Introduction to services at HealthPoint

Match # 204411

Internship positions available: 7

Number of Residence/Job Positions: 3

Our Mission

HealthPoint is a community-based, community-supported and community-governed network of non-profit health centers dedicated to providing expert, high-quality care to all who need it, regardless of circumstances. Founded in 1971, we believe that the quality of your health care should not depend on how much money you make, what language you speak or what your health is. Because everyone deserves great care

Our healthcare system uses a fully integrated interdisciplinary team approach to help lower healthcare costs, reduce overuse of urgent cares and/or emergency room visits, lower rates of hospitalization and ultimately, and support a healthier patient and community.

The mission of the clinical psychology doctoral internship is to train future psychologists in the primary care behavioral health model of service delivery with a focus on an underserved and culturally diverse patient population.

About Our Site

Thank you for your interest in the HealthPoint Predoctoral Clinical Psychology Internship Program. Our program offers an excellent opportunity to learn skills for behavioral consultation in a primary care setting. Please read this website carefully before deciding to apply. Several qualities will promote the best fit for this opportunity:

  • It is recommended that students have knowledge of behavioral, contextual, cognitive-behavioral, or interest in learning and providing brief evidenced-based interventions.
  • An interest or background in health psychology or healthcare settings.
  • An interest in working with a wide variety of clinical presentations (depression, diabetes, chronic pain, insomnia, tobacco use, parent-child problems, etc.) and populations (kids, couples, older adults, etc.).
  • Finally, because the setting is a Community Health Center, an interest in working with underserved populations and an appreciation for cultural diversity.


Who We Are – What We Do

HealthPoint clinics are located in some of the most culturally and economically diverse communities in King County, Washington. We offer medical, dental, pharmacy, and behavioral healthcare to everyone, regardless of their circumstances. For over 43 years, we have served the needs of the uninsured and medically underserved populations in King County, Washington. We still maintain the single vision we started with over 43 years ago – to be the provider of choice in the communities we serve.

Our team consists of 17 full-time Behavioral Health Consultants (BHCs) who are license or license eligible psychologists and 5 Behavioral Health Care Coordinators (often Licensed Clinical Social Workers) across our primary care clinics and school-based clinics. We utilize a “consultant” model, to augment usual primary care by ensuring a well-rounded biopsychosocial treatment plan. We provide individual, group, couple, and family interventions, and work in close collaboration with primary care providers (PCPs) and our healthcare teams in a fast-paced multidisciplinary setting. We practice the Primary Care Behavioral Health Model (PCBH), which is a population-based care approach to providing behavioral health consultation and services. Typically, patients are seen by a BHC for an average of 2 to 3 visits, with some patients seeing a BHC less and some utilizing BHC services more. We believe behavioral health care, like primary care, is a longitudinal relationship. Patient care can be episodic in nature with patients presenting for various behavioral health needs over time and access to engage us in services when needed or when a primary care provider requests consultation. There are multiple barriers and stigmas that prevent our patients seeking mental health or behavioral health care outside of our clinics, so we strive to destigmatize behavioral healthcare and provide access for all. We do not provide traditional psychotherapy nor provide traditional neuropsychological or personality assessments.

HealthPoint has a lot of diverse opportunities for interns to be exposed to during the pre-doctoral training year beyond our model of care and population we serve. For example:

