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Consortium Site Descriptions

Consortium Site Descriptions

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.

AIDS Care Group

Website:  AIDS Care Group
                Center for Integrative Medicine

1 Position

Program Code: 218111

ACG:  904 Chester Pike Sharon, Hill, PA  19079
CIM:   2201 Providence Ave. Chester, PA  19103  

The internship program at AIDS Care Group (ACG) provides interns an opportunity to become well-rounded clinical psychologists with advanced competency in working with underserved and vulnerable populations.  Interns complete one full year of training in health psychology and psychotherapy rotation, serving adults (with the possibility of adolescents) living in the greater Philadelphia area, mostly residing in Delaware County, PA.  Licensed psychologists on staff at ACG supervise all of the interns.  Specifically, the Director of Integrative Medicine oversees all psychological services, the Director os Psychology Internship oversees intern training programs, and interns are assigned to one of our psychologists who is the direct supervisor and oversees daily intern activities including patient care, documentation, care coordination meetings, and individual supervision. 

AIDS Care Group (ACG) treats the whole person, bringing together medical and psychological services in a team-based approach to effectively care for individuals with chronic conditions.  We have a few main services within our agency:

  • A Ryan White provider, dedicated to medical, dental, psychological, case management services to patients living with HIV and providing Pre-Exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to partners and family members.
  • The Center for Integrative Medicine - A designated Center of Excellence by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, dedicated to Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for patients recovering from opioid use disorder, including medical and psychological services.
  • A state-designated STD testing site (testing and treatment, free and confidential for the community).
  • Hepatitis C Community outreach (including rehabilitation centers, halfway houses, prison) and medical/psychological treatment.
  • Mosaic Medical - medical and psychological services for LGBTQ individuals, works in collaboration with Prysm Youth Center to provide space for meetings.
  • Eddystone Speciality Pharmacy 

ACG trains doctoral interns in clinical psychology.  Interns are trained first and foremost as clinical psychologists with the skills to provide psychotherapy to a wide array of underserved and vulnerable populations.  We have a few target populations that we serve, notably individuals recovering from opioid use disorder within our Medication-Assisted Treatment Program, individuals living with HIV, and those who identify as LGBTQ.  We additionally provide short-term therapy for individuals being treated for Hepatitis C.  Individual psychotherapy is the primary treatment modality with the internship program, with training in group psychotherapy as well.  Interns work in an outpatient setting, utilizing a long-term model of psychotherapy. 

ACG's internship program focuses its training on an integrative medical model of practice, meeting the unique needs of individuals dealing with chronic and co-occurring conditions.  In addition to treating a variety of psychological diagnoses, interns gain practic working on an interdisciplinary team, working within a medical setting, and completing intake evaluations to determine the level of care and motivation for treatment for new patients.  The therapeutic techniques utilized will focus on recovery-oriented psychotherapy, including motivational interviewing and relapse-prevention, but students will be encouraged to use integrative approaches when warranted, utilizing other evidence-based treatments depending on client needs, presenting problems, diversity issues, and other client-related factors. 

Other opportunities for training at the clinic include weekly care coordination meetings with medical providers, weekly group supervision of group psychotherapy, weekly didactic sessions led by psychologists and visiting speakers, an opportunity to present a didactic session, weekly peer supervision led by postdoctoral residents, and two hours per week of individual supervision with a licensed psychologist.  Interns will be involved in training and consultation with other professionals.  In addition, opportunities to engage in psychological assessment are available.

This internship provides the opportunity for the trainee to expand on and build skills in health psychology and psychotherapy for a challenging population while expanding knowledge into new areas and while developing skills required for independent practice.

The internship slot may require evening hours (until 7 or 8 pm) no more than two nights per week, depending on the area of clinical interest and best fit within our programs. 

Administrative, Clerical, and Technical Support

The ACG offices are located in a variety of buildings in both Chester, PA, and Sharon Hill, PA, outside of Philadelphia.  The buildings of relevance for interns are:

  • 907 Chester Pike, Sharon Hill, PA.  Medical/Dental offices.  Includes reception area, waiting room, and two meeting spaces, one of which has a kitchenette and daily lunch served for patients.  Wheelchair accessible.
  • 921 Chester Pike, Sharon Hill, PA.  Four psychology offices, the Director of Integrative Medicine's office, psychology library, and location of administrative staff and waiting room.
  • 126 Kenney ave, Saron Hill, PA.  Two psychology offices, one of which is utilized by an art therapist for individuals and groups.  Small kitchenette.
  • 904 Chester Pike, Sharon Hill, PA.  Four psychology offices, one of which is used for groups as well.  Sunroom, which is used for meetings and groups.  A large waiting room and kitchen.  Lunch is served daily.
  • 940 Chester Pike, Sharon Hill, PA.  Medical provider office, which is used for care coordination meetings, tow exam rooms, a phlebotomy lab, a medication administration room, a reception office with locked file cabinets, and site of the administrative hub for one program. A waiting room and wheelchair accessible.
  • 2201 Providence Ave, Chester, Pa.  A waiting area, two psychology offices, a reception office with locked file cabinets, exam rooms, phlebotomy stations, administrative offices.  Wheelchair accessible.

