Four County – Traditional Internship Positions

Match # 228811 (Traditional)

Traditional Internship positions available: 3

Four County Counseling Center has three internship positions for the traditional internship experience. Interns in these three positions will be placed at different office locations in the Four County network. Interns will be exposed to most clinical service lines offered by the agency so that interns can gain an in-depth understanding of the breadth of service operations of a rural mental health agency. Professional training and acculturation will involve more than exposure to clinical operations. Interns will also have exposure and learning experiences in most areas of mental health operations including business office, support, executive, and leadership functions. This is designed to help interns understand and appreciate the multi-faceted roles that psychologists often serve after graduation and to help prepare them for functions outside of their traditional clinical training. Potential office locations are listed below.

  • Four County Main Center – Logansport, IN
  • Four County Office – Kokomo, IN
  • Four County Office – Winamac, IN
  • Four County Office – Tipton, IN
  • Four County Office – Peru, IN
  • Four County Office – Rochester, IN

The training program at this site is designed to prepare interns to serve a broad spectrum of individuals in terms of age, cultural, diagnostic, and level of functioning inherent in a rural setting. Professional acculturation will include exposure to legal, multicultural, and ethical issues that arise in an applied setting. Leadership, management, and executive functions are also addressed. Interns will learn to become key players within a multidisciplinary, community setting. Training and didactics are utilized with the belief that diversity is best viewed as a long-term goal that has a continual evolution. At this level of training, integration, proficiency, and efficiency are emphasized in the development of a stronger sense of professional identity, leadership, and autonomy. Professional acculturation will include exposure to legal, multicultural, and ethical issues that arise in an applied setting. Leadership, management, and executive functions are also addressed. Professional training and acculturation will involve more than exposure to clinical operations and will include exposure and learning experiences in most areas of mental health operations including business office, support, executive, and leadership functions. All associates go through a two-week orientation process in which they become familiar with the agency, staff, services, and operations. Interns will spend the majority of their time in the outpatient setting. Interns will conduct individual, family, and couples therapy for all ages of individuals. Intake assessment, treatment planning, and care management are also functions in this setting. Some interns will spend half of their time on the acute care rotation. During this rotation, they will conduct individual, group, and family sessions on the agency’s inpatient unit. The intern will also complete psychological assessments and evaluations to help clarify diagnoses and guide treatment. It is expected that the intern will gain knowledge and experience in working with the severely mentally ill in an acute setting. Other “mini-rotations” will be completed based on the intern’s needs and interests so that they may be exposed to the variety of service lines that are available in the community mental health setting. The intern may also experience executive, leadership, and management functions.

It should be noted that monthly didactic training is located at the Four County main office location in Logansport, IN. Depending on office assignment, interns may be required to travel approximately 30 minutes for monthly didactic training if not assigned to the Logansport office. Four County Counseling Center is a member of the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) loan repayment program.

 

Example Schedule
Interns in each of these office locations will participate in a rotation in an outpatient setting, providing individual, couples, and family therapy, completing intake assessments, treatment planning, and case management. Interns may participate in a six-month rotation on the Acute Care (inpatient) Unit. While on the ACU, the intern would be expected to complete psychological evaluations, provide individual and group therapy, family education, participate in multidisciplinary rounds, and may provide supervision to community mental health workers or practicum students who work on the ACU. Interns in the past have participated in minor rotations in school settings, correctional setting, a homeless shelter, substance use treatment, telepsychology, and in an integrated care setting. Interns are expected to participate in providing training (both within the agency and outside the agency) and outreach activities. Interns may also work with an executive-level associate on a systems-based project. This project will likely incorporate local clinical scientist skills to aid in identifying and addressing systemic issues that may enhance care and service delivery.

In general, interns will work a Monday – Friday schedule from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm each day. Some weekend work and/or evening hours and travel from the home office may be required.

Treatment Modalities
As listed by APPIC, here are the example Treatment Modalities available for this experience:

  • Assessment
  • Individual Intervention
  • Couples Intervention
  • Family Intervention
  • Group Intervention
  • Consultation
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Brief Intervention
  • Long-term Intervention
  • Supervision
  • Evidence Based Practice
Supervised Experiences
As listed by APPIC, here are the example Supervised Experiences available for these positions:

  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Assessment
  • Serious Mental Illness
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Forensics/Corrections
  • Counseling
  • Empirically Supported Treatment
  • Supervision
  • Administration
Patient Populations
As listed by APPIC, here are the example Patient Populations treated at these locations:

  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Older Adults
  • Families
  • Inpatients
  • Outpatients
  • Spanish-Speaking
  • Rural
  • Low-Income
Intern Selection Process
All intern applicants will be considered for placement, though receipt of a Master’s degree is required at this site (rather than education-equivalent). Licensed or license-eligible applicants are preferred. Application for licensure will be required if intern is not already licensed. Candidates are expected to have skill sets commensurate with applicants at the pre-internship level. A successful candidate will be one who is looking for a challenging work environment. Exceptional self-assessment skills are expected and are viewed as necessary for appropriate professional development. Candidates should possess good psychological-mindedness, be prepared to take risks, and be open to learning opportunities. They are expected to be dependable, prepared, curious, non-defensive, and motivated. Interviews may be conducted over the telephone or by teleconferencing. However, it is preferred that interviews take place face-to-face so that interns and the training site can determine the best fit. Those candidates not invited to interview will be notified by letter.
Background Checks
Four County Counseling Center conducts background checks on all interns. Please note the following conditions that would result in the site needing to break a match with an intern:

  • Felony conviction in last 10 years.
  • Failed Drug Screen [test positive for drug use]
  • Any failed Child Protective Services Check – meaning they have a record of child abuse/neglect.
  • Any conviction for Operating While Intoxicated in last 3 years [DUI or DWAI – Driving while Ability Impaired if more than 6 current points on license].