Match #: 204413

Internship positions available: 2
Residency/Job positions available: 8

Our Mission

Together we are dedicated to lead, with the courage to care, the determination to promote personal growth, and the compassion to champion the cause of those who have no voice.

About Our Site

The Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic (YVFWC) is one of the largest community health centers in the Pacific Northwest bringing medical, dental, pharmacy, behavioral health, nutritional services, and more to people in need. Our dedicated staff delivered high-quality, culturally sensitive health care to all our communities throughout 2020, despite the challenges brought on during the pandemic.

YVFWC has an established and growing team of 28 Behavioral Health Consultants who work within a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals in providing services to an under-served population.

The Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) model practiced by Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic is a harmonious integration of behavioral health services into primary care settings. Licensed Psychologists serve as Behavioral Health Consultants (BHCs) who meet with patients and their primary care providers to offer brief support, assessment, diagnoses, or referrals for extensive services. BHCs provide services through scheduled appointments and during primary care visits when providers and patients agree that they need behavioral health intervention.

View our 2021 annual report here.

Training Opportunities

YVFWC will train interns in an onsite, practitioner-scholar model to build their skills. Interns will learn to brief assessment, intervention, and onsite consultation to the primary care team regarding psychiatric/psycho-social concerns and health behavior change. We encourage interns to apply their scholarship to practice and learn through the sequential, gradual development of the clinical and professional skills necessary to become strong, generalist professionals.

Interns will participate in BHC encounters as observers at first. Later, interns see patients semi-independently in proctor visits. The intern does an initial assessment and contextual interview with the patient and then meets with their supervisor to review the case. After the supervisor review, the intern returns to the patient with the supervisor to finish the visit.

Rotation Schedules

Interns work 40-45 hours each week. At the Toppenish Medical-Dental Clinic, patient appointments may begin as early as 8:00 am and end as late as 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. There is no call coverage required.

Apart from training, didactic activities and meetings, the typical day for our interns will look very much like a professional behavioral health consultant working in a primary care setting. Interns will learn to balance scheduled and same-day patient visits, efficient charting, and interdisciplinary team communications.

Placement Locations

Interns will be placed at Toppenish Medical-Dental Clinic in Toppenish Washington. This clinic has 4 departments (Family Medicine, Pediatrics, OB/GYN, and Internal Medicine)

Toppenish is 2.5-3 hours from Seattle and 30 min from Yakima, Washington where interns must travel to monthly didactic training. Due to the distance, interns at this location will be provided with travel reimbursement considerations for each of these trainings held in Seattle.


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Patient Populations




We have a diverse patient population across the Pacific Northwest including many Urbana nd Rural settings. This includes the following breakdown (44.8% Latinx population, 42.7% Caucasian, 2.5% Asian/Pacific Islander, 1.7% Black, and 1.4% Native American). We serve patients across the full lifespan including 46.8% patients 18 younger than 18 years , 46.7 for patients 18-64, and 6.5% who are 65 years or older. In regards in education we serve a large percentage of migrant families who have have a high school degree or less for education attainment.

There is a shortage of health services in counties served by YVFWC particularly for mental health services, with a higher unmet need in the Yakima County service area. In addition, there is considerable stigma related to mental health services in our area impacts our population’s desire to pursue treatment.

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.

Site Training Director

Phillip Hawley, Psy.D.

Dr. Hawley is a licensed clinical psychologist and has worked as a Primary Care Behavioral Health Consultant since 2014. He graduated from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in Springfield, MO, and completed his post-doctoral internship with Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic with an emphasis in Primary Care Behavioral Health. Within this field, he has additional experience with treating patients with chronic pain. His research interests include chronic pain, program development, and patients with comorbid medical conditions.

Primary Supervisors


Courtney Valentine, Ph.D.

Dr. Valentine is a licensed clinical psychologist in Washington. She received her Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin and completed residency with Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic where she has worked as a Behavioral Health Consultant since 2015.

Life in Yakima County…

The Greater Yakima metro area is situated east-west in a landscape of gentle slopes and rich silt-loamy soils of a river basin. Looking north you see Yakima Ridge-Cleman Mountain with Mount Rainier in the background, and the Naches River flowing through the valley. As you look south you see Rattlesnake Hills-Ahtanum Ridge with Mount Adams in the background. The Yakima River flows north-south through the Selah and Union Gaps connecting the Kittitas Valley with the greater Yakima Valley.

