Valley Oaks Health – Traditional Internship Positions

Medical Arts Building - Lafayette, IN

Valley Oaks - Crawfordsville, IN

Valley Oaks -Lafayette, IN

Match #’s
228814 (Adult Track)
228815 (Child Track)
228823 (Generalist Track)

Traditional Internship positions available: 3
Residency/Job positions available: 3

About Our Site

Valley Oaks Health wants interns to develop knowledge and skills in clinical assessment and intervention by becoming skilled in both interview and psychometric methods of assessment, developing a broad range of conceptualizations for client problems and strategies for intervention, becoming skilled in the use of a variety of therapy techniques, and becoming more aware of their own strengths, biases, and limitations and how to work with them. It is our goal to help interns develop a professional identity within a multidisciplinary framework that values psychology while respecting the contributions of other specialties, by working closely with primary supervisors in developing an understanding of the scientific psychological approach, appreciating the different perspectives offered by a variety of colleagues from other disciplines, learning how to work as a member of a multidisciplinary team, and gaining a concrete appreciation of the professional and ethical obligations of psychologists in clinical practice. Interns will learn about the community mental health centers play in the community and the health care system by identifying the spectrum of care offered by the community mental health center and how it relates to the needs of its clients and the community, learning about other community agencies/resources and how to work cooperatively with them, and appreciating the need to use limited resources wisely to meet realistic and practical goals.

A feature of Valley Oaks’ traditional positions is that interns will work in 2-3 different settings and have supervision from at least 3 different psychologists during the year, though the main primary supervisor will be the same throughout the year. Through this structure, interns have the opportunity to be exposed to a variety of supervision styles as well as different clinic sizes and client populations. Each rotation offers unique training opportunities, such as providing clinical services in a jail (adult track) or school (child track) setting, the supervising bachelor’s level interns (adult and child tracks), the experience with intensive addictions treatment (adult and generalist track), and experience with SMI and homeless outreach specialty programs (generalist track).

Traditional interns will receive complete all new-hire training required of Valley Oaks staff, including but not limited to such topics as diversity, trauma-informed care, substance abuse, working with Indiana’s Department of Child Services (DCS), etc. They will work alongside diverse staff and trainees within the Valley Oaks system. Through a relationship with the Clinical and Counseling programs and Purdue University, VOH has had students from Korea, Turkey, India, Japan, and China, as well as African-American and Asian-American students. Some staff enjoy adjunct faculty appointments at Purdue. Valley Oaks psychologists are recognized as valuable clinical resources, as evidenced by their involvement in guiding diagnoses and treatment plans for most of the agency’s clientele as well as their involvement in ongoing staff and community training functions. Other agency disciplines similarly encourage teaching and training through placements of nursing, medical, and social work students. More specified services are provided at select locations with the Valley Oaks system as listed below.

Placement Locations

Interns will provide services in the following office locations:

  • Montgomery County Office, 1480 Darlington Ave., Crawfordsville, IN (Adult Track, #228814)
  • Community Living Program for Children and Adolescents, 415 N. 26th St., Ste. 101, Lafayette, IN (Child Track, #228815)
  • Tippecanoe County Outpatient Services, 610 Main St., Lafayette, IN (Generalist Track, #228823)
  • Clinton County Office, 357 N. Columbia St., Frankfort, IN (Generalist Track, #228823)

It should be noted that satellite office locations for Valley Oaks Health range from 30-45 minutes (drive) from Lafayette and that interns must travel 45-60 minutes from Lafayette to Logansport for monthly didactic training. All Valley Oaks specific new-hire training takes place at our administrative office in Lafayette (415 N. 26th St.). Interns may need to travel to satellite offices on occasion for some of their supervision.

Title Address Description Link

Our Rotations

Adult Track (#228814)
Montgomery County Office, Crawfordsville, IN

In the adult track, the intern’s main placement with be 4 days a week at our rural office in Crawfordsville, IN, which is about a 30-40 minute drive from Lafayette. The secondary rotations will be 6 months each. One secondary rotation will be one day a week with the CLP C&A program in Lafayette. The other secondary rotation will be devoted to psychological assessment one day a week at the main Lafayette outpatient office. Crawfordsville, Indiana is 1.5 hours away from Logansport, Indiana where interns must travel for monthly didactic training.

In this position, there may also be opportunities to work with an IOP addiction program, provide clinical services in both jail and school settings, and supervise a bachelor’s level intern. Interns in this track also regularly work with clients referred by DCS, the court system, and probation. The majority of the internship is focused on traditional community mental health generalist practice, albeit primarily with adults: intakes, therapy, crisis intervention, etc.

