Valley Oaks Health – IHC Grant Funded Positions

Family Health Clinic of Carroll County

Riggs Community Health Center

MATCH #’s:
228817 – Family HC (Grant Funded)
228818 – Riggs CHC (Grant Funded)

IHC Grant Funded positions available: 2
Residency/Job positions available: 0

About Our Site

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 five 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.

Valley Oaks Health is operating as one of the five primary partners of this project and has two specialty slots for interns to work in integrated health care in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC’s). These 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 also be opportunities for community outreach.

The integrated healthcare internship will be very different from the traditional. Each integrated healthcare intern will be full-time at one of two Federally Qualified Health Centers::

  • Family Health Clinic of Carroll County – Delphi, IN
  • Riggs Community Health Center – Lafayette, IN

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. Both clinics have mental health services provided by social work therapists but no psychologists on staff, so the intern will have the unique opportunity to represent psychology and the role of psychologists in healthcare in these clinics! The emphasis will be on short-term assessment and therapy, crisis intervention, and psychoeducation. There may also 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.

Interns as a part of the IHC Grant-Funded experience will also be sent to a regional integrated health care conference free of charge. More information about the conference and this experience will be provided closer to the event. More information about this training opportunity can be found here.

Placement Locations

Title Address Description Link

Our Rotations

Family Health Clinic of Carroll County (#228817)

The Family Health Clinic of Carroll County is a federally qualified health center affiliated with and managed by the Purdue University School of Nursing. Many of the clinic’s patients are uninsured or under-insured. Faculty from the Purdue School of Nursing launched the clinics in the mid-1990s to respond to this patient population, and some faculty continue to practice in them. They oversee Purdue students from multiple professions, such as nursing, pharmacy and nutrition science, who have the opportunity to learn how primary care works, and how their roles can complement each other to provide high-quality healthcare. The main center is in Delphi, located 20 miles northeast of Lafayette. Advance Practice Nurses consult with and refer to their collaborating physicians. In addition, referrals are made to specialists in the Greater Lafayette area. The clinic has a mental health staff consisting of two LCSW’s and an MSW, as well as a consulting psychologist. Of note, the director of the Valley Oaks Delphi office, who is a psychologist, has been providing substance abuse services at this clinic one day per week for the past year. Established in 1995 the Family Health Clinic has developed a history and reputation for offering quality medical care in the community for over twenty years. Starting with a staff of three people, the clinic expanded opening a satellite location in Monon, Indiana in 2006. Employing over 40 staff members between the two locations, the Family Health Clinic has grown to accommodate the communities it services offering high quality medical care, laboratory services and expanded services. Recently two more part-time satellite clinics have been established in Wolcott and Burlington, Indiana. Like the FHC’s full-time behavioral health staff, the intern will spend one day a week providing services in one of the satellite clinics.  In March 2009, the Family Health Clinic received Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Designation, which allows comprehensive primary and preventive health services to be provided in a preferred alternative to out-of-town providers. Being conveniently located in the community, the Family Health Clinic helps reduce emergency room visits for local residents. In June 2014 the Family Health Clinic received the National Committee for Quality Assurance Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Level 2 Designation. The Clinic also provides training opportunities for more than 30 Purdue School of Nursing students throughout the year as well as Purdue College of Pharmacy Fellows and Interns at each site. The clinic provides basic healthcare services to the growing Hispanic and Latino populations in that medically underserved area. Several of the Monon clinic staff are bilingual and provide translation. About 3,000 uninsured and under-insured patients are seen here each year. The center recently received federal grant money to address the opioid epidemic as well. Psychologist supervision will be by VOH psychologists who work off-site at VOH outpatient offices, so an intern at this location will need to be someone who is comfortable working relatively independently, though one of the Valley Oaks supervisors also provides services at the FHC and is very familiar with their system as a result.  Each integrated healthcare intern will have two different VOH supervisors, as well as supervision from the clinic social workers. The emphasis will be on bringing psychological perspective and interventions into the treatment of patients in primary care.  Traditional scheduled therapy, consultations, warm handoffs, and crisis interventions will all be a part of the services the intern will offer. While the clinic serves patients of all ages, there is some flexibility to specialize in a particular age range depending on the intern’s interests and training goals. An intern’s ability to speak Spanish would be a bonus at this site, but not a need, as the clinic has some in-house interpreters as well.

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
Family Intervention X
Consultation/Liaison X
Crisis Intervention X
Brief Intervention X
Long-Term Intervention X
Primary Care 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
Serious Mental Illness X
Anxiety Disorders X
Trauma/PTSD X
Sexual Abuse X
Substance Use Disorders X
Geropsychology X
Pediatrics X
Counseling X
Multicultural Therapy X
Feminist Therapy X
Religion/Spirituality X
Empirically-Supported Treatments X
Integrated Health Care-Primary X
Integrated Health Care-Specialty X

 

Patient Populations

Example patient populations (as listed by APPIC):

Population % Served
Children 35%
Adolescents 35%
Adults 20%
Family 20%
Older Adults 10%
Outpatients 100%
LGBTQI+ 5%
Ethnic Minorities 15%
Spanish Speaking 5%
Rural 100%
Low Income 90%
Homeless 10%
Number of Counties Served 2
Total Number of Clients Served 100
Example Schedule

Interns will generally work a Monday – Friday schedule from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm each day.

