1 DEPARTMENT OF NEUROPSYCHOLOGY ST.VINCENT INDIANAPOLIS HOSPITAL ST.VINCENT NEUROSCIENCE INSTITUTE DEPARTMENT OF NEUROPSYCHOLOGY DOCTORAL PSYCHOLOGY INTERNSHIP BROCHURE TRAINING YEAR
2 Thank you for your interest in the Doctoral Psychology Internship at St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. We are excited to offer an exceptional training program in professional psychology within an integrated primary healthcare facility. The program is designed as a full-time, 12-month program beginning July 1, 2016, and ending on June 30, 2017, providing 2,000 hours of clinical training. The internship has adopted a Scholar-Practitioner Model of education and provides a comprehensive and progressive model of internship training. The internship program is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC-www.appic.org). The internship program is not accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA-apa.org). Questions related to the program s accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC Phone: (202) TDD/TTY: Fax: All other questions about the internship program at St. Vincent Hospital Indianapolis may be directed to the Training Director, Jon Thompson, Psy.D., ABPP, HSPP, at or The Goals and Objectives of the Internship Program In keeping with a Scholar-Practitioner model of education, interns are viewed as scholars, active consumers of research, and a progressively, highly trained professional practitioner who applies knowledge and techniques in patient care. The internship program includes the following goals: 1) To prepare entry-level professional psychologists who exhibit foundational knowledge of the practice of psychology in a primary healthcare setting. 2) To prepare entry-level professional psychologists with foundational knowledge of ethical and legal issues as they relate to clinical practice and apply these in their clinical work, supervision, consultation, and peer relationships. 3) To prepare entry-level professional psychologists who are able to identify, understand, be sensitive to, and practice effectively within diverse cultural frameworks as they relate to clinical practice and science. These goals are achieved through comprehensive clinical training and exposure to: 1) A variety of assessment and treatment approaches; 2) Different modalities of
3 assessment, intervention, and consultation ; 3) Opportunities to work as part of multidisciplinary treatment teams in a large hospital setting ; and 4) Exposure to didactic learning. Each intern is expected to meet core requirements during the intern year, but has latitude to pursue other clinical interests through the completion of minor rotations. Throughout their training year, interns are encouraged to identify their strengths and potential areas of improvement. They are supervised by clinically competent and licensed doctoral psychologists from a developmental perspective and encouraged to become progressively more independent as they master the necessary competencies. Evaluations are completed by both interns and supervisors to encourage honest communication and goal-directed supervision. The Training Director works with the Primary Supervisors to develop individualized training plans for each intern. Feedback from current and past interns is integrated to modify and improve the program. Internship Structure Interns are expected to complete two major rotations and two minor rotations during the course of the internship year, with each rotation lasting 6 months in duration prior to switching to the next major and minor rotation (also lasting 6 months in duration). One major rotation is in assessment and one in intervention. More information on each rotation is included below. Interns complete one major rotation and one minor rotation simultaneously, spending four days per week in the major rotation and one day per week in the minor rotation for six months. A primary supervisor is assigned on each rotation, based on the intern s presenting interests, and staff availability for training and supervision. All rotation supervisors are independently licensed doctoral-level psychologists, except when interns rotate through the Behavioral Health Rotation at St. Vincent Stress Center. Interns who complete a rotation through the St. Vincent Stress Center attend morning rounds with a Stress Center Staff Psychiatrist, who is in charge of managing all aspects of patients clinical care during admission. Additionally, all behavioral health intervention at the Stress Center occur in the context of co-treatment with licensed Masters-level clinicians. Additional doctoral-level supervision for Stress Center cases is provided during interns weekly group supervision with doctoral level psychologists or with an assigned individual doctoral-level supervisor. However, the management of care provided at the Stress Center is the clinical responsibility of the Stress Center Staff Psychiatrist. Each intern, regardless of rotation assignments, receive at least two hours of individual supervision with a doctoral level psychologist, as well as at least two hours of additional supervision, in accordance with APA standards. Group supervision with two doctoral level psychologists occurs on a weekly basis for 1 hour in duration. Individual and group supervision sessions routinely consider ethical, legal, and cultural aspects of each case, making sometimes implicit aspects routinely explicit in an effort to model this approach to conceptualization with interns as they refine their own professional identities. Group supervisors remain consistent throughout the training year
