Message from Dr. David Bauman

Match # 204412

Internship positions available: 3
Residency/Job positions available: 2

Our Mission

Community Health of Central Washington was founded with one bold and clear vision: All people in our region should enjoy access to affordable and appropriate health care. Our mission is to provide quality healthcare through service and education.

About Our Site

Community Health of Central Washington (CHCW) is a Community Health Center (CHC) in Yakima, Washington. Yakima is a metropolitan agricultural community rich in culture and, for a health professional, rich in opportunities to make a difference in people’s lives. CHCW provides quality healthcare through service and education. CHCW has been recognized as a level three Patient-Centered Medical Home that utilizes teams to provide integrated primary care behavioral health and other services for its patients. Primary care (PC) teams include a physician, medical resident or advanced practice clinician, as well as a nurse, medical assistant, behavioral health consultant, and care coordinator. Since 2006, CHCW has implemented the Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) Model in which the behavioral health consultant functions as a core member of the PC team. In 2019 CHCW received the Outstanding Contributions to Primary Care Behavioral Health award from the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association. 

Behavioral health interventions look like primary care visits (rather than specialty care visits). Visits are typically 20-30 minutes and the patient may get what they need in that first visit, or they may choose to have additional visits. Behavioral health services are provided in the primary care practice area so that the patient views meeting with the behavioral health consultant as a routine primary care service. The main objectives of behavioral health consultant interventions are to:

  • Assist the PC team in the recognition, treatment, and management of mental health and addiction concerns, chronic diseases, psychosocial issues, and health risk behaviors
  • Improve patient functioning via evidence-informed strategies 
  • Generate one or more recommendations for the PC team in working with the patient 
  • Transfer skills and knowledge about behavior change principles to the patient and the PC team
In addition to a robust PCBH program, the CHCW internship stands out in its integration with medical resident training. CHCW houses a residency program and interns start the year alongside the incoming medical residents, sharing many of the orientation experiences. This interprofessional development continues throughout the year via PCBH service delivery, didactics, and other shared experiences. Because of this, the medical residents and psychology interns view one another as peers and colleagues. 

Interns will also rotate through Yakima Neighborhood Health, another CHC in Yakima, and an affiliate member of the Consortium. Both organizations focus on serving the community, which is nearly 50% Latinx, largely due to the agricultural industry in the Yakima Valley. YNHS also has services focused on the homeless population in the Yakima community.

In addition to providing PCBH services at a variety of clinics, interns will co-facilitate patient groups on topics such as chronic pain, adolescent wellness, and lifestyle changes. Interns will also complete critical analysis and quality improvement projects on relevant clinic topics, allowing for a deeper level of knowledge in areas of need for CHCW. Lastly, interns will progress in their training with other medical professionals and receive exposure to the Behavior Scientist role of family medicine residencies. Monthly didactic training will be held at the HealthPoint administrative office in Renton, Washington and CHCW’s Central Washington Family Medicine clinic in Yakima, Washington. When didactics are in Renton, interns will have to travel between 2-2.5 hours. Community Health of Central Washington is a member of the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) loan repayment program.

Training Opportunities

CHCW will ensure an encouraging and supportive learning environment by including training that promotes inter-professional practice in the PCBH model of care; training in clinical environments that are transforming or have transformed to include integrated care with other health professionals; development and implementation of curricula to give interns the skills necessary to build and work in inter-professional teams that include diverse professions outside of medicine, behavioral health, and dentistry; development and implementation of curricula to develop leaders in practice transformation; development of faculty to teach practice transformation; and development and implementation of interprofessional faculty teams. Interns will be mentored, in part, by family medicine residency faculty, which will give them exposure to the behavioral scientist role in family medicine residencies.

