Message from 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 with Centerstone, he has worked in an inpatient setting for adolescents, provided care for children, adolescents, families and adults with a wide range of diagnoses. He has worked in an EAP within a medical clinic and has over 20 years’ experience 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.
Annual Pay, Benefits, and Supports
Annual Pay for the 2024-2025 Training Year: $35,000
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 10 holidays:
- New Years Day
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor 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. Placement in the FQHC or in the Cummins LiveWell center requires further background checks including drug screens.
Centerstone is currently requiring that all staff (including interns) provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccination beginning November 1, 2021. Centerstone respects any decision that prospective applicants make regarding receiving a COVID-19 vaccine and will process requests for accommodations in accordance with applicable laws.
Intern Selection Process
Successful interns are those who eager to learn, a willingness to ask for help when needed, and 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, therapists, 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. Applicants who are invited to interview will have strong generalist clinical skills and a desire to work in community mental health. Those seeking the integrated health position will also possess strong clinical skills and experience providing services in an integrated health environment.
Interviews have been virtual, but some local applicants have been seen in person historically. A typical interview will be scheduled for an hour with multiple days set aside for the applicant to schedule a convenient time slot. Applicants will typically meet with the training director, one of the supervising psychologists and a current intern. There will be time at the beginning to answer an applicants questions about our internship, followed by a semi-structured interview. Our goal for the interview is to ascertain an applicants fit for our internship, while hopefully, the applicant is doing the same.
Centerstone follows CDC guidelines for COVID-19 safety protocols. To keep staff and interns safe, offices are cleaned and interns have access to cleaning supplies between patients. While in the office, everyone including patients may be required to wear masks, and face shields are available, depending on the level of risk in the county. Social distancing is observed. Staff and patients are requested to stay home/reschedule if ill. Masks and hand sanitizer stations are placed at the entrance of the building. At this time interns are providing services in person with all sessions being face to face. Supervision is a mix of virtual and in person. Virtual supervision or didactics may be from home or office.
All Centerstone staff (including interns) are required to obtain the COVID-19 vaccination or an approved medical or religious exemption. Policies were recently updated and are reexamined as needed depending on CDC recommendations or local need.