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Psy.D. Practicums and Internships

Psy.D. Practicums and Internships

Students who enter the program with bachelor’s degrees complete a three-semester field placement beginning in the fall of Year II. All students complete a practicum that focuses on psychological assessment in Year III and a practicum that focuses on psychotherapy in Year IV. Students have the option of completing a two-semester advanced psychological assessment or psychotherapy-focused practicum in Year V. Students complete a full-time pre-doctoral internship in Year VI. Students are encouraged to obtain APA-approved internship sites. All students are required to participate in the APPIC match unless excused by the Director of Clinical Training. Qualified students may be eligible for placement through the CHC Internship Consortium, which is an APPIC-member pre-doctoral internship placement.


In Fall 2011, the Psy.D. Program opened the Chestnut Hill College Psychological Services Center (CHC PSC), a training clinic for Psy.D. students to obtain supervised experience providing psychological assessments. The supervision is provided by CHC faculty and qualified professionals from the community. Some students will be able to complete part of their practicum requirements at the PSC.

CHC students compete with students from other graduate programs for field placements; therefore, timely completion of the field placement application process is imperative to assure an appropriate and compatible placement.

The Director of Clinical Training provides information and guidance to students in selecting appropriate sites for clinical experiences and practica. The Director of Internship Training provides information and guidance to students in selecting appropriate sites for the pre-doctoral internship. However, students must apply to and be selected by the sites that they choose.

Doctoral Internship

The doctoral internship is an intensive, supervised, 2000-hour work experience completed during the final phase of the doctoral program. The goal of the internship is to help the student develop, practice, and integrate clinical skills. Students are expected to pursue a one-year, full-time internship. Internships generally begin between July and September.

Students are expected to apply for APA-accredited and APPIC-member internships listed in the directory found at www.appic.org. Extensive information will be provided by the Director of Internship Training at information sessions held in Year IV and Year V. The APPIC application and further information about APA-accredited and APPIC-member sites can be found on the APPIC website and in the Internship Manual.

Students must pass the Comprehensive Examination and the Clinical Competency Examination before they will be permitted to begin an internship. Students are strongly encouraged to complete their dissertations prior to internship. No student may apply for internship unless the Dissertation Proposal has been completed and approved by all members of the committee by July 10th of the year in which the student intends to submit internship applications.

CHC Internship Consortium

The Chestnut Hill College (CHC) Internship Consortium, administered by the Chestnut Hill College School of Graduate Study’s Department of Professional Psychology, provides paid APA-Accredited doctoral internships in clinical psychology to Psy.D. students. The Consortium offers 2,000-hour minimum one-year internships, beginning July 1st and ending June 30th. Students in the Psy.D.program at Chestnut Hill College are given preference in selection for internship positions but students from other programs may apply after all CHC students have been placed.

The Consortium is a cooperative training program that includes clinical service agencies across the greater Philadelphia region. Each agency is independent and maintains sole clinical and financial responsibility and liability for its clients and interns. The Consortium provides oversight of the integration and integrity of the educational and training aspects of the interns’ experiences, as well as the didactic component of interns’ training. (Didactic training is usually held at the College, for one day each week.) On-site supervision of clinical work is provided by qualified clinical site supervisors at each member site of the Consortium.

The Consortium was developed in response to the needs of many CHC graduate psychology students who require a local internship and are faced with a shortage of appropriate training sites in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware regions.


Employment and Training Sites

Where have CHC PsyD Students and Alums Worked?

The following is a listing of post-graduation employment sites (including post-doc positions), doctoral internship placements, practicum and clinical experience placements.

CHC Alumni Employment Sites

(Private/Group Practice)
Albright College
Beechwood NeuroRehab
Bryn Mawr College
Caron Treatment Centers
Central Montgomery Behavioral Health
Cherokee Health System
Chestnut Hill College
Child Study Institute
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Devereux Foundation
Franklin & Marshall College
Georgian Court University
Growth Opportunity Center
Intercultural Family Services
Juvenile Justice Center, Philadelphia Department of Human Services
Larned State Hospital
Merakey (formerly Northwestern Human Services)
Mid-Atlantic Behavioral Health
Monmouth University
Neumann University
Neuropsychological Rehabilitation Services
Northern Children's Services
Penn Memory Center
Pennsylvania State University
Philmont Guidance Center
Princeton University
Renfrew Treatment Center
Spectrum Behavioral Health
St. Luke Institute
Temple University
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
U.S. Air Force
U.S. Army
U.S. Navy
University of the Sciences
Ursinus College
VA Medical Centers
Villanova University
WES Health Systems
West Chester University

Doctoral Internship Sites:

Ancora Psychiatric Hospital
Beechwood NeuroRehab*
CHC Psychological Services Clinic*
Christiana Care Health System
Coatesville VA Medical Center
Connections Community Support Services, Inc.*
Drexel University
Federal Correctional Institute, Fort Worth
Federal Medical Center, Lexington
Friends Hospital
Frostburg State University
Geisinger Medical Center
Georgia State University
Growth Opportunity Center*
Hamilton-Madison House, Inc.
Henry Ford Health Sciences Center
Holcomb Behavioral Health System
Hudson Valley VA Health Care System
Joseph J. Peters Child & Adolescent Treatment Center
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Mid-Ohio Psychological Services, Inc.
Mississippi State Hospital
Mount Sinai Hospital, Ichn School of Medicine
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Miami
Northeast Treatment Centers*
Pennsylvania Hospital
Philadelphia VA Medical Center
Reading Hospital
Rider University Counseling Center*
Southeast Louisiana VA Healthcare Center
SPIN - Special People In Northeast*
Stone Mountain Health Services
SUNY - Stonybrook Counseling Center
Superior Court of the District of Columbia
Temple University Counseling Center
Tulane University School of Medicine
University of Central Florida CAPS
University of Houston Counseling Service
University of Southern California
VA New Jersey Health Care System
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Wellspan Philhaven Hospital
Wichita Collaborative Psychology
Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center, Lackland Airforce Base
YCS Institute for Infant & Preschool Mental Health

*Member institution of the CHC Doctoral Internship Consortium


Practicum (Assessment/Clinical) and Clinical Experience Sites

Bancroft NeuroRehab
Bensalem School District
Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit #21
Center for Growth
Center for Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Health
Central Montgomery Behavioral Health
Chichester School District
Child Guidance Resource Centers
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Christiana Care Health System
Clinical Neuropsychology Associates
Colonial School District
Cooper University Hospital
Crozer Keystone Health System
Devereux Children's Behavioral Services
Diversified Psychological Resources, P.C.
Exton Behavioral Health & Rehabilitation
Gateway Regional School District
Graterford PA Department of Corrections
Growing Tree Psychological Services
Growth Opportunity Center
Horsham Clinic
Institute for Advanced Psychological Training
Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation
Lawrence Township Public School
Lower Moreland Township School District
Malvern Institute Willow Grove
Merakey (formerly Northwestern Human Services)
Mid-Atlantic Behavioral Health
Neurodevelopmental Assessment and Consulting, LLC
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Neuropsychiatry Program
Lifespan Neuropsychology Rehabilitation Services
North Arlington Public Schools
Odyssey Charter School
Onward Behavioral Health
Parkland School District
Penndel Mental Health Center
Pennsbury School District
PMHCC, Inc. Behavioral Health Forensic Evaluation Center
Preferred Behavioral Health
Psychological Services Clinic of Chestnut Hill College
Radnor Township School District
Rider University
Rose Tree Media School District
Rutgers-Camden Student Health Services
Specialized Counseling Associates
Upper Moreland Township School District
Vineland Counseling Services

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