Match # 228819

Internship Positions: 4

Centerstone is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit providers of community-based behavioral health care, offering a full range of mental health services, substance abuse treatment, intellectual and developmental disability services, housing, educational services, and community supports for people of all ages. In 2016, Centerstone served more than 170,000 individuals and families in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee. They follow the philosophies of Recovery and Resiliency in every aspect of their treatment planning and are committed to providing professional, compassionate services that improve the quality of life. The organization employs a staff of over 5,000 professionals including psychiatrists, nurses, psychologists, master’s-level clinicians, social workers, community support specialists, therapists, finance specialists, information systems technicians, administrative, and support staff.

Centerstone and its predecessor organizations have provided community-based mental health and addiction services in Indiana for nearly 60 years. They offer a full range of mental health services, substance abuse treatment and educational services at our 60+ locations throughout South Central Indiana.

  • Serving 24,000 children, adolescents, adults, seniors and their families annually
  • Over 60 facilities throughout Indiana
  •  Accredited by CARF International
  • On the forefront in clinical research and health information technology

Centerstone responds to the behavioral health care needs of individuals and families, regardless of age or the severity of challenges. Our broad range of professional services is designed to ensure that sensitive, individualized care is available to everyone seeking help. They offer a multitude of programs that are designed to address the wide-range of emotional, behavioral, psychological, and addiction issues that affect the individuals in their care. They have also created a number of educational outreach initiatives designed to provide young and old alike with a better understanding of behavioral healthcare. Centerstone exists to help individuals from all walks of life in need.

It should be noted that Columbus, Indiana, is 2 hours and 17 minutes away from Logansport, Indiana, where monthly didactic training is held. Travel to didactics is the responsibility of the intern and should be taken into consideration.

In addition to the information provided on this page, you can watch the recording of the September 25th Training Director’s Panel below for additional information about this site.

NPTC Great Lakes Region Training Director’s Panel

Our Mission

The mission of Centerstone is “Delivering care that changes people’s lives”

Our Supervisors

Site Training Director
Robert “RB” Watts, Ph.D.

RB Watts, Ph.D. is the Training Director for Centerstone. He is a licensed psychologist in the state of Indiana and received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Texas Tech University. His academic training and research interests focused in the areas of chronic pain and variables related to chronic pain. He also provided services in the healthcare setting including the university hospital’s cancer center and primary care clinic. His internship year included specialized training in treating LGBTQ individuals, sexual assault survivors, and group therapy. His theoretical orientation includes combinations of CBT, ACT, and Behavioral.

Primary Supervisors
Ben Sklar, Ph.D.

Dr. Sklar is a licensed psychologist in the state of Indiana. He completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from United States International University, School of Human Behavior. He has been a practicing psychologist for Centerstone since 1989. His theoretical orientation is CBT.

Joan Davis, Psy.D.

Dr. Davis is a licensed psychologist in the state of Indiana. She completed her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is a clinical psychologist working for almost 20 yrs in rural southern Indiana for a community mental health center. Suicide prevention is a primary focus, and she is an ASIST trainer. She is also involved with the CIT (Critical Incident Team) with local law enforcement and hospital staff.

William Roll, Ph.D.

Dr. Roll is a licensed psychologist in the state of Indiana. He completed his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Southern Illinois University. He has been a practicing psychologist in a community mental health setting for the past 43 years. His special interest is with anxiety disorders including PTSD and he has training and experience with both Cognitive Processing and EMDR.

Current Internship Placements

Current office location for Centerstone is listed below. You can see a full listing of Great Lakes Region office listings by looking at the region map here.

Current Office Locations:

Columbus, IN

It should be noted that Columbus, Indiana, is 2 hours and 17 minutes away from Logansport, Indiana, where monthly didactic training is held. Due to the distance, interns at this location will be provided with some travel reimbursement considerations for monthly didactic training.

Example Schedule
Interns with Centerstone will generally work a Monday – Friday schedule from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm each day with one hour for lunch. No weekend work or after hours on-call is required. Interns may elect to have patient contact hours after 5:00 pm with an adjusted start time for the day per approval and supervisor availability.