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
Couples Intervention X
Family Intervention X
Group Intervention X
Consultation/Liaison X
Crisis Intervention X
Brief Intervention X
Long-Term Intervention X
Supervision of Practicum Students 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%+)
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
Forensics/Corrections X
Sexual Offenders X
Geropsychology X
School X
Counseling X
Multicultural Therapy X
Feminist Therapy X
Religion/Spirituality X
Empirically-Supported Treatments X
Supervision X

The most commonly seen diagnoses/supervised experiences that interns can expect to be working with at this location include, but is not limited to, mood disorders, ADHD, anxiety disorders, PTSD, substance abuse, and schizophrenia/other psychotic disorders.

 

Patient Populations

Valley Oaks Health is a comprehensive community mental health center headquartered in Lafayette, IN, serving a total of 10 counties in north-central Indiana. It has the geographically largest service area of any mental health center in Indiana, maintaining offices in 8 of those 10 counties at 17 different locations. 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.

The population tends to be dispersed over a large geographic area with little in the way of public transportation outside of central Lafayette. Clientele often have difficulty with transportation to appointments, especially in our more rural counties. Some satellite offices do not have psychologists or psychiatrists on-site, so those needs are either covered by nurse practitioners or patients may choose to travel to another office for those services. There may be waiting lists to initiate therapy or specialty services.

Example patient populations (as listed by APPIC):

Population % Served
Children 15%
Adolescents 15%
Adults 60%
Family 30%
Older Adults 10%
Outpatients 100%
LGBTQI+ 5%
Ethnic Minorities 10%
Spanish Speaking 1%
Students 10%
Rural 90%
Urban 10%
Low Income 100%
Number of Counties Served 2
Total Number of Clients Served 60-75
Example Schedule

Interns in each of these office locations will generally work a Monday – Friday schedule from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm each day. There may be some flexibility to work later hours such as 9:00 am – 6:00 pm or longer days balanced with shorter days such as 8:00 am – 6:00 pm one day and 8:00 am – 4:00 pm another day (as long as the intern is scheduled to work 40 hours in a given workweek). Such variations are not guaranteed and must be approved by both the main primary supervisor as well as the site supervisor for the clinic affected by the change in schedule.

Interns in all tracks will spend 4 days per week at their primary office location and 1 day per week in a secondary rotation experience that may change over the course of the year. More details about these rotations can be found in the tabs below on each of the three tracks.

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

Child and Adolescent Track (#228815)
Child & Adolescent Case Management, Lafayette, IN

Lafayette, Indiana is approximately 45 minutes from Logansport, Indiana where interns must travel for monthly didactic training. In this position, there may be opportunities to provide clinical services in a school setting as well as supervise a bachelor’s level intern., Interns in this track also regularly work with clients referred by DCS, the court system, and juvenile probation. The majority of the internship is focused on traditional community mental health generalist practice, albeit primarily with children and families: intakes, therapy, crisis intervention, etc.

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
Group Intervention X
Consultation/Liaison X
Crisis Intervention X
Brief Intervention X
Long Term intervention X
Supervision of Practicum Students 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%+)
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
School X
Counseling X
Multicultural Therapy X
Feminist Therapy X
Religion/Spirituality X
Empirically-supported Treatments X
Supervision X

The most commonly seen diagnoses/supervised experiences that interns can expect to be working with at this location include, but is not limited to, mood disorders, ADHD, anxiety disorders, PTSD, substance abuse, and schizophrenia/other psychotic disorders.

 

Patient Populations

Valley Oaks Health is a comprehensive community mental health center headquartered in Lafayette, IN, serving a total of 10 counties in north-central Indiana. It has the geographically largest service area of any mental health center in Indiana, maintaining offices in 8 of those 10 counties at 17 different locations. 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.

The population tends to be dispersed over a large geographic area with little in the way of public transportation outside of central Lafayette. Clientele often have difficulty with transportation to appointments, especially in our more rural counties. Some satellite offices do not have psychologists or psychiatrists on-site, so those needs are either covered by nurse practitioners or patients may choose to travel to another office for those services. There may be waiting lists to initiate therapy or specialty services.

Example patient populations (as listed by APPIC):

Population % Served
Children 40%
Adolescents 40%
Adults 15%
Family 40%
Older Adults 5%
Outpatients 100%
LGBTQI+ 5%
Ethnic Minorities 15%
Spanish Speaking 2%
Students 75%
Rural 75%
Urban 25%
Low Income 100%
Number of Counties Served 2
Total Number of Clients Served 60-75
Example Schedule

The child track intern’s schedule will be the mirror image of the adult track schedule: the main placement will be four days with the Community Living Program for Children and Adolescents (CLP C&A).  The secondary rotations will be one day a week at Crawfordsville for 6 months, and one day devoted to psychological assessment at the main Lafayette outpatient office for 6 months.

Generalist Track (#228823)

Tippecanoe County Outpatient Services, Lafayette, IN

In this position, there may also be opportunities to work with an IOP addiction program, with the chronically mentally ill, and/or with a homeless outreach program, Interns in this track also regularly work with clients referred by DCS, the court system, and probation. The majority of the internship is focused on traditional community mental health generalist practice: intakes, therapy, crisis intervention, etc.

