The Wasatch Behavioral Health Health Service Psychology Internship Program is an Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) Member Program. The Health Service Psychology Internship Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation (CoA) of the American Psychological Association (APA). WBH has demonstrated consistent commitment to psychology training since its creation. The Health Service Psychology Internship Program has made consistent improvement since becoming an APPIC member in 1998 and obtaining full APA accreditation in 2004.
For questions related to the WBH Health Service Psychology Internship Program’s accreditation status, please contact:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First St., NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Telephone: (202) 336-5979
TDD/TTY: (202) 336-6123
Fax: (202) 336-5978
Description of The Training Program
The Health Service Psychology Internship Program is an integral part of the mission of Wasatch Behavioral Health “to provide comprehensive behavioral health care services with professional excellence.” The community mental health center setting provides ample opportunities for psychology interns to be exposed to a wide range of clinical presentations, client ages, and training activities to enhance their knowledge base, skill sets, and general professional attitudes in preparing them for independent practice. The number of clients served at Wasatch Behavioral Health during 2020 was 10, 910. This is an increase of 2% over the previous year even with the effects of COVID-19.
- Interns are involved in the following service areas:
⦁ Westpark Family Clinic serves adults primarily, although can serve youth and children if most convenient for the family. The treatment team includes psychologists, master-level therapists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, social service workers, as well as masters and doctoral-level interns. The psychology interns have a balance of responsibilities between intervention and psychological assessment.
⦁ Payson Family Clinic serves children, youth and their families in a variety of treatment modalities. Psychologists have a balance of responsibilities between intervention and psychological assessment. Therapy and assessment referrals come from various social service agencies, juvenile courts, guardian ad litem offices, public schools, and self-referrals.
⦁ American Fork Family Clinic serves children, youth and their families in a variety of treatment modalities. Psychologists in have a balance of responsibilities between intervention and psychological assessment. Therapy and assessment referrals come from various social service agencies, juvenile courts, guardian ad litem offices, public schools, and self-referrals.
⦁ Provo Family Clinic serves primarily children, youth and their families in a variety of treatment modalities. Psychologists have a balance of responsibilities between intervention and psychological assessment. Therapy and assessment referrals come from various social service agencies, juvenile courts, guardian ad litem offices, public schools, and self-referrals.
⦁ Psychological Assessment Services provides psychological testing to assist in the process of diagnosis and treatment planning for all of Wasatch Behavioral Health. Testing and interpretation is performed by staff psychologists, psychology residents, and doctoral level psychology interns.
⦁ Wasatch Behavioral Health provides treatment services for individuals who have been adjudicated in a district court for domestic violence. Referrals are usually received through the Department of Child and Family Services or directly from the courts. Patients must be court ordered to enter the domestic violence treatment program.
- WBH provides disability determination studies for the Department of Workforce Services and provides psychological assessments for adult clients. Wasatch also provides assessment and treatment services to individuals referred by the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.
Internship Training Goals
- Interns will establish a professional identity and an understanding of the role of a psychologist as a mental health provider in a multidisciplinary professional setting.
- Interns will develop and refine clinical skills in psychological assessment, diagnosis, and treatment, including assessment administration, interpretation, analysis, synthesis and documentation; diagnosis, treatment planning, treatment implementation, outcome evaluation, and therapeutic documentation; and ethical principles.
- Interns will develop and demonstrate awareness and sensitivity to cultural and other individual differences.
- Interns will develop an understanding of the mission and vision of WBH and the principles of community mental health, and integrate this understanding with the role of a psychologist.
- Interns will develop and apply skills of consultation to their relationships with other entities, such as courts, schools, social service agencies, and law enforcement as well as other individuals, such as mental health providers, medical providers, and case managers within WBH and in other organizations.
The WBH Health Service Psychology Internship Program has always incorporated informal mentorship as part of the onboarding and supervision process, and as part of the culture of the internship. The program also offers a more formalized mentorship process to continue fostering a supportive and inclusive training climate for all interns. For interns seeking professional and personal mentorship during the training year, this program is available on a voluntary basis. Mentorship may involve meetings, exchange of emails, phone calls, etc., or any format that is helpful to the mentor and the mentee. While mentorship is a natural part of the supervision process, we will not match an intern with their primary supervisor for the formal mentorship program. Interns are not subject to evaluation within the mentorship relationship, which is held apart from formal supervision.
Peer supervision opportunity
Interns are required to provide and receive peer supervision with another cohort member on a rotation schedule. During the peer supervision process, peer supervisors will follow two therapy cases from intake to graduation, as well as one testing case from clinical interview to feedback at a time. Peer supervisory experiences are also encouraged to cover other topics, such as diversity, ethics, interpersonal relationships, professional values, etc. Supervision of peer supervision will be provided by each interns’ clinical supervisor. During this experience, it is intended that interns will develop useful supervisory knowledge, skills, and attitudes.
Interns participate in a Caplanian consultee-centered research project. This research is presented to the WBH Executive Committee and utilized to inform clinical or administrative decisions to enhance client or employee experience. Findings and recommendations of this project are generally presented at the WBH Center-wide Conference. Scholarly activities are expected when interns provide didactic trainings to their peers and other WBH staff attendees (one to two times per training year, as required by the curriculum). These didactic trainings are evaluated with an Evaluation of Didactic Presentation by all attendees, including the Training Director and non-psychology staff who attend, and then provided to the intern and respective primary Clinical Supervisor.
Clinical supervisors for the internship program are all employees of Wasatch Behavioral Health and have an expectation of providing direct service to the community mental health center clientele in addition to their supervisory responsibilities. All psychologists contribute to the overall mission of the center in providing excellent mental and behavioral health services and making sure that Wasatch Behavioral Health is a financially viable organization. The primary supervising psychologists are extremely well-prepared, having each provided several years of psychology services.
Interns are required to complete a minimum of two hours of individual supervision per week, once with their clinical supervisor and once with their delegated supervisor. Additionally, interns are required to complete a minimum of two hours of group supervision per week with the entire cohort. Group supervision topics alternate with one week focusing on psychological testing and another week focusing on clinical consultation in the format of the WBH Clinical Consultation Model.
Trainee Admissions and Outcomes Data 2022
Notice to Psychology Interns of Diverse Populations And Those Interested in Working with Special Needs Patients
In keeping with APA’s initiative to embrace diversity, WBH is actively seeking to recruit psychology interns from a wide range of students of diversity as well as students who have special interests, talents, or experience in working with diverse populations.
Two thirds of the WBH total adult clientele meet criteria to be SMPI. Eighty two percent of our children and youth clientele are identified as severely emotionally disturbed and about 13% of all clients identify themselves with a non-majority racial group, excluding Hispanic. About 12% of our clientele identify themselves as Hispanic. We always have a need for Spanish-speaking clinicians.
WBH does not adhere to a religious affiliation or purpose that would impact admission or employment policies.