The Chestnut Hill College (CHC) Pre-Doctoral Internship Consortium is an APPIC-member internship program, administered by the Chestnut Hill College School of Graduate Study's Department of Professional Psychology. The Consortium provides paid, 2,000 hour minimum one-year clinical internships, beginning July 1st and ending June 30th. Phase I of the APPIC Match is open only to Chestnut Hill College students. Phase II of the Match is open to all students participating in Phase II, including students from other doctoral programs. All selection procedures are conducted within APPIC Guidelines for training sites offering multiple programs in the Match. All participating Consortium sites agree to abide by the APPIC policy that no person will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant.
The Consortium is a cooperative training program that includes clinical service agencies across the greater Philadelphia region, and is currently in its fourth year of training interns. The Consortium provides oversight of the integration and integrity of the educational and training aspects of the interns' experiences, but only provides on-site supervision of clinical work for interns who are training at the CHC Psychological Services Clinic (see below).
The intern’s clinical training occurs at a primary member agency or institution (“sites”), and the intern and the site, along with the Consortium, enter into an agreement that the intern will train at that particular site. All member sites share the training goals of the Consortium, but they are independent and maintain sole clinical and financial responsibility for their clients, as well as on-site supervisory responsibility of the interns. All requests for information about member sites or how to apply to the Consortium are made and coordinated through the Consortium Internship Director, Dr. Rosemarie Manfredi.
The Consortium provides weekly, in-person didactic activities and regular group supervision of the interns on Friday afternoons from 1-5 pm. These weekly meetings also provide the means for all interns to interact regularly as a cohort. While most of the didactic activities take place at Chestnut Hill College, didactic activities are also held at the various Consortium sites during the training year, with faculty/supervisors from those sites overseeing those didactic activities.
The Chestnut Hill College Consortium model enables and encourages cross-training among all sites so that interns can be exposed to diverse and broad training experiences. This cross-training may include the opportunities for assessment, treatment, outreach activities, supervision of practicum students, shadowing of other interns, and participation in workshops and didactic activities. The amount of cross-training that takes place between sites is dependent upon the needs and experiences of each intern, the opportunities provided by each site to meet all of the goals of the internship, each particular site’s format and its ability to provide cross-training, and the training interests of interns. All cross-training is coordinated through the Consortium Internship Director.
The stipend for the 2014-2015 training year is $19,500. Interns receive 2 weeks of paid vacation.
Click here to view the Pre-Doctoral Internship Consortium Training Manual, which provides more information about Consortium training philosophy; intern duties; ethical standards; Consortium goals, opportunities and training plan; due process; the evaluation process; and exit criteria. Interns who train at a Consortium site are expected to be familiar with and adhere to all aspects of the Training Manual.
APPIC Match Program Codes and Slots
The overall program code for the CHC is 2181. Each CHC Consortium site is uniquely identified by a 6-digit program code number.
For 2014-15, 9 of the 10 consortium positions were filled in Match 1. One position remains at:
Lehigh Valley Family Health Center (Program Code 218120) - 1 Position
17th and Chew Streets
Allentown, PA 18105
Lehigh Valley Family Health Center is a primary care office serving patients in the Allentown from “cradle to grave.” The practice offers primary care medical services to infants, children, adolescents, adults, and elders for the full range of primary care issues. The Family Health Center is also the training site for Family Medicine residents during their three years of training with the Lehigh Valley Health Network Department of Family Medicine.
The psychology intern will train in psychology with an emphasis on the role of the psychologist in health psychology and primary care medicine. The intern will be considered a member of the treatment team, consulting regularly with other members of the team: primary care physicians (both resident/trainees and faculty), care coordinator, nurses and medical assistants. Clinical services provided by the intern will include basic assessment and individual, couples, and family therapy to a highly diverse population that includes a large Spanish speaking cohort. Some Spanish speaking ability is required for this site.
Typical clinical issues requiring the services of the psychology intern include patients with anxiety, depression, life stress, parenting issues, relationship issues, substance abuse issues, attention and learning problems, and mild eating disorders. Also, patients and families coping with medical illness, in both the outpatient and inpatient setting, provide a rich opportunity for additional clinical experiences.