  • Global to Local was created through a partnership between HealthPoint, Public Health—Seattle & King County, Swedish Health Services, Washington Global Health Alliance and the cities of SeaTac and Tukwila, to build on the expertise of Washington state’s global health institutions to bring strategies that have proven effective in developing countries to underserved communities in the United States. The goal is to use innovative, holistic and community-driven solutions to address health and economic development disparities in diverse, low-income populations in King County, WA.
  • In 2013, we partnered with Valley Cities to co-locate services for licensed mental health counseling; chemical dependency treatment for adults; domestic violence services for survivors and perpetrators; homeless outreach services and housing programs; family support programs; and specialized veterans’ services that deliver counseling and family support. Valley Cities has a full-service center at HealthPoint Midway and additionally, we operate primary care clinics in two of Valley Cities’ other locations (Kent and Auburn). Valley Cities has helped us break down barriers to get patients more traditional mental health services when needed.
  • WIC is a special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children. The nutritional program helps pregnant women, new mothers, and young children eat well, learn about nutrition and stay healthy. WIC staff are available in most of HealthPoint’s clinics through either co-location or a regular schedule.
  • A majority of our medical clinics provide suboxone treatment for patients addicted to opioids. Our clinics use a low-barrier and harm reduction approach. Suboxone providers work alongside Behavioral Health Consultants to meet with patients regularly in an effort to provide interdisciplinary care and help patients achieve stability and wellbeing.
  • Many of our clinics are within communities rich in diversity, including a large number of refugee families from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran as well as Southeast Asia and Africa.  These newly arrived refugees are screened by public health and sent to providers for refugee health examinations. At HealthPoint clinics, we have medical providers with a special interest in working with refugees and they host “refugee sessions” or what we call Refugee Clinics. These half day clinics are reserved for newly arrived refugees and families are seen together, in an effort to limit the number of appointments that the family needs to attend. In addition to seeing primary care providers, nutrition and behavioral health are often involved to introduce services, offer brief interventions, connect families with outside care, provide psychoeducation, and explain the primary care behavioral health model. Outside of these refugee sessions, BHCs can complete N648 forms for established patients with mental health concerns that interfere with their ability to learn English or the information necessary to pass the citizenship examination.
  • Adolescents often lack access to medical and behavioral healthcare. To help improve access we have established clinics where adolescents spend most of their days, at schools. School-based health centers have been a part of HealthPoint since 2007 when the first primary care clinic opened at a Highline Public Schools high school campus (Tyee Educational Complex) in south Seattle. We opened a second and third school-based health center at Evergreen Campus in 2010 and Renton High School in 2018.
  • HealthPoint has enjoyed active teaching partnerships which support learning in all avenues of our organization. We’ve partnered with Bastyr University since 1996 to provide training for natural medicine residents. Since 2008, HealthPoint has also helped address the shortage of physicians and dentists in the U.S. through a unique community health center partnership with Arizona’s A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine and Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health. Most recently, we expanded that to include a family medicine residency clinic at our Auburn North location as a part of a partnership with The Wright Center Graduate Medical Education program and a residency in general dentistry with the NYU Lutheran Medical Center.

In addition to the information provided on this page, you can watch the recording of last years Training Director’s Panel below for additional information about this site.

NPTC Cascades Region Training Director’s Panel

Training Opportunities

Services Overview

This is a great position for applicants interested in an innovative model of care that will likely become a fixture in primary care clinics of the future. HealthPoint has been a leader in primary care behavioral health integration. This internship will provide an exciting, challenging, and rewarding opportunity, in a supportive and enjoyable team atmosphere. Interns have a good balance of autonomy and readily available supervision. HealthPoint clinics provide more than just conventional medical care. Our services include preventive medicine, natural medicine, dental care, behavioral health services, acupuncture, nutrition counseling, and advocacy on behalf of our patients. We connect patients with other needed services as part of our mission.

Our Behavioral Health Program

We see a wide range of patients (children and adults) and clinical concerns. We serve a mostly low income and uninsured population, many of whom are immigrants. Patients are referred to Behavioral Health for all types of behavioral issues, including “medical” problems such as coping with chronic illnesses, like diabetes, obesity, and chronic pain; “lifestyle modification” regarding exercise, diet, and smoking cessation; and “psychological” problems such as anxiety, depression, and the whole range of mental health and substance use disorders. Many patients are also seen for subclinical problems such as stress management, parent-child problems or medication nonadherence. Interns will be involved with brief patient assessments, developing a treatment plan and coordinating that plan with the primary care provider. We also engage in preventive activities such as parenting education and stress management classes. At HealthPoint, unique learning opportunities/training include learning our PCBH model, a rotation on one of our school-based health centers, learning to consultations with medical team members, consultations with psychiatrists about medication concerns, conducting brief neurocognitive assessments (ADHD for example), and chronic pain evaluations, as well as learning much more about medical and psychiatric conditions, medications, natural medicine, and nutrition from providers across these disciplines. In short, students will be exposed to any and all concerns that fall into the health/mental health/behavioral health spectrum. There is no better place than a Community Health Center to gain experience with a wide variety of presenting concerns!

