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 urban underserved placements.  Second, all didactic training is common to both tracks.  Third, there is cross-training that occurs across the rotations.

Interns do not need to specify one track or the other and 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 Clinic (2 interns), Christian Counseling Center and the Southwest Clinic.

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 Clinic (2 interns), Christian Counseling Center and the Southwest Clinic.

Underserved

Both tracks, with each intern at 2 placements, 6 months each, 4 hours per week: Each intern is involved (4 hours per week) with a special grant-funded project to reach underserved persons in the Grand Rapids area.

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 do you and your consumers need within the arena of behavioral health?

Efforts to collaboratively answer that question involve partnerships with Dégagé Ministries and United Methodist Community House. Each intern will spend six months at one of these sites and six months at one of Pine Rest’s underserved centers. These placements are intentionally designed to allow flexibility in what the intern does/what services are provided. Throughout the experience, interns are challenged to determine, “What unique skill/training do I have—as a psychologist in training—that  the consumers or staff here would not otherwise have access to?” Interns have engaged in a number of activities, including training and consulting with staff, running psychoeducational groups, conducting needs assessments and completing screenings related to behavioral health. Interns are involved in this work with underserved persons as part of Pine Rest’s mission and in order to help broaden interns’ ideas of ways in which they might use their unique training and skills.

 

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.

 

Rotations

For the Outpatient, Underserved, and Acute Hospital Track, interns will have 2 six-month placements within Pine Rest’s Hospital Based Services Program: Aspen and the Child and Adolescent Unit.  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.  The Child and Adolescent unit is for persons 17 or younger who require psychiatric hospitalization.

For the Outpatient, Underserved, and Residential Track, interns will have 2 six-month placements: Child Psychiatric Residential Services (CPRS) and Neuropsychological Testing.  During the CPRS rotation, interns will provide psychological consultation and group therapy services to residents in Pine Rest’s adolescent residential program, which provides care for adolescents with severe or persistent mental illness combined with developmental delays or behavioral problems such that less restrictive placements have not been successful.  During the Neuropsychological testing rotation, interns will work alongside a neuropsychologist who provides neuropsychological consultation to inpatients and outpatients.