In addition to providing assessment, consultation, and psychotherapy, the intern will be participating in training experiences alongside the Family Medicine residents. Some of these activities include learning labs, Balint groups, and other reflective activities, such as Megaclinic (a reflective practice that looks at an entire half day of clinical work as a whole), and Continuity Case Conference (a case conference that reviews the doctor-patient relationship over the course of many months or years). All Grand Rounds at the Lehigh Valley Health Network will be available to the trainee, offered through the Departments of Psychiatry, Ob-GYN, Pediatrics, Family Medicine, Medicine and Emergency Medicine.
As part of the co-training experience with Family Medicine, trainees will attend a half day Collaborative Care Clinic, in which physicians and mental health professionals co-interview patients while a treatment team watches and discusses the cases. This is a rich opportunity for trainees to learn from both the medical and psychology perspectives, and models the biopsychosocial perspective.
A wide variety of supervision experiences will be available to the trainee, including supervising a practicum student, and receiving mentoring in providing feedback to physicians in training on doctor-patient communication skills. The trainee will receive weekly supervision for a minimum of two hours, from two psychologists on site. There will also be multiple opportunities for live supervision, and for videotaping of the trainee’s sessions, as well as small group supervision through Balint groups. Based on the trainee’s interests, opportunities exist for being a participant observer in Mindfulness-based training groups. Mindfulness based stress reduction is offered several times a year at the site, and the trainee is invited to train in this modality that is especially helpful for patients with anxiety, chronic pain, and stress-related medical conditions. Trainees are also able to observe and possibly co-conduct family meetings with families who are coping with medical illness in the hospital setting.
We are especially interested in a trainee who has interests in collaborative care and in health psychology. Our orientation to treatment includes several perspectives, with an emphasis on brief psychodynamic and family systems approaches. Interns training at this site will complete their assessment requirements through the CHC Psychological Services Clinic.
Site Descriptions and Locations
Chestnut Hill College Pre-Doctoral Internship Consortium
Chestnut Hill College
9601 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118
Consortium Internship Director: Rosemarie Manfredi, Psy.D.
Beechwood Rehabilitation Services (Program Code 218121) - 1 Position (filled)
469 East Maple Avenue
Langhorne, PA 19047
Beechwood Rehabilitation Services (BRS) is a community-integrated, post-acute rehabilitation program serving individuals who have acquired neurological disorders, including traumatic brain injuries, non-traumatic brain injuries, seizure disorders, and other neurological disorders.
BRS is a program of Woods Services, which serves children and adults with developmental and acquired disabilities. BRS’s mission is to develop and facilitate daily skill performance for individuals whose functional autonomy has been compromised by acquired neurological disorders. BRS recognizes and respects the needs, desires and the rights of those whom we serve, their families, and those agencies providing financial support. BRS serves individuals with a wide range of needs in several program locations, as well as individuals who live in their own homes in the community. BRS provides supports for living and services for individuals served in community residential, vocational, and outpatient programs. BRS’s Transdisciplinary Teams focus on functional skills development that enables the persons served to actualize the greatest degree of autonomy, dignity and quality of living. BRS provides a full range of transdisciplinary services including Cognitive Rehabilitation, Health and Nutrition Services, Physical Rehabilitation, Occupational Therapy, Pre-vocational and Vocational Services, Psychological and Neuropsychological Services, Communication Services, Life Skills, Recreational Services and Case Management.
BRS serves people who have experienced brain injury, who also may experience a full range of life problems now made even more difficult by cognitive and physical impairments. This includes people injured in car crashes, work accidents, falls, assaults, soldiers injured in war, as well as injuries to the brain that occur as a result of stroke, tumor, seizure disorder, anoxia, or electrocution. These causes of brain injury may result in mild, moderate, or severe disabilities. Some of people served live in their own homes in the community and some live in Beechwood’s 8 Community Residences. Life problems include dealing with emotional problems, such as anxiety and depression, interpersonal difficulties, such as spousal, peer, and family relationship problems, as well as difficulties with being successful in work or school. Thus the trainee will get a well rounded training and experience in not just in neuropsychological assessment and intervention, but in how to intervene clinically in any area of life functioning, using a neurorehabilitation based, systems approach.