Intern Training

We are excited to have interns involved at all levels of our program. After an initial period of trainings, didactics, and shadowing Behavioral Health Consultants and medical team members at the intern’s assigned clinic(s), students will begin to see patients and complete consultations and appointments on their own. Supervision will be readily available as need and supervisors will continue to shadow students for the first few weeks of seeing patients. Additional trainings and didactics throughout the year will include relevant behavior change theories, such as cognitive-behavioral, motivational interviewing, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and other evidenced based interventions. Students are encouraged to continue to shadow supervisors and to discuss in individual supervision individual training needs and goals.

Interns will receive HealthPoint specific diversity and supervision of supervision didactics which are incorporated into group supervision on site. One full day didactic will provided each month with other interns from the Cascades Region consortium sites. It should be noted that monthly didactic training will be held at either the HealthPoint administrative office in Renton, Washington or at Community Health of Central Washington in Yakima. Depending on clinic placement, interns may have to travel up to 45 minutes each month for didactic training at HealthPoint and up to 3 hours in travel time to Yakima.

Interns may elect a 4 to 6 week rotation (one day/week) at one of our school-based medical clinics to learn more about behavioral health consultation in schools with middle and high school students. Interns may also elect to be involved in behavioral health research relevant to our primary care setting. A new addition to our training program is the opportunity for interns to do brief neurocognitive assessments in the primary care setting. Interns are required to complete six integrated reports during the internship training year. The neurocognitive assessments will help providing training to our interns in how to conduct brief assessments to assist in patient care and treatment outcomes within a primary care, population-based care model. Interns will be encouraged to complete at least one integrated report using our new neurocognitive assessment batteries but will also have the opportunity to use other brief screeners and assessment tools relevant to our training model.

We use an Electronic Health Record (EHR) system for patient care and communications so all of our office spaces and exam rooms have computers in them. Interns will be trained on our EHR as a part of the initial training phase and will have access to computers to use at each clinic. We have a centralized folder on our main frame that interns have access to with all of our behavioral and medical health training materials, handouts, meeting minutes, etc… , as well as information and policy resources from other HealthPoint departments (e.g, Talent Management).

Intern Supervision

Interns receive two hours of formal individual supervision per week, and supervision and oversight are always available from primary supervisors and Behavioral Health Consultants. Supervision includes discussion of crisis management, ethics, standards of care, development as a psychologist, shadowing during patient visits, and case consultation. Interns also will receive three hours of formal group supervision weekly. During group supervision, interns will have the opportunity be assigned patient presentations and the role of mock supervisor to assist with patient conceptualization skills and supervisor skills training.

PCPs also provide onsite supervision because of the nature of the population and medical clinic setting. In addition, much informal contact and consultation also occurs with other physicians, providers and staff.

Supervision is flexible and oriented around the learning interests of our interns, while at the same time ensuring that basic professional competencies are achieved. Supervisors throughout the year will directly observe students providing patient care and use these observations in evaluations.

