Valley Oaks Health – Traditional Internship Positions

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Valley Oaks - Crawfordsville, IN

Valley Oaks -Lafayette, IN

Match #’s
228821 (Adult Track)
228822 (Child Track)
228823 (Generalist Track)

Traditional Internship positions available: 3
Residency/Job positions available: 3

About Our Site

Valley Oaks Health is a community mental health center serving nine mostly rural counties centered around Lafayette, IN. This agency provides services in homes, the community, and across 17 different physical locations. Services include case management and skills training, group homes and supported living, and traditional outpatient offerings such as therapy and medication management. 

The Lafayette / West Lafayette metropolitan area has a population of 172,000, making it among the most populous in Indiana. Lafayette is one hour from the state capital of Indianapolis and 2-2.5 hours from Chicago. As a community mental health center, Valley Oaks Health serves all parts of the community. In a typical fiscal year, Valley Oaks serves over 8,000 clients through over 20,000 client visits per month across the system. The most common diagnoses treated are mood and anxiety disorders, ADHD, PTSD, substance abuse, and schizophrenia. Valley Oaks employs 7-10 psychologists, most of whom are involved in intern supervision in some capacity.

Although the large majority of the area’s population is white Americans of European heritage, the Lafayette area is the home of Purdue University, a Big Ten university with an international reputation. Purdue’s presence enlivens the community and brings cultural diversity with a cosmopolitan student body and faculty/staff from across the U.S. and over 120 countries. Lafayette also has a diverse economy including farming, manufacturing and R&D: Subaru, Caterpillar, General Electric, Alcoa, Rolls Royce, and Indiana University Health. There is a growing Latinx population across Valley Oaks’ service area as well.

Placement Locations

Interns will provide services in the following office locations:
  • Montgomery County Office, 1480 Darlington Ave., Crawfordsville, IN (Adult Track, #228821)
  • Community Living Program for Children and Adolescents, 415 N. 26th St., Ste. 101, Lafayette, IN (Child Track, #228822)
  • Lafayette Outpatient Services, 415 N. 26th St., Ste. 201, Lafayette, IN (Generalist Track, #228823)
  • White County Office, 938 West Executive Ct., Monticello, IN (Generalist Track, #228823)
It should be noted that satellite office locations for Valley Oaks Health range from 30-45 minutes (drive) from Lafayette and that interns must travel 45-60 minutes from Lafayette to Logansport for monthly didactic training. All Valley Oaks specific new-hire training takes place virtually or at our administrative office in Lafayette (415 N. 26th St.). Interns may need to travel to satellite offices on occasion for some of their supervision.
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Training Opportunities

Adult Track (#228821)

Montgomery County Office, Crawfordsville, IN

In the adult track, the intern’s main placement will be four days a week at our rural office in Crawfordsville, Indiana, which is about a 30-40 minute drive from Lafayette. The secondary rotations will be six months each. One secondary rotation will be one day a week with the CLP C&A program in Lafayette. The other secondary rotation will be devoted to psychological assessment one day a week at the main Lafayette outpatient office. Crawfordsville, Indiana is 1.5 hours away from Logansport, Indiana where interns must travel for monthly didactic training.

In this position, there may also be opportunities to work with an IOP addiction program, provide clinical services in both jail and school settings, and learn how to supervise treatment plans or supervise a bachelor’s level intern. Interns in this track also regularly work with clients referred by DCS, the court system, and probation. The majority of the internship is focused on traditional community mental health generalist practice, albeit primarily with adults: intakes, therapy, crisis intervention, etc.

Child and Adolescent Track (#228822)

Child & Adolescent Case Management, Lafayette, IN

In the child track, the intern’s main placement will be four days a week at our main Lafayette outpatient office. The secondary rotations will be six months each. One secondary rotation will be one day a week with the Crawfordsville office. The other secondary rotation will be devoted to psychological assessment one day a week at the main Lafayette outpatient office. Lafayette, Indiana is approximately 45 minutes from Logansport, Indiana where interns must travel for monthly didactic training. 
 