The Neuropsychology / Psychology Pre-Doctoral Internship Training Program is housed within the BRS Clinical Department. The Clinical Department includes Psychology/Neuropsychology, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology and Cognitive-Educational services. Neuropsychology trainees have the opportunity to develop assessment and intervention skills within a context that hinges upon the transdisciplinary approach. Training activities include neuropsychological assessment, cognitive rehabilitation therapy, brain injury counseling and education, cognitive-behavioral-therapy, and structured day program groups. These skills may be developed in BRS’s Community Residential, Clubhouse Structured Day, Outpatient, or Vocational programs. Additional training occurs through participation in weekly Clinical Department Meetings and bi-monthly Neuropsychology/Psychology Section Meetings. Didactic training at Beechwood will focus on brain-behavior relationships and cognitive rehabilitation, and didactic training is also offered a half day a week through the Consortium. Opportunities exist to learn from the entire BRS team, including Psychologists/Neuropsychologists, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Pathologists, Vocational Specialists, Social Workers, Recreational Therapists, Life Skills Trainers, Medical Director, Neurologist, Psychiatrist, and Physiatrist. There are opportunities to learn from a wide variety of medical rehabilitation specialists and allied health professionals using a transdisciplinary model. Opportunities also exist for developing pediatric skills in a school based brain injury classroom.
Beechwood offers one, full-time training position. One half-day of training each week will be spent at other internship sites within the Chestnut Hill College Pre-doctoral Internship Consortium (most likely the Chestnut Hill Psychological Services Clinic, performing outpatient psychotherapy).
Each candidate should submit:
- A treatment summary or case report and
- A Neuropsychological or Psychological Assessment Report
CHC Psychological Services Clinic (Program Code 218115) - 2 Positions (filled)
1107 Bethlehem Pike, Ste. 212
Flourtown, PA 19031
The Chestnut Hill College Psychological Services Clinic (PSC-CHC) provides pre-doctoral interns an opportunity to become well-rounded clinical psychologists with advanced competency in working with diverse populations. Interns complete one full year of training in assessment and psychotherapy, serving children, couples, families and adults living in the greater Philadelphia area. Licensed clinical psychologists on the faculty of the Chestnut Hill College Department of Professional Psychology supervise all of the pre-doctoral interns.
The setting is a community mental health clinic providing outpatient and assessment services. Interns will be exposed to a diverse set of clients. The therapeutic techniques utilized will focus primarily on psychodynamic and family systems modalities, but students will be encouraged to use integrative approaches when warranted, utilizing other evidence-based treatments depending on client need, presenting problem, diversity issues, and other client-related factors.
In addition to the therapy provided by the intern, the intern will engage in psychosocial, psychoeducational and psychodiagnostic assessment services. In collaboration with their supervisors, interns are responsible with the assessment process from start to finish. As such, they will conduct the initial interview, choose appropriate assessment instruments, administer and score tests, and write comprehensive integrated reports. Interns may also go to schools for observation of clients, as well as for administration of the tests.
The PSC-CHC clinic provides the following types of assessment services to children, adolescents, college students, adults, and older adults:
- Learning disabilities
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Behavior disorders
- Intellectual abilities
- Academic achievement
- Autism Spectrum screenings
Other opportunities for training at the clinic include supervision of practicum students, forming and running therapy groups for specific populations. In addition, interns may have the opportunity to engage in research with CHC faculty members, related to testing and/or supervision conducted through the clinic. All interns will engage in an outreach project, developed in conjunction with their primary supervisor and/or or the Site Director.
This internship provides the opportunity for the trainee to expand on and build skills in assessment and psychotherapy, while expanding knowledge into new areas and while developing skills required for independent practice. Interns will be involved in training and consultation with other professionals, program development and enhancement, and community outreach, all within in a growing and thriving community health setting.
This internship slot may require occasional weekend or evening hours.