APPIC Training Experiences

Example treatment modalities (as listed by APPIC)

 

Exposure
(1% to 20%)
Experience
(21% to 30%)
Emphasis
(31% to 49%)
Major Area
(50%+)
Assessment X
Individual Intervention X
Couples Intervention X
Family Intervention X
Group Intervention X
Community Intervention X
Consultation/Liaison X
Crisis Intervention X
Brief Intervention X
Long-Term Intervention X
Primary Care X
Evidence-Based Practice X
Evidence-Based Research X

 

 

 

Example supervised experiences (as listed by APPIC):

 

Exposure
(1% to 20%)
Experience
(21% to 30%)
Emphasis
(31% to 49%)
Major Area
(50%+)
Health Psychology X
Women’s Health X
HIV/AIDS X
Eating Disorders X
Sexual Disorders X
Sports Psychology X
Rehabilitation Psychology X
Physical Disabilities X
Learning Disabilities X
Developmental Disabilities X
Assessment X
Neuropsychology-Adult X
Neuropsychology-Child X
Serious Mental Illness X
Anxiety Disorders X
Trauma/PTSD X
Sexual Abuse X
Substance Use Disorders X
Pediatrics X
School X
Counseling X
Multicultural Therapy X
Feminist Therapy X
Religion/Spirituality X
Empirically-Supported Treatments X
Public Policy/Advocacy X
Program Development/Evaluation X
Supervision X
Research X
Administration X
Integrated Health Care – Primary X
Integrated Health Care – Specialty X

 

Common referrals from primary care providers include, but are not limited to:

  • Mental health conditions like PTSD, depression, anxiety, other mood disorders as well as persistent mental illness and substance misuse and abuse
  • Chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension, and chronic pain management and treatment adherence.
  • Psychosocial distress around homeless, work stress/loss of job, family stress, end of life, and bereavement.
  • Childhood struggles such as academic difficulties, sleep, behavioral problems, mental health and parenting.
Patient Populations

As of 2018, HealthPoint served a total of 88,000 patients spanning 4 counties in west-central Washington. A breakdown of percentages of patient populations served is provided below:

Example patient populations (as listed by APPIC):

Population % Served
Children 25%
Adolescents 25%
Adults 50%
Family 25%
Older Adults 50%
Outpatients 100%
LGBTQI+ 25%
Ethnic Minorities 80%
Spanish Speaking 50%
French Speaking 10%
Deaf/Hearing-impaired 10%
Students 10%
International Students 10%
Rural 25%
Urban 75%
Example Schedule

Interns work a Monday-Friday 40-45 hours/week schedule that is typically 8am-5pm for 4 days of the week with a late shift (e.g. 11am-8pm) for 1 day per week. Specific schedules will be tailored to the needs of the clinic. There is no call coverage required. Outside of training/didactic activities and meetings, interns will be in clinic seeing patients with 30 min scheduled visits. Interns also get 1 hour of charting/paperwork time for each day in clinic or 5 hours weekly.

Example schedule for interns

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
AM Group Supervision In Clinic In Clinic

BH Meeting

Site/Team Meeting

In Clinic
PM In Clinic In Clinic

Journal Review Time

1:1 Supervision

In Clinic In Clinic

 

Site schedules are a general guideline and interns may be required to make themselves available at other times as needed.

Current Internship Placement Locations

We have several clinic locations for our doctoral psychology internship program. All of our clinics are within 23 miles of Seattle. Each intern will be assigned to either one large clinic or two smaller clinics where he/she/they will split his/her/their time. All clinics will provide the same training opportunities and model of care, but clinics to have some variability in populations served and some individual clinic services (OBGYN, pediatrician, natural medicine providers are examples). Interns are matched to a site after the completion of the APPIC Match process. The site training director meets with each intern for an hour to discuss training goals to assist in assigning clinics(s) for the training year. Clinic sites are assigned within the first month after the completion of the APPIC match. Travel to other sites may be required or offered throughout the internship for meetings, training, and supervision. This is a wonderful area of the country to live in, and it offers many cultural and outdoor activities.

It should be noted that monthly didactic training will be held at either the HealthPoint administrative office in Renton, Washington or at Community Health of Central Washington in Yakima. Depending on clinic placement, interns may have to travel up to 45 minutes each month for didactic training at HealthPoint and up to 3 hours in travel time to Yakima. Due to the travel requirements during the four months when didactic training is located in Yakima, HealthPoint will provide some travel reimbursement considerations for interns.

