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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 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

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

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Miami

Northeast Treatment Centers*

Pennsylvania Hospital

Philadelphia VA Medical Center

Reading Hospital

Rider University Counseling Center*

SPIN - Special People In Northeast*

Stone Mountain Health Services

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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