Growth Opportunity Center (GOC)/CHC Psychological Services Clinic (Program Code 218113) - 1 Position (filled)
928 Jaymor Road
Southampton, PA 18966
Founded in 1974, The Growth Opportunity Center is one of the largest mental health providers in the region. The mission of Growth Opportunity Center is to provide a comprehensive continuum of mental health services to the community, providing a wide range of services to children, adolescents, adults, seniors, and families. Growth Opportunity Center services include:
- Individual, couples, and family counseling for all ages
- Psycho-educational evaluations
- School-based support services and consultation
- ADHD assessment and services
- Speech and language therapy
- Educational tutoring and SAT preparation
- Senior citizen assessments and service teams
- Medication evaluations and management by staff psychiatrists
- Autism Spectrum Disorder evaluation and treatment team
- Social skills training groups
Growth Opportunity Center offers a half-time internship in conjunction with the Chestnut Hill College Consortium. Students who are accepted to GOC’s internship program will simultaneously conduct a half-time internship at the Psychological Services Clinic at Chestnut Hill College.
The vast majority of the intern’s responsibility during the GOC portion of the internship will be to conduct psychological testing. The intern will be expected to perform the equivalent of 1½ psychological/psychoeducational testing batteries per month for a total of 18 per year. A full assessment usually includes a comprehension developmental history and or clinical interview, cognitive, achievement, neuropsychological, and personality/social-emotional testing, behavioral rating scales, and sometimes a classroom observation and/or telephone interviews with teachers or referral sources. All psychological testing cases will conclude with a comprehensive feedback session during which the results are verbally communicated to the client and/or his/her parents. A comprehensive written report is produced which includes all interview information, test data, and an explanation of each test and the result. An integrated conclusion and summary communicates a diagnosis and answers to the referral questions. Recommendations for the clients, parents, and teachers are given.
In addition to the psychological testing, the intern will be responsible for coordinating, in conjunction with his/her primary supervisor, the psychological testing and assessment services for the entire psychology team. Duties will include taking initial telephone intakes, distributing rating scales, gathering informed consent, and assigning cases appropriately to the psychology team. The intern will also be responsible for developing and revising the policies and procedures of the psychological testing services at Growth Opportunity Center, in conjunction with the entire psychology team, as necessary.
The GOC intern will have opportunities to attend peer supervision groups, didactic trainings, and consult and interact with the entire GOC team of psychologists, psychiatrists, and master’s level therapists. A small caseload of therapy clients can be held if the need exists for GOC, and the intern’s time permits after all other duties are completed. All interns will have at least one hour of face-to-face supervision with a licensed psychologist. Applicants should have a strong desire to improve their psychological testing skills and must have excellent professional writing skills. Applicants must be “self-starters”, able to organize and plan well, and able to complete work without external deadlines.
This internship slot may require occasional weekend or evening hours.
NorthEast Treatment Center/NET (Program Code 218116) - 2 Positions (filled)
499 N. 5th Street, Suite A
Philadelphia, PA 19123
NET is a non-profit, community-based, outpatient mental health center. Interns engage in individual and family therapy, collaboration with the treatment team, and intakes and evaluations on-site and in schools. Populations include children, families and adults.
NorthEast Treatment Centers serves primarily low income families from a diverse array of ethnic and racial backgrounds. Over 97% of its clients are on medical assistance. Persons served present with a wide range of challenges, including mood disorders, disruptive behavior disorders, anxiety disorders, thought disorders, and adjustment disorders. Ages of persons served range from as young as four years old, through adults.
Interns have contact with patients through an extended continuum of care, including outpatient therapy, evaluations for wraparound services, and in the Family and Community Treatment programs. Thus, they are exposed to modalities of treatment and intervention for individual as well as family issues. Interns also conduct some of their client evaluations in the public schools, giving them even wider exposure across systems. NorthEast Treatment Center offers a multidisciplinary setting, with psychiatry, foster care, and juvenile programs on site. Interns treat diverse populations, via multiple services, and with numerous supervisors, staff and interns (from multiple institutions) on site.