4 though individual supervisors change as the major and minor rotations change every 6 months. Interns participate in weekly didactics, with offerings within the Department of Neuropsychology, Primary Care Center, and multiple medical residency training programs. Interns participate in approximately 2 hours of didactic experiences per week, with the requirement of at least 8 hours of didactic training per month. Core internship faculty, adjunct faculty and various community professionals are active participants in the didactic program. Understanding and integration of cultural diversity is an inherent component of departmental didactic offerings. Each rotation exposes the intern to different patient populations and clinical responsibilities. However, all rotations have consistent clinical goals and objectives to ensure that the intern receives comprehensive training, supervision and support. Clinical Rotations Pediatric Neuropsychology Located at the 86 th Street hospital, interns have the opportunity to see patients referred by a variety of medical specialties (e.g., neurology, oncology, hematology, psychiatry, pediatrics) ranging in age from toddler to early adulthood. Interns are exposed to a wide variety of presenting medical conditions such as epilepsy, sickle cell disease, cancer, solid tumors, and preterm birth, and mental health conditions such as autism, AD/HD, learning disabilities, and mood and behavioral issues. The rotation includes intern participation in all aspects of the assessment process from the initial interview; test selection, administration, scoring, and interpretation; and oral and written report of findings to referral sources and families. As part of the major rotation, interns are expected to participate in 2-4 assessments per week with involvement in all aspects of the evaluation (i.e. initial interview, test selection, administration, scoring, interpretation, report writing and providing oral and written feedback to patients, families, and referral sources). This rotation is offered as a major rotation. Adult and Geriatric Neuropsychology Located at the 86 th Street Hospital, interns on this rotation are exposed to adult patients typically in the range of 18 to 95 years of age in both the outpatient and inpatient settings. Experiences include work with a variety of clinical populations including neurologic, psychiatric and trauma patients experiencing a wide range of cognitive and psychosomatic complaints including delirium, dementia, traumatic brain injury, stroke, and epilepsy as well as exposure to somatoform spectrum disorders and pseudoneurologic conditions. Typical referral sources include neurology, primary care, psychiatry, trauma, hematology, oncology, cardiology, and rehabilitation. Interns are exposed to typical outpatient referral questions regarding cognitive status and functioning and needs for intervention and adaptation while typical inpatient work includes assisting with differential diagnoses, discharge disposition and clinical assessment for medical decision-making. The outpatient experience also includes training in pre-and-post surgical transplant evaluations (i.e. renal, cardiac). As part of the major rotation, interns are expected to participate in 2-4 assessments per week with
5 involvement in all aspects of the evaluation (i.e. initial interview, test selection, administration, scoring, interpretation, report writing and providing oral and written feedback to patients, families, and referral sources). This rotation is offered as a major rotation. Lifespan Neuropsychology Located at the 86 th Street Hospital, interns on this rotation are exposed to both pediatric and adult patients, ranging in age from toddler to geriatric. Primary experience will be with outpatient work but inpatient opportunities may also exist. Patients are referred by a variety of medical specialties (e.g., neurology, oncology, hematology, psychiatry, pediatrics) ranging in age from toddler to early adulthood. Interns are exposed to a wide variety of presenting medical and mental health conditions such as epilepsy, hematological disorders, preterm birth, neurodevelopmental disorders, delirium, dementia, traumatic brain injury, stroke, and mood and behavioral issues. Typical referral sources include neurology, primary care, pediatrics and developmental pediatrics, psychiatry, hematology, and medical genetics. As part of the major rotation, interns are expected to participate in 2-4 assessments per week with involvement