Bowen Center – IHC Grant Funded Positions
Match #228820 (Bowen / Parkview Pain – IBD)
Match #228821 (Bowen / Parkview Pediatrics)
IHC Grant Funded positions available: 2
The ABOUT INDIANA project is a Primary Care Psychology Training & Workforce Solution for Indiana. This initiative by the National Psychology Training Consortium (NPTC) has goals to increase: Access to Behavioral Health services that are Original and occur in Underserved communities by Trainees in Indiana. The overall goal of this Project is to establish a viable long-term and sustainable behavioral health workforce solution for rural/underserved counties in Indiana via doctoral psychology internships. Utilizing the Professional Track of the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program (BHWET), the Project establishes sustainable training placements of doctoral psychology interns in underserved primary care settings. This Project will place ten (10) new full-time doctoral psychology interns each year of the grant, serving 40 participants during the entire Project period. These interns will be placed full-time at primary and experiential partner sites where they will integrate with physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals while providing behavioral health services. The integrated care training experiences offered at the partnering agencies include FQHCs and medical centers that provide training and experience in integrated care for many fields including psychology, psychiatry, and social work. NPTC-Great Lakes has been training psychology interns for the past four years, however the partnering agencies have collectively decades of experience running individual psychology internships, masters-level practicum training for counselors and social workers, and FQHC and medical center training for each along with psychiatry in an integrated setting.
ABOUT Indiana builds on a robust APA-Accredited internship consortium Project, which is administered by NPTC, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit entity that specializes in rural and underserved workforce development for doctoral psychology interns. The Project adopts the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) model of Rapid Cycle Quality Improvement (RCQI) and utilizes monthly, quarterly, and yearly data to improve all aspects of the Project. This Project will be carried out by NPTC in conjunction with three other primary partners that function as Community Mental Health Centers in rural Indiana counties and additional experiential partners such as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and free health clinics.
Bowen Center is operating as one of the three primary partners of this project and has agreements in place with the following locations as internship placements as a part of this grant project:
- Parkview Comprehensive Pain Center and the IBD Clinic – Ft. Wayne, Indiana
- Parkview Physicians Group, Pediatrics Rotation – Huntington, Indiana
These integrated health care interns will specialize in working in a community primary care setting as part of a team including physicians, nurse practitioners, medical assistants, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, and dietitians. The emphasis will be not on merely practicing psychology within the same clinic, but in helping the team treat the whole person, addressing the behavioral interventions that can augment medical care. The emphasis will be on short-term assessment and therapy, crisis intervention, and psychoeducation. There may be opportunities for community outreach. In addition to the two days a month of didactic training that other interns receive, these interns will have an extra day per month of training specific to integrated health care.
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.
Interns as a part of the IHC Grant-Funded experience will also attend the Regional Integrated Mental Health Conference in French Lick, Indiana each spring. Registration and hotel stay will be covered as a part of the program. More information about this training opportunity can be found here.
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 1-1.5 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.
Parkview Comprehensive Pain Center and IBD Clinic
The first internship position will be working with the Parkview Comprehensive Pain Center and the IBD Clinic. The Parkview Comprehensive Pain Center is a multidisciplinary service setting, treating a wide range of acute and chronic pain syndromes. The goal of the pain center is to help primary care physicians manage their patients with chronic pain and provide them with a more specialized range of options in their treatment. The approach is comprehensive in that the Pain Center aims to treat pain and all of the symptoms and side effects that come from it. The psychology intern would be working with Brian Hutner, Psy.D., HSPP and Kelly Hutner, Psy.D., HSPP in Ken Austin, M.D.’s Pain Management Clinic. This clinic is located at Parkview Medical Regional Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The psychology intern will conduct initial mental health and psychological evaluations to help determine mental health and psychiatric areas that impact medical treatment of multiple pain disorders– the goal is to uncover how mental health aspects impact a patient through all the tools available. The Pain Clinic conducts full psychological evaluations including brief neurological assessments, symptom screening tools, and personality assessments. The intern will perform and/or assist in determination of patient appropriateness of spinal cord stimulation and intrathecal pain pump trials. The intern will conduct comprehensive mental health file reviews prior to initial psychological evaluations for pain providers looking for mental health elements that might impact the ability to safety provide medication and surgical interventions for pain patients. The intern will evaluate and provide objectively based referrals to outpatient and inpatient mental health treatment facilities and organizations. The intern will conduct data analysis and research on our current patient population to ensure that we are meeting clinic objectives with possible presentation of our data to outside organizations for review and development of effective standards of chronic pain treatment. The intern will promote healthy living strategies and educating patients through ongoing individual therapy utilizing cognitive behavioral principles. The intern will assist the medical team in day to day clinical operations. The intern will assist with the Chronic Pain Rehab Program (CPRP) as deemed appropriate. The CPRP is a comprehensive approach to managing pain in which patients would be engaged to help develop a repertoire of skills for managing pain more effectively while developing coping strategies that would be able to incorporated into patients as opposed to depending upon medical / surgical interventions. The program is focused on cognitive behavioral therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, group interventions, and education, all within a setting focused on enhanced functional activities. The program offers rolling admission, which means that new patients are added on a continuous basis. This allows for the opportunity to learn from and support others who are in different stages of the program.
The psychology intern would also be working with the IBD Clinic. The clinic is located at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Parkview GI Physicians have completed years of specialized training in gastroenterology and additional training in endoscopy. Some of the conditions they treat include Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, esophageal cancer, Barrett’s esophagus, acid reflux, chronic constipation, chronic diarrhea, digestive disease, and colon cancer. The psychology intern will assist with depression and anxiety screening using PHQ-9 and GAD-7 tools, to develop benchmarks for pre and post visits. There will be an emphasis on brief, solution focused intervention and psychoeducation.
At both sites, there are opportunities to develop and deliver presentations to the medical staff regarding behavioral health in integrated care.
Parkview Physicians Network, Pediatrics Rotation
The second internship position through the Parkview Physicians Group provides behavioral health services in an integrated healthcare with Duane Hougendobler, M.D., Pediatrician in Huntington, Indiana. Here the intern can expect to do anxiety and depression screenings-as well as ADHD evaluations. There will be an emphasis on brief, solution focused intervention and psychoeducation. There is an opportunity for types of program development in addition to being able to work in direct collaboration with the medical professionals. The intern placed there described it as “a very integrated treatment experience.”
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.
Due to the requirements of the HRSA grant, any intern applicants for the IHC-Grant Funded positions must be citizens of the United States, a noncitizen national of the United States, or a foreign national who possesses a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible to participate. Please note that this requirement only applies to the Grant-Funded positions and not the traditional positions available at each of our sites. If you have any questions about eligibility for the program please contact Katherine Dixon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a part of this grant, Interns are also required to sign an agreement that they will seek out job positions in rural and/or underserved areas following graduation. An example of this agreement is linked 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)