Doctoral Internship Program
Pacific Psychology & Comprehensive Health Clinic's APA Accredited Doctoral Internship Program
The Pacific Psychology and Comprehensive Health (PCH) Clinics offers a 2000 hour one-year, doctoral psychology internship to prepare qualified graduate students for entry level professional practice in health service psychology. Our internship is currently accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).
PCH Internship’s Mission - Preparing interns for entry-level professional practice in clinical and counseling psychology who are competent to provide assessment, therapy, and outreach in a culturally-responsive manner. As Health Service Psychologists, our graduating interns have the foundational skills to work inter-professionally in a variety of healthcare settings.
The PCH Clinics are a behavioral health home and an integrated care clinic providing mental health and primary care services to diverse communities, marginalized groups, and underserved individuals across the lifespan. The PCH Clinics are part of the School of Graduate Psychology (SGP) at Pacific University and use qualified mental health professionals (QMHPs) and qualified mental health interns (QMHIs) as well as other healthcare professions trainees to provide integrated care and work interprofessionally.
The PCH Clinics' internship training approach aligns with the practitioner-scholar model of psychology training. Within the practitioner-scholar model, this program has adopted a local clinical scientist approach (Stricker & Trierweiler, 1995). This approach focuses on the development of professional and ethical practitioners who think critically and apply established or validated psychological theories, scientific principles, and interventions to assist a range of clinical populations.
Interns work with a variety of supervisors and intern seminar leaders. Each intern has a primary and secondary therapy supervisor along with an assessment supervisor. They interact with the seminar leaders of Diversity, Interprofessional Collaboration, Community Outreach, and Professional Development & Self Care seminars.
The supervisory philosophy of the internship program gives interns progressively greater autonomy, beginning with a more directive approach during the first third of the year. Therapy supervisors use guided questioning and consultation during interns’ individual supervision to facilitate interns’ development as a supervisor during the middle third of the training year. In the last third of the year, supervisors use a more non-directive stance in supporting the interns’ development toward becoming clinical supervisors. This overall approach to supervision draws from the integrated developmental model of supervision developed by Stoltenberg and his colleagues (Stoltenberg & Delworth, 1987), which recognizes that supervisees require different types of supervision depending on their developmental level in a particular domain (Falender and Shafranske, 2004; McNeil and Stoltenberg, 2015).
Interns will receive training in ten competency domains: intervention, assessment, interprofessional collaboration, consultation, supervision, community outreach, diversity, practitioner-scholar methodology, professionalism, and ethical practice.
Interns work approximately 50 hours per week, including one evening per week until 8pm and one Saturday per month. Here is an estimate of how interns spend their time.
- Providing therapy: 20%
- Conducting assessments: 20%
- Engaging in interprofessional collaborations: 15%
- Providing supervision and consultation: 15%
- Conducting outreach: 10%
- Receiving supervision and participating in training seminars: 20%
Clinic Locations: Our Portland location is at 1411 SW Morrison Street, and our Hillsboro clinic is at 222 SE 8th Ave. Both locations are easily accessible via TriMet. We are open until 8pm Monday-Thursday, 9-5pm on Fridays and 9-4pm on Saturdays.