordination for comprehensive care of patient & family in the community
Interprofessionalism & interdisciplinary team collaboration
Quality Care & Safety Competencies: 
Evidence-based practice
Accessible Care Competencies: 
Promotion of appropriate access to care (e.g., group appointments, open scheduling)
Last updated July 21, 2014

* Please note: Information contained in this database is self-reported by representatives from each program. It does not represent an exhaustive list of education and training programs and inclusion does not constitute an endorsement from the PCPCC.


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