Depending on location, the buildings have both street and designated parking lots available for staff and are located along public transit bus routes.  Some of our buildings, but not all, are wheelchair accessible.  All buildings have at least one bathroom, most have multiple.  Coffee and water are available in every building.  Every building is locked, requiring a proximity card (which we provide) to enter; patients must be granted access by administrative staff.

Each building has a reception area staffed by full-time administrative employees, with the exception of the offices at Kenney Ave, which have a waiting room space but no additional support staff.  Licensed psychologists are positioned throughout each site to provide ample support and crisis response if needed.  All staff is trained in crisis response, notable CPR and the use of naloxone in the case of an overdose.  Staff is additionally trained in de-escalation skills.  We have a staff person designated to provide security on campus. 

Our sites are equipped with internet, phones, fax, printers, copy machines, as well as locked file cabinets for patient records.  We primarily utilize an electronic medical record for the majority of documentation and patient paperwork.  We have designated staff to provide technical support and coordinate agency assets.

Staff employed by this agency include: physicians, physicians' assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, medical assistants, dentist, dental assistants, psychologist, art therapist, postdoctoral residents, interns from various programs, reception and administrative staff, case managers, a human resource director, pharmacist, pharmacy directors, pharmacy techs, drivers, outreach staff to prisons and community, and additional supportive and administrative staff.

All interns and staff share office space, with an assigned office or meeting space provided at all times.  All interns are provided an agency-owned laptop and cellular phone for work-related duties.  We have video cameras and secure USB drives available for training purposes as needed by the doctoral program.  We do not have psychological assessment materials available but can provide supervisor support and office space for assessments.

COVID-19 Considerations

Due to the current health crisis, the psychology department at AIDS Care Group is operating via telehealth only. No in-person therapy sessions are permitted. AIDS Care Group is closely following federal and local guidelines in order to make an informed decision on when to resume in-person operation.  Once a decision has been made to resume in-person operation, ACG will follow CDC guidelines and those of our state health department to ensure the safety of our employees and interns. At that time, ACG will provide necessary PPE to its employees and interns.

Criminal Convictions and Peaceful Protests

AIDS Care Group has a robust human resources onboarding process. Background checks include SSN trace, national criminal database, sex offender search, domestic watch list, statewide criminal record search, and 7-year county criminal record search. Interns are also required to complete a child abuse search. A 10-panel drug test is also conducted. 

 

 

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Arcadia University Counseling Services

Due to COVID related financial concerns, Arcadia University Counseling Service will not be offering an intern position for the 2021-2022 training year.

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1 Position

Program Code: 218112

Arcadia University Counseling Services
Heinz Hall
450 S. Easton Road
Glenside, PA  19038

The mission of Arcadia University Counseling Services is to assist students through personal challenges that may interfere with academic success.  Counselors provide a safe, confidential place in which students have an opportunity to identify their problem areas and find creative solutions.  Counseling Services also provides educational programs, consultation, and outreach to the larger campus community regarding prevention and overall emotional health and wellness.  We are committed to creating an inclusive environment that is respectful to the diversity of our students.  

Arcadia University Counseling Services provides primarily individual counseling to full time and part-time graduate and undergraduate students at Arcadia University.  Interns provide individual therapy, have opportunities to lead group therapy, conduct brief walk-in appointments, and provide emergency services to students in crisis.  In addition to the range of therapeutic interventions we provide, interns will also have the opportunity to engage in planning and implementing outreach programming, consulting with faculty, administration, and families about mental health issues, provision of supplemental supervision (under supervision) to a practicum student or Master's level trainee, and conducting two brief assessment batteries.  Additionally, interns will have the ability to collaborate with the Alcohol and Other Drug Coordinator on outreach and prevention activities and will conduct appointments with students who are sanctioned to attend the Alcohol and Other Drug Program. 

