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Internship Consortium

Internship Consortium

Consortium Description

The Chestnut Hill College (CHC) Internship Consortium is an APPIC-member internship program, administered by the Chestnut Hill College School of Graduate Studies’ 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 Psy.D. 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. All applicants should submit a treatment summary or case report and a psychological assessment report as part of their AAPI.

The Consortium is a cooperative training program that includes clinical service agencies across the greater Philadelphia region, and is currently in its fifth year of training interns. The Consortium provides oversight of the integration and integrity of the educational and training aspects of the interns' experiences. On-site clinical supervision is provided by designated site supervisors at each internship site.

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 Fridays from 9 am-5 pm. Didactic modules include research seminar/time, professional development seminars, and didactic seminars in the areas of Professional Practice/Clinical Issues, Ethics, Diversity, and Assessment. 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 2015-2016 training year is $21,000. Intern benefits are described in the Training Manual.

View the CHC 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.

The CHC Internship Consortium submitted a self-study for initial APA-accreditation in August 2014, and is currently under review. Updates on the status of the accreditation process can be found here: APA: APA: Programs Applying for Initial Accreditation

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.

Contact Information

Chestnut Hill College   
9601 Germantown Ave.  
Philadelphia, PA 19118   

Consortium Internship Director:  Rosemarie Manfredi, Psy.D.  

Site Descriptions and Locations

Beechwood NeuroRehab

1 Position

Program Code: 218121

469 East Maple Avenue
Langhorne, PA   19047

Beechwood NeuroRehab (BNR) 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. 

BNR is a program of Woods Services, which serves children and adults with developmental and acquired disabilities. BNR is situated in the historic borough of Langhorne, in the heart of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. BNR is located between the cities of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Trenton, New Jersey, and is easily accessible by the major traffic routes servicing the greater Philadelphia area and by public transportation. . 

BNR’s mission is to develop and facilitate daily skills performance for individuals whose functional autonomy has been compromised by acquired neurological disorders. BNR recognizes and respects the needs, desires and the rights of those whom we serve, their families, and those agencies providing financial support. BNR 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. BNR provides supports for living and services for individuals served in community residential, vocational, and outpatient programs.

BNR’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. BNR provides a full range of transdisciplinary services including Cognitive Rehabilitation, Health and Nutrition Services, Physical Rehabilitation, Occupational Therapy, Supported Employment Services, Neuropsychological Services, Clubhouse, Communication Services, Life Skills, Recreational Services and Case Management.

BNR 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 12 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, not just in neuropsychological assessment and intervention, but in how to intervene clinically in any area of life functioning, using a neuro-rehabilitation based, systems approach.

The Neuropsychology Internship Training Program is housed within the BNR Clinical Department. The Clinical Department includes Neuropsychology, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology and Cognitive Rehabilitation services. Beechwood offers one, full-time training Intern position, that includes training on site 4 days per week and training at the Consortium one day per week. 

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 BNR’s Community Residential, Clubhouse Structured Day, Outpatient, or Vocational programs. Additional training occurs through participation in weekly Clinical Department Meetings and bi-monthly Neuropsychology Section Meetings. Didactic training at BNR will focus on brain-behavior relationships and cognitive rehabilitation, and didactic training is also offered one day a week through the Consortium. Opportunities exist to learn from the entire BNR team, including 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 in BNR’s Connect NeuroEd Program.

Administrative, Clerical, and Technical Support

Each intern is provided with either individual office space and/or shares an office with a Staff Neuropsychologist. Beechwood NeuroRehab has a Main Campus, Community Group Homes, Apartments, and outpatient services. Space and equipment is provided to conduct professional services at each different site. The main building, the Stabler Center, has an office with a one-way mirror allowing supervisor(s) to observe when a trainee is conducting interventions and assessments. Each intern undergoes Orientation Training with the Parent Organization, WOODS, as well as an Orientation geared specifically to Beechwood NeuroRehab. After training is completed with the Parent Organization, interns and trainees are given identification badges, a computer email address, and each trainee/intern is included in the Clinical Department’s Group email lit. All interns/trainees have access to the same computer, software, internet, and research resources available to Staff Neuropsychologists. Each intern/trainee has access to clerical supplies, but most chose to use their own laptops or the computers found in the offices they occupy. Interns/trainees are able to gain knowledge of Adaptive Prosthetic Equipment through the other branches of the Clinical Department and our Assistive Technology Department. The site provides any and all clerical and mechanical supports required so each intern/trainee is treated no differently than an employee, with the exception they do not have direct access to billing technology or support.

