Match # 228816 (Traditional)

Internship Positions: 3

About This Rotation

Our traditional internship provides a broad range of training opportunities with the goal of training generalist psychologists in community mental health. Our interns have the opportunity to choose placements in line with their interests and career goals. Interns will work with a rural and underserved population across the life-span and diagnostic spectrum. We have various options for customizing an intern’s interests as described below. Interns will receive supervision from 3-4 psychologists during their training year.

Training Opportunities

Our traditional internship offers the intern an opportunity to customize their placements depending on interests, while fulfilling our goal of training generalist psychologists in rural community mental health. Placements will be reevaluated quarterly to enable changes in the training experience. 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. Primary intervention modalities can include group and/or individual psychotherapy, as well as assessment opportunities. 

Walk-In Clinic: 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 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, the Department of Child Services, and Juvenile Probation. While interns will provide individual and family services in the clinic, other team members may reach out to clients within the home and school settings. Team members include therapists, family support specialists, and care coordinators. Referrals to psychiatric services may be made as well. An intern may elect to provide school based services. 

Adult & Family: Provides services to adults with significant mental health needs, including a broad range of diagnoses. Interns will conduct outpatient individual and group psychotherapy services from the office or via telehealth, team members provide community-based interventions to clients with severe mental illnesses. Team members include therapists, rehab specialists, health coaches, 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. Interns will have the opportunity to provide individual psychotherapy, co-facilitate group, and coordinate care with probation and the local drug court. There may be opportunities for interns to provide treatment to individuals living in one of the Centerstone residential treatment centers. 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 advanced 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 a minimum of 6 psychological evaluations during their intern year. 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.

Integrated Health: Traditional interns can elect to have the opportunity working in a corporate medical clinic in Columbus, Indiana through a partnership between Centerstone and Cummins Engine Company. Interns will gain experience in integrated health, being placed in the LiveWell Center 2 days per week. Interns will provide short term treatment with a multinational client population with self-referred or those referred by medical and ancillary staff. Interns will be integrated into the clinic, providing consultation to the medical staff on psychological issues impacting compliance with medical treatment, the stressors of physical health challenges a patient may be experiencing, and be available for warm handoffs from medical staff to provide immediate psychological interventions and crisis stabilization, while developing a diverse caseload of Cummins employees and their families.

Rural County Office: In lieu of the integrated health rotation (or in addition to), interns will have a 6 month to year-long rotation in one of our surrounding county offices. Here the intern will gain experience working as a generalist psychologist in training in a small county office with a rural and underserved population. Interns will conduct intakes, crisis assessment, individual and group psychotherapy with adults and children, participate in team meetings, and have assessment opportunities within these sites while functioning as a vital member of the team. Interns will provide in person services. 

Rotation 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. Please note that not every intern experience is identical and site schedules are a general guideline.

Example Schedule


  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8am-9am Case Manager Consultation Attend Child / Adolescent team Travel time to county office Psychological testing Consortium
9am-10am Therapy Individual supervision County office team supervision Testing continued Consortium
10am-11am Addictions IOP Therapy Therapy Paperwork Consortium
11am-12pm Addictions IOP Paperwork Intake Therapy Consortium
12pm-1pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch 
1pm-2pm Addiction team supervision Therapy Therapy Intake Intern group supervision
2pm-3pm Addiction team supervision Therapy Therapy Therapy Intern group supervision
3pm-4pm Therapy Therapy Individual supervision Paperwork Journal time
4pm-5pm Paperwork Paperwork Travel Time Therapy Journal time


Please note that not every experience is identical and site schedules are a general guideline. Interns may be required to make themselves available at other times as needed. What is provided above is an example of what the work week might look like for an intern at this site.

