Training Setting & Organizational Mission

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services is a comprehensive behavioral health facility offering a broad continuum of care for all ages. These services are offered at approximately 20 sites across western Michigan and Iowa.  Pine Rest’s central campus (where intern offices are located) is ten miles from the center of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Greater Grand Rapids has a population of nearly 800,000 people, and there are 5 colleges and 3 universities within a 60-mile radius.  The economy has remained fairly strong, particularly in the area of healthcare.  There has been approximately $1 billion spent since 2005 to enhance the Grand Rapids medical mile and beautiful downtown areas.

The organizational mission of Pine Rest is to express the healing ministry of Jesus Christ by providing behavioral health services with professional excellence, integrity, and compassion. This mission guides the organization and the training program. We are looking for psychology interns who are passionately committed to the mission and future of Pine Rest and who will become leaders and mentors in their respective professional fields. Therefore, we value the following objectives:


We seek to clearly demonstrate moral and ethical principles.


We commit ourselves to offer distinctive, quality services and continually look for ways to improve.


We dedicate ourselves to the careful use of all resources - ours and those we serve.


We respect the distinctive qualities of each individual and encourage each person's unique contribution.


We encourage and entrust staff and those we serve to participate in decision-making.


Pine Rest’s professional staff includes more than 40 Doctoral Psychologists who actively partner with Psychiatrists, Primary Care Physicians, Social Workers, Activity and Occupational Therapists, Pastoral Counselors, Psychiatric Nurses, and Teachers to meet the needs of patients.

Pine Rest serves an ethnically and socio-economically diverse client population that represents the greater Grand Rapids and West Michigan community. We provide services to people from various religious and non-religious backgrounds. While some clients come to Pine Rest specifically because of our sensitivity to spiritual issues, many come because of our long-standing reputation of providing comprehensive and expert behavioral health care.

Pine Rest is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). The Psychology Internship received full accreditation from the American Psychological Association in 1982 and has been accredited continuously since that time. The next APA site visit is scheduled for 2016.

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