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CHC Psychological Services Clinic

2 Positions

Program Code Child Emphasis: 218115
Program Code Adult Emphasis: 218117

1107 Bethlehem Pike, Ste. 212
Flourtown, PA  19031

The Chestnut Hill College Psychological Services Clinic (PSC-CHC) provides 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 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
  • Personality
  • Behavior disorders
  • Intellectual abilities
  • Academic achievement
  • Clinical/Diagnostic
  • Autism spectrum disorder evaluations

Other opportunities for training at the clinic include supervision of practicum students, and 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.

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.

Administrative, Clerical, and Technical Support

The Chestnut Hill College Psychological Services Clinic is located in an office building on Bethlehem Pike in Flourtown, PA, just outside of Philadelphia. The building has ample parking, is wheelchair accessible, and is located near a stop on a public transit bus route. The clinic has a reception desk and small waiting area. The reception desk is generally staffed by graduate assistants, who are students in the Psy.D. program that earn tuition remission by committing to work for a specified number of hours in a given semester. The front desk area has a computer, a combination printer/copier/fax machine, telephone, and locked file cabinets that contain client records and office supplies. Chestnut Hill College’s Information Technology staff installed the computer system and provides ongoing tech support.

Beyond the waiting area, the clinic contains 5 individual offices. The interns are each assigned individual offices. There is also office space that is shared among clinical supervisors, including the clinic director and associate director, and therapy and assessment practicum clinicians. All of these offices are comfortably equipped for individual therapy. The offices can also be made ready for psychological assessment. The clinic owns several card tables for this purpose.

The clinic’s largest room serves several purposes. It is used for psychological testing, for family therapy sessions, and for clinic team meetings and presentations. It is outfitted with a one-way mirror for direct observation of clinical activities and is newly equipped with video-recording capabilities. It also contains a small, but growing, reference library of books relevant to clinical practice. Additionally, an ample number of psychological tests and assessment materials are available for cognitive, academic, neuropsychological, and personality assessment (for example, Wechsler scales, ADOS-2, MMPI-2, Rorschach). There are several smaller rooms used for storage of psychological testing materials and office supplies and available to students for test scoring and report-writing. Finally, there is a small kitchenette, with a microwave and a coffeemaker.

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Growth Opportunity Center (GOC)/CHC Psychological Services Clinic

1 Position

Program Code: 218113

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. 

Administrative, Clerical, and Technical Support

GOC is a large outpatient behavioral health facility. Its main site, where the interns work, has 27 offices. The interns have an office which has a large table for testing, computer with software for scoring many tests and rating scales, and a locked file cabinet. It also has an observation mirror which is used for training purposes. GOC has a well-stocked testing closet of the most commonly used cognitive, achievement, memory, information processing, and personality tests. There are also a multitude of rating scales and checklists to help in assessing and diagnosing behavioral, neuropsychological, and mental health disorders. Each student has a voice mail extension and has access to office supplies. Although the office staff is primarily a billing staff and not secretarial, they are able to support the students by answering common questions and helping them access patient information in the computer system.

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NorthEast Treatment Center/NET

1 Position

Program Code: 218116

499 N. 5th Street, Suite A
Philadelphia, PA  19123

NET is a non-profit, licensed and accredited organization/agency (community mental health center) that offers a range of behavioral health services to children, adolescents, and adults, individuals and families. The doctoral internship is at the 5th & Spring Garden site in Philadelphia County (Northern Liberties section). Treatment is cost-free to all clients. Community Behavioral Health (CBH) is the funding source for NET’s programs. Clients of NET present with a range of Axis I and II psychiatric conditions, many of them chronic. The majority of NET clients have endured or continue to endure considerable trauma (direct and vicarious). The overall population at NET (clients and staff) is quite diverse; there is a strong representation of African Americans and Hispanics, as well as Caucasians. Other components of culture (e.g., religion, sexual orientation) are well-respected at NET. The possible interplay between an underlying medical condition/factor and one’s psychiatric condition is to be carefully considered as any case is being formulated. Consideration of differential diagnoses is important in any case formulation. 

