psychology pre-doctoral internship /
post-doctoral internship training program
PSYCHOLOGY PRE-DOCTORAL INTERNSHIP/POST-DOCTORAL INTERNSHIP TRAINING PROGRAM 2019-2020
Brain and Body Integration offers a one-year, full time doctoral level and post-doctoral training program in the areas of individual therapy intervention, assessment, diagnosis, consultation, and supervision. Training takes place in a large private practice setting and offers training in Clinical Psychology, as well as the opportunity to provide individual therapy and a diverse array of psychological assessments. The internship program is based on a 40-hour week, for 12 months. Interns spend an average of 15-24 hours per week of face-to-face time with clients. This program also includes time-off for holidays, sick days, and vacation. The program begins the first week of August, and is completed one year later. The total training comprises approximately 2000 hours of supervised experience.
The goals of the Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology are:
- To produce competent psychologists that are trained for practice in the general skill domains of clinical psychology
- To train interns to be experts in the field of psychological assessment.
- To integrate the Scientist-Practitioner model with practical knowledge and understanding of professional ethics
The internship program provides particular emphasis on: diagnosis, assessment, clinical conceptualization, treatment planning, therapeutic intervention, and biofeedback. In addition, the interns are expected to develop professional and collegial relationships with staff and other interns. They are also expected to develop their own professional identity by functioning effectively as members of multi-disciplinary teams that includes professionals from many different agencies. The objectives are both to become proficient in the provision of psychological services and to enhance the professional qualities necessary to participate effectively in different organizational settings.
Brain and Body Integration is a large private mental health clinic located in Denver, Colorado and Colorado Springs, Colorado. Internships are offered at both the Colorado Springs and Denver locations. Ryan Cole, Psy.D. is the director of training at Brain and Body Integration. A team of seven clinical psychologists provide individual supervision, group supervision, and didactic training to interns. Both training locations are equipped with psychologist testing instruments, computers, and offices for clinical use. An administrative assistant is available to assist with scheduling and daily management of administrative/office issues.
Each intern is expected to perform three psychological evaluations per week. Interns will be trained in the following assessments: Psychological, Neuropsychological, Learning Disorder, Adaptive Functioning, and Autism. Assessments are performed with children, adolescents, and adults. Biofeedback is typically performed as an adjunctive technique within individual therapy. Interns may carry up to 10 therapy clients at a time on their caseload. Didactic seminars occur once a week. Didactics are created to be specific to the assessment rotation that is current, as well as to focus on intervention related skills and competencies. Group supervision follows the didactic seminar, and occurs once per week for one hour. Individual supervision is offered three times per week, for a total of two hours per week.
Interns in the 2019-2020 cohort receive a competitive stipend. Interns are provided with 5 paid vacation days to be used during the internship year, and 5 paid days of sick leave.
goals and objectives
To provide the best training possible, Brain and Body Integration has solidified goals and objectives for the Psychological Internship Training Program.
Produce competent psychologists that are trained for practice in general skill domains of clinical psychology
objectives for goal 1
- Become competent in psychological assessment and mental health diagnosis
- Design effective and evidence based treatment plans
- Learn to consult with supervisors and colleagues
- Learn the skills necessary for appropriate client interactions and feedback
Integrate professional standards of practice, theory, professional attitudes, and clinical skills
objectives for goal 2
- Train interns to understand psychological research and apply research to practice
- Train interns in the scientist-practitioner model of practice
Integrate the Scientist-Practitioner model with practical knowledge and understanding of professional ethics
objectives for goal 3
- Teach interns the APA standard of ethics and local Colorado revised statutes regarding ethics, and help interns apply these standards to professional practice
Produce competencies in individual and cultural diversity
objectives for goal 2
- Understand the role that diversity and individual difference plays in psychological assessment
- Conceptualize clients appropriately given diverse backgrounds, and
learn to choose culturally sensitive interventions and assessments for different populations
Date: May 18, 2020
To: All Brain and Body Integration Staff and Contractors
RE: COVID 19 Prevention and Response Plan UPDATE – Safer at Home Order expires May 26, 2020
We are now half-way through Governor Polis’ Safer at Home Executive Order. When this order expires, restrictions imposed by this Executive Order and corresponding Public Health Order are expected to lift. Unfortunately, the risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 will still exist, so Brain and Body Integration will still implement protocols to reduce this risk. Most of the current protocols developed for our COVID 19 Prevention and Response plan will continue through June and possibly beyond. The main changes will be additional protocols and structure changes to the office areas to accommodate face-to-face appointments. As always, employees and contractors are expected to engage in the strictest practice of frequent hand washing and good hygiene.
COVID 19 Prevention and Response Plan is as follows:
· Psychotherapy contractors are encouraged to offer telemedicine to all clients as an alternative to face to face visits through the end of the Safer at Home Executive Order. As before, please be mindful to adhere to all the recommended requirements for documentation and HIPAA compliant telemedicine platforms. As of June 1, 2020, protocols and structures will be in place to accommodate face to face appointments at our Elkton office. Psychotherapists will each independently decide for themselves whether the risk of COVID 19 remains too high to engage in face to face appointments, and then when it is safe for them to open their practices to face to face appointments. Psychotherapists are encouraged to review the state’s classification for vulnerable populations and consider the criteria when evaluating the risk. Brain and Body Integration will do it’s best to