Bowen Center – Traditional Internship Positions

Match #228813 (Traditional)

Traditional Internship Positions Available: 2
Residency/Job Positions Available: 2

About Our Site

 Bowen Center has two internship positions available for the traditional internship experience. Interns are able to shape their experience based on their preferences, goals, and the needs of patients and the organization. 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 year-long 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 with a variety of populations. Interns will develop their skills in intervention, assessment, diagnosis, and testing. Most of the patient contact opportunities involve delivering outpatient interventions to individuals, families, couples, and groups, and providing testing services, especially diagnostic consultations, parenting assessments, and fitness for duty evaluations. There are also opportunities to do an additional rotation to develop skills at providing interventions at our inpatient unit, transitional living facilities, and/or methadone clinic. For instance, a portion of the internship can be spent participating in multi-disciplinary team meetings and providing group and individual therapy on the inpatient unit. Other interns have opted to do additional testing with patients from our inpatient unit and transitional living facility. We work with you to honor your preferences and training wants/needs to help you achieve your goals.

Across our settings, Bowen Center places a strong emphasis on learning and implementing consensus evidence-based practices as well as participation in principles and practices of trauma-informed care. We also value joining the patient in their goals and develop care plans and complete progress note documentation collaboratively. We find this helps us improve patient engagement as well as assists us in being more culturally competent when we align treatment with the patient’s goals and context.

Interns can also expect to learn about a rapidly changing healthcare environment and to develop a 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 organizations. We are growing our expertise in providing integrated whole-person healthcare as both “the right thing to do” and 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 marriage and family therapists, and community-based caseworkers. We place a strong emphasis on mutual support, practitioner wellness, and the organizational prevention of secondary trauma. We discuss self-care during supervision and will incorporate self-care activities during group supervision times based on the group’s interests and needs. Interns can expect to be valued members of clinical teams who are treated with the respect they are due as knowledgeable and experienced professionals.

Bowen Center generously supports the continuing education of all our staff, including our interns. Interns can expect to have opportunities to attend on-site professional workshops in areas of interest as well as have opportunities to provide informal and/or formal trainings to their colleagues at Bowen based on areas of interest and expertise. Bowen Center provides its employees, including interns, several opportunities to attend in-house trainings, including C-SSRS for Suicide Risk Assessment, CBT-I, MRT, Hypnotherapy, DBT, Matrix Model, MI, and more.

At Bowen Center, we value our interns and invite them to participate in our quarterly psychology team meetings for socialization into the profession. We have several 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., court testimony). We also provide four hours of supervision weekly. At least two of those hours include individual supervision with at least two different licensed psychologists and one hour of group supervision with the training director.

Interns are also eligible to apply to the Bowen Leadership Development Program (BLDP). The BLDP is an intensive program intended to identify and develop employees to be prepared, competent, and confident to be a leader and to establish formal succession planning for the Center. This program lasts 6 months and goes from January to June and July to December each year. The application process includes submitting an electronic application and writing a leadership essay.

The Otis R. Bowen Center for Human Services is a member of the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) loan repayment program.

Training Opportunities

Bowen Health Clinic – Integrated Healthcare Internship Position

Bowen Center opened its first full-service primary health clinic on January 6, 2020, in Warsaw, Indiana. This is a modern health clinic that integrates primary healthcare, family medicine, and behavioral health. Initially, it will be staffed by a Bowen physician, medical assistants, reception staff, and clinicians and expand as it grows; in addition, optometry and dental services will be contracted. With Bowen’s commitment to providing quality, cost-effective services, the treatment team will consist of providers we would want to see ourselves.

The new facility is housed in a newly renovated medical building within walking distance of Bowen’s Outpatient Specialty Mental Health Clinic, where the lab and pharmacy are located. The building has 8 exam rooms, the construction of which was completed in mid-December 2019.

The intern at this site can expect to work side-by-side with primary care providers within a fully integrated, multidisciplinary model in our primary care clinic. Visits will be brief (e.g., 15-30 minutes on average) and short-term (e.g., 1-6 visits).

The intern will work as a behavioral health consultant and provide brief assessments, intervention, and onsite consultation to the primary care team regarding total health concerns, addictions, and health behavior changes; enhance patient functioning through brief, solution-focused clinical interventions according to empirically-supported treatment modalities, and equip patients and the medical team with knowledge and skills to facilitate greater behavior change.

