Valley Oaks Health
Medical Arts Building - Lafayette, IN
Valley Oaks - Crawfordsville, IN
Valley Oaks -Lafayette, IN
#228821 (Adult Track)
#228822 (Child Track)
#228823 (Generalist Track)
#228824 (Family HC – Grant Funded)
#228825 (Riggs CHC – Grant Funded)
Traditional Internship positions: 3
IHC Grant Funded positions: 2
Residency/Job positions available: 3
The mission of Valley Oaks Health is to provide quality behavioral health and addictions care based on the needs of the communities we serve.
About Our Site
Valley Oaks Health is a community mental health center serving 10 mostly rural counties centered around Lafayette, IN. This site has 19 different locations where services are provided. Services include case management programs, group homes and supported living, and traditional outpatient office settings.
The Lafayette / West Lafayette metropolitan area has a population of 190,000, making it the 6th most populous in Indiana. Lafayette is 1 hour from the state capital of Indianapolis and 2.5 hours from Chicago. As a community mental health center, Valley Oaks Health serves all parts of the community. They cover a large geographical area, with satellite offices in 11 different counties, most of which are rural and agrarian. In the 2015-2016 fiscal year, Valley Oaks served 8200 clients and had over 22,000 client visits per month in their system. The top diagnoses treated are mood disorders, ADHD, anxiety disorders, PTSD, substance abuse, and schizophrenia. Valley Oaks employs 12 psychologists, 9 of whom are involved in intern supervision.
Although the large majority of the area’s population is white Americans of European heritage, the Lafayette area is the home of Purdue University, a Big Ten university with an international reputation. Purdue’s presence enlivens the community and brings cultural diversity with a cosmopolitan student body and faculty/staff, representing over 120 countries and from across the U.S.. Lafayette also has a diversified economy including farming, manufacturing and R&D: Subaru, Caterpillar, General Electric, Alcoa, Rolls Royce, and Indiana University Health. There is a growing Hispanic population across Valley Oaks’ service area as well.
There are many job opportunities for psychologists in Indiana. Valley Oaks Health is interested in attracting psychologists to work in Indiana and is very open to the intern staying with Valley Oaks Health after the internship. Valley Oaks has hired 4 of their 9 interns as of 2019. Further Valley Oaks has also hired 1 intern who completed their internship with another NPTC site.
Valley Oaks Health has traditional internship training experiences and IHC Grant Funded internship training experiences, which are very different experiences.
A feature of Valley Oaks Health’s traditional positions is that the traditional interns will work in 2-3 different settings and have supervision from at least 3 different psychologists during the year. Interns within the Traditional internship experiences will have choices of three different tracks (Adult, Child/Adolescent, and Generalist) and all interns will have rotations through different outpatient clinics throughout the year to provide a wide variety of training opportunities.
More detailed information about the traditional internship experiences with Valley Oaks Health can be found here: Traditional Internship Positions.
Valley Oaks Health has also partnered with two FQHC’s to provide integrated health care internship experiences as a part of a HRSA BHWET grant. The integrated healthcare internship will be very different from the traditional. Each integrated intern will be full-time at one of two FQHCs and receive additional didactic training in topics related to integrated health care.
More detailed information about the IHC Grant Funded internship experiences with Valley Oaks Health can be found here: IHC Grant Funded Positions.
It should be noted that office locations for Valley Oaks Health range from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours from Logansport, Indiana where interns must travel for monthly didactic training. The greater Lafayette area is centrally located to all primary rotation locations.
In addition to the information provided on this page, you can watch the recording of the interview with our Director of Operations and Dr. Kulkarni here:
Site Training Director
Monique Kulkarni, Ph.D., HSPP
Dr. Kulkarni received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012 after completing her APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at the University of California, Berkeley. She is Senior Director of Clinical Services at Valley Oaks Health (VOH), and in this role oversees all aspects of clinical services in nine of ten counties in VOH’s service area. Prior to this role, she served as Director of Valley Oaks’ Community Living Program for Children and Adolescents, serving children and families through office, school, and community-based services in the greater Lafayette area. She has specialized training in early childhood mental health and a wealth of experience when it comes to issues of diversity and inclusion, identity development, and early career transitions. Over the past decade, she has served in numerous leadership roles within the Asian American Psychological Association as well as the Society of Counseling Psychology (Division 17) within the American Psychological Association.
Salary, Benefits, and Support
Salary for the 2021-2022 Training Year:
Traditional and IHC Grant Funded Positions: $28,352
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
- Short/Long Term Disability
- Life Insurance
- Professional liability insurance (for those not already covered)
Valley Oaks Health observes the following 7 holidays:
- New Year’s Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Day
- Personal Holiday
Interns with Valley Oaks Health are provided with either a laptop computer and are a part of the electronic health record system at the site. Each office location has an office manager and clerical support staff who assist with appointments and secretarial duties. Interns also have access to online scoring and interpretation services for psychological testing. Interns typically have their own office at their primary site, but may use shared space at their secondary rotation.
More information about the Support and Benefits offered in each of our regions can be found here.
Valley Oaks Health does conduct background checks on interns prior to orientation. This site is contracted with DCS of Indiana and DCS requires background checks for all counties and states the intern has lived in for the past 5 years. Please note that having a criminal history does not always have a negative impact on the applicant’s eligibility for an internship. However, if an applicant has a CPS substantiation in any state they have lived in then they are not eligible for internship and that would cause the site to release the intern from a match. A substantiation is when the State’s DCS/CPS feel the person in question has knowingly put a child at risk, such as a DUI with a minor in the car, having altercations in front of child, charges or suspicion of child abuse/neglect, etc. If the applicant feels the substantiation is invalid they can follow up and attempt to clear the substantiation from their record.
DCS also requires a fingerprint and drug screen on each matched intern. A positive drug screen would also cause the site to release the intern from a match.
If the prints come back Conditionally Disqualified, the intern will need to contact DCS and supply them with any additional info or documents they need to make the prints “Qualified” (this info could also prove them to be Disqualified). If the intern does not take care of this, they would also be released from the match. DCS typically allows up to 3 misdemeanors but will disqualify anyone with a felony.
Intern Selection Process
We want our interns to come from strong clinical or counseling programs and to have an interest in the community mental health setting as a career goal. Interns must be willing to work with a variety of clients from all SES levels and many different diagnoses. They must be willing to work within a system which expects clear documentation in a problem-oriented treatment model. Although assessment is a core competency of the internship program, it should be noted that psychological testing is not a major experience for these internship positions.
Applicants will be screened by the training director and primary supervisors, interviewed by the training director, and selected by the training director and primary supervisors. Interviews can be face-to-face or telephone or Skype / Facetime interviews. Receipt of a Master’s degree (rather than education equivalent) is required at this site. Preference will be given to students who envision practicing in Indiana for their career. We hope that a proportion of interns will decide to pursue employment with Valley Oaks Health after attaining their doctorate.
IHC Grant-Funded Positions Only: 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 email@example.com.
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.
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 the 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.
Great Lakes Region Sites
- Aspire Indiana, Inc.
- Bowen Center
- Four County Counseling Center
- Little Star ABA Therapy
- Valley Oaks Health (previously Wabash Valley Alliance)