Internship year is July 1 until June 30. Performance is evaluated on a quarterly basis. Interns are on-site Monday-Thursday and hours are flexible/negotiable. Office space is shared and will be discussed further at the internship interview. Interns will have a NET phone number/extension/voice mailbox, and a NET email account. Interns are strongly encouraged to utilize the benefit time to which they are entitled, and are strongly encouraged to model and practice reasonable self-care. Interns receive weekly individual supervision (2 hours/week) with a licensed psychologist. Interns attend a weekly case consultation group consisting of doctoral and masters-level interns and this is facilitated by the OP Manager. Consideration of differential diagnoses is important in any case formulation.  

Before interns start at NET, they must provide all relevant clearances and human resources-related paperwork. Early-on in the internship, the intern must attend NET’s orientation (one day) and First Aid/CPR training (one day).

Children’s Services Track

The NET programs in which doctoral interns are involved include: (1) Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Services (BHRS) also known as “wrap-around.” Service delivery occurs the home, school, and community by a BSC (Behavioral Specialist Consultant), MT (Mobile Therapist), and TSS (Therapeutic Support Staff). (2) School Therapeutic Support (STS) is a school-based behavioral health support program consisting of an LC (Lead Clinician), BHW (Behavioral Health Worker), and GMT (Group Mobile Therapist). STS is provided to students K-8th grade. NET is the STS provider for the following schools: Ben Franklin Elementary, Dunbar Promise Academy, Julia deBurgos Elementary, Juniata Park Elementary, Ludlow Elementary, and Stearne Elementary. (3) Outpatient Therapy (OP): Interns accrue a caseload of 14-18 clients, including children, adolescents, and adults. Session modalities include individual and family, and it is possible (and encouraged) to conduct collateral sessions (i.e., session without client present) with family members and other involved parties (e.g., BSC). There is no separate intake department at NET; therefore, the client seen for an OP intake is also your therapy client. NET also provides psychiatric services (i.e., medication management) on an outpatient basis to children, adolescents, and adults actively involved in any NET program. Clients must be participating in therapy to receive medication. Approximately 25% of the intern’s time is spent doing OP-related activities. Case management duties are minimal. OP-related paperwork is manageable, namely for individuals who are able to organize and manage their time effectively.

Regarding #1 and #2 above, approximately 50% of the intern’s time is spent conducting/writing Comprehensive Biopsychosocial Evaluations (CBEs) and Comprehensive Biopsychosocial Re-evaluations (CBRs) for the BHRS and STS programs. CBEs and CBRS are semi-structured diagnostic interviews in which behavioral data/updates are compiled, the most fitting level-of care is rationalized, diagnoses are updated as necessary, and then specific treatment recommendations are developed. Finally, an organized, professionally-written report is completed, and then submitted to CBH for approval and authorization. 

*The completion of CBEs and CBRs is considered to be the Assessment portion of the NET internship. However, interns who wish to or are required to complete other types of assessments (e.g., IQ testing, projective testing) will cross-train at the CHC Psychological Services Clinic. 

Administrative, Clerical, and Technical Support

Clerically, NET has assigned staff members who schedule appointments (including medication follow-up appointments, psychiatric evaluations, and psychological evaluations) and verify insurance coverage for all clients on a daily basis. Authorization management/care management staff meet on a weekly basis to review active and expiring service authorizations. Billing of all services rendered is also overseen by specific assigned staff members. NET uses a behavioral health-specific electronic charting and scheduling system. Agency-specific forms (e.g., incident reports, internal referral forms) are maintained in a database. Phone extensions with voicemail, as well as secure email accounts, are assigned to all NET staff members, including interns. A Quality Assurance process exists within NET, which includes quarterly chart reviews and client satisfaction surveys. This data is then analyzed statistically and presented in a written report to the Board. Regarding technical support, NET has an in-house IT department who oversee the functionality of the electronic charting system, secure email system, printers/copiers, security cameras, and other related systems.