In this position, there may be opportunities to provide clinical services in a school setting as well as learn how to supervise treatment plans or supervise a bachelor’s level intern. Interns in this track also regularly work with clients referred by DCS, the court system, and juvenile probation. The majority of the internship is focused on traditional community mental health generalist practice, albeit primarily with children and families: intakes, therapy, crisis intervention, etc.
Generalist Track (#228823)

Tippecanoe County Outpatient Services, Lafayette, IN

In this position, there may also be opportunities to work with an IOP addiction program, with the chronically mentally ill, and/or with a homeless outreach program, Interns in this track also regularly work with clients referred by DCS, the court system, and probation. The majority of the internship is focused on traditional community mental health generalist practice: intakes, therapy, crisis intervention, etc.In the generalist track, the intern’s main placement will be four days a week at our main outpatient office in Lafayette. The secondary rotation will be one day a week for a full year with our Monticello office, which is a 40-45 minute drive from Lafayette. In this position, there may be opportunities to work with an IOP addiction program, with the chronically mentally ill, and/or with a homeless outreach program. Interns in this track also regularly work with clients referred by DCS, the court system, and probation. The majority of the internship is focused on traditional community mental health generalist practice: intakes, therapy, crisis intervention, etc.

Treatment Modalities

Adult Track (#228821)

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)

Assessment

Individual Intervention

Couples Intervention

 X

Family Intervention

 X

Group Intervention

 X

Consultation/Liaison

Crisis Intervention

Brief Intervention

Long-Term Intervention

Supervision of Practicum Students

Evidence-Based Practice

Child and Adolescent Track (#228822)

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)

Assessment

 

 

 

Individual Intervention

 

 

 

Family Intervention

 

 

 

Group Intervention

 

 

 

Consultation/Liaison

 

 

 

Crisis Intervention

 

 

 

Brief Intervention

 

 

 

Long-Term Intervention

 

 

 

Supervision of Practicum Students

 

 

 

Evidence-Based Practice

 

 

 

Generalist Track (#228823)

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)

Assessment

 

 

 

Individual Intervention

 

 

 

Couples Intervention

 

 

 

Family Intervention

 

 

 

Group Intervention

 

 

 

Consultation/Liaison

 

 

 

Crisis Intervention

 

 

 

Brief Intervention

 

 

 

Long-Term Intervention

 

 

 

Evidence-Based Practice

 

 

 

 

Supervised Experiences

Adult Track (#228821)
Example supervised experiences (as listed by APPIC):

 

Exposure (1% to 20%)

Experience (21% to 30%)

Emphasis (31% to 49%)

Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)

Health Psychology

 

 

 

 

Women’s Health

 

 

 

 

HIV/AIDS

 

 

 

 

Eating Disorders

 

 

 

Sexual Disorders

 

 

 

Sports Psychology

 

 

 

 

Rehabilitation Psychology

 

 

 

 

Physical Disabilities

 

 

 

Learning Disabilities

 

 

 

Developmental Disabilities

 

 

 

Assessment

 

 

 

Neuropsychology – Adult

 

 

 

 

Neuropsychology – Child

 

 

 

 

Serious Mental Illness

 

 

 

Anxiety Disorders

 

 

 

Trauma/PTSD

 

 

 

Sexual Abuse

 

 

 

Substance Use Disorders

 

 

 

Forensics/Corrections

 

 

 

Sexual Offenders

 

 

 

Geropsychology

 

 

 

Pediatrics

 

 

 

 

School

 

 

 

Counseling

 

 

 

Vocational/Career Development

 

 

 

 

Multicultural Therapy

 

 

 

Feminist Therapy

 

 

 

Religion/Spirituality

 

 

 

Empirically-supported Treatments

 

 

 

Public Policy/Advocacy

 

 

 

 

Program Development/Evaluation

 

 

 

 

Supervision

 

 

 

Research

 

 

 

 

Administration

 

 

 

 

Integrated Health Care – Primary

 

 

 

 

Integrated Health Care – Specialty

 

 

 

 

 

Child and Adolescent Track (#228822)

Example supervised experiences (as listed by APPIC):

 

Exposure (1% to 20%)

Experience (21% to 30%)

Emphasis (31% to 49%)

Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)

Health Psychology

 

 

 

 

Women’s Health

 

 

 

 

HIV/AIDS

 

 

 

 

Eating Disorders

 

 

 

Sexual Disorders

 

 

 

Sports Psychology

 

 

 

 

Rehabilitation Psychology

 

 

 

 

Physical Disabilities

 

 

 

Learning Disabilities

 

 

 

Developmental Disabilities

 

 

 