Riggs Community Health Center (#228818)

Riggs Community Health Center in Lafayette, Indiana is one of over 8,000 community health centers nationwide helping patients avoid emergency rooms and offering preventative care. The Community Health Center model of health care is patient-focused, coordinated, and proven to yield better health outcomes, remove barriers to needed care, minimize health disparities, and lower overall costs. Riggs CHC has a mental health staff consisting of 3 full-time LCSW’s, one of whom is also credentialed in addictions. There is an addiction program featuring Vivitrol injections and offering both individual and group therapy. The mental health staff are integrated with 8 full-time primary care providers consisting of one MD and 7 nurse practitioners. Riggs CHC has a rich 25-plus year history of providing high quality, comprehensive primary health care to the uninsured and underinsured men, women, and children of Tippecanoe County, Indiana. Wendell Riggs, M.D., a pediatrician after whom the clinic was named, envisioned increased access for the area’s uninsured and underinsured children and their families. With support from St. Elizabeth Medical Center and a few dedicated community members who shared his zeal to help, he was able to provide affordable primary care for women and children by opening a part-time prenatal and well-child clinic in 1988. This was the beginning of access to vital health care services for the under-served in Greater Lafayette and the surrounding area. From humble roots, through what was then known as the Community Health Clinic under the County Health Department, Dr. Riggs and his colleagues served 240 patients in the Clinic’s inaugural year. During the course of the following years, the clinic became known as the Tippecanoe Community Health Clinic, officially separated from County government, obtained status as a not-for-profit entity, became a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), and in 1998, opened its own 19,000-square foot, epitomizing an outstanding public/private partnership with the community. From 1999 to 2017, annual patient visits at Riggs CHC increased from 21,000 to over 60,000. Psychologist supervision will be by VOH psychologists who work off-site at VOH outpatient offices, so an intern at this location will need to be someone who is comfortable working relatively independently.  Each integrated healthcare intern will have two different VOH supervisors, as well as supervision from the clinic social workers. The emphasis will be on bringing psychological perspective and interventions into the treatment of patients in primary care.  Traditional scheduled therapy, consultations, warm handoffs, and crisis interventions will all be a part of the services the intern will offer.  While the clinic serves patients of all ages, there is some flexibility to specialize in a particular age range depending on the intern’s interests and training goals. An intern’s ability to speak Spanish would be a bonus at this site, but not a need, as the clinic has some in-house interpreters as well.

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
Family Intervention X
Consultation/Liaison X
Crisis Intervention X
Brief Intervention X
Long-Term Intervention X
Primary Care 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
Eating Disorders X
Sexual Disorders X
Physical Disabilities X
Learning Disabilities X
Developmental Disabilities X
Assessment X
Serious Mental Illness X
Anxiety Disorders X
Trauma/PTSD X
Sexual Abuse X
Substance Use Disorders X
Geropsychology X
Pediatrics X
Counseling X
Multicultural Therapy X
Feminist Therapy X
Religion/Spirituality X
Empirically-Supported Treatments X
Integrated Health Care-Primary X
Integrated Health Care-Specialty X

 

Patient Populations

Example patient populations (as listed by APPIC):

Population % Served
Children 30%
Adolescents 30%
Adults 15%
Family 20%
Older Adults 5%
Outpatients 100%
LGBTQI+ 5%
Ethnic Minorities 15%
Spanish Speaking 5%
Rural 75%
Urban 25%
Low Income 90%
Homeless 5%
Number of Counties Served 1
Total Number of Clients Served 100
Example Schedule

Interns will generally work a Monday – Friday schedule from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm each day.

Our Supervisors

Stephanie Rose, Ph.D., HSPP

 Dr. Rose is the Main Primary supervisor for the IHC position at Riggs CHC. She received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Purdue University. Her research emphases include grief and loss, and multicultural issues. On internship, she specialized in older adult issues and dementia / Alzheimer’s and worked in integrated health care. She has primarily worked in community mental health settings. She sees a diverse range of patients, including adults, adolescents, and children. She currently conducts individual therapy, family/couples therapy, and addiction groups.

Monique Kulkarni, Ph.D.,HSPP

 Dr. Kulkarni is the Site Training Director and the Main Primary supervisor for the IHC position at the Delphi Family Health Clinic. She 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.

Life in Lafayette, IN

The Lafayette / West Lafayette metropolitan area has a population of 172,000, making it the 6th most populous in Indiana. Although the large majority of the area’s population is White Americans of European heritage, Purdue University has a very cosmopolitan student body as well as faculty/staff, representing over 120 countries. There is a growing Latino population across Valley Oaks’ service area as well.

Purdue University is a Big Ten university with an international reputation in engineering, agriculture, aviation, and business. Purdue provides a cultural influx to the area, with music, theater, and sports activities. West Lafayette, where Purdue is located, has one of the top-rated school systems in the state. The Lafayette-West Lafayette area has a prosperous and diverse economy with Subaru, Caterpillar, Alcoa, General Electric, Wabash National, Purdue, and Indiana University-Health being large employers in the area. Due in large part to the large and diverse employers in the area, the greater Lafayette area also has a thriving restaurant scene featuring a number of international cuisines as well as local microbreweries.

In addition, Lafayette is located one hour north of Indianapolis and 2 hours south of Chicago, both very convenient for day trips or weekend outings.

 

Life in Delphi, IN

Delphi is a small town (population just under 3000) within rural Carroll County (population just under 20,000) about 20-25 minutes from the Greater Lafayette area. Most interns who’ve completed rotations in Delphi have opted to live in Lafayette because it is more centrally located with easy access to the Indianapolis and Chicago airports as well as the cultural events attracted by Purdue University.