Doctoral Clinical Psychology Internship Program
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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 under-served 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 group practice committed to providing quality outpatient behavioral health services, substance use disorder services, EAP services, and psychiatric services in a cost-effective manner.
Western is committed to providing prompt appointments and accessibility. Western has 16 clinic sites at 13 locations throughout the Portland metro area.
Western clinicians offer a variety of specialties. With over 300 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 substance use disorder counselors.
Western maintains a Certificate of Approval for providing adult and child outpatient mental health services, in accordance with Oregon Administrative Rules.
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 outpatient mental health services to children, adolescents, adults, and older adults at all clinic locations in the Portland Metropolitan area. Western clinics offer morning, afternoon, evening and Saturday appointments.
Services are provided in a clinic, home, school, primary care and community-based settings. Outpatient mental health services include: assessment, individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, ADHD evaluation and therapy services, substance use disorder evaluation and treatment, and psychiatric medication evaluation and management services. Western also provides focused case management services to some Medicaid clients. Western offers services to individuals covered by commercial insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid (Oregon Health Plan).
Location of Internship
Interns will be placed at one or two Western clinic locations in Oregon. Interns call the East Gresham office “home-base” and sometimes are assigned to other offices for two days a week. Other locations include Beaverton, Gladstone, Gresham, Hillsboro, Southeast Portland, Tigard, and Tualatin. All offices are easily accessible by freeways and mass transit.
Western 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 clients and provide accessibility to the community.
Clients at Western have access to a 24 hour crisis line in the event of an emergency. Interns are expected to field crisis calls from their clients.
Clients who access services at Western present with a wide array of mental health concerns and diagnoses. Diagnoses include, but are not limited to, anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, and trauma related disorders. Children present with concerns related to ADHD, ODD, anxiety disorders, depression, school problems, trauma related problems, and autism spectrum disorders. Client who present with Severe Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI) such as 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 NMS.
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, Western offers a wide variety of seminars and trainings throughout the year, ranging in topics from outcomes-based care, ethical and legal strategies, substance use issues, trauma-specific interventions, treatment planning, risk assessments, and treatment strategies. Interns are afforded time to attend a variety of these trainings and seminars.
Western is committed to training and the belief that learning happens through service provision 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 have the opportunity to work on a multi-disciplinary treatment team.
Interns actively participate in case conferences and clinical decision-making and are considered highly-regarded and respected members of the clinic staff.
Multiple supervisory experiences are provided throughout the internship year. Western seeks to tailor the training needs and interests of the individual intern. Each intern has the opportunity to individualize their experience. During their training at Western, interns receive supervision and clinical experience to acquire a wide range of treatment skills that can be applied in various clinical settings. The
The training program at Western offers the following opportunities for interns:
- Psychopathological Diagnosis
- Personality Assessment
- Suicide/Violence Risk Assessment
- Outcome measurements
- Cognitive Behavior therapy
- Dialectical Behavior therapy
- Trauma-informed care
- Interpersonal therapy
- Feedback-informed care
- Humanstic therapy
- Psychodynamic therapy
- Family Systems therapy
- Crisis Intervention
Western offers optional rotations for the interns. One rotation is with the Autism Program. The Autism Program provides evidence-based interventions to help support individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and comorbid mental health concerns, as well as their families. Autism Program services include diagnostic testing (interns may assist with testing), Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), individual therapy, family therapy, and social skills groups..
Training activities and didactics
Interns will participate in weekly, 2-hour Professional Development seminars as well as monthly group supervision with other unlicensed providers. Topics include, but are not limited to:
- Diversity Issues
- Treatment modalities
- DSM-5 Diagnosis
- Treatment planning and case conceptualization
- Research and the utilization of outcome data
- Evidence-based practices versus practice-based evidence
- Crisis Intervention
- Primary care integration with mental health
- Psychotropic medication, psychopharmacology
- Electronic Health Record system
- Quality review of records
- Shadowing behavioral health and medical providers
- Attendance at Oregon Health & Science University Grand Round meetings
Sample Intern Schedule
15-20 hours of direct client contact per week
2 hours group therapy
2 hours of individual supervision
1-2 hour group supervision monthly
5-7 hours of administrative time to complete paperwork, prepare for supervision
2 hours to return phone calls and coordinate with outside organizations
2 hours of professional development
1 hour site staff meeting
2-3 hours for additional training activities (e.g., trainings/seminars at Western, Grand Rounds at Oregon Health & Sciences University, readings and research, and consulting with other professionals at Western)
Interns are given time to work on dissertation as needed
Interns receive two hours of formal individual supervision per week from Western’s licensed psychologists. Supervision is also always available on an as needed basis. Interns rotate supervisors midway through the internship year.
Supervision includes discussion about case conceptualization, crisis management, ethics, best practices, and development as a psychologist. Supervision is flexible and oriented around the learning interests of the individual intern, while still 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 video record clients they are struggling with; 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 specific intervention skills, conceptualization and diagnostic skills, and addressing transference and countertransference issues.
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.
Western’s Primary Clinical Supervisors and their Credentials
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.
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.
Karen Dimalanta, Ph.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.
Todd Overman, Ph.D.
Dr. Overman is a licensed psychologist who received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Idaho State University. Prior to joining Western, Dr. Overman conducted research on working memory and cognitive psychology.
Timothy Anderson, Psy.D.
Dr. Anderson is a licensed psychologist who received his doctorate in clinical psychology from John F Kennedy University. His area of focus is on integrative therapy and treatment, as well as comprehensive psychological assessment.