The client population at this site is primarily college-aged students (18-23), but there is also some opportunity to see graduate and non-traditional students who are older.  Students may present with a wide range of presenting concerns, and/or diagnoses, including adjustment disorders, depressive disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, LGBTQIA+ issues, and family and relationship issues.  Primarily, clients are seen for short-term counseling, although interns have some discretion (with approval from their supervisor) to see a small handful of clients longer-term.

Administrative, Clerical, and Technical Support

Counseling Services is located on the ground floor of a dormitory, and the main entrance to our center is accessible.  Our office has a full-time administrative assistant, who also works as a health educator for the center.  Technical support is provided by Information Technology and our facilities are maintained by Facilities Management.

Each intern will be provided an office for the time they are on site.  Their office is equipped with a comfortable space to sit when counseling, as well as a desk and computer for research, internet use, and to maintain records.  They will have a phone and extension, an Arcadia email address, and voicemail for the year.  All computers are formatted for Titanium, the electronic health records program used to maintain client files.  The intern's office will be equipped with video recording software that will be used to video record sessions for review in supervision.  All interns will have full access to the Arcadia University library system, including professional books and journals they may need.  Office supplies are provided as needed. 

COVID-19 Considerations

Interns are not considered essential employees as defined by Arcadia University. Thus, current interns are conducting all services virtually while the university is engaged in virtual learning. During the 2020-2021 application year, all interviews will be held virtually. The counseling center will make every effort to conduct virtual tours during the application period.

Criminal Convictions and Peaceful Protests

The human resources department at Arcadia University will conduct the following screens: criminal felony & misdemeanor, SSN Validation, SSN Trace, National Sex Offender Registry, and Widescreen Plus National Criminal Search. The human resources department at Arcadia University reserves the right to evaluate all results and determine employment eligibility based on Arcadia's employment policies and procedures.

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CHC Psychological Services Clinic

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2 Positions

Program Code: 218114

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 to a diverse population, presenting to treatment with a great range of clinical concerns.  The therapeutic approaches utilized focus primarily on psychodynamic and family systems modalities, but students will be encouraged to integrate other evidence-based interventions as needed, in an effort to be as responsive as possible to clients' individual circumstances and experiences.

Interns will also gain substantial training in the provision of psychosocial psychoeducational and psychodiagnostic assessment services. In collaboration with their supervisors, interns are responsible for 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 the administration of the tests.  

The CHC-PSC 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

Training experiences at CHC-PSC include weekly group supervision of couples and family therapy, participation in a pediatric psychology seminar series, group meetings focused on routine outcomes monitoring, supervision of peer supervision of practicum students, interdisciplinary consultation with referring providers, and community outreach activities. 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 a growing and thriving community health setting.

The internship slots require two evening hours and occasional Saturdays. 

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 a 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 9 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. Videotaping can also be done in most of the other offices.  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.  The clinic also has a small, but growing, a reference library of books relevant to clinical practice.  Additionally, an amble number of psychological tests and assessment materials are available for cognitive, academic, neuropsychological, and personality assessment materials are available for cognitive, academic, neuropsychological, and personality assessment (for example, Wechsler scales, ADOS-2, MMPI-2, Rorschach).  Finally, there is a small kitchenette, with a microwave, coffeemaker, and tea rejuvenation station.

COVID-19 Considerations

Depending upon the recommended CDC, state and local guidelines regarding safety for COVID-19, we may be offering in-person, remote or hybrid of services at the clinic. Currently, all therapy services provided by the interns are conducted remotely. All individual and group supervision sessions are remote, as well. We are utilizing a hybrid model of assessment. The interns are asked to administer as much of the battery remotely as possible, and in-person testing is conducted for select tests/subtests that cannot be administered online. Appropriate training and supervision will be required to ensure the ethical provision of services. If an intern candidate is immunocompromised, other options for in-person sessions can be explored.

The Psychological Services Clinic has a strict safety protocol for all in-person services, including the limitation of the number of people allowed in the clinic at any given time, the requirement of mask-wearing, distancing, and thorough cleaning after each session. PPE is provided for in-person sessions, including masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies.

Criminal Convictions and Peaceful Protests

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Growth Opportunity Center

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1 Position

Program Code: 218113

928 Jaymor Road
Southampton, PA 18966 

The Growth Opportunity Center is a large, outpatient behavioral health group practice founded in 1974.

GOC Mission Statement: A non-profit organization transforming life's challenges into opportunities for growth through behavioral health and consultation services.

GOC Vision Statement: With a commitment to quality and service, to be a caring and compassionate community of diverse and multi-talented professionals striving for personal and professional excellence by supporting individuals, families, and organizations in meeting their full potential.