The intern can expect to:

  • take warm handoffs to do brief intervention immediately with a patient (e.g., addressing patients’ treatment compliance with chronic health conditions, helping patients process a new diagnosis that has severe implications, addressing previously undiagnosed mental health conditions, problem-solving stressful life events/changes, providing interventions for substance use)
  • do screeners for things like suicide, depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism, etc.
  • do more detailed psychological testing if needed
  • do follow-up consult appointments in the clinic in between warm handoffs from the doctor
  • triage when patients are in need of more significant mental health treatment and refer to community mental health center for psychotropic medication management, outpatient therapy, or inpatient stay

Placement Locations

With regard to our traditional internship placements, in 2018-2019, one of our interns worked in Huntington and Fort Wayne with a 6-month rotation on our inpatient unit, and the other intern worked in Plymouth and Warsaw with a 3-month rotation on our inpatient unit followed by a 3-month rotation at our transitional living facility.  For 2019-2020, one of our interns will serve the Angola and LaGrange offices while the other will serve the Columbia City and Warsaw locations in addition to selecting a brief rotation at our inpatient unit, transitional living facility, and/or Bowen Recovery Center.

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
  • LaGrange, IN
  • Angola, 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.

Bowen does pay for a hotel room for each didactics, including the orientation, and our training department will actually cover booking it for them, as well, so interns won’t have any out-of-pocket expense for the room.  The only night that will be covered will be between the days of didactics.  Bowen uses the Holiday Inn Express in Logansport.

Bowen will reimburse the intern’s mileage according to the IRS guidelines as an added benefit.

During didactics, Bowen Center also will reimburse you for the cost of lunch (up to $15) each day.  You will need to keep your receipts for documentation of this.  Also, if you stay overnight in Logansport, Bowen Center will also reimburse you for the cost of your dinner (up to $25) only for the night of the hotel stay.

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Treatment Modalities

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
Consultation/Liaison X
Crisis Intervention X
Brief Intervention X
Long-Term Intervention X
Evidence-Based Practice X

 

Supervised Experiences

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
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
Forensics/Corrections X
Sexual Offenders X
Geropsychology X
Pediatrics X
Counseling X
Vocational/Career Development X
Multicultural Therapy X
Feminist Therapy X
Religion/Spirituality X
Empirically-Supported Treatments X
Public Policy/Advocacy X
Supervision X
Integrated Health Care – Speciality X

Given the large number of clients and families served, all major diagnostic groups are represented among those we are privileged to serve. Depressive disorders, trauma, bipolar and schizophrenia 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.

Patient Populations

Interns will develop a keen understanding of the “culture of poverty.” The region we serve has a large Latinx population, and Allen County/Fort Wayne is the home of the largest Burmese community outside of their native country. Bowen Center is committed to serving the unique needs of our military veterans and their families. The Center is a Star Behavioral Health Providers (SBHP) of Indiana member. 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.

To help us provide culturally appropriate care, Bowen Center has a Diversity and Inclusion Committee that participates in community events and provides educational resources for staff members. We also offer trainings in working with members of the LGBTQ community and enable staff to select whether their belief systems and willingness to participate in ongoing trainings equip them to provide culturally competent care to sexual minorities as well as transgender and gender variant folks.

Example patient populations (as listed by APPIC):

Population % Served
Children 19%
Adolescents 14%
Adults 63%
Family 1%
Older Adults 4%
Inpatients 4%
Outpatients 96%
LGBTQI+ 1%
Ethnic Minorities 12%
Spanish Speaking 2%
French Speaking 1%
Deaf/hearing-impaired 1%
Students 21%
International Students 1%
Rural 71%
Urban 29%
Low Income 73%
Homeless 1%
Number of Counties Served 21 counties with service locations; we serve clients from more counties than that
Total Number of Clients Served 29,246

Example Schedule

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:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
AM CC, PWK, TRV CC PWK, GRSUP, CC PWK, PT, DBT PWK, CC
PM 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.

Our Supervisors

While we won’t know your exact supervisor assignments until the internship starts, these are examples of some of the individuals you may work with over the course of your year at the site. 

Siquilla Liebetrau, Psy.D.

*Supervisor at site in Warsaw, IN   Dr. Liebetrau received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University, Illinois School of Professional Psychology and is currently a licensed psychologist in the state of Indiana. She integrates evidence-based practices into her client-centered orientation. She has had training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as well as Trauma-Informed Therapy. She has also had extensive assessment experience including Parenting Risk Assessments for the Department of Child Services and the courts, Fitness for Duty assessments of probation officers, prebariatric evaluations, and opioid risk assessments and various other assessments including intelligence testing and personality testing. In her current position at the Bowen Center, she works with children, adolescents, and adults, substance abuse treatment in a group and individual format, psychological testing, and supervision of Bachelor’s level home-based and school-based service providers, Master’s level counseling staff, and pre-doctoral interns. Her main research interest includes trauma.

 

Richard Ruhrold, Ph.D.

