Clinical Placements

In order to provide interns with a rich breadth of training experiences, the Pine Rest psychology internship blends outpatient, inpatient, residential and urban underserved service opportunities. The outpatient placement (16 hours/week) and the Caring Communities projects (4 hours/week) are year-long. The inpatient/residential placements (16 hours/week) involve six-month rotations. Training Seminars are scheduled for Wednesday mornings (4 hours/week) throughout the year.


(1 X 12 months, 16 hours per week):  For the entire internship experience, sixteen hours per week are spent in a traditional outpatient setting within the Pine Rest Clinic Network (known as the Professional Practice Group, or PPG). The mission of the PPG is to provide high quality, cost effective clinical services in a Christian context utilizing a multi-disciplinary model. The PPG provides comprehensive service to patients of all ages, which address a variety of presenting and identified problems. Services are tailored to address the needs of individuals who are depressed, experiencing anxiety-related disorders, marital and family dysfunctions, eating disorders, substance abuse, impulse control problems, and other behavioral disorders.

Providing individual, marital, group and family therapy are all part of the outpatient training experience. Interns have the opportunity to build, maintain and manage a professional caseload in a collegial environment with other psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers. PPG Clinics are open daily, Monday through Friday. As evening hours are the most popular appointment times for clients, interns are expected to work one evening per week at their clinic. Current sites include the Campus Clinic, Northeast Clinic, Northwest Clinic, and the Southwest Clinic.

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Rotations (2 X 6 months each, 16 hours per week):  Interns are also exposed to work within Pine Rest's inpatient and residential programs via six month rotations (16 hours per week) within either Pine Rest’s Residential or Hospital-Based Services.

Pine Rest Hospital Based Services (HBS) provides 24-hour / seven-day per week service for acute inpatient mental health care, as well as integrated care for co-occurring disorders (mental health and substance abuse). Partial hospitalization services are provided as well five days per week. Psychology interns and other mental health professionals (including social workers, psychiatrists, mental health workers, case managers, nurses, teachers, dietitians, chaplains, and activity therapists) provide services according to identified patient care needs (such as running groups, consulting with multi-disciplinary teams, and providing case management). Current sites include the Aspen, Elm, Oak and Child & Adolescent Units.

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One of the internship six-month rotations involves serving an adolescent residential population at the Center for Psychiatric Residential Services (CPRS). Interns and staff provide comprehensive psychological treatment to severely emotionally-impaired adolescents through a variety of group therapies. Specialized groups address issues of grief and loss, conflict resolution, independent living skills, social skills, sexual abuse victimization, sexual offenders, and substance abuse. The high staff-to-resident ratio allows residents to explore new coping skills. All of the programs teach, model, and promote the development of social, coping, and living skills necessary to succeed in the community. Advancement of the development of these skills is tested in the unlocked programs where residents interact with the community on a daily basis. Each of the five programs is based on a level system with daily points assigned for socially appropriate behaviors. In addition to providing direct services to the adolescents, interns also will provide 2 trainings over the course of the year to direct care staff.

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Caring Communities

(1 X 12 months, 4 hours per week):  Each intern is involved (4 hours per week) with a special grant-funded project to reach underserved persons in downtown Grand Rapids. The Pine Rest Board of Directors has endorsed a commitment of $500,000 over a five-year period to be used toward efforts in urban ministries. Members of our Caring Communities Ministries team, which is comprised of both Pine Rest employees and other community members from local churches, health systems, and non-profit agencies approach community leaders with the question: What does your neighborhood and agency need within the arena of behavioral health? Efforts to collaboratively answer that question involve partnerships with the Grand Rapids Public School system, Dégagé Ministries, and United Methodist Community House. Efforts have included a variety of service opportunities ranging from consulting with teachers and parents to running psychoeducational groups. Interns are involved with such community partnerships in inner-city schools and ministries to help broaden their scope of intervention and to enable them to reach out to underserved populations.

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