Doctoral Clinical Psychology Internship Program
Available Forms: Application Information
Thank you for your interest in Western Psychological and Counseling Services (Western) doctoral clinical psychology internship program. Western’s program offers an excellent opportunity to develop skills in an outpatient setting. Several qualities will promote the best fit for this opportunity. Intern applicants should have some knowledge of behavioral or cognitive-behavioral therapy or have an interest in providing brief therapy. Additionally, Intern applicants should have an interest in working with a wide variety of presenting problems (depression, anxiety, parent-child problems, etc.) and populations (child/adolescent, adults, couples, older adults, etc.). Interns can expect to work with underserved populations and must have an understanding and appreciation for cultural and economic diversity.
Western Psychological and Counseling Services, PC.
Western Psychological and Counseling Services, PC. was established in 1986 as a for-profit company committed to providing quality outpatient behavioral health services, chemical dependency services, EAP services, and psychiatric services in a cost-effective manner. Western is committed to providing prompt appointments and accessibility. Western has thirteen offices in ten locations throughout the Portland metro area. Western clinics offer morning, afternoon, evening and Saturday appointments. Western clinicians offer a variety of specialties. With over 200 clinicians and counselors working at Western, each level of licensure is represented. Western employs psychiatrists, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners, psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors, and chemical dependency counselors.
Western Psychological and Counseling Services is committed to providing mental health services that promote positive outcomes. Western clinicians and support staff are committed to providing positive customer service to those that seek out help during difficult times. We understand that during these difficult times, it is helpful to know that caring, professional clinicians are available to meet the needs of those seeking service.
Western provides traditional Outpatient Mental Health services at all thirteen clinics in the Portland Metropolitan area.
Western’s Outpatient Behavioral Health Program
Western provides traditional outpatient mental health services and chemical dependency services to children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. Services are provided in a clinic setting and home base services are available for children and adolescent clients, and their families. Western also provides case management services to Medicaid clients. Outpatient mental health services include assessment, individual, group or family therapy; consultation, medication evaluation and management, psychosocial education, family education, and support, and case management.
All Western clinics in Oregon are State certified under Oregon Administrative Rules to provide non-inpatient mental health treatment services. Additionally, Western maintains Certificate of Approval for Children’s Outpatient services.
Location of Internship
Interns will be placed at one or split time between two Western clinic locations in Oregon. The following cities in the Portland metro area have clinics: Beaverton, Gladstone, Gresham, Portland, Tigard, and Hillsboro. All offices are easily accessible by freeways and mass transit. Interns call the Portland office of WPCS “home-base” and sometimes are assigned to other offices for two days a week. WPCS offers a full range of services to individuals covered under commercial insurance plans, Medicare, and Medicaid (Oregon Health Plan). Interns work primarily with clients covered by the Oregon Health Plan.
WPCS offices are open Monday through Friday with some offices being open on Saturday. Interns are expected to work later evening hours and on Saturdays in order to meet the needs of the client and provide accessibility to the community. Clients at WPCS have access to a 24 hour crisis line in the event of an emergency. Interns are expected to field crisis calls from their clients.
WPCS provides services to a wide array of clients throughout the Portland and the surrounding areas. WPCS provides services to older adults, adults, adolescents, and children. These services include individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, family therapy, medication evaluation and management services, case management services, skills training, behavioral health services, culturally specific services, autism, and school based mental health services. Interns work primarily with clients covered by Medicaid, and on occasion, clients who elect to cash pay for services.
Clients who access services at WPCS present with a wide array of mental health concerns and diagnoses. Diagnoses include, but are not limited to, depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, trauma related disorders, and adjustment disorders. Children present with concerns related to ADHD, ODD, anxiety, depression, adjustment, school related problems, trauma related problems, and autism. Client who present with Sever Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI) such as unmanaged schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders are referred to appropriate agencies in the community.
Applying for Internship
Western adheres to the internship application, selection and notification policies and procedures in accordance with the standards of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). Western participates in the National Matching Service as approved by APPIC. Western’s NMS number is 208411. All application materials must be submitted online via the applicant portal described in the AAPI Online section of the APPIC website. Western follows APPIC policies regarding internship offers and acceptances. The APPIC selection policies are available through the APPIC website, and are listed in the printed APPIC Directory. Our internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant. The 2015-2016 APPIC Match Policies are available on the APPIC web site: http://www.appic.org/. All applications are screened by members of the Internship Committee. Committee members conduct interviews and provide recommendations to the Internship Training Director for APPIC match rankings. The Training Director makes the final ranking decisions and submits them to the National Matching Service.