in all aspects of the evaluation (i.e. initial interview, test selection, administration, scoring, interpretation, report writing and providing oral and written feedback to patients, families, and referral sources). This rotation is offered as a major rotation. Adult Inpatient Health Psychology Located at the 86 th Street hospital, interns on this rotation have the opportunity to work with patients from a variety of inpatient service lines including rehabilitation, GI, hematology/oncology, neurology, and palliative care. Patients are typically referred for adjustment to illness, chronic pain, psychosocial stressors, and poor treatment adherence. Interns provide brief bedside assessments and interventions, focused on cognitive-behavioral techniques for managing chronic illness. Additionally, interns have the opportunity to refine consultation skills necessary in working with physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other members of interdisciplinary treatment teams. Interns may also be asked to provide medical staff training and support. Due to the demand for health psychology services, interns may have the opportunity for program development based on their specific areas of interest. This rotation is offered as a minor rotation. Integrated Primary Care Interns on this rotation see adult patients in a fully integrated primary care setting at the St. Vincent Joshua Max Simon Primary Care Center. The Primary Care Center provides full-service care for an ethnically diverse population, 90% of whom are uninsured/underinsured or eligible for public programs such as Medicaid. Interns function as Behavioral Health Consultants in the Internal Medicine and Family Medicine Residency clinics. Interns work closely with a multidisciplinary staff of health care professionals providing brief assessment and therapy services for mood disorders, insomnia, other common mental health disorders, chronic illness management, and health behavior change. Interns provide immediate consultation to referring physicians and brief therapy for appropriate patients. This rotation is offered as a minor rotation.
6 Health Psychology Consult & Liaison (new rotation listing for Internship Class) Interns on this rotation have an opportunity to receive combined experiences as outlined in the Adult Inpatient Health Psychology and Integrated Primary Care rotations above. Interns on this rotation spend two days per week in Adult Inpatient Health Psychology and two days per week in Integrated Primary Care, thus spending four days per week with this major rotation. Pediatric Psychology (not currently available) Interns on this rotation conduct outpatient assessment of pediatric patients with chronic/recurrent pain through the Pediatric Interdisciplinary Pain Program at Peyton Manning Children s Hospital. This is an interdisciplinary treatment team setting that includes the opportunity to interface with MDs, Nurse Practitioners, and Physical Therapists in the management of pediatric health conditions. Interns on this rotation are exposed to patients approximately 4 to 18 years of age with a variety of behavioral health concerns. Although this is primarily an assessment clinic, some patients seen for assessment in the Pain Program are also followed by interns for brief health-focused outpatient therapy. Interns on the Pediatric Psychology rotation also have the opportunity to provide inpatient consultation to pediatric patients through Peyton Manning Children s Hospital who have either acute or chronic medical conditions that may be impacted or are influenced by behavioral health conditions. This rotation is offered as a minor rotation. Behavioral Health Located at the St. Vincent Stress Center, interns on this rotation have the opportunity to participate in the care of adults and adolescents referred for behavioral health and chemical dependency treatment. St. Vincent Stress Center offers a wide array of treatment services including inpatient care, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient programs, and outpatient therapy groups. Interns have the opportunity to participate in morning rounds with the attending psychiatrist and assist in behavioral health assessment and intervention under the supervision of Stress Center psychiatrists and Stress Center masters-level clinicians. This rotation is primarily intervention-focused and provides exposure to a wide range of acute and chronic behavioral health conditions. All patient care at the Stress Center is directed and managed by the Stress Center attending psychiatrist. Additional clinical support and supervision for this rotation is provided during group supervision with 2 licensed doctoral-level psychologists or during individual supervision with an assigned doctoral-level psychologist on staff with the Department of Neuropsychology. This rotation is offered as a minor rotation. Sports Performance The Sport & Performance Psychology Program with St. Vincent Sports Performance offers services to both recreational and elite athletes to increase mental toughness and maximize athletic performance. Intervention often focuses on developing and improving various cognitive and behavioral attributes that have been linked to consistent and exceptional performance across various sport disciplines. Interns on this rotation have the opportunity to provide neuropsychological assessment when indicated for postconcussive syndrome, learning difficulties that are impacting academic and sport