Interns’ schedule will be 40 to 45 hours per week on a Monday through Friday schedule to be arranged between the intern and the clinic of placement. Interns matched at this site may be expected to work late (until 8:00 pm) one shift per week due to the clinic open hours. Interns will have a one-month orientation followed by three 16-week rotations described in more detail in the following sections. In general, interns in all rotations will be provided with the following experiences:

  • Group (1-2 clinics per month: GRP): Interns will assist in multiple groups offered at our clinics (e.g. chronic pain, teen health, and wellness group). They may also have the opportunity to identify unmet needs within the clinics and implement new group curriculums that address these needs.
  • Pairing with a medical provider (2-3 clinics per month: PAIR): In order to provide interns the experience of a primary care provider, interns will pair with an advance practice clinician (APC: physician assistant, nurse practitioner), medical resident, or attending clinician in their respective clinics. The experience will evolve over the year from shadowing the provider to providing population-based health/pathway initiatives (e.g., completing co-visits).
  • Experiential Learning and Group Supervision (1 clinic per week: EL): One afternoon per week (except the week of consortium didactics) will be used to provide interns with an in-depth, interactive learning experience in which they will practice skills and discuss topics relevant to PCBH and the practice of psychology. When topics are relevant, they will join the medical residents for their didactics during this time. Lastly, this time will also be used for group supervision in the form of case presentations and consultation. This will take place at CWFM.
  • Live supervision: At least one clinic per month, interns will be observed during their clinic time by one of the primary supervisors. The purpose of these observations is to provide real-time feedback on the intern development, provide opportunity for supervisor to model skills, and to gather data to be used for the quarterly evaluations. The supervisor will use the observation tools provided in the forms section.
  • Projects and Paperwork Time (.5-1.5 clinics per week: PPW): Interns will have protected time each week to complete paperwork and work on projects. Projects include the Critical Analysis (see NPTC manual), the self-directed journal review, and the Quality Improvement project (described below). A minimum of two hours, with most weeks having four to six hours, will be allotted for this. Provided that paperwork is complete and adequate progress is being made on projects, this time may also be used for dissertation work or other scholarly activities of the intern’s choosing.
  • Quality Improvement Project:  Interns will design and implement a quality improvement project at a CHCW clinic. Quality improvement consists of systematic and continuous actions that lead to measurable improvement in healthcare settings and the health status of targeted patient groups. Interns will have flexibility when choosing from a wide variety of topics/project needs and are encouraged to focus on a quality improvement area that interests them. Interns will meet monthly with the supervisor designated as the project adviser, for assistance in the development and implementation of the project. The project will culminate in a presentation, forum TBA. Projects will not be penalized based on whether or not improvements are made but rather the thought, planning, and critical analysis that is put into the project. 

Example Schedules

PCBH Service Delivery: Pediatric Rotation (16 wks)






PCBH Pediatric Rotation

Interns will provide brief (i.e., 15-30 minutes) behavioral consultation services to patients in our outpatient family medicine residency clinic (CWFM) and our outpatient pediatric clinic (Yakima Pediatrics [YP]). Interns will be available for immediate, same day referrals (i.e., warm-handoffs) from primary care providers. They will also consult with the primary care team regarding behavioral health concerns. By the end of the year, interns are expected to function as independent BHCs and see on average 4-5 patients per clinic and 1.5 patients per hour.

Example Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

CL = CWFM clinic, YP = YP clinic, PPW = Projects/Self-directed Journal Review/Paperwork, SUP = Individual Supervision, GRP = Group, PAIR = Paring with medical provider; EL = Experiential Learning/Group Supervision

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

PCBH Service Delivery: Rural Rotation (16 wks)





Rural Rotation

Interns will provide PCBH services in our outpatient family medicine residency clinic (CWFM) and our outpatient rural clinic (Naches Medical Clinic [NMC]), As with the Pediatric rotation, interns will be available for immediate, same day referrals (i.e., warm-handoffs) from primary care providers. They will also consult with the primary care team regarding behavioral health concerns. Interns will also spend one clinic per week with CHCW’s Connect Program, which provides Medical Assistant Treatment (MAT) for substance use disorders. By the end of the year, interns are expected to function as independent BHCs and see on average 4-5 patients per clinic and 1.5 patients per hour.

