The program offers rotations in inpatient, day hospital, intensive outpatient, outpatient and triage 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.
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.
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 for a full program description.
Melanie Baer, PsyD, Director
WellSpan Philhaven Hospital Doctoral Psychology Internship Program
283 S. Butler Road
P.O. Box 550
Mt. Gretna, PA 17064