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
  • Medication evaluations and management by staff psychiatrists
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder evaluation and treatment team
  • Social Skills training groups
  • College Counseling
  • Organizational Consultation
  • Opportunities to create and run groups to serve the needs of the population such as DBT-informed groups, mindfulness groups, adolescent groups, etc.

The internship experience is designed to provide a full range of psychological services to the community. By the end of the internship, the student will be prepared for independent practice as a psychologist. The responsibilities of a doctoral intern may include the following: psychoeducational evaluations, diagnostic assessments, consultation, coordination of assessment services (e.g. conducting telephone intakes and assignment of cases), supervision of practicum students, counseling for college student populations in the college setting (we currently have contracts with a local college), and developing and forming psychoeducational groups (e.g., social skills, DBT-Informed, resiliency, mindfulness). The intern will be supported to develop an area of interest or expertise that may serve as a starting point for a specialized area of practice. About 16 hours per week will be spent on psychoeducational evaluations, 8-10 hours in general counseling, and 6-8 hours in supervision, consultation, and program development. 

The GOC intern will have opportunities to attend peer supervision groups, didactic training, and to consult and interact with the entire GOC team of psychologists, psychiatrists, and master's level therapists. The applicant should be highly motivated for practice development, should be comfortable with independence, and must be a self-starter. Because at least half-time is spent on psychoeducational evaluations, the intern must have strong writing skills, be highly organized, and be able to perform without external deadlines.

The internship slot requires 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 that has a large table for testing, a computer with software for scoring many tests and rating scales, and a file cabinet.  It also has an observation mirror which is used for training purposes. The interns will have additional office space to conduct individual and family therapy, but space may not be consistent, and the interns must be comfortable with changing offices frequently. GOC has a well-stocked testing closet with the most commonly used cognitive, achievement, memory, information processing, and personality tests. There is also a multitude of rating scales and checklists to help in assessing and diagnosing behavioral, neuropsychological, and mental health disorders. Each student has a voicemail extension and has access to office supplies and a file cabinet in a locked file room. 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.

Considerations During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Peaceful Protests, and Criminal Convictions

Interns at Growth Opportunity Center are NOT considered essential employees. Thus, working virtually is acceptable in accordance with PA State Guidelines. All interviews for the 2021-2022 training year will be conducted virtually. Applicants whose criminal background checks reveal a convicted felony will not be considered; however, those applicants who have exercised their constitutional right to engage in peaceful protests which may have resulted in an arrest or conviction will still be eligible for interviews.

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Northeast Treatment Centers

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1 Position

Program Code: 218116

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

NET is a non-profit, licensed, and accredited community mental health center that offers a range of behavioral health services to children, adolescents, and adults, individuals, and families. The doctoral intern will work primarily within our IBHS program which will be housed at different Philadelphia schools throughout the city. Interns will have the opportunity to provide assessments of children to determine the appropriate diagnosis and level of care needed. There will also be an opportunity for school consultations, individual support and group services. Interns that have specific interest and experience in working with children diagnosed with Autism may be able to participate in the extended assessment process which is an in-depth assessment for differential diagnosis of Autism that incorporates the ADOS2 and other standardized tools as well as a structured interview. Services provided at NET are 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 psychiatric conditions, many of them chronic. The majority of NET clients have experienced or continue to endure considerable trauma (direct and vicarious). The overall population at NET (clients and staff) is quite diverse, serving predominantly clients of African American and Hispanic descent. Other components of culture (e.g., religion and sexual orientation) are well-respected at NET. Consideration of differential diagnoses is also considered in any case formulation. NET is committed to coordinating care across various agencies and supports both internal and external supports. Interns will have an opportunity for exposure to the various levels of services for children in Philadelphia.

 

Administrative, Clerical, and Technical Support

Clerically, NET has assigned staff members who schedule appointments (including psychological evaluations, psychiatric evaluations, and medication follow-up appointments) 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 and 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 that oversees 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 the internship, which includes various training opportunities. On-site, open training are held throughout the year. Orientation and other training are held in a specific training room, which includes ample seating and technology. NET is agreeable to interns taking the time to attend relevant off-site training. 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 for all therapists and intern use during sessions.

Regarding physical facilities, treatment staff, and 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 or conference room). There are several bathrooms, water fountains, vending machines (food and drink), and a lunchroom 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.

COVID-19 Considerations

During the COVID-19 pandemic, interns are considered essential personnel and may be asked to provide telehealth and some amount of in-person services as appropriate. PPE will be provided as needed. Outside of the pandemic, 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. 