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
Couples Intervention X
Family Intervention X
Group Intervention X
Consultation/Liaison X
Crisis Intervention X
Brief Intervention X
Long Term intervention 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%+)
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
Sexual Offenders X
Geropsychology X
Counseling X
Multicultural Therapy X
Feminist Therapy X
Religion/Spirituality X
Empirically-supported Treatments X

The most commonly seen diagnoses/supervised experiences that interns can expect to be working with at this location include, but is not limited to, mood disorders, ADHD, anxiety disorders, PTSD, substance abuse, and schizophrenia/other psychotic disorders.

 

Patient Populations

Valley Oaks Health is a comprehensive community mental health center headquartered in Lafayette, IN, serving a total of 10 counties in north-central Indiana. It has the geographically largest service area of any mental health center in Indiana, maintaining offices in 8 of those 10 counties at 17 different locations. 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.

The population tends to be dispersed over a large geographic area with little in the way of public transportation outside of central Lafayette. Clientele often have difficulty with transportation to appointments, especially in our more rural counties. Some satellite offices do not have psychologists or psychiatrists on-site, so those needs are either covered by nurse practitioners or patients may choose to travel to another office for those services. There may be waiting lists to initiate therapy or specialty services.

Example patient populations (as listed by APPIC):

Population % Served
Children 20%
Adolescents 20%
Adults 50%
Family 300%
Older Adults 10%
Outpatients 100%
LGBTQI+ 5%
Ethnic Minorities 15%
Spanish Speaking 2%
Students 15%
Rural 75%
Urban 25%
Low Income 100%
Number of Counties Served 2
Total Number of Clients Served 60-75
Example Schedule

The generalist track will be at the Lafayette Outpatient office 4 days a week, working with clients of all ages. Part of those four days will include time devoted to psychological assessment. The generalist intern’s secondary rotation will be one day per week at the Frankfort Outpatient office, which is a small office serving a rural, under-resourced community approximately 30 minutes from Lafayette.

Our Supervisors

Dale Crowder, Ph.D., HSPP

Dr. Crowder is the Main Primary supervisor for the Adult Track. He received his Master of Arts from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois and his Doctorate from the University of Kentucky in Lexington Kentucky. He completed his APA approved doctoral internship at the Federal Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky with a focus on completing forensic evaluations for the Federal Court system. Dr. Crowder has experience working with adults in outpatient, residential, transitional care, community mental health, and inpatient settings. He has experience working with children and adolescents in outpatient settings. He has worked for Valley Oaks Health since 1999 and serves as the Branch Director for the VOH outpatient clinic in Crawfordsville, Indiana. As Branch Director, Dr. Crowder oversees the operation of the clinic and provides clinical and administrative supervision for therapists, psychology interns and case manager team leaders. His clinical interest include individual and group therapy, addictions therapy and working with the severely mentally ill. Dr. Crowder has served as a board member for the A.H.E.A.D. Coalition which is the local coordinating council for the Governor’s Commission for a Drug-Free Indiana, is a member of the County Crisis Team and served on the Region 9 Child Fatality Review Team. He is a Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor in the state of Indiana.

Pamela McCombs, Psy.D., HSPP

Dr. McCombs is the Main Primary supervisor for the Child/Adolescent Track. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2015 from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. Dr. McCombs completed her APA-accredited internship with Valley Oaks Health (Wabash Valley) and NPTC before becoming Director of the Community Living Program for Children and Adolescents at Valley Oaks Health. As Director, Dr. McCombs oversees the treatment of children and young adults ages 0-22 and supervises therapists, interns, and case management team leaders. She specializes in working with children and has an interest in the areas of family systems and issues of diversity. Dr. McCombs currently serves on the Tippecanoe County Child Protective Team. Her dissertation research looked at the effects of infidelity on the marriages of African American couples. 

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.

Cathy Streifel, Ph.D., HSPP

Dr. Streifel received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Purdue University in 2009. She completed her APA-accredited doctoral internship at the Indiana University Counseling Center. She has worked in university counseling centers, community mental health, and the state hospital system. She has worked at Valley Oaks Health since 2011. She is currently a Staff Psychologist and Clinical Supervisor at the Lafayette outpatient office of Valley Oaks Health. She is a generalist who has worked with all age groups and a multitude of presenting disorders. She has specialized training in grief and loss. She also has special interests in substance abuse, identity development, issues of diversity, and anxiety disorders. She utilizes a therapeutic style that includes a combination of interpersonal, humanistic, and cognitive-behavioral perspectives. She is active in the community, currently serving as the Chair of the Tippecanoe County Drug Free Coalition, serves on the Board of Directors for the SURF Center (a recovery center for individuals recovering from addictions), and is a member of a group that goes into the County Jail to speak to inmates about recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Home with Hope, a halfway house for recovering individuals, and Volunteers in Probation, a program aimed at providing probationers with mentors in the community.

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.