Bowen Center – Traditional Internship Positions
Traditional Internship positions available: 2
Bowen Center has two internship positions available for the traditional internship experience. This internship offers psychologists-in-training an intensive and wide-ranging clinical and educational experience, firmly rooted in values of community service, multiculturalism, stewardship of healthcare resources and adherence to the highest standards of ethical practice. The primary emphasis of the yearlong program is the professional development of the psychology practitioner. To that end, the internship provides an opportunity to gain proficiency in a wide array of therapeutic and assessment techniques in a variety of clinical modalities and settings. Interns will develop their skills in assessment, diagnosis and testing. A portion of the internship will be spent participating in multi-disciplinary team meetings, doing group and individual therapy, and possible testing on our inpatient unit. Bowen Center places strong emphasis on learning and implementing consensus evidence based practices, participation in clinicians and principles and practices of trauma informed care. Interns can also expect to learn about a rapidly changing healthcare environment and to develop greater understanding of fundamental business principles of the marketplace. Bowen Center has developed a number of partnerships with primary healthcare providers, major health systems and managed care organization. We are growing our expertise in providing integrated whole-person healthcare as both “the right thing to do” and position ourselves to be a leader and successful in the era of healthcare reform.
Interns work in multidisciplinary teams and have ready access to psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, licensed psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marital and family therapist and community based case workers. We place a strong emphasis on mutual support and practitioner wellness and the organizational prevention of secondary trauma. Interns can expect to be valued members of clinical teams who are treated with respect they are due as knowledgeable and experienced professionals. Bowen Center generously supports continuing education of all our staff, including our interns. Interns can expect to have opportunities to attend off-site professional workshops in areas of interest.
Interns will develop a keen understanding of the “culture of poverty”. The region we serve has a large Latinx population. Allen County/Fort Wayne is the home of the largest Burmese community outside of their native country. Bowen Center is committed to serve the unique needs of our military veterans and their families. The Center is a Star Behavioral Health Providers (SBHP) of Indiana. SBHP is a resource for veterans, service members and their families to locate behavioral health professionals with specialized training in understanding and treating military service members and their families.
Given the large number of clients and families served, all major diagnostic groups are represented among those we are privileged to serve. Depressive disorders, bipolar and schizophrenic spectrum disorders, anxiety disorders, substance-related disorders and child-adolescent disruptive behavior disorders are the predominant diagnoses of record. Research indicates that 75-90% of persons served in publicly supported comprehensive behavioral health centers have a history of multiple domains of childhood trauma (adverse childhood experiences). Thus, interns can expect to have ample opportunity to refine their knowledge and skills with respect to trauma identification and intervention. Bowen Center also has a comprehensive and expanding program aimed at serving children and families affected by autism spectrum disorders and co-occurring emotional-behavioral disorders.
At Bowen Center, we value our interns and invite them to participate in our quarterly psychology team meetings for socialization into the profession. We several have opportunities for all of the interns to meet together with psychologists to address self-care, learn about the business and administration side of psychology, and learn about other topics of interest (e.g., this year we have some planned on court testimony). Bowen Center also provides its employees, including interns, several opportunities to attend in-house trainings, including C-SSRS for Suicide Risk Assessment, CBT-I, MRT, EMDR, Hypnotherapy, DBT, Matrix Model, and more.
The office locations are assigned by the Center based on need. Potential office locations include:
- Huntington, IN
- Warsaw, IN
- Ft. Wayne, IN
- Columbia City, IN
- Plymouth, IN
- Albion, IN
- Wabash, IN
It should be noted that monthly didactic training is located at the Four County Counseling Center main office location in Logansport, IN. Depending on office assignment, interns may be required to travel approximately 1-2 hours for monthly didactic training. The Otis R. Bowen Center for Human Services is a member of the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) loan repayment program.
Interns at this site generally work an 8-5 schedule on Monday – Friday. Interns are expected to work one evening each week to accommodate clients who work during the day. Interns’ schedules will be adjusted at the local level to accommodate evening work time. Within reason, Bowen is flexible with scheduling. The following is an example of a current intern’s work week:
CC, PWK, TRV
|CC||PWK, GRSUP, CC||PWK, PT, DBT||
SUP, GRSUP, TRV, CC, PWK
|PWK, SUP, CC||CC, SUP, CC||CC||
CC, PWK, JR
CC = Client Contact; PWK = Paperwork; TRV=Travel; SUP = Supervision; GRSUP = Group Supervision; PT = Play Therapy Group; DBT = DBT Group; JR = Journal Review
Please note that not every experience is identical and schedules may vary. What is provided above is an example of what the work week might look like for an intern at this site.