Example Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

CL = CWFM clinic; NMC = NMC clinic; PPW = Projects/Self-directed Journal Review/Paperwork; SUP = Individual Supervision; EL = Experiential Learning/Group Supervision; GRP = Group; PAIR = Paring with medical provider; MAT = Connect Program

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

Yakima Neighborhood Health Services (16 wks)






Yakima Neighborhood Health Services

Yakima Neighborhood Health Services (YNHS) is a Community Health Center in Central Washington State and an affiliate member of the consortium. As an affiliate member, YNHS will not match directly with interns, but rather serves as a rotation experience for CHCW. YNHS serves mostly low income and disadvantaged individuals and families, with a special emphasis on the homeless as well as migrant and seasonal farm worker populations.


Teams at YNHS include pharmacists, behavioral health consultants, public health nurses, nutritionists, outreach workers, housing specialists, case managers, access (eligibility) specialists, dentists, dental hygienists, and a cadre of support staff.

YNHS is also a member of the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) loan repayment program.

Interns with CHCW will spend one 16-week rotation at YNHS. Intern clinic hours will be shared primarily between two clinics, with possible experience at two others.

  • YNHS Main Clinic (3-5 clinics: CL): Interns will provide four clinics per week of PCBH services at YNHS. During these clinics, interns will be available for warm-handoffs, same-day consultations to patients and the medical providers. The interns will be present in the medical clinic and work with the medical team to provide same day access to patients. Also, during this time, the interns will provide brief interventions to scheduled patients and complete follow-up visits. When interns do not have patients scheduled on these days, they will be expected to seek out warm-handoffs from the medical team or cold-crash appropriate medical appointments.
  • Connections/The Depot (up to 2 clinics: CN): Interns may have the opportunity to provide PCBH services at YNHS Connections and Depot program that specifically serves Yakima’s homeless population.
  • The Space (2 clinics per week: SP): Interns will provide brief interventions at YHNS’ The Space, which is a safe space for LGBTQ youth (11-23 years old).  If there is limited need at The Space during this time, interns will return to the YNHS main clinic to provide PCBH services.

Example Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9-12 CL
8-9 PWRK
9-12 CL
8-9 PWRK
9-12 CL
9-12 CL

CL = YNHS main clinic; CN = Connections/Depot; SP = The Space; EL = Experiential Learning/Group Supervision; SUP = Individual Supervision

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

Placement Locations





Across the internship year, CHCW interns will work in four medical clinics, including one rural clinic, family medicine clinics, a pediatric clinic, and an LGBTQ youth safe-space.

    • Central Washington Family Medicine (CHCW)
    • Naches Medical Clinic (CHCW)
    • Yakima Pediatrics (CHCW)
    • Yakima Neighborhood Health Services Main Clinic (YNHS)

See map below for the location of these offices. Please note that interns will travel to didactic training in Renton, WA (near Seattle) monthly for the majority of the year. Four times a year didactics will be located in Yakima. Due to the distance between Yakima and Renton, interns will be provided with mileage reimbursement for those months they travel to Renton.


APPIC Training Experiences

Treatment Modalities

Example treatment modalities (as listed by APPIC)

(1% to 20%)
(21% to 30%)
(31% to 49%)
Major Area
Assessment X
Individual Intervention X
Couples Intervention X
Family Intervention X
Group Intervention X
Community Intervention X
Consultation/Liaison X
Crisis Intervention X
Brief Intervention X
Long-Term Intervention X
Primary Care X
Evidence-Based Practice X
Evidence-Based Research X
Other: Quality Improvement Project X

Supervised Experiences

Example supervised experiences (as listed by APPIC):