*Supervisor at sites in Warsaw, IN and Ft. Wayne, IN   Dr. Ruhrold is the Senior Vice President for Clinical Services, the Chief Psychologist and Site Training Director for Bowen Center. He completed his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1986. He is currently licensed and endorsed as a Health Service Provider in the state of Indiana. He is also a National Board Certified Fellow in Clinical Hypnotherapy. As the Site Training Director, he provides supervision for interns at both the Warsaw and Ft. Wayne locations. He also supervises 1-2 psychology graduate students per year from Purdue’s Clinical or Counseling programs in practicums in the inpatient psychiatric program at River Bend. He specializes in cognitive therapy from the Rational Emotive Therapy approach and utilizes the scientist-practitioner model of training and supervision and his research interests include trauma-informed care, staff wellness, the organizational prevention of secondary trauma, and clinical outcomes.

 

Tammy Truijens, Psy.D.

*Supervisor at site in Fort Wayne, IN  Dr. Truijens earned her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Pacific University, School of Graduate Psychology, and completed her pre-doctoral training at The Bowen Center as a member of the National Psychology Training Consortium.  She is a licensed psychologist with an endorsement as a Health Service Provider in Psychology in the State of Indiana.  She is trained in DBT, EMDR, Hypnotherapy, and evidence-based approaches for clients with substance use concerns.  She sees clients across the life span, although primarily adolescents and adults.  She also has a strong interest in serving LGBTQQIA clients and completes independent assessments for transgender and gender nonconforming clients seeking gender-affirming medical interventions.  In her current role, she is focused more heavily on psychological assessment, including parenting risk assessments and diagnostic evaluations for the Department of Child Services, state and federal probation, as well as fitness for duty evaluations, pre-surgical evaluations, and autism testing.

 

 

Bryan Ciula, Ph.D.

*Supervisor at site in Warsaw, IN Dr. Ciula received his Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1977 and is licensed in Indiana. He has been in practice for 40 years working with older adolescent through older adult populations doing both individual and couples counseling, and psychological assessments/testing, including medically related, forensic, and neuropsychological. He is a Certified Diplomat in clinical hypnotherapy and he is trained in biofeedback training. Dr. Ciula’s research interests include psychological testing.

 

Andrew Yoder, Ph.D.

*Supervisor at site in Warsaw, IN Dr. Yoder completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Notre Dame and there was a strong curriculum focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. While at Notre Dame, he was also the clinic coordinator and therapist for the Notre Dame Marital Therapy and Research Clinic and he still enjoys working with couples. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the Venture Psychology Internship Consortium in St. Joseph and Benton Harbor, MI. He also completed post-doctoral training at the Bowen Center which included individual therapy with a wide range of populations with regard to age, SES, and presenting problems. He has experience with forensic assessments including parenting risk assessment for the department of child services and a couple of competencies to stand trial evaluations. His training has primarily focused on interventions suited for late adolescents and adults, with some experience and less training with children and younger adolescents. His training also included a good balance of assessment and therapy and my preference in clinical practice is a fairly even distribution of both assessment and therapy.

Life in Northeast Indiana…

While Bowen Center services a predominantly rural population, we are not “in the middle of nowhere.” In fact, Fort Wayne is the second-largest city in Indiana, and many of our interns choose to live there. The region offers a relatively low cost of living and is conveniently located near several large cities and interesting towns for fun day trips and weekend getaways.

For those who like to access the “big city,” both Indianapolis and Chicago are within ready driving distance. You can board a train in South Bend and be in downtown Chicago’s “Magnificent Mile” within about an hour. Fort Wayne and South Bend have many fine restaurants (not to mention some amazing chocolate shops), shopping and concert venues, and professional sporting events. Brown County, Indiana, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and the many charming towns along the Lake Michigan shoreline are great places for a weekend getaway.  For any thrill-seekers among us, Sandusky, Ohio, about a three-hour drive away, boasts Cedar Point, voted year after year as America’s best rollercoaster park. Many festivals take place throughout the area during the summer and fall, and there are lots of outdoor adventures to go on, including many area bike trails, hiking trails, and state parks. 

 

Fort Wayne is the second-largest city in the state of Indiana, and the hub of Northeast Indiana, earning awards from Money Magazine, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, All-America City Awards, Business Week, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for its outstanding quality of life. Fort Wayne boasts a low cost of living, top-notch medical care, excellent educational opportunities, and fun activities for all individuals. Fort Wayne has fantastic eateries and shops, arts and cultural events, parks and trails, and sporting events. For example, Sweetwater hosts several great musical events in addition to concerts at other venues. There are a number of chain and independent restaurants, offering a wide variety of cuisines from American to Middle Eastern to Asian to Mexican to Italian and more. Fort Wayne is also home to several craft breweries, a distillery, a zoo, Science Central, as well as multiple other museums, escape rooms, nature parks, preserves, and walking trails. In addition, there are several local wineries nearby. 

 

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