Our Supervisors

Site Training Director

Melissa Baker, Ph.D.
Health Centers: 
Bothell
Provides Individual and Group Supervision; Assessment Supervisor

Dr. Baker is a licensed psychologist and has worked with HealthPoint since 2008 as a Behavioral Health Consultant. Dr. Baker is a board certified Clinical Health Psychologist. She received her degree from the Seattle Pacific University and completed her predoctoral internship with Olive Crest Consortium in a pediatric psychology outpatient setting with inpatient rotation. She is also an Adjunctive Professor at Seattle Pacific University and Northwest University teaching Integrated Behavioral Health courses within the clinical and counseling psychology programs. Dr. Baker is an active member of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association and a part of the leadership team of the Primary Care SIG. She has provided presentations and trainings in integrated behavioral health and acceptance and commitment therapy nationally at conferences. Dr. Baker is also trained in ACT and Focused ACT (FACT), Motivational Interviewing, and other third wave CBT approaches. Her research interests include PCBH model of care, BH program evaluation/quality improvements, brief ACT interventions in primary care, PCP burnout, and pediatrics.

Primary Supervisors

Cara Dalbey, Psy.D.
Health Centers:
Auburn North
Provides Individual and Group Supervision

Dr. Dalbey is a licensed psychologist and has worked with HealthPoint since 2008 as a Behavioral Health Consultant and is currently the Lead Behavioral Health Consultant at HealthPoint. She received her degree from Argosy University Seattle and completed her predoctoral internship with Ryther Child Center. She specializes in Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) and Neuropsychology and is certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Advanced Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. Her research interests include chronic conditions, BH and diabetes.

 

James Berghuis, Ph.D.
Health Centers: 
Tukwila
Provides Individual Supervision

Dr. Berghuis is a licensed psychologist and has been part of HealthPoint since the Behavioral Health program began in 2002.  He received his degree from the University of Kansas.  He also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at University of Washington School of Medicine in the Reproductive and Sexual Medicine clinic. He has worked at UW on training projects regarding psychiatric illness associated with HIV/AIDS and conducting clinical research projects using motivation interviewing interventions with adolescents and adults using marijuana. Therapeutic modalities include motivational interviewing, CBT, ACT, and hypnosis. His experience and interests include mood and anxiety disorders, substance use disorders (alcohol, drug, nicotine), health behavior promotion, sexual issues, HIV/AIDS, stress management, and chronic illness management.

 

Anya Zimberoff, Psy.D.
Health Centers: 
SeaTac
Provides Individual and Group Supervision

Dr. Zimberoff is a licensed psychologist and has worked with HealthPoint since 2009 as a Behavioral Health Consultant. Dr. Zimberoff is the Director of Diversity Enhancement for the Cascade Regions of the National Psychology Training Consortium. She received her degree from Argosy University Seattle and completed her predoctoral internship with HealthPoint. She believes that life stressors have to be taken into consideration when treating or managing care for persons who live in challenging circumstances or who have experienced trauma. She wrote her doctoral dissertation about psychological processes involved in chronic pain disorder and has a special interest in mind-body suffering and treatments. She has collaborated in training and supervising a number of interns and practicum students since 2010, many of whom have become integrated behavioral health professionals. Dr. Zimberoff has a strong understanding of stress physiology, psychopharmacology, as well as life style interventions. ACT, mindfulness, CBT, as well as EMDR and a newer approach called LifeSpan integration are some of her favorite interventions. She is a member of APA and Division 38–Health Psychology. Her research interests include chronic pain, anger management, and integrated primary care.

 

Amanda Foster, Psy.D.
Health Centers: 
Auburn
Provides Individual Supervision

Dr. Foster is a licensed psychologist and has worked with HealthPoint since 2012 as a Behavioral Health Consultant. She received her degree from the Washington School of Professional Psychology Seattle and completed her predoctoral internship with HealthPoint. Her research interests include child and adolescent psychology, multicultural approaches to treatment, health psychology, and diabetes management.