The climate of Yakima Valley is mild and dry, having the characteristics of both maritime and continental climates modified by the Cascade and Rocky Mountains. The Yakima Valley lies within the rain shadow of the Cascades, so the total amount of precipitation is relatively small. The summers are dry and hot, and winters are cool with light snowfall. The maritime influence is strongest in the winter when the prevailing westerlies are stronger and steadier. The modifying influence of the Pacific Ocean is less evident in summer. Summer afternoons are hot yet, due to the dry air there is a rapid fall in temperatures after sunset.

Elevation 1,068 feet above sea level
Sunshine 300 days
Rain 7-10 inches
Snow 14-25 inches
Temperature Range Highs 37Fº to 90Fº / Lows 20Fº to 58Fº

Annual Pay, Benefits, and Support

Annual Pay for the 2024-2025 Training Year: $40,000

Benefits provided at this site include:

    • 112 hours of PTO (vacation / sick leave)
    • 24 hours of Professional Development
    • Medical/Vision and Dental – Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic pays the full cost of your medical/vision and dental premium for full-time employees.
    • Group Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance.
    • Dependent Life Insurance.
    • Supplemental Life Insurance.
    • Employee assistance program, including counseling, referrals, and career guidance.
    • Extended Illness Time – Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic provides extended illness time for employee and family health-related absences.
    • Cell phone service discounts.
    • Gym membership discounts in some locations

YVFWC observes the following 7 holidays:

    • New Years Day
    • Presidents Day
    • Memorial Day
    • Independence Day
    • Labor Day
    • Thanksgiving Day and the day after Thanksgiving
    • Christmas Day

Interns will be assigned laptop computers and trained to access electronic medical records for information about medical conditions and treatment modalities (including medications) based on evidence-based practice.

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.

Employment Requirements

YVFWC believes that hiring qualified individuals to fill positions contributes to the overall strategic success of the organization. Background checks serve as an important part of the selection process at YVFWC. Background checks will be conducted on all candidates hired and a successful internship match is contingent on acceptable results of a background check.

A background check may include a detailed check of a candidate’s criminal records, educational history, credentials, employment verifications, and reference checks. Background information obtained by other sources such as Googling a candidate’s name, looking up a candidate on social media, or calling someone for a reference other than a candidate-provided reference will not be considered part of the official background check.

If any discrepancies come out in the background check, they will be investigated by the recruiter/HR business partner and a determination will be made regarding the intern’s continued match with the site. Please note: An adverse finding on a background check report will not necessarily exclude a candidate. However, any falsification of an employment application, and by extension, on the background-check form, will result in the candidate being ineligible for hire. The following factors will be taken into consideration when reviewing adverse findings:

    • The nature and gravity of the offense
    • The time that has passed since the offense, conduct and/or completion of sentence

Interns will also have an opportunity to provide additional information regarding adverse findings as needed or appropriate.

All staff (including interns) will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Interview Process

YVFWC will be offering several virtual interview days. Virtual interview days will consist of individual interviews. In-person tours of facilities may be requested but will not be considered in ranking of applicants.

Intern Selection Process

YVFWC will consider all intern applicants for placement. However, we require interns to have completed a master’s degree rather than an education equivalent. We will give preference to licensed or license-eligible applicants.

We expect that successful candidates will have a passionate interest in primary care behavioral health. Applicants with past experience working in integrated care teams, primary care or other medical centers, and rural and underserved areas will have an advantage.

We especially want to get to know candidates who are:

    • Flexible
    • Resilient
    • Positive
    • Self-aware
    • Patient
    • Compassionate for less fortunate persons
    • Intellectually curious
    • Dependable
YVFWC has made the decision to conduct our entire interview process through a virtual format. We have chosen this specifically to reduce the known barriers for applicants and to facilitate this aspect of the application process. We are an organization that focuses on reducing disparity and barriers to care and want to also mimic this in our internship selection process. We are looking for Interns with a passion to help the underserved and do not want financial/logistical barriers to limit someone’s ability to apply to our site.
COVID-19 Response

YVFWC is following the guidelines from the CDC regarding COVID-19 safety protocols. All patients and staff must wear masks within the offices, regardless of their vaccination status. All staff (including interns) will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and also provide daily affirmations of no symptoms prior to entering the clinics. At this time, approximately 90% of BHC services are being provided in-person. There are opportunities for some telehealth visits from one clinic to another clinic or from clinic to the patient’s home; however no telehealth services are being provided off-site (i.e. from home).

YVFWC revisits these policies on a regular basis and makes revisions as frequently as needed in accordance with CDC and Department of Health guidelines.

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