The primary goal of the Psychology Internship Program at Western is to provide an opportunity for the doctoral level intern to further their training and development. Interns at Western participate in two hours of professional development per week. In addition, they are given time to attend conferences, seminars and trainings outside of those provided by Western. Western provides trainings to its staff throughout the year. These trainings cover topics ranging from ethics, substance use, and treatment strategies. Western is committed to training and the belief that learning happens through providing service under the supervision and mentorship of experienced clinicians. Professional identity is developed through didactic seminars, consultation, and other training activities. The training program emphasizes learning about the nature of psychopathology using diagnosis, assessment and an array of treatment approaches. It is our objective to expose each intern to a wide variety of patient populations. In addition, interns will have the opportunity to work on a multi-disciplinary treatment team. Multiple supervisory experiences will be provided as well as diverse learning opportunities. Interns will be expected to actively participate in case conferences and clinical decisions and will be considered highly regarded and respected members of the clinic staff. The administration at Western is committed to providing a training program for interns that will enhance their professional skills, help them to establish a professional identity and assist each intern develop their own personal interests. Western seeks to tailor the training needs and interests of the individual intern. Each intern will have the opportunity to individualize their experience. During the training at Western interns will receive supervision and clinical experience to acquire a wide range of treatment and assessment skills that can be applied in various clinical settings. The training program at Western offers the following opportunities for interns:
- Psychopathological Diagnosis (Adult/Child)
- Personality Assessment (Adult/Child)
- Suicide/Violence Risk Assessment (Adult/Child)
- Outcome measurements
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy
- Psychodynamic Therapy
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy
- Crisis Intervention
- Family Systems
- Psycho education
- Multi-Family Group
- Parent Training
In addition, WPCS is adding optional rotations for the interns. One rotation is with the Autism Program. The Autism Program of Western Psychological seeks to provide evidence based interventions to help support individuals and family members with Autism Spectrum Disorder and comorbid mental health concerns. Our services include diagnostic testing, ABA therapy, individual and family therapy, and social skills groups. Interns can assist with testing and offering social skills groups.
Another rotation option is at Western Conexiones. This clinic provides culturally specific bilingual therapy. Interns who are bilingual and are interested in honing culturally based skills may request this as a rotation.
Training activities and didactics
Interns will participate in weekly, two hour Professional Development seminars as well as monthly group supervision with other unlicensed providers. Topics include, but are not limited to:
- Diversity Issues
- Modalities for treatment
- DSM-5 Diagnosis
- Treatment planning and case conceptualization
- Research and the utilization of outcome data
- Evidence base practices versus practiced based evidence
- Crisis Intervention
- Primary care integration with mental health
- Psychotropic medication, psychopharmacology
- Attendance at Oregon Health Science University Grand Round meetings
- Shadowing of behavioral health and medical providers
- Collaborative meetings with multi-disciplinary staff
- Quality Review of charts
- Electronic Health Record
Sample Intern Schedule
15-20 hours of direct client contact per week
2 hours group therapy
2 hours to return phone calls and coordinate with outside agencies
2 hours of professional development
2 hours of individual supervision
1 hour Intern meeting (every other week)
1 hour staff meeting
1-2 hour group supervision monthly
5-7 hours of administrative time to complete paperwork, prepare for supervision
2-3 hours for additional training activities. This may include attending Grand Rounds at Oregon Health and Sciences University, readings and research, and consulting with other professionals at WPCS
Interns are given time to work on dissertation as needed
Interns will receive two hours of formal individual supervision per week from Western’s licensed psychologists. Supervision is always available on an as needed basis. Interns rotate supervisors midway through the internship year. Supervision includes discussion of crisis management, ethics, best practices, development as a psychologist, and case consultation. Supervision will be flexible and oriented around the learning interests of the individual intern while ensuring that all basic professional competencies are achieved. The focus of the supervision is to review intern’s client caseload, address concerns intern may have regarding client or their work with client, and to offer suggestions and recommendations to the intern. Interns are asked to videotape clients they are struggling with and the recordings are reviewed in supervision. Interns are asked at the onset of internship what areas they would like to strengthen and learn more about and this is incorporated into the supervision. Examples of this include strengthening DBT or CBT skills, strengthening conceptualization and diagnostic skills, and addressing transference and countertransference.
Compensation is $ 24,000k year and interns complete approximately 2000 hours over a 12-month period that typically starts and ends the first week of September. All training time credited to internship is post-practicum and pre-doctorate. Interns receive sick time and are eligible for health insurance. Interns can expect a maximum of 50% of their time providing face-to-face services to clients. Interns schedule will be 40 hours per week or as otherwise determined by intern agreement. The interns schedule will be arranged between the intern and the clinic placement. Western clinics are open late (9 pm) five days a week and interns will be expected to work late shifts and Saturday as assigned.
Western’s Primary Clinical Supervisors and their Credentials
John Wesley Reilly, Ph.D.
Dr. Reilly joined Western in June 2005 and is a licensed Psychologist. Prior to joining Western, Dr. Reilly provided child/adolescent outpatient mental health services in a group practice setting for a period of ten (10) years. Dr. Reilly received his Ph.D. from Biola University in 1978.
Joni Moon, Psy.D.
Dr. Moon joined Western in June 2006 and is a licensed clinical psychologist. Prior to joining Western, Dr. Moon served as clinical psychologist at the University of Portland. Dr. Moon received her Doctor of Clinical Psychology from George Fox University in 2003.
Karen Dimalanta, Psy.D.
Dr. Dimalanta joined Western in November 2004 and is a licensed clinical psychologist. Prior to joining Western, Dr. Dimalanta was an outpatient clinical care coordinator for Trillium Family Services. Dr. Dimalanta received her Ph.D. from California School of Professional Psychology in 1997.
Amy Aadland, Psy.D.
Dr. Aadland received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) from George Fox University. Previous training includes academic settings, residential treatment centers for teenagers, and general outpatient clinics. Dr. Aadland is the director of the Autism Program at Western.
Interns are sometimes placed at two locations. The Portland office is considered “home base” for the interns and the majority of their time is spent there. If the intern is placed at another office it is only for one or two days of the work week. Western has licensed psychologists at each site for the intern to consult with.