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Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology Doctoral Internship Program Overview

WellSpan Philhaven Hospital Doctoral Psychology Internship Program provides clinical training in health service psychology within a multidisciplinary behavioral health setting.

The doctoral internship program offers rotations in inpatient, day hospital, intensive outpatient, outpatient and shared care settings. The client population encompasses a wide variety of clientele, including children, adolescents, adults and older adults from urban, suburban and rural areas. Clients represent many ethnic groups and all socio-economic classes. A unique feature of the program is the opportunity for interns to explore ways to integrate religion/spirituality into clinical practice with the faith-based populations served, including those from the local "Plain" communities (Amish, Mennonite, etc.).

Interns gain experience in individual therapy, group psychotherapy, marital/family therapy, psychological assessment, consultation and other professional roles and activities. Opportunities are available for interns to develop skills in areas of special interest. Additionally, educational seminars, professional readings and quality supervision are critical and valued components of the program. 

WellSpan values the diversity of our communities. Our organization is committed to non-discrimination in hiring practices and expanding the diversity of our workforce. The psychology internship program has recently expanded its training to increase awareness of systemic racism and white privilege, nurture a spirit of cultural humility, and encourage action and advocacy towards changing unjust systems that disenfranchise, marginalize or cause inequity. Internship supervisors embrace these anti-racism goals and are committed to our own personal and professional growth in this area.

The psychology internship program is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers and follows APPIC policies regarding selection and training. The internship program has maintained accreditation by the American Psychological Association (APA) Commission on Accreditation since 1989. The APA Commission on Accreditation can be contacted at 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002-4242 or by calling (202) 336-5979 for questions about the program's accreditation status.

WellSpan Philhaven is fully accredited by The Joint Commission . Conveniently located in the picturesque Lebanon Valley, the Mt. Gretna campus (primary training site) is 70 miles west of Philadelphia, with exceptional historical, cultural, recreational and professional opportunities available.

See the program handbook, below, for a full program description.

Read about the CBT Doctoral Internship in Psychology program.


Melanie Baer, PsyD, Director
WellSpan Philhaven Hospital Doctoral Psychology Internship Program
283 S. Butler Road
P.O. Box 550
Mt. Gretna, PA 17064
phone: (717) 273-8871
fax: (717) 279-2784

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