Assessment

 

 

 

Neuropsychology – Adult

 

 

 

 

Neuropsychology – Child

 

 

 

 

Serious Mental Illness

 

 

 

Anxiety Disorders

 

 

 

Trauma/PTSD

 

 

 

Sexual Abuse

 

 

 

Substance Use Disorders

 X

 

 

 

Forensics/Corrections

 

 

 

 

Sexual Offenders

 

 

 

 

Geropsychology

 

 

 

Pediatrics

 

 

 

 

School

 

 X

 

 

Counseling

 

 

 

Vocational/Career Development

 

 

 

 

Multicultural Therapy

 

 

 

Feminist Therapy

 

 

 

 

Religion/Spirituality

 X

 

 

 

Empirically-supported Treatments

 

 

 

Public Policy/Advocacy

 

 

 

 

Program Development/Evaluation

 

 

 

 

Supervision

 

 

 

Research

 

 

 

 

Administration

 

 

 

 

Integrated Health Care – Primary

 

 

 

 

Integrated Health Care – Specialty

 

 

 

 

Other (Please specify):

 

 

 

 

The most commonly seen diagnoses/supervised experiences that interns can expect to be working with at this location include, but are not limited to, mood disorders, ADHD, anxiety disorders, PTSD, substance abuse, and schizophrenia/other psychotic disorders.

Generalist Track (#228823)

Example supervised experiences (as listed by APPIC):

 

Exposure (1% to 20%)

Experience (21% to 30%)

Emphasis (31% to 49%)

Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)

Health Psychology

 

 

 

 

Women’s Health

 

 

 

 

HIV/AIDS

 

 

 

 

Eating Disorders

 X

 

 

 

Sexual Disorders

 X

 

 

 

Sports Psychology

 

 

 

 

Rehabilitation Psychology

 

 

 

 

Physical Disabilities

 

 

 

Learning Disabilities

 

 

 

Developmental Disabilities

 

 

 

Assessment

 

 

 

Neuropsychology – Adult

 

 

 

 

Neuropsychology – Child

 

 

 

 

Serious Mental Illness

 

 

 

Anxiety Disorders

 

 

 

Trauma/PTSD

 

 

 

Sexual Abuse

 

 

 

Substance Use Disorders

 

 

 

Forensics/Corrections

 

 

 

 

Sexual Offenders

 

 

 

Geropsychology

 

 

 

Pediatrics

 

 

 

 

School

 

 

 

 

Counseling

 

 

 

Vocational/Career Development

 

 

 

 

Multicultural Therapy

 

 

 

Feminist Therapy

 

 

 

Religion/Spirituality

 

 

 

Empirically-supported Treatments

 

 

 X

 

Public Policy/Advocacy

 

 

 

 

Program Development/Evaluation

 

 

 

 

Supervision

 

 

 

 

Research

 

 

 

 

Administration

 

 

 

 

Integrated Health Care – Primary

 

 

 

 

Integrated Health Care – Specialty

 

 

 

 

Other (Please specify):

 

 

 

 

The most commonly seen diagnoses/supervised experiences that interns can expect to be working with at this location include, but are not limited to, mood disorders, ADHD, anxiety disorders, PTSD, substance abuse, and schizophrenia/other psychotic disorders.

Patient Populations

Valley Oaks Health is a comprehensive community mental health center headquartered in Lafayette, IN, serving a total of 10 counties in north-central Indiana. It has the geographically largest service area of any mental health center in Indiana, maintaining offices in 8 of those 10 counties at 17 different locations. The Lafayette / West Lafayette metropolitan area has a population of 172,000, making it the 6th most populous in Indiana. Although the large majority of the area’s population is White Americans of European heritage, Purdue University has a very cosmopolitan student body as well as faculty/staff, representing over 120 countries. There is a growing Latino population across Valley Oaks’ service area as well.

Purdue University is a Big Ten university with an international reputation in engineering, agriculture, aviation, and business. Purdue provides a cultural influx to the area, with music, theater, and sports activities. West Lafayette, where Purdue is located, has one of the top-rated school systems in the state. The Lafayette-West Lafayette area has a prosperous and diverse economy with Subaru, Caterpillar, Alcoa, General Electric, Wabash National, Purdue, and Indiana University-Health being large employers in the area.