 

Nidhi Goel, Ph.D.
Health Centers: 
Auburn and Tyee Campus
Provides Individual and Group Supervision; School-Based Rotation

Dr. Goel is a licensed psychologist and has joined the Health Point in 2018 as a Behavioral Health Consultant.  Dr. Goel received her degree from University of Missouri-Columbia and completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship with Texas Child Study Center/Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin Texas. She specializes in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), other forms of evidence-based parent training programs, CBT, solution-focused therapy, MI and mindfulness.  Her special interest includes behavior problems in children, adolescent development, pediatric obesity, med-coping, lifestyle intervention and multicultural approaches to treatment.

 

Alice Lee, Psy.D.
Health Centers: 
Auburn North and Float Provider
Provides as-needed secondary supervision

Dr. Lee has worked with HealthPoint since 2018 as a Float Behavioral Health Consultant and is currently working towards licensure. She received her degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and completed her Pre-Doctoral internship and Post-Doctoral Fellowship with Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas. Dr. Lee’s clinical interests include acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, lifestyle interventions, and chronic pain.

 

Elijah Lotz, Ph.D.
Health Centers: 
Renton School Based
Provides School-Based Rotation

Dr. Lotz is a licensed psychologist who has been working for HealthPoint as a behavioral health consultant since October, 2017. Dr. Lotz specializes in child and adolescent psychology, and works in school-based health. He received his degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2016, and completed his predoctoral internship at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. He also completed a post-doctoral fellowship through the University of Washington in a pediatric inpatient psychiatric hospital. Dr. Lotz has special interest and experience providing lifestyle interventions for youth to improve nutrition and physical activity. Therapeutic modalities include CBT, trauma-focused CBT, and motivational interviewing.

 

Crystal Mayberry, Psy.D.
Health Centers: 
Midway
Provides as-needed supervision

Dr. Mayberry is a licensed psychologist who has worked with HealthPoint since 2017 as a Behavioral Health Consultant. She received her degree from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in 2017, and completed her predoctoral internship at HealthPoint. Dr. Mayberry’s clinical interests include adolescent and emerging adult behavioral health, diverse populations, positive parenting, behavioral strategies for management of diabetes and hypertension, mindfulness-based stress reduction, anxiety, and MAT for opiate use.

 

Alena Droze, Psy.D.
Health Centers:
Evergreen Campus
Provides Individual Supervision; School-Based Rotation

Dr. Droze is a licensed psychologist and has worked with HealthPoint since 2015 as a Behavioral Health Consultant. She received her degree from Argosy University Seattle and completed her predoctoral internship with HealthPoint. She specializes in working with adolescents in primary care and uses solution-focused and brief interventions. She is also a certified nutrition and wellness consultant. Her research interests include obesity and sleep.

 

John Roman Quiles, Psy.D.
Health Centers: 
Redmond and Float Provider
Provides as-needed supervision

Dr. Roman has worked with HealthPoint since 2018 as a Float Behavioral Health Consultant and is currently working towards licensure. He received his degree from Adler School of Professional Psychology and completed his predoctoral internship with HealthPoint. His special interests include diabetes management, mood disorders, sports psychology, positive discipline, and population based care such as geriatric and community mental health. He is trained in evidenced based treatments, primarily employing an Adlerian approach but also frequently using ACT, MI, and CBT.

 

Jennifer Sveund, Psy.D.
Health Centers: 
Renton
Provides as-needed supervision

Dr. Sveund is has worked with HealthPoint since 2018 as a Behavioral Health Consultant and is currently working towards licensure. She received her degree from Antioch University in Seattle and completed her predoctoral internship with HealthPoint. Dr. Sveund’s clinical interests include mindfulness, trauma, eating disorders, neuropsychology, art therapy, and health psychology.