Regarding training materials and equipment, NET uses a web-based CEU program (called Relias Learning). Interns participate in new employee orientation at the start of internship, which includes various training opportunities. On-site, open trainings are offered throughout the year; these are advertised throughout the agency. Orientation and other trainings are held in a specific training room, which includes ample seating and technology. NET is agreeable to interns taking time to attend off-site trainings, such as an autism-specific training that was offered at Chestnut Hill College in July 2014. Regarding equipment, the autism program at NET utilizes a specific set of toys and other props during the administration of the ADOS-2. Outside of that, there is a “community” set of toys, games, and other activities that are available to all therapists (including interns) to use during sessions.

Regarding physical facilities, treatment staff (including interns) that are not community-based have assigned offices or cubicles. Treatment sessions and other appointments are always conducted in a private, confidential space (e.g., office, conference room). There are several bathrooms, water fountains, vending machines (food and drink), and a lunch room with refrigerators for food storage. There are handicap-accessible entrances/exits, bathrooms, and parking spaces. NET has a sizeable cost-free parking lot reserved for staff and clients.

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Philadelphia Mental Health Center

2 Positions

Program Code: 218118

1235 Pine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107 

The PMHC Clinical Internship Program seeks to train students in the practitioner-scientist model of training, focusing on the implementation of empirically-validated treatment interventions employed in an efficacious manner. Students are trained to respect diversity and individual beliefs, paying attention to gender, religion, culture, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and cognitive capacity. Furthermore, students will participate in a holistic mode of treatment, collaborating with various health disciplines.

Besides participating in a wide variety of clinical services, which include individual and group therapies and psychological evaluations, students will work with licensed psychologists and psychiatrists to supervise Masters and Bachelors level clinicians, conduct research, design testing protocols, and attend a wide variety of training sessions conducted at PMHC as well as at various local universities in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area. Students will receive individual and group supervision from licensed psychologists over four hours per week.

Training for the PMHC interns will occur at 1235 Pine Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Located in a historic building in the "Center City" are of this major metropolitan market, the PMHC internship will allow students to work with a wide variety of clients and health professionals. 

Administrative, Clerical, and Technical Support

Each intern is provided an office in the clinical suite in our Philadelphia Center City center, within close proximity to a licensed psychologist. Interns are provided with a laptop computer, and have access our secure Electronic Health Records (EHR) system which contains the comprehensive client record. Interns are provided an identification badge and take part in an extensive onboarding process which includes both an orientation to the company and policies, as well as instruction on the completion of clinical documentation. The onboarding process included the observation of clinical evaluations. Interns may participate in evaluations and conduct therapy in a room with a one-way mirror, which also functions as a therapy room for the implementation of Parent- Child Interactional Therapy (PCIT). Interns have access to full administrative support, and frequently interact with the billing and credentialing teams to enhance their knowledge of the “business” of behavioral health. 

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Rider University Counseling Services

2 Positions

Program Code: 218119

Counseling Center at the Lawrenceville Campus
Zoerner House 2083 Lawrenceville Road
Lawrenceville, NJ  08648   

Counseling Center at the Princeton Campus
Williamson Hall

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; design, planning and implementation of psychoeducational programming; assisting with outreach on campus; training of residence life and other staff, consultation services to faculty, staff and administrators. Services are offered on the main campus in Lawrenceville, as well as at Westminster Choir College, located in Princeton, NJ. A division of the Westminster College of the Arts, Westminster Choir College is a residential college of music located on a 23-acre campus in the heart of Princeton, New Jersey. At Westminster's core is a four-year music college and graduate school that prepares men and women for careers as performers and as music leaders in schools, universities, churches and professional and community organizations.

The client/patient population is primarily traditionally college-aged students, along with graduate students and non-traditional students. Individuals present 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. Therapy is generally short-term with the option to extend treatment at the discretion of the Director.

Interns training at this site will complete their assessment requirements through the CHC Psychological Services Clinic. 

