Valley Oaks Health – Traditional Internship Positions

Crawfordsville Outpatient

Child & Adolescent Case Management

Lafayette Outpatient

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

Traditional Internship positions available: 3

Please note: Descriptions of traditional rotations were significantly revised on 10/20/2018

Wabash Valley Alliance 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 their 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, becoming familiar with a variety of colleagues of other disciplines and appreciating their differences and perspectives, 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 community mental health and its place 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 and resources and learn to work cooperatively with them, and appreciating the need to use limited resources wisely to meet realistic and practical goals.

A feature of Wabash Valley’s traditional positions is that interns will work in 3 different settings and have supervision from at least 3 different psychologists during the year. Interns will provide services in the following office locations:

  • Montgomery County Office, Crawfordsville, IN (Adult Track, #228814)
  • Child & Adolescent Case Management, Lafayette, IN (Child Track, #228815)
  • Tippecanoe County Outpatient Services, Lafayette, IN (Generalist Track, #228823)

Interns will receive diversity training which is included in the new employee orientation and annual staff training. They will also work alongside other diverse staff and practicum students of Wabash Valley Alliance. Their staff includes employees of many ethnic, racial, and cultural backgrounds, as well as staff with physical disabilities. Through a relationship with the Clinical and Counseling programs and Purdue University, WVA 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. Wabash Valley Alliance psychologists are recognized as valuable clinical resources, as evidenced by their involvement in staff and community training functions. Other agency disciplines similarly encourage teaching through placements of nursing, medical, and social work students. More specified services are provided at select locations with the Wabash Valley system as listed below.

It should be noted that office locations for Wabash Valley Alliance range from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours from Logansport, Indiana where interns must travel for monthly didactic training.

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.

Interns in all tracks will spend 4 days per week at a 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.

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 half-hour drive from Lafayette. The secondary rotations will be 6 months each. One secondary rotation will be one day a week with the Child & Adolescent Case Management program in Lafayette. The other secondary rotation will be devoted to psychological assessment one day a week at the 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 and in a school setting. There may or may not be an opportunity to do inpatient work, depending on staffing. So there is a lot of variety (as well as a lot of driving)! The majority of the internship is focused on traditional community mental health generalist practice: intakes, therapy, crisis intervention, etc.

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

  • Assessement
  • Individual Intervention
  • Couples Intervention
  • Family Intervention
  • Group Intervention
  • Consultation
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Teaching/Psychoeducation

Example supervised experiences (as listed by APPIC):

  • Assessment
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Empirically-Supported Treatments

Example patient populations (as listed by APPIC):

  • Adults
  • Families
  • Outpatients
  • Rural
  • Low Income
Child and Adolescent Track (#228815)
Child & Adolescent Case Management, Lafayette, IN

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 Child & Adolescent program.  That intern’s secondary rotations will be one day a week at Crawfordsville for 6 months, and one day devoted to psychological assessment at Lafayette outpatient for 6 months.

Lafayette, Indiana is approximately 45 minutes 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 and in a school setting. There may or may not be an opportunity to do inpatient work, depending on staffing. So there is a lot of variety (as well as a lot of driving)! The majority of the internship is focused on traditional community mental health generalist practice: intakes, therapy, crisis intervention, etc.

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

  • Assessement
  • Individual Intervention
  • Family Intervention
  • Group Intervention
  • Consultation
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Teaching/Psychoeducation

 

Example patient populations (as listed by APPIC):

  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Families
  • Outpatients
  • Students
  • Rural
  • Low Income
Generalist Track (#228823)

Tippecanoe County Outpatient Services, Lafayette, IN

The generalist track will be at the Lafayette OP office 4 days a week, working with both adult and C&A patients. Part of those four days will include time devoted to psychological assessment. The generalist intern’s secondary rotations will one day per week at the Frankfort OP, which is another rural office.

In this position, there may also be opportunities to work with an IOP addiction program, in a school setting, with the chronically mentally ill, and with a homelessness program. There may or may not be an opportunity to do inpatient work, depending on staffing. So there is a lot of variety (as well as a lot of driving)! The majority of the internship is focused on traditional community mental health generalist practice: intakes, therapy, crisis intervention, etc.

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

  • Assessement
  • Individual Intervention
  • Couples Intervention
  • Family Intervention
  • Consultation
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Evidence-Based Practice


Example supervised experiences (as listed by APPIC):

  • Assessment
  • Serious Mental Illness
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Empirically-Supported Treatments


Example patient populations (as listed by APPIC):

  • Adults
  • Families
  • Outpatients
  • Rural
  • Low Income
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 Wabash Valley Alliance after attaining their doctorate.

Background Checks
Wabash Valley 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. The site is required to list any criminal history reported by the applicant when scheduling the fingerprint appointment. Once the prints are taken they go to the Indiana state police and then they are forwarded to DCS for final approval.  DCS will follow up with the listed criminal history (if applicable) and then make a decision. Prints can come back 1 of 3 ways:

1 – Qualified
2 – Conditionally Disqualified
3 – Disqualified

A fingerprint report returning as “Disqualified” would be cause for the site to release an 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.