(1% to 20%)
(21% to 30%)
(31% to 49%)
Major Area
Health Psychology X
Women’s Health X
Eating Disorders X
Sexual Disorders X
Physical Disabilities X
Learning Disabilities X
Developmental Disabilities X
Assessment X
Neuropsychology-Adult X
Neuropsychology-Child X
Serious Mental Illness X
Anxiety Disorders X
Trauma/PTSD X
Sexual Abuse X
Substance Use Disorders X
Geropsychology X
Pediatrics X
School X
Multicultural Therapy X
Empirically-Supported Treatments X
Public Policy/Advocacy X
Program Development/Evaluation X
Supervision X
Research X
Administration X
Integrated Health Care – Primary 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, depression, anxiety, trauma, sleep concerns, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, substance use, adjustment disorders, and pediatric behavior concerns/parent training.


Patient Populations

In 2015, 15.8% of CHCW clients were elderly, 38.9% were adults, 8.6% were adolescents, 36.7% were children, 29.2% were Latin, 12.5% were migrant and seasonal agricultural workers, 11.2% were limited English proficient, 3.8% were veterans, and 44.5% were below poverty level. As a CHC, CHCW provides exposure to diverse individuals.

Example patient populations (as listed by APPIC):

Population % Served
Children 36.4%
Adolescents 9.5%
Adults 54.1%
Older Adults 22.5%
Outpatients 100%
Ethnic Minorities 32.9%
Spanish Speaking 14.9%
Low Income 45.9%
Number of Counties Served 1
Total Number of Clients Served 24,070

Our Supervisors

While we won’t know your exact supervisor assignments until the internship starts, these are examples of some of the individuals you may work with over the course of your year at the site. 

Arissa Walberg, Ph.D.

*Site Training Director

Dr. Walberg is a BHC and faculty member at Central Washington Family Medicine. She received her doctorate degree from Colorado State University in Counseling Psychology, where she specialized in health psychology and integrated behavioral health. Dr. Walberg completed her predoctoral internship at the Nebraska Internship Consortium in Professional Psychology, with placements at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Creighton Medical School. As a post-doctoral resident at Multnomah County Health Department, Dr. Walberg implemented PCBH in a school-based health center. In 2020, she completed the Behavioral Scientist/Family Systems Education Fellowship through the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. Research interests include PCBH, integration of BH into medical centers, and medical trainee education. Dr. Walberg has authored and presented on a variety of behavioral health integrated related topics.

David Bauman, Psy.D.

Regional Training Director for NPTC-Cascades

Dr. Bauman is the Behavioral Health Education Director at Community Health of Central Washington, where he is also a core faculty member of the family medicine residency and practices as a behavioral health consultant at CHCW’s Central Washington Family Medicine clinic. Dr. Bauman is the Regional Training Director for NPTC-Cascades and assists with overseeing the HealthPoint and CHCW doctoral internships. Dr. Bauman is passionate about the Primary Care Behavioral Health model/philosophy, as well as contextual behavioral approaches (e.g., Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and fACT) and the delivery of compassionate, evidence-based medicine. 


Bridget Beachy, Psy.D.

Dr. Beachy, a licensed psychologist, is currently the Director of Behavioral Health at Community Health of Central Washington (CHCW) where she leads a team of 11 Behavioral Health Consultants (BHC). She is also a behavioral health faculty member and BHC at CHCW’s Central Washington Family Medicine Residency. Dr. Beachy completed both her internship and fellowship within the PCBH model of services and regularly presents around the country and globe on PCBH and contextual behavioral approaches to common concerns seen in primary care. She values training future psychologists to work seamlessly and effortlessly within fully integrated primary care teams.


Ruth Olmer, Psy.D.

Dr. Ruth Olmer is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the Cascades Region of NPTC and a Behavioral Health Consultant at CHCW. She earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in 2015. She spent her internship at Otis R. Bowen Center, a Community Mental Health Center, and her residency at VA Black Hills Healthcare System, a Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Olmer’s research interest include Neuropsychological screening within the PCHB model; effect of group treatment access on frequency of primary care utilization; couple and parenting interventions within the PCBH model. Her theoretical orientation is Systemic and Solution-Focused.