APPIC Training Experiences
Example treatment modalities (as listed by APPIC):
- Individual Intervention
- Couples Intervention
- Family Intervention
- Group Intervention
- Crisis Intervention
- Brief Intervention
- Long-term Intervention
- Primary Care
- Evidence-Based Practice
Example supervised experiences (as listed by APPIC):
- Health Psychology
- Women’s Health
- Physical Disabilities
- Learning Disabilities
- Developmental Disabilities
- Neuropsychology – Adult
- Serious Mental Illness
- Anxiety Disorders
- Sexual Abuse
- Substance Use Disorders
- Sexual Offenders
- Empirically-Supported Treatments
- Program Development/ Evaluation
- Integrated Health Care – Primary
Example patient populations (as listed by APPIC):
- Older Adults
- Ethnic Minorities
- Low Income
Intern Selection Process
When ranking and selecting interns for the Bowen Center, the primary criteria include (but are not limited to):
- Receipt of a Master’s degree is required (not education-equivalent)
- Experience and interest in working with children and adolescents
- Solid testing experience
- Conducting assessment batteries on both adults and children is preferred, but not required
- Experience and desire to work with a low income population
- Interest in receiving a generalist internship experience
Any interviews conducted outside of the consortium-wide interview day can be completed via teleconference or on-site if it is not an undue hardship to travel. This site may be able to provide some financial assistance to support an on-site visit.
Bowen Center is willing to pay for all associated costs for testing and licensing in Indiana as a Mental Health Counselor for those applicants with enough post-Master’s degree experience to qualify. For more information about this process see the page on Indiana licensing information here.
The Bowen Center does complete background checks pre-internship and some are completed once an intern starts at the center. The background check requirements are dictated by the Department of Children Services (DCS) and by company policy. Below is a breakdown of what background checks will be completed.
National Criminal History Check (Initial Online Check and through Fingerprinting)– This check provides general information regarding misdemeanor or felony history. A County Criminal History Check may need to be conducted to get more details if negative criminal history comes back on the National Criminal History Check.
County Criminal History Check– This is conducted for every county the candidate has lived in in the 5 years.
For both the National Criminal History and the County Criminal History Bowen Center initially looks to see if an intern has any misdemeanors in the last 7 years or felonies in the last 10 years. If they have been convicted with one of these charges within these time frames the results are given to the VP of Human Resources and the VP of Risk Management. They will evaluate the results on a case by case basis to determine if they are eligible to be hired. When the conviction was charged and the type of conviction will be factored into their decision. These results will also have to be reported to the Department of Children Services per their contract with them.
Indiana Child Protective Services (CPS) Check– If any record is found while conducting this check this information must be presented to our representative at DCS. They will make the determination if they can be cleared. This is determined on a case by case basis depending on the severity of the report and when it occurred.
Out of State CPS Check– Conducted in every state the candidate has lived in in the past 5 years. If any record is found this information must be presented to our representative at DCS. They will make the determination if they can be cleared to serve our DCS clients. This is determined on a case by case basis depending on the severity of the report and when it occurred.
Motor Vehicle Record– Bowen Center guidelines for Motor Vehicle Record is no more than 2 speeding tickets in the past 3 years, No speeding tickets of 21 mph or more in the past 3 years, and no major moving violations in the past 5 years (reckless driving, OWI/DWI, etc.). This will not disqualify an intern for the position as long as the position does not require them to transport clients. A Doctoral Intern would not be expected to transport clients so this would not disqualify them BUT they would be required to sign a No Driving Form which indicates that they cannot drive clients, Bowen Center vehicles, or drive during working hours as they will not be covered under the site liability insurance.
Again, please note that if a negative criminal history is found Bowen Center as the employer determines the eligibility of internship on a case by case basis depending on the severity of the charge and when the charge was convicted.
Great Lakes Region Sites
- Aspire Indiana, Inc.
- Four County Counseling Center
- Otis R. Bowen Center for Human Services
- Valley Oaks Health (previously Wabash Valley Alliance)