The population tends to be dispersed over a large geographic area with little in the way of public transportation outside of central Lafayette. Clientele often have difficulty with transportation to appointments, especially in our more rural counties. Some satellite offices do not have psychologists or psychiatrists on-site, so those needs are either covered by nurse practitioners or patients may choose to travel to another office for those services. There may be waiting lists to initiate therapy or specialty services.

Adult Track (#228821)

 

Example patient populations (as listed by APPIC):

Population % Served
Children 15%
Adolescents 15%
Adults 60%
Family 30%
Older Adults 10%
Outpatients 100%
LGBTQI+ 5%
Ethnic Minorities 10%
Spanish Speaking 1%
Students 10%
Rural 90%
Urban 10%
Low Income 100%
Number of Counties Served 2
Total Number of Clients Served 60-75
Child and Adolescent Track (#228822)

 

Example patient populations (as listed by APPIC):

Population % Served
Children 40%
Adolescents 40%
Adults 15%
Family 40%
Older Adults 5%
Outpatients 100%
LGBTQI+ 5%
Ethnic Minorities 15%
Spanish Speaking 2%
Students 75%
Rural 75%
Urban 25%
Low Income 100%
Number of Counties Served 2
Total Number of Clients Served 60-75
Generalist Track (#228823)

 

Example patient populations (as listed by APPIC):

Population % Served
Children 20%
Adolescents 20%
Adults 50%
Family 300%
Older Adults 10%
Outpatients 100%
LGBTQI+ 5%
Ethnic Minorities 15%
Spanish Speaking 2%
Students 15%
Rural 75%
Urban 25%
Low Income 100%
Number of Counties Served 2
Total Number of Clients Served 60-75

Example Schedule

Adult Track (#228821)

Interns in each of these office locations will generally work a Monday – Friday schedule from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm each day. There may be some flexibility to work later hours such as 9:00 am – 6:00 pm or longer days balanced with shorter days such as 8:00 am – 6:00 pm one day and 8:00 am – 4:00 pm another day (as long as the intern is scheduled to work 40 hours in a given workweek). Such variations are not guaranteed and must be approved by both the main primary supervisor as well as the site supervisor for the clinic affected by the change in schedule.

Interns in all tracks will spend 4 days per week at their primary office location and 1 day per week in a secondary rotation experience that may change over the course of the year. More details about these rotations can be found in the tabs below on each of the three tracks.

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

Child and Adolescent Track (#228822)

The child track intern’s schedule will be the mirror image of the adult track schedule: the main placement will be four days with the Community Living Program for Children and Adolescents (CLP C&A).  The secondary rotations will be one day a week at Crawfordsville for 6 months, and one day devoted to psychological assessment at the main Lafayette outpatient office for 6 months.

Generalist Track (#228823)

The generalist track will be at the Lafayette Outpatient office 4 days a week, working with clients of all ages. Part of those four days will include time devoted to psychological assessment. The generalist intern’s secondary rotation will be one day per week at the Frankfort Outpatient office, which is a small office serving a rural, under-resourced community approximately 30 minutes from Lafayette.

Our Supervisors

Monique Kulkarni, Ph.D.,HSPP

Monique Kulkarni, Ph.D., HSPP – Site Training Director
Dr. Kulkarni received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012 after completing her APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at the University of California, Berkeley. She is Senior Director of Clinical Services at Valley Oaks Health (VOH), and in this role oversees all aspects of clinical services in eight of nine counties in VOH’s service area. Prior to this role, she served as Director of Valley Oaks’ Community Living Program for Children and Adolescents, serving children and families through office, school, and community-based services in the greater Lafayette area. She has specialized training in early childhood mental health and a wealth of experience when it comes to issues of diversity and inclusion, identity development, and early career transitions. Over the past decade, she has served in numerous leadership roles within the Asian American Psychological Association as well as the Society of Counseling Psychology (Division 17) within the American Psychological Association. She also currently serves as one of the founding co-chairs of the Racial Equity and Leadership Committee for the Indiana Council of Community Mental Health Centers.

Dale Crowder, Ph.D., HSPP

Dr. McCombs is the Main Primary supervisor for the Child/Adolescent Track. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2015 from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. Dr. McCombs completed her APA-accredited internship with Valley Oaks Health (Wabash Valley) and NPTC before becoming Director of the Community Living Program for Children and Adolescents at Valley Oaks Health. As Director, Dr. McCombs oversees the treatment of children and young adults ages 0-22 and supervises therapists, interns, and case management team leaders. She specializes in working with children and has an interest in the areas of family systems and issues of diversity. Dr. McCombs currently serves on the Tippecanoe County Child Protective Team. Her dissertation research looked at the effects of infidelity on the marriages of African American couples.