Criminal Convictions and Peaceful Protests

Before interns start at NET, they must provide all relevant clearances (criminal background check, FBI clearances, and PA Child Abuse clearance) and human resources-related paperwork. Early in the internship, the intern must attend NET’s orientation (one day) and First Aid/CPR training (one day). Interns will only be required to complete a drug test if there are concerns the intern is attending work under the influence.

 

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Rider University Counseling Center

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2 Positions

Program Code: 218119

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

Rider Counseling Services 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. The internship also includes the provision of emergency services; design, planning, and implementation of psychoeducational programming; assisting with outreach on campus; training of residence life and other staff; and consultation services to faculty, staff, and administrators.

The client/patient population is primarily traditional 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

The counseling office is located in a two-story house at the front of the campus and has its own entrance independent of the main university entrance. It is accessible by steps or ramp.  The office has an administrative specialist who is responsible for the management of all office functions and 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 in each counseling room for research and internet use. All computers are formatted for Medicat, the electronic health records program for client files.  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.

Considerations During COVID-19 Pandemic, Peaceful Protests, and Criminal Convictions

During the COVID-19 pandemic, interns at Rider University Counseling are required to complete their clinical hours virtually on-site a minimum of 2 days/week. This requirement follows the NJ State Board of Psychology policy which states that unlicensed trainees must conduct telehealth services in the state of New Jersey. All interviews for the 2021-2022 training year will be conducted virtually. Applicants whose criminal background checks reveal a convicted felony will not be considered; however, those applicants who have exercised their constitutional right to engage in peaceful protests which may have resulted in an arrest or conviction will still be eligible for interviews.

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SPIN, Inc.

 

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1 Position

Program Code: 218124

Behavioral Health & Autism Services
10501 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 been ranked by its employees as a Top Workplace in Philadelphia for 11 consecutive years.  SPIN has also been recognized by Opportunity Knocks as the best Non-Profit to work for and has been designated as an Employer of Choice within Philadelphia.   

 

The Behavioral Health and Autism 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 medication management and psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and families; social skills treatment groups;  intensive home-, school-, and community-based Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) 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 8:00 p.m.  The internship will prepare professionals to diagnose and support individuals with autism spectrum disorder, as well as gain experience working with children and families with co-occurring neurodevelopmental disabilities, such as autism, and serious behavioral health disorders, and those 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.
  • Carry an ongoing therapy caseload throughout the year, that may include children, families, or adults. Act as a co-facilitator for social skills treatment groups for children/youth with ASD and other social impairments.
  • Perform annual re-evaluations for children receiving prior authorized services to determine ongoing medical necessity.
  • 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.
  • Assist with training and supervision of Masters’ interns or staff within the department.
  • Participate in all departmental required meetings, supervision, didactic, and trainings as assigned by their supervisor.

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.  Many prior interns have remained with SPIN after the internship to complete a post-doctoral fellowship year. 

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 and electronic medical record 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 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 and the clinic has one two-way mirror for live supervision. 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 curricula 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.

COVID-19 Considerations

Since Pennsylvania was declared under a state of emergency in March, 2020 due to COVID-19, all staff within the mental health outpatient clinic have moved to providing services virtually via telehealth. Interns, like all staff, have laptops and SPIN phones which facilitate their working remotely and maintain ongoing access to all platforms and programs that operate at SPIN in support of their work. They also have access to secure platforms such as zoom over which to deliver telehealth. Interns are considered essential personnel in that they have a responsibility to their patients and must continue to work remotely. When the state of emergency is lifted, interns will return to providing face-to-face services within the clinic under a careful re-entry program that includes modified offices, social distancing where possible, and the provision of PPE by SPIN. Any intern who has concerns regarding their ability to deliver face-to-face services due to personal circumstances should bring their concerns immediately to the attention of their supervisor.

Given the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation, we are planning for virtual interviews for interns in the class of 2021-2022. We will be able to offer a virtual walkthrough of the facility if applicants desire that as well.

Criminal Convictions and Peaceful Protests

At SPIN, an arrest will not stop someone from being hired. We may ask for information on their hearing and outcome if it is one of the prohibited offenses under Act 169. A conviction may impact an applicant's hiring depending on the charge. If someone is convicted for disorderly conduct or a minor offense as part of a protest or demonstration, it would not prohibit them from gaining employment with SPIN. However, if the protest turned violent and they are convicted of aggravated assault or a more serious crime, it may prevent applicants from being hired. SPIN supports applicants protesting and recognizes they may be arrested in the process. A conviction, however, may interfere with hiring.

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