Steven Olmer, Psy.D.

*Supervisor at Yakima Neighborhood Health

Dr. Steven Olmer is a licensed psychologist and is the Director of Behavioral Health for Yakima Neighborhood Health. Dr. Olmer is a 2014 graduate of The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute He spent his internship and residency in Community Mental Health Centers, with an emphasis on psychological testing and individual/group/family therapy. His Theoretical Orientation is Family Systems; CBT; Solution Focused, and he has research interest in how medical conditions impact family relationships, and psychological assessments/testing relevant for primary care.

Life in Yakima, WA

The Yakima Valley is one of the most agriculturally productive regions in the United States. Yakima County leads all other US counties in the production of apples, mint, winter pears, hops, and sweet cherries. Tourism and business expansion are being driven by the exploding wine industry, outdoor recreation, area history, great weather, affordable housing, and our proximity to major metropolitan areas. Aerospace, healthcare, and manufacturing are experiencing significant growth. Visit the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce or Yakima County Development Association to learn more.

The Yakima Valley is culturally diverse with some 50% of its people of Latin descent. Much of the Lower Yakima Valley and South Central Washington lie within the 1.4 million-acre Yakima Indian Reservation.

Salary, Benefits, and Support

Salary for the 2022-2023 Training Year: $28,000

Benefits provided at this site include:

  • 112 hours of PTO (vacation / sick leave)
  • 24 hours of Professional Development
  • Free health insurance
  • Free vision insurance
  • Free dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Access to life insurance
  • Professional liability insurance (for those not already covered)

CHCW observes the following 8 holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • President’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Friday after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

YNHS observes Veteran’s Day and MLK day but not the Friday after Thanksgiving. The intern at YNHS during these holidays will work the Friday after Thanksgiving. They will take either Veteran’s Day or MLK as a holiday and use the other day for paperwork and other non-direct patient service duties.

CHCW will also provide interns with laptops, access to the University of Washington Health Sciences Library, and access to the University of Washington Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho (WWAMI) Family Medicine Residency Practice and Research Network (WPRN).

Please note that available benefits and observed holidays are subject to change. Matched interns will receive full benefit orientations at their site which will go over all benefit information for the training year. More information about the Support and Benefits offered in each of our regions can be found here.

Background Checks

CHCW does require a background check prior to internship. This background check is the Washington State Patrol background check. If there is a history of criminal activity on the background check the site would then request additional details of the situation from the individual. After receiving those details they would make a determination as to whether they could proceed with employment based on the relevance of the criminal activity to the job, if there is repeated history and what the potential risk is to employ them. In addition they take into consideration the amount of time between the conviction(s) to the present. Past criminal history does not immediately disqualify an individual for employment.

All interns are also required to be drug tested on their first day. The outcome of this test could potentially cause issues with the intern start date and/or match.

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. Candidates are expected to have skill sets commensurate with applicants at the pre-internship level. A successful candidate will be one who is interested in working in a challenging and innovative setting of primary care. Applicants that have past experience working in integrated care teams, primary care or other medical centers, and rural and underserved areas are preferred. An intern can be successful at CHCW regardless of theoretical orientation, however experience with 1st or 3rd wave behaviorism and providing brief interventions for a variety of concerns is beneficial. Candidates should also be willing and able to work successfully on an integrated care team, be self-motivated, and have high energy to meet the demands of primary care. They are expected to be dependable, prepared, curious, non-defensive, and open to constructive feedback.

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. Candidates will be invited to interview at the NPTC interview day in Springfield, MO and/or at CHCW in January. Location of interview will not influence selection of interns. Those candidates not invited to interview will be notified by letter.

Interview Day Information

In order to reduce the travel expense associated with interviewing, all participating NPTC sites participate in a Universal Interview day in Springfield, Missouri. It may be possible to arrange interviews at other times, places, and via video call. 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.