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

Training Opportunities
Interns, along with the Training Director, will develop a learning plan in the beginning of the internship year in order to identify areas of interest and focus for training. While interns will gain experience across all service lines offered at Centerstone, they may choose to focus and spend more time in particular areas of interest as team members in a multidisciplinary model. Primary intervention modalities can include group and/or individual psychotherapy, as well as assessment opportunities. As a broad overview, the Columbus, Indiana Centerstone office provides services in the following team structures:

  • Crisis/Access: Conducts intake evaluations, assesses level of need, and coordinates internal referrals to appropriate services. Team members also provide emergency services to clients or community members in crisis, and may assist with arranging acute inpatient care in an appropriate external facility. In addition, this team provides outpatient services for clients in need of brief psychotherapy intervention.
  • Child & Family: Offers services to children and adolescents, as well as their families. This team works closely with community organizations such as the local school district as well as the Department of Child Services. Along with providing outpatient services within the clinic, team members may reach out to clients within the home and school settings. Team members include therapists, family support specialists, and care coordinators.
  • Adult & Family: Provides services to adults with significant mental health needs, including a broad range of diagnoses. In addition to outpatient psychotherapy services, team members provide community based interventions to clients with severe mental illnesses. Team members include therapists, rehab specialists, health coaches, and care coordinators.
    • Addictions Services: Within Adult & Family Services, the Addictions team members provide comprehensive Substance Use Disorder interventions. Interventions include individual psychotherapy, group-based interventions (including Motivation for Change, Intensive Outpatient, Aftercare, Seeking Safety, and Dual Diagnosis groups), and community based intervention provided by recovery coaches and peer recovery specialists. Team members also work closely with medical staff providing medication-assisted treatment.
  • Medical Services: Psychiatric services are provided on-site and medical providers work closely with staff members to provide comprehensive care to children, adolescents, and adults. Providers include psychiatrists and advance nurse practitioners along with the support of nursing and medical assistants. Interns will work alongside medical staff on a regular basis, and have the opportunity to observe providers in session.

Additionally, interns may choose to provide psychotherapy services in one of our surrounding county offices, particularly as a means to engage with rural and underserved populations. Assessment opportunities can also be provided within these sites as well.

APPIC Training Experiences
Example treatment modalities for this rotation (as listed by APPIC):

  • Assessement
  • Individual Intervention
  • Couples
  • Family Intervention
  • Group Intervention
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Brief Intervention
  • Evidence-Based Practice


Example supervised experiences (as listed by APPIC):

  • Serious Mental Illness
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Forensics/Corrections
  • Pediatrics
  • School
  • Counseling
  • Empirically-Supported Treatments
  • Integrated Health Care – Primary


Example patient populations (as listed by APPIC):

  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Families
  • Outpatients
  • Students
  • Rural
  • Low Income
  • Homeless
Salary and Benefits
Salary for the 2019-2020 Training Year: $28,017.60

Benefits provided at this site include:

  • 112 hours of PTO (vacation / sick leave)
  • 24 hours of Professional Development
  • Discounted health insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • 403(b) with 3% employer match
  • $500 wellness reimbursement
  • Mileage reimbursement for interoffice travel
  • Employee Assistance Program (free short-term counseling for intern and/or their family)
  • Professional liability insurance (for those not already covered)

Centerstone observes the following 9 holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. 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.

Intern Selection Process
Successful interns are those who are adaptive to the dynamic environment of a community mental health center. This involves a balance of the ability to work independently as well as integrating into multidisciplinary teams which can include physicians, nurse practitioners, case managers, recovery coaches, rehabilitation specialists, and health coaches. Supervising psychologists will participate in the selection process of potential interns, coordinated by the Training Director.
Interview Day
In order to reduce the travel expense associated with interviewing, all participating NPTC sites participate in a Universal Interview day in Springfield, Missouri. Interviews can also be arranged at other times and places and Skype interviews are also possible. Please be aware that on-site tours are not a part of this interview process. However, some sites may approve a site tour at a later date if requested by prospective intern. The ability or inability to attend a site tour at another time will not impact match rankings and this is not an option available at all locations.