Administrative, Clerical, and Technical Support

Rider University has one main campus and a second satellite campus (Westminster Choir College), each of which has a counseling office. On the main campus, the counseling center is located in a two-story house at the front of the campus, and has its own entrance independent of the main university entrance. The satellite campus has its counseling office within the main administrative building, and collectively occupies four offices on the third floor. There is an additional office in one of the academic buildings, which is accessible by elevator or stairway.

Each counseling center location has an administrative associate who is responsible for the management of office procedures. Technical support is supplied by the Office of Information Technology, and the physical space is maintained by Facilities Management. Basic office equipment is available for each location and most of the counseling rooms have computers for research and internet use. Specific training materials are supplied upon request, and there is a library of professional books and journals that may be accessed by any staff member.

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SPIN, Inc.

1 Position

Program Code: 218124

Behavioral & Developmental Services 
10541 Drummond Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154

SPIN ( is a nationally recognized non-profit provider of direct support, employment, educational and behavioral health services in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Since 1971, SPIN’s mission and values-led services have supported thousands of children, adults, and families to live inclusive lives in their communities.  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 the expectant values of hope, possibility, and choice supported by SPIN's four pillars of People-First, Professionalism, Performance Excellence, and Productivity, the standard to which all employees are held accountable.  Today, SPIN supports over 3000 children and adults annually in the Southeastern and Lehigh/Northampton regions of Pennsylvania to achieve and enjoy a life of possibilities

SPIN has received many awards for its innovative services, partnerships, and professional development practices.  SPIN has been ranked among the global elite for its innovative workforce training and development by Training Magazine’s Top 125 distinguished award.  SPIN has also been ranked by its employees as a Top Workplace by The Philadelphia Inquirer for six consecutive years.  SPIN has also been recognized by Opportunity Knocks as the best Non-Profit to work for.      

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).  SPIN has been designated as a Philadelphia Autism Center for Excellence.  Within its licensed outpatient 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; outpatient psychiatric and psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults, and families; social skills treatment groups; a therapeutic summer program; a therapeutic afterschool program, intensive home-, school-, and community-based behavioral health services, Blended Case Management, and ongoing parent support groups/activities.  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 APPIC Internship will be a 12 month, full time internship within SPIN’s Outpatient Mental Health Clinic and Autism Center for Excellence.  The intern will typically work Monday-Thursday, and will be assigned to work two evenings per week until 7:30 p.m.  The internship will prepare professionals to support individuals with autism spectrum disorder across their lifespan as well as develop expertise in working with adults with co-occurring intellectual disability, autism, and serious behavioral health disorders who have a history of trauma.  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, either children or adults living within SPIN’s residential Behavioral Health program.
  • 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.

Administrative, Clerical, and Technical Support

SPIN has an administrative/clerical support team that coordinates each intern’s schedule, reaches out to families to confirm they will be attending the appointments, and ensures all necessary clinical paperwork is completed. The administrative team also supports the interns with obtaining necessary office supply materials, scheduling confidential meeting spaces, and troubleshooting any other issues that arise on a day to day basis. The administrative team is available Monday-Friday from 7am-8pm for the interns. With regard to computer/IT support, SPIN has an IT department that supports the intern’s computer, phone, and system access needs. All interns have a phone line, a confidential email login, and a confidential network login. The IT department is available Monday-Friday 8am-6pm and then on a limited basis over the weekend via an on-call line. The full-time intern at SPIN has private office space in which he or she can conduct his therapy and diagnostic sessions, and this is located in SPIN's licensed outpatient mental health clinic. There are large rooms in which group sessions are conducted. In addition, video equipment is available for recording sessions, as well as video conferencing. With regard to training materials, the interns have a full range of psychological assessment materials available for their use, and these are available for inspection during the site visit if needed. Additionally, a library of reference books and journals are available for their access, as are therapeutic games, toys, and other resources to use with clients. Several behavioral health curriculum are available to all clinical staff, including the interns, and interns are offered opportunities to participate in clinical staff training throughout the year. All trainees receive pre-service training and orientation at SPIN, and a full curriculum of these courses can be made available to applicants as necessary

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