Doctoral Training in Psychology
Heritage Professional Associates (HPA) is a vibrant setting for doctoral students to hone their clinical skills, develop their professional identity and learn best practices in the field of psychology. Clinical training opportunities are available for advanced practicum/clerkship students in both therapy and testing for a wide range of presenting problems and ages (children, adolescents, adults, older adults).
Doctoral students receive weekly supervision with a licensed psychologist, as well as opportunities to shadow/co-lead diagnostic interviews and testing feedback sessions with their testing supervisor and co-leading group therapy with their therapy supervisor.
Clinical training opportunities for testing are provided through the Heritage Diagnostic and Assessment Center (HDAC) for a wide range of presenting problems (ex. anxiety, depression, conduct problems, ADHD, learning disabilities, personality disorders, bipolar, neuropsychological concerns (memory, dementia screenings, etc.).
Therapy opportunities are also available for students to learn innovative models such as ACT, DBT, mindfulness through the Center for Values Based Living; opportunities to co-lead group therapy for adolescents and adults are also available. Additional training opportunities (staff meetings/trainings, supervision with HPA psychiatrist and peer supervision) are also included as a part of the training week.
The training year runs from early July to mid/late June of the following year. A commitment of 18-20 hours/week is required.
How to Apply: A cover letter, resume and 2 sample psychological evaluations should be submitted electronically to Dr. Sandy Kruse, Director of Clinical Training (firstname.lastname@example.org; 630-653-9700 x286). While Heritage is not an ACEPT training site, we abide by ACEPT policies and timelines.
The internship program provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to explore how psychology relates to “real world” mental health professions. Within a private practice setting, students are introduced to a variety of clinicians with credentials in social work, professional counseling, marriage and family therapy, and clinical psychology. With a wide range of responsibilities, students gain firsthand experience and insight into the day-to-day activities of a thriving private practice.
The internship program at Heritage Professional Associates includes but is not limited to the following responsibilities and opportunities:
- Intake coordination: Speaking directly to new clients as well as reviewing requests for treatment submitted online, gathering basic demographic information, answering questions, and assisting new clients with the steps for setting up an initial appointment with one of the therapists or assessment specialists.
- Insurance processing: Gathering an initial quote of benefits for new clients, following up with customer advocates for existing clients, and speaking with representatives regarding outpatient mental health and psychological testing benefits.
- Psychological testing: Scoring and collecting test data for the psychologists while learning more about the purpose and clinical uses of a wide variety of assessment tools.
- Direct observation: Observing initial diagnostic interviews, psychological testing feedback, and a variety of psychotherapy sessions including group therapy to obtain a better understanding of diagnostic and therapeutic processes.
- Literature review: Examining research, reading academic journal articles, and producing summaries to meet the needs of therapists and clients.
- Active enrichment: Participating in a wide range of activities that will enhance the intern’s understanding of professional ethics, psychological theories and therapeutic techniques employed by the office staff and clinicians every day.
- Clinical Supervision: Discussing questions, concerns, and areas of interest that arise through the course of the internship with members of the clinical staff on a weekly basis.
*Requirement: Senior standing in an undergraduate psychology program.
Typical undergraduate internships are approximately 10-15 hours/week for the semester.
How to Apply: A cover letter and resume should be submitted electronically to Dr. Sandy Kruse, Director of Clinical Training (email@example.com; 630-653-9700 x286). Interviews will occur the semester prior to the internship.
Marriage and Family Therapist Training
Learn how to become a Marriage and Family Therapist while receiving ongoing support throughout the process.
Our training program is a tremendous resource to those pursuing a career as a Marriage and Family Therapist. The program is available to interns seeking a Master’s level clinical practicum, or to those who have already completed a Master’s degree and require further training towards becoming a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Renee Voss, LMFT, CADC, is the Clinical Training Director of the program. She is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor Candidate, and a Clinical Fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.
The training program includes experience working with individuals, couples, and families in a clinical therapy setting as well as didactic workshops. Internships are twelve months long, 15-20 hours a week, including one hour of individual supervision and one hour of group supervision each week. Trainees and interns have access to a library of resources specific to MFT theory and practice, and will utilize either live supervision or video taped sessions as a training component to enhance their learning experience. Participants of the program can expect to increase their clinical skills and further their understanding and application of MFT theory to practice.
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