NPTC Interview with Dr. Sklar
228816 (Traditional Track)
228817 (Integrated Track)
Traditional Internship Positions Available: 3
Integrated Track Positions Available: 1
The mission of Centerstone is “Delivering care that changes people’s lives”
About Our Site
Centerstone is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit providers of community-based behavioral health care, offering a full range of mental health services, substance abuse treatment, housing, and community supports for people of all ages. We follow a multidisciplinary approach in treatment planning and are committed to providing professional, compassionate services that improve the quality of life of the individuals we serve.
In recent years, Centerstone served more than 170,000 individuals and families in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, and Tennessee. The organization as a whole employs a staff of over 5,000 professionals including psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, nurses, psychologists, master’s-level clinicians, social workers, community support specialists, finance specialists, information systems technicians, and administrative and support staff. Centerstone and its predecessor organizations have provided community-based mental health and addiction services in Indiana for nearly 60 years. We offer a full range of mental health services, substance abuse treatment, and educational services at our 60+ locations throughout South Central Indiana.
- Serving 24,000 children, adolescents, adults, seniors and their families annually
- Over 60 facilities throughout Indiana
- Accredited by CARF International
- On the forefront in clinical research and health information technology
Centerstone responds to the behavioral health care needs of individuals and families, regardless of age or the severity of challenges. Our broad range of professional services is designed to ensure that sensitive, individualized care is available to everyone seeking help. We offer a multitude of programs that are designed to address the wide-range of emotional, behavioral, psychological, and addiction issues that affect the individuals in our care. We have also created a number of educational outreach initiatives designed to provide young and old alike with a better understanding of behavioral healthcare. Centerstone exists to help individuals from all walks of life in need.
Site Training Director
Benjamin R Sklar, Ph.D., HSPP
Dr. Sklar is the Training Director for Centerstone. He is a licensed psychologist in the state of Indiana with the Health Service Provider certification. He received his Ph.D. in Psychology from United States International University in San Diego, California. His research interests explored the psychological impact of infertility in men and women. In his 30+ years of with Centerstone, he has worked in an inpatient setting for adolescents, provided care for children, adolescents, families, and adults with a wide range of diagnosis. He has worked in an EAP within a medical clinic and has over 20 years in after hours and emergency room crisis intervention. He has experience in private practice and has supervised numerous practicum students, predoctoral interns, and postdoctoral residents. He practices from a Humanistic-Existential perspective with an emphasis on CBT.
Salary, Benefits, and Supports
Salary for the 2022-2023 Training Year: $30,000
Benefits provided at this site include:
- 112 hours of PTO (vacation / sick leave)
- 24 hours of Professional Development
- Discounted health insurance
- Vision insurance
- Dental insurance
- Life Insurance
- 403(b) with 3% employer match
- $500 wellness reimbursement
- Mileage reimbursement for interoffice travel
- Employee Assistance Program (free short-term counseling for intern and/or their family)
- Professional liability insurance (for those not already covered)
Centerstone observes the following 9 holidays:
- New Year’s Day
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Friday after Thanksgiving
- Christmas Eve
- Christmas Day
One of Centerstone’s many advantages is the provision of full clerical and technical support on-site. Interns with Centerstone will be provided with their own office space, laptop computer, and all training opportunities provided to staff.
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.
Centerstone requires a background check for all employees. This includes a criminal background check, fingerprinting, a Department of Child Protective Services screen, and a request for references.
Intern Selection Process
Successful interns are those who are adaptive to the dynamic environment of a community mental health center. This involves a balance of the ability to work independently as well as integrating into multidisciplinary teams which can include physicians, nurse practitioners, case managers, recovery coaches, rehabilitation specialists, and health coaches. Supervising psychologists will participate in the selection process of potential interns, coordinated by the Training Director.