Interns training at this site will complete their assessment requirements through the CHC Psychological Services Clinic.
Rider University Counseling Services (Program Code 218119) - 2 positions (filled)
Counseling Center at the Lawrenceville Campus
Zoerner House 2083 Lawrenceville Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Counseling Center at the Princeton Campus
This site provides college counseling services for full and part-time students, at undergraduate and graduate levels. Interns engage in personal counseling, crisis counseling, evaluation and referrals when necessary. Internship also includes provision of emergency services, outreach on campus, training of resident advisors, and alcohol and drug counseling. Services are offered at the main counseling center, as well as at a satellite site at the Westminster, NJ campus of Rider College. Westminster offers theatre and music arts programs.
Client/patient population includes individuals with a wide range of adjustment disorders, plus autism spectrum disorders and various psychiatric challenges such as major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder and other mood disorders.
Interns training at this site will complete their assessment requirements through the CHC Psychological Services Clinic.
SPIN, Inc. (Program Code 2189124) - 1 Position (filled)
Behavioral & Developmental Services
10541 Drummond Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154
SPIN (www.spininc.org) is a nationally recognized non-profit provider of direct support, employment, educational, and behavioral health services in Philadelphia. Since 1971, SPIN's mission and values-led services have supported thousands of children, adults, and families to live inclusive lives in their communities. Today, SPIN supports over 3000 children and adults annually. Services are person-centered, family focused, outcomes-oriented and culturally relevant, incorporating current leading practices delivered by highly qualified professionals. SPIN’s culture of hope is rooted in the belief that each person seeks to share their unique strengths and talents with others in pursuit of an inclusive, meaningful life, creating a life of possibilities for everyone.
SPIN’s mission is to provide the highest quality people-first services and supports for children and adults with intellectual, developmental, and autism spectrum disabilities so that each may achieve and enjoy a life of possibilities. SPIN’s mission-driven programs demonstrate these expectant values of hope, possibility, and choice, supported by the four pillars of Person-First Culture, Professionalism, Productivity, and Performance Excellence, the standard to which all employees are held accountable.
The Behavioral & Developmental Services Department at SPIN currently employs a team of highly trained and experienced clinical professionals who have a variety of roles working with children and youth with behavioral health disorders, with a specific focus within the practice on the diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In partnership with another Philadelphia behavioral health agency, Northeast Treatment Centers (NET), SPIN has been designated as a Philadelphia Autism Center for Excellence. Within its licensed out-patient mental health clinic, which serves a broad ranging population, SPIN provides the following services specifically for individuals with Autism and their families: High quality, comprehensive diagnostic assessment of individuals at risk for Autism; out-patient psychiatric and psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults, and families; social skills treatment groups; therapeutic summer program; and intensive home-, school-, and community-based behavioral health services. Each of these services adopts an integrated treatment approach that supports enhanced coordination of care and integration of interventions across all aspects of the patient’s/family’s life.
The AAPIC Internship will be a 12-month, 40 hour/week internship within SPIN’s Out-patient Mental Health Clinic and Autism Center for Excellence. The intern will typically work Monday-Friday, and will be assigned to work two evenings per week until 7:30 p.m. The primary responsibilities of the intern will be to complete the following responsibilities under the supervision of a licensed psychologist:
- Complete intakes with a variety of patients and in conjunction with the clinical supervisor assign diagnoses and make preliminary recommendations for treatment services.
- Perform comprehensive diagnostic evaluations for individuals (primarily children/youth ages 2-21) at risk for a diagnosis of autism, including writing reports and making treatment recommendations.
- This will include being clinically trained in the administration of the ADOS-2, as well as the use of other autism-specific instruments.
- Perform annual re-evaluations for children receiving prior authorized services to determine ongoing medical necessity.
- Act as a co-facilitator for a social skills treatment group for children/youth with ASD and other social impairments.
- Carry one-two ongoing therapy assignments throughout the year.
- Assist with training and supervision of Masters’ interns or staff within the department.
It is expected that the intern will complete this experience with an enhanced degree of specialization in working with children with ASD and their families, as well as gain experience working in a mental health clinic.