Welcome to the Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services pre-doctoral psychology internship! Our program has been fully accredited by the American Psychological Association for over 30 years. We had our most recent site review in 2009 and were re-accredited by the APA, with our next site visit scheduled for 2016. We hope that these Web pages will provide helpful information about our top-notch training program, wonderful faculty, and outstanding training facilities.
Predoctoral Psychology Internship
The Pre-Doctoral Psychology Internship at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services offers the highest quality training to prepare interns for the professional practice of psychology. The training program is based on the Practitioner-Scholar Model, with an emphasis on preparation for independent clinical practice. We provide excellent clinical training in psychological assessment, intervention, and consultation in a variety of settings (i.e. outpatient, inpatient, medical, and urban outreach). This training will equip graduates with the competencies needed to obtain employment in a variety of applied clinical settings. Through individual and group supervision, optimal levels of patient contact, and didactic seminars, interns are provided with a broad-based training experience.
Pine Rest’s organizational mission is to express the healing ministry of Jesus Christ by providing behavioral health services with professional excellence, integrity, and compassion. This mission is accomplished by:
(1) Providing an exceptional care experience for patients.
(2) Achieving superior clinical outcomes.
(3) Maintaining Pine Rest as a great place to work.
The internship training program offers a unique opportunity for interns to learn to effectively integrate spirituality and faith with empirically-supported psychological care.
The internship year begins July 1, and is a 12-month full-time program for four interns. The current stipend is $20,000. Additionally, health insurance is provided to interns, along with vision and dental benefits. Interns have 14 days of paid time off, including sick days, dissertation-related activities, and vacation. There are also six paid holidays. Required textbooks are provided for free, and there is a $100 book allowance per intern for professional development.
Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services is one of the largest free-standing behavioral health organizations in the U.S. With seven inpatient psychiatric units and 20 outpatient clinic locations, we have provided behavioral health services for over 100 years.
Located in Beautiful Grand Rapids and West Michigan
All internship rotations are located in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area, one of the hottest locations for new medical development. Over two billion dollars has been spent since 2005 to enhance the Grand Rapids Medical Mile which is home to the Van Andel Institute (a world-class primary research facility), Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Grand Rapids Community College's Calkins Science Center, Spectrum Health's Butterworth Hospital complex, and Grand Valley State University's Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences.
The city of Grand Rapids features a bustling downtown with many restaurants, nightclubs, theaters, museums and sports venues in a renewed and thriving downtown. Grand Rapids has a thriving art scene including ArtPrize (a three week, three square mile art competition), symphony, theater, opera, live music and much more. Housing is very affordable and there are excellent school districts in the immediate area.
West Michigan is near to miles of sugar sand beaches along Lake Michigan and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore, recently named the most beautiful place in America by Good Morning America. Recreational opportunities for water sports, beach going and sports fishing abound at hundreds of inland lakes as well as over 3,000 miles of shoreline along the Great Lakes. The state also has hundreds of miles of bike trails, championship golf courses, camping, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing, kite surfing and more.