7 performance in high school and collegiate athletes, and both acute and chronic behavioral health conditions that impact performance. Supervision of clinical activities for this rotation is provided by licensed doctoral-psychologists on staff at St. Vincent Sports Performance or within the Department of Neuropsychology. This rotation is offered as a minor rotation. Benefits Two (2) internship positions are available for the training year. Benefits include a salary of $23,600, and: Medical coverage Prescription drug coverage Dental Vision Flexible spending account Long and short-term disability Health promotion and wellness programs Employee 403(b) and Employer Matching Contributions Employer paid Term Life Insurance Paid time off Funeral leave Maternity leave For more information about benefits available to St. Vincent Associates, please visit: Admission Requirements The training program is committed to the recruitment of culturally and ethnically diverse interns. St. Vincent Hospital is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and consequently its policy of nondiscrimination includes recruitment, employment, retention and promotion of the most qualified students, faculty, and staff, regardless of an individual s race, sex, color, religion, national/ethnic origin, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability or veteran status. The hospital does not discriminate in its provision of services and benefits and in its treatment of students and employees. St. Vincent Hospital maintains a written affirmative action policy. Inquiries concerning this policy should be directed to the Human Resources Department at We encourage inquiries and applications from all qualified individuals. Applications are accepted from doctoral candidates who are currently enrolled in an APA or CPA accredited Ph.D. or Psy.D. program. Our program prefers applicants from
8 Clinical and Counseling Psychology programs but also considers qualified applicants from School Psychology programs. Candidates are expected to have had sufficient training and experience in both assessment and intervention to order to be a good fit for the internship program. The program considers the following prerequisites to application to the internship at St. Vincent: Accepted into doctoral candidacy and completed dissertation proposal. If the dissertation proposal will be approved after application, but prior to December 31 st, 2015, please have the Director of Clinical Training contact the Director of Training in writing of successful proposal defense. Completed at least three years of practicum/field placement or work experience, which includes experience with both psychological or neuropsychological assessment as well as intervention. Preference is given to applicants with a minimum of 75 hours of supervised assessment experience and 350 hours direct therapeutic experience. Preference is also given to applicants who have written at least six (6) integrated psychological or neuropsychological testing reports. Matched candidates will be required to pass a criminal background check, drug screen, and employee physical prior to beginning internship. Application Procedures St. Vincent Doctoral Psychology Internship Program abides by all APPIC policies and guidelines regarding application and notification procedures, including the APPIC policy that the training program will not request, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant. All applicants must use the APPIC AAPI online (www.appic.org); APPIC member number A completed application consists of the following materials: 1. A completed online AAPI 2. Cover letter (part of online AAPI) stating your professional interests 3. A current Curriculum Vitae (as part of the on-line AAPI) 4. Three reference letters using the APPIC Standardized Reference Form (SRF), two of which must be from persons who have directly supervised your recent clinical work (as part of the on-line AAPI) 5. Official transcripts of all graduate coursework (as part of the AAPI) 6. One complete de-identified psychological or neuropsychological testing report (child or adult) It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure that all necessary materials are received by the application deadline of December 1, Applicants whom faculty believe are a good fit for the program will be invited for an on-site interview. The tentative interview date is January 12 th, All applicants will be informed of our interview decisions by the APPIC deadline.
9 Any questions or concerns may be directed to the Training Director, Jon Thompson, Psy.D., ABPP, HSPP, via telephone at , or via at