Clinical Placements

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.

While we have two match numbers, we welcome applicants to apply to both tracks. In fact, the training experience is much more similar than different. First, both tracks have identical outpatient and substance use disorder placements. Second, all didactic training is common to both tracks. Third, there is cross-training that occurs across the rotations. Finally, both tracks include a neuropsychology component that meets Houston Conference guidelines for training in neuropsychology.

We intend to submit the same rankings for both tracks. In past years, we had only one match number and rotations were assigned by the faculty. We have changed this so that interns can rank one of the sets of rotations above the other.

Here is an overview of our training placements.

Outpatient

Both tracks, with each intern at 1 placement for all 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 Outpatient Clinic Network, whose mission is to provide high quality, cost effective clinical services utilizing a multi-disciplinary model.

The outpatient clinic network 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. 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 Northwest ClinicCampus Clinic and the Southwest Clinic (2 interns).

Group Therapy Placements

Substance Use Disorders

Both tracks, 6 month rotation, 4 hours per week. Interns work with our experienced substance use disorders team, co-facilitating group therapy for persons in sub-acute detox, intensive outpatient, and outpatient services.

Residential or Acute Group Therapy

  • Interns in the Outpatient and Residential track will lead group therapy at Pine Rest’s InterActions. This program is for persons with severe or persistent mental illness, often helping them with the transition from an acute hospitalization to a return to their community. This is a 6-month, 4 hours per week rotation.
  • Interns in the Outpatient and Acute Hospital track will lead group therapy at Pine Rest’s Partial Hospitalization program for adolescents. This is a 6-month, 4 hours per week rotation.

Assessment and Consultation Rotations

Outpatient and Acute Hospital Track

Interns will have two 6-month placements within Pine Rest’s Hospital Based Services Program. Interns will provide services in these acute care units, including psychological consultation, group therapy and staff psychoeducation.

  • The Aspen unit is an acute care unit for many persons with severe or persistent mental illness. Dr. Chris Baker, a neuropsychologist, supervises this rotation. Interns will also work with him on his outpatient assessments.
  • The Child and Adolescent unit is for persons 17 or younger who require psychiatric hospitalization. Dr. Brant VanOrman supervises this rotation.

Outpatient and Residential Track

Interns will have two 6-month placements: Neuropsychological Testing and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

  • During the Neuropsychological testing rotation, interns will work alongside a neuropsychologist Dr. Mark DeVries, providing neuropsychological consultation to inpatients and outpatients.
  • Assessment and intervention of autism spectrum disorders. Interns will collaborate on assessments of persons with possible autistic disorders at Pine Rest’s Psychological Consultation Center. This will include training with the ADOS-2 and other evidence-based practices for the assessment of autism (e.g. our use of a multidisciplinary team that includes a pediatrician and speech pathologist). Pine Rest’s assessment center is approved as a center of excellence by multiple third-party payers. Interns will also work with a multidisciplinary team (psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and board certified behavior analysts) devoted to the outpatient treatment of persons with autism spectrum disorders and associated behavioral disorders.

Didactic Training

Both tracks, all 12 months, 4 hours per week: Didactic training occurs on Wednesday mornings and includes presentations from training faculty, experts from the community, shared training with psychiatry residents and a professional development seminar.