 

Sierra Swing, Psy.D.
Health Centers: 
Midway
Provides Individual and Group Supervision; Assessment Supervisor

Dr. Swing is a licensed psychologist and has worked with HealthPoint since 2008 as a Behavioral Health Consultant. She received her degree from Argosy University Seattle and completed her predoctoral internship with Fremont Community Therapy Project. She specializes in individual, couples, and family therapy; brief behavioral health visits; as well as psychological testing. She also maintains a part-time private practice in Seattle, Washington, specializing in the treatment of trauma, chronic health conditions, and mood/emotional disorders. She has been trained and has certifications in multiple areas of psychological treatment, including EMDR, DBT, ACT, MI, and CBT.  Her research interests include ACEs/Trauma on health and mental health.

 

Robert Allred, Ph.D.
Health Centers: 
Kent
Provides Individual and Group Supervision

Dr. Allred is a licensed psychologist and has worked at HealthPoint since 2013.  He received his degree from Nova Southeastern University, College of Psychology. His dissertation was on the spiritual and psychological impacts of clergy perpetrated sexual abuse compared to abuse by family members and strangers. He then completed his predoctoral internship at HealthPoint at the Kent location. Dr. Allred’s primary interests include substance use disorders, trauma, and transgender/gender expansive health.

 

Kristin Tiernan, Psy.D.
Health Centers: 
Kent
Provides Individual Supervision

Dr. Tiernan is a licensed psychologist and has worked at HealthPoint since 2014. She received her degree from Pacific University’s School of Professional Psychology and predoctoral internship at HealthPoint. After completing her predoctoral Internship at HealthPoint, she stayed as a Behavioral Health Consultant. Dr. Tiernan has a passion for Primary Care-Behavioral Health models of care, reducing health disparities, and promoting healthy communities.

Life in Seattle, WA

Seattle is the largest city in Washington State and in the Pacific Northwest region. It has a population of over 750,000 residents. King County, where Seattle is located and where all the HealthPoint clinics are located, has a population of over 2 million which is the 12th largest county (in population) in the United States. HealthPoint’s Administration Offices (Renton) and clinic sites are located in suburban Seattle. Commute times to downtown Seattle can range from 15 minutes to over an hour depending on what HealthPoint location you are at.

Weather

Despite having a reputation for being very rainy, Seattle receives less precipitation than many other U.S. cities such as Chicago, San Francisco, or New York City. However, Seattle has many more “rainy days”, which can be classified as a ‘light” drizzle which can last for a few minutes to a few days. Autumn, winter, and early spring are frequently characterized by rain or the chance of rain and cloudy. Winters are often cool and wet with average temperatures in the low 40s. Snowfall is limited (0-4” in accumulations) in the lowlands however there are rare occasions where the area will get more than 6 inches. Summers are sunny, dry and warm, with August, the warmest month, with high temperatures averaging in mid 70s with the potential of reaching 90 degrees.

Culture and Tourism

Seattle has been historically known as the “Emerald City”, the home of Microsoft, Boeing, Starbucks, Amazon, etc. and the home of grunge music. The nickname of Emerald City comes from the abundance of green trees (evergreen tress) around the area. Hiking, biking, skiing or snowboarding and outdoor activities is a large part of the culture of Seattle. Don’t be surprised if you hear people at a HealthPoint clinic or patients referencing what outdoor activities they participated in over the weekend. 

The music scene, especially grunge music, has been a huge part of the Seattle’s history and culture. From Jimi Hendrix to Macklemore, Seattle has produced many well-known musical artists. In the 1990s, Seattle produced artists like Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, and Pearl Jam and most recently, they been home to Death Cab for Cutie and Macklemore. While visiting Seattle, don’t be surprised if you run into Macklemore or Dave Matthews in downtown Seattle.

Seattle has been heavily influenced by the companies that are based in the Seattle area. Seattle is home or has many employees from the following companies: Alaska Airlines, Amazon, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Boeing, Costco, Expedia, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Microsoft, Nintendo, Nordstrom, Providence Hospital, REI, and T-Mobile. In the 2008 United States Census Bureau survey, Seattle was ranked as having the highest percentage of college and university graduates of any major U.S. city.

