Centerstone – Traditional Internship Positions

Match # 228816 (Traditional)

Internship Positions: 2

About Our Site

Centerstone is a not-for-profit health system providing mental health and substance use disorder treatments. Services are available nationally through the operation of outpatient clinics, residential programs, and the use of telehealth. Centerstone also features specialized programs for the military community, therapeutic foster care, children’s services, and employee assistance programs. Centerstone’s research institute provides guidance through research and technology, leveraging the best practices for use in all our communities. Centerstone’s Foundation secures philanthropic resources to support the work and mission of delivering care that changes people’s lives. In Indiana, Centerstone has more than 60 facilities in over 20 counties, serving approximately 25,000 children, adolescents, families, adults, and seniors each year. We are accredited by CARF international.

Our organization employs psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, nurses, psychologists, master’s-level clinicians, social workers, family support specialists, case managers, recovery coaches, and health coaches. We also employ administrative, technology, and support staff. Interns will be fully integrated into multidisciplinary teams.

Centerstone’s traditional internship is located in Columbus, Indiana and has two positions available.  Our goal is to provide our interns with a broad range of experiences, and training as a generalist psychologist in rural community mental health. Interns will rotate through the crisis/access, adult and family services, child and family services, and addictions services, gaining skills and experience working with each of these populations. Additionally, interns will be assigned to a clinic in a small surrounding county to be an integral part this treatment team.  The overall goal of our intern program is provide training opportunities that will help our graduates grow into skilled, generalist psychologists in Community Mental Health.

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. They offer a multitude of programs that are designed to address a wide range of emotional, behavioral, psychological, and addiction issues that affect the individuals in their care. Centerstone exists to help individuals from all walks of life in need.

Training Opportunities

Interns, along with the Training Director, will develop a learning plan at the beginning of the internship year in order to identify areas of interest and focus for training. While interns will gain experience across all service lines offered at Centerstone, they may choose to focus and spend more time in particular areas of interest as team members in a multidisciplinary model. Primary intervention modalities can include group and/or individual psychotherapy, as well as assessment opportunities. As a broad overview, the Columbus, Indiana Centerstone office provides services in the following team structures:

  • Crisis/Access: Conducts intake evaluations, assesses the level of need, and coordinates internal or external referrals to appropriate services. Team members also provide emergency services to clients or community members in crisis and may assist with arranging acute inpatient care in an appropriate external facility or stabilizing the client and referring to the least restrictive mode of treatment. In addition, this team provides outpatient services for clients in need of brief psychotherapy intervention.
  • Child & Family: Offers services to children and adolescents, as well as their families. This team works closely with community organizations such as the local school district as well as the Department of Child Services. Along with providing outpatient services within the clinic, team members may reach out to clients within the home and school settings. Team members include therapists, family support specialists, and care coordinators.
  • Adult & Family: Provides services to adults with significant mental health needs, including a broad range of diagnoses. In addition to outpatient psychotherapy services, team members provide community-based interventions to clients with severe mental illnesses. Team members include therapists, rehab specialists, health coaches, and care coordinators, psychiatrists and nurse practitioners.
  • Addictions Services: Within Adult & Family Services, the Addictions team members provide comprehensive substance use disorder interventions. Interventions include individual psychotherapy, group-based interventions (including Motivation for Change, Intensive Outpatient, Aftercare, Seeking Safety, and Dual Diagnosis groups), and community-based intervention provided by recovery coaches and peer recovery specialists. Team members also work closely with medical staff providing medication-assisted treatment.
  • Medical Services: Psychiatric services are provided on-site and medical providers work closely with staff members to provide comprehensive care to children, adolescents, and adults. Providers include psychiatrists and advance nurse practitioners along with the support of nursing and medical assistants. Interns will work alongside medical staff on a regular basis and have the opportunity to observe providers in session.
  • Psychological Testing: Interns are required to complete 6 evaluations.  Referrals will be from psychiatrists, nurse practitioners or clinical staff to provide diagnostic, personality or intelligence testing to aid in differential diagnosis or make treatment recommendations. .  

Additionally, interns will have a year-long rotation in one of our surrounding county offices, particularly as a means to engage with rural and underserved populations. Interns will provide psychotherapy and have assessment opportunities within these sites. Interns will also have an opportunity to provide teletherapy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Example Schedule

Interns with Centerstone will generally work a Monday – Friday schedule from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm each day with one hour for lunch. No weekend work or after hours on-call is required. Interns may elect to have patient contact hours after 5:00 pm with an adjusted start time for the day per approval and supervisor availability.

Example Schedule:

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8a-9a Case Manager Consultation Attend Child / Adolescent team Travel time to county office Psychological testing Intake
9a-10a Journal Time Supervision with Director County office team supervision Testing continued Therapy
10a-11a Addictions IOP Therapy Therapy Paperwork Therapy
11a-12p Addictions IOP Paperwork Intake Journal Time Journal time
12p-1p Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch w/ interns
1p-2p Individual Supervision Therapy Therapy Crisis Coverage Intern group supervision
2p-3p Therapy Therapy Therapy Therapy Therapy
3p-4p Therapy Therapy Individual supervision Therapy Meet with Intern Director
4p-5p Paperwork Paperwork Travel Time Individual supervision Paperwork


Please note that not every experience is identical and schedules may vary. What is provided above is an example of what the work week might look like for an intern at this site.

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

Placement Locations

Columbus (home base), Bloomington, , North Vernon, Seymour, Martinsville, and Richmond Indiana

It should be noted that Columbus, Indiana, is 2 hours and 17 minutes away from Logansport, Indiana, where monthly didactic training is held. Due to the distance, interns at this location will be provided with some travel reimbursement considerations for monthly didactic training.


APPIC Training Experiences

Treatment Modalities

Example treatment modalities (as listed by APPIC)


Exposure (1% to 20%)

Experience (21% to 30%)

Emphasis (31% to 49%)

Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)





Individual Intervention




Couples Intervention




Family Intervention




Group Intervention




Community Intervention








Crisis Intervention




Brief Intervention




Long-Term Intervention




Cognitive Rehabilitation





Primary Care




Supervision of Practicum Students




Evidence-Based Practice




Evidence-Based Research





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
Pediatrics X
School X
Trauma/PTSD X
Sexual Abuse X
Substance Use Disorders X
Geropsychology X
Vocational/Career Development X
Multicultural Therapy X
Feminist Therapy X
Religion/Spirituality X
Empirically-Supported Treatments X
Program Development/Evaluation X
Supervision X
Research X
Administration X
Integrated Health Care – Primary X

As Centerstone is a large community mental health clinic, we treat an array of diagnoses and issues that affect members of our community. Common concerns include depression, anxiety, trauma-related disorders, psychotic disorders, and substance use.

Patient Populations

Columbus, Indiana serves as a hub community for local businesses, healthcare, and surrounding rural communities in southern Indiana. It is also within 2 hours drive from the Indianapolis, Louisville, and Cincinnati metro areas. US Census data for Bartholomew County, which includes Columbus, can be found here.

Example patient populations (as listed by APPIC):

Population % Served
Children 15%
Adolescents 15%
Adults 55%
Family 10%
Older Adults 5%
Outpatients 100%
Ethnic Minorities 8%
Spanish Speaking 5%
Deaf/Hearing Impaired 1%
Students 2%
Rural 90%
Urban 10%
Low Income 80%
Homeless 2%
Number of Counties Served 18


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

Dr. 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.

Joan Davis, Psy.D., HSPP

Dr. Joan Davis, Psy.D., HSPP

Dr. Davis is a licensed psychologist in the state of Indiana. She completed her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is a clinical psychologist working for almost 20 yrs in rural southern Indiana for a community mental health center. Suicide prevention is a primary focus, and she is an ASIST trainer. She is also involved with the CIT (Critical Incident Team) with local law enforcement and hospital staff.


Richard Lamborn, Psy.D., HSPP

Dr. Richard Lamborn, Psy.D., HSPP

Dr. Lamborn is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Indiana.  He completed his Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Central Michigan University.  He has been a practicing psychologist primarily in a community mental health center setting beginning in 1993.  During this time, he was the Director of the Quinco Behavioral Health System Pre – Doctoral Internship Training Program.  He has been the Assistant Department Chair for Behavioral Sciences and Associate Professor of Psychology with Ivy Tech Community College Columbus since 2008.  He has also been an adjunct professor for both the undergraduate and graduate Mental Health Counseling Program with Indiana University Purdue University Columbus, primarily providing clinical supervision with their graduate students.  He is also a trained provider of Mental Health First Aid and faculty advisor for Ivy Tech’s Hope Squad.  His theoretical orientation is Neo – Freudian/Interpersonal.

Mary Schwendener-Holt, Ph.D., HSPP

Dr. Mary Schwendener-Holt, Ph.D., HSPP

Dr. Schwendener-Holt was trained as a Counseling Psychologist. She holds the HSPP and APBB (board certified in Clinical Psychology) certifications. She also has a M.Div degree.  Her clinical interests are varied but is most interested in “normal” people experiencing difficulties in life. She’s had a wide-ranging career with positions as a police/fire psychologist, college professor, state hospital psychologist, addictions specialist, and in private practice.  She is currently a Veterans Administration psychologist in home health. Her specialty areas are working with trauma, veterans, EMDR, and women’s issues. She is a mindfulness mentor who believes everyone has the capacity to grow and change. Her current passion revolves around being a Forgiveness Practitioner, and is writing a book on this subject.

Life In Columbus, IN…

Columbus, Indiana (pop. 47,665) is the 22nd largest city in Indiana. It is best known for it’s mid-twentieth century architecture and is ranked #6 in the country for the number of buildings designed by world class architects earning it’s nickname “Athens of the Prairie”. Columbus has a strong corporate presence and has always ranked highly by national publications as being a good place to have a business. It is the headquarters of Cummins Engine Company, a worldwide manufacturer of diesel engines. Columbus boasts three college campuses, Indiana University-Purdue University (IUPUC), Ivy Tech State College, and the Purdue Technological Center. 
Weather in Columbus ranges from an Average low temperature in January of 19.9 F to an average high in July of 85.2 F. Rainfall is an average of 46.5 inches per year and there is approximately 15.0 inches of snow. There are about 185 sunny days per year. 
For recreation, there are a number of sports leagues, athletic facilities, 200 acres of parks and green space and over 20 miles of walking and bike trails throughout the city. Throughout the year, there are a number of festivals, music events, street fairs, wineries, farmer’s markets, and a children’s museum. Columbus also has its own symphony orchestra and band. The downtown area has a number of shops and restaurants. Restaurants range from casual to fine dining.  Columbus is 30 minutes from the beautiful Brown County State Park and 45 minutes from Bloomington, Indiana home of Indiana University.  For those wanting a larger city experience, Columbus is 50 minutes south of Indianapolis, 75 minutes from Louisville, Kentucky, and 2 hours from Cincinnati Ohio.