Pamela McCombs, Psy.D., HSPP

Dr. McCombs is the Main Primary supervisor for the Child/Adolescent Track. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2015 from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. Dr. McCombs completed her APA-accredited internship with Valley Oaks Health (Wabash Valley) and NPTC before becoming Director of the Community Living Program for Children and Adolescents at Valley Oaks Health. As Director, Dr. McCombs oversees the treatment of children and young adults ages 0-22 and supervises therapists, interns, and case management team leaders. She specializes in working with children and has an interest in the areas of family systems and issues of diversity. Dr. McCombs currently serves on the Tippecanoe County Child Protective Team. Her dissertation research looked at the effects of infidelity on the marriages of African American couples.

Stephanie Rose, Ph.D., HSPP

Dr. Rose has been the Main Primary supervisor for our integrated healthcare positions in years past and will continue to serve as a primary supervisor for our traditional interns. She received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Purdue University. Her research emphases include grief and loss, and multicultural issues. During internship, she specialized in older adult issues and dementia / Alzheimer’s and worked in integrated health care. She has primarily worked in community mental health settings. She sees a diverse range of patients, including adults, adolescents, and children. She currently conducts individual therapy, family/couples therapy, and addiction groups.

Rachel Ploskonka, Ph.D., HSPP

Dr. Ploskonka is the Main Primary Supervisor for the generalist track intern as well as the assessment supervisor for all interns. She received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Purdue University in 2017 after completing her APA-accredited internship at the University of Missouri – Columbia University Counseling Center. Dr. Ploskonka has diverse clinical experiences across populations, modalities (e.g., individual, couples, family, group), and settings (e.g., university counseling centers, community mental health agencies). She also has experience working within numerous theoretical orientations (e.g., cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal process therapy); however, she most prefers to work within social constructivist and narrative frameworks. She has served as a psychologist at Valley Oaks Health (VOH) since earning her doctoral degree, and her areas of clinical expertise include complex trauma, chronic mental health concerns, and substance use issues. 

Dr. Ploskonka is also the Clinical Assistant Faculty member in Purdue University’s Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program. As the Clinical Assistant Faculty member, Dr. Ploskonka‘s primary role is serving as the Director of the Purdue Counseling and Guidance Center (PCGC), which is the in-house training clinic for the program’s doctoral students. Within her director role, she regularly conducts live observation of therapy sessions and also provides both individual and group supervision to doctoral trainees working within the clinic. 

Dr. Ploskonka has experience working with doctoral trainees at all phases of their clinical development and training, ranging from trainees who are working with clients for the first time to intern-level trainees. Her supervision style focuses on developing trainees’ abilities to engage in both the art and science of psychological practice though a strengths-based approach, which focuses on highlighting trainees’ strengths while simultaneously refining their areas of growth. 

 

Dr. Ploskonka is also actively involved in the Indiana Psychological Association (IPA) where she serves on the Science and Education (S&E) Committee. 

Life in Lafayette, IN

The Lafayette / West Lafayette metropolitan area has a population of 172,000, making it the 6th most populous in Indiana. Although the large majority of the area’s population is White Americans of European heritage, Purdue University has a very cosmopolitan student body as well as faculty/staff, representing over 120 countries. There is a growing Latino population across Valley Oaks’ service area as well.

Purdue University is a Big Ten university with an international reputation in engineering, agriculture, aviation, and business. Purdue provides a cultural influx to the area, with music, theater, and sports activities. West Lafayette, where Purdue is located, has one of the top-rated school systems in the state. The Lafayette-West Lafayette area has a prosperous and diverse economy with Subaru, Caterpillar, Alcoa, General Electric, Wabash National, Purdue, and Indiana University-Health being large employers in the area. Due in large part to the large and diverse employers in the area, the greater Lafayette area also has a thriving restaurant scene featuring a number of international cuisines as well as local microbreweries.

In addition, Lafayette is located one hour north of Indianapolis and 2 hours south of Chicago, both very convenient for day trips or weekend outings.