Salary, Benefits, and Support

Salary for the 2020-2021 Training Year: $30,000

Benefits provided at this site include:

  • 112 hours of PTO (vacation / sick leave)
  • 24 hours of Professional Development
  • Discounted health insurance
  • Free vision insurance
  • Free dental insurance
  • Professional liability insurance (for those not already covered)

HealthPoint observes the following 10 holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • President’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Friday after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day

More information about the Support and Benefits offered in each of our regions can be found here.

Background Checks

Employment with HealthPoint is contingent on a satisfactory background check, which, depending on the position at issue and other circumstances, may include review of conviction records, credit histories, and/or driving records. HealthPoint may also re-run background checks for current employees on an annual basis depending on the position.

A conviction record may, but will not necessarily, bar employment. Investigation of conviction records will be restricted to specified convictions reasonably related to fitness to perform the particular job being applied for, unless we determine that it is not practicable to inquire so narrowly.

Intern Selection Process

Our psychologists use an applicant rating form to rate applicants based on their application materials. We choose which applicants to interview based on these ratings (typically 50-75 applicants). Applicants are notified by phone or email regarding whether or not we are inviting them to interview. We participate in the NPTC universal interview day in December and hold two to three all-day open houses in January. We conduct interviews on all open house days. During the January open houses, in the morning we have candidates meet at our administrative building in Renton.  We present an overview of our PCBH model and describe the internship over breakfast. Applicants are given the opportunity after the presentation to meet with current interns and psychologists. After the social hour, a one-hour individual interview occurs in the morning with 2-3 psychologists present for each interview. Psychologist pairs complete an interview rating form for each interview. Applicants who can’t come in person are asked to interview over telephone or by Skype, preferably on the same day. After an applicant has completed the individual interview, applicants are offered the opportunity to tour a HealthPoint clinic, and shadow psychologists and other providers seeing patients to get a sense of working in a primary care setting. Our psychologists meet after the interviews to debrief and make a preliminary rank order list. The Internship Training Director makes and submits the final rank order list based of feedback from the program psychologists.

We are looking for applicants who have a variety of life experiences, independent, open-minded, mature, proactive, and easy to get along with, and who enjoy clinical work in a fast-paced environment. We also want applicants with a demonstrated interest and experience in health psychology and primary care as well as an interest in working with a low-income, culturally diverse population. Fluency in additional languages other than English is a plus. Interview factors that contribute to ranking include:

  • Ratings of an applicant’s maturity of self-presentation
  • Ability to articulate treatment interests and philosophies
  • Ability to articulate professional goals
  • Capacity for self-reflection
  • Quality of patient presentation (if applicable)
  • Suitable fit between experiences/interests and HealthPoint.

Low ratings on these factors would make us less likely to rank an applicant.

Qualified applicants must be currently enrolled in a PhD, PsyD, or EdD program in clinical or counseling (preferred) or school (acceptable) psychology and have completed all formal coursework.

Employment with HealthPoint is contingent on a satisfactory background check, which, depending on the position at issue and other circumstances, may include review of conviction records, credit histories, and/or driving records. HealthPoint may also re-run background checks for current employees on an annual basis depending on the position.

A conviction record may, but will not necessarily, bar employment. Investigation of conviction records will be restricted to specified convictions reasonably related to fitness to perform the particular job being applied for, unless we determine that it is not practicable to inquire so narrowly.

Proof of immunity to varicella (chicken pox), measles, mumps and rubella is a condition of employment at HealthPoint.

Interview Day

Interns applying to HealthPoint will have the option to attend an on-site interview in Washington on Friday, January 17th, 2020 as well as the NPTC universal interview day (more details about the universal interview day available here). Location of interview will not impact match rankings; rather, they offer multiple interview dates at different sites to allow travel flexibility for applicants.

 For questions regarding the HealthPoint specific interview day, please contact Chris Schei, Volunteer Coordinator, by email or telephone. He can be reached at (425) 203-0962 or cschei@healthpointchc.org.