Placement Locations


APPIC Training Experiences

Treatment Modalities

Example treatment modalities (as listed by APPIC):

Supervised Experiences

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, bipolar disorder, trauma-related disorders (physical, sexual, emotional abuse and domestic violence), severe and persistent mental illness,psychotic disorders, substance use, crisis, and personality disorders. In our child population, we see a broad range of problems including depression, anxiety, trauma, attachment issues, problems with attention, and behavioral problems. This is not an inclusive list.

Example supervised experiences (as listed by APPIC):

Patient Populations

Columbus, Indiana serves as a hub community for local businesses, healthcare, and surrounding rural communities in southern Indiana. It is also within an hour drive from Indianapolis, 90 minutes from Louisville, and two hours from Cincinnati metro areas. US Census data for Bartholomew County, which includes Columbus, can be found here. Centerstone offices typically service a rural, underserved population. 



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 35 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. 

Joan Davis, Psy.D., HSPP

Dr. Joan Davis, Psy.D., HSPP

Dr. Davis is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Indiana. She completed her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She also is licensed as a clinical addictions counselor.  Dr. Davis has over 20 years in rural southern Indiana working for a community mental health center. Suicide prevention is a primary focus, and she is an ASIST trainer. She also has expertise in trauma and is EMDR certified.  Dr. Davis has past involvement with the CIT (Critical Incident Team) with local law enforcement and hospital staff, although that team disbanded recently due to lack of law enforcement interest.  She is well connected with her rural county and has grown to love the complexities and variety of clinical work in this setting.

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 since 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 she 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.

Darla McKeeman, Ph.D, HSPP

Darla McKeeman, Ph.D, HSPP

Dr. Darla McKeeman is a licensed psychologist with over 30 years of experience, working in inpatient, outpatient, healthcare, non-profit and private practice settings. In 1987, she received her Ph.D. from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Her research, published in the journal, Addictive Behaviors (1991), explored the relationship between cognitive complexity and affect variability in smoking cessation. She practiced and was licensed in Arizona and Texas before returning to her home state of Indiana in 2000.

Since 2000 she has worked for several non-profits, including Centerstone, Turning Point Domestic Violence Services, and Family Services of Bartholomew County. In 2016 she opened a private practice, Resiliency Counseling and Consulting. LLC, located in Columbus, Indiana. She provides crisis, short-term and long-term therapy to adolescents and adults who present with a wide range of issues.

Linda McIntire, Psy.D., HSPP

Linda McIntire, Psy.D., HSPP

Dr. McIntire’s practice began post-MSW in the 1980s prior to pursuing her doctorate. She has worked in multiple clinical settings including inpatient, outpatient, IOP, residential, school-based, and emergency services, generally but not exclusively with children and their families. Her emphasis in her PsyD program, which she completed in 2005 at University of Indianapolis, was neuropsychology as well as psychological evaluation. Dr. McIntire also has an extensive academic background, both as adjunct and a full faculty member, teaching undergraduates as well as in the PsyD program. Since 2008 she has owned a private forensic practice, where she has enjoyed supervising doctoral practicum students while conducting court-related evaluations of youth and adults. Her professional interests, as consistent with her biological and family systems orientation, include the impact of neurophysiology and family dynamics on human functioning, and working within the interface of mental health and the legal system.

Alison Sander, Psy.D., HSPP

Alison Sander, Psy.D., HSPP

Dr. Alison Sander is a licensed psychologist in the state of Indiana. She completed her PsyD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Indianapolis. She has worked in community mental health, inpatient psychiatric settings, primary care, private practice, and conducted psychological assessments for children, adolescents, and adults. She has taught psychology courses as an adjunct professor at the University of Indianapolis and Ivy Tech Community College. She practices primarily from a third-wave cognitive-behavioral orientation and enjoys working with a wide range of clinical issues.

Life In Columbus, IN…

Columbus, Indiana (pop. 50,927) is the 19th 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 been 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 two hours from Cincinnati Ohio.

Note: Interns moving to Indiana will need to get their license plates switched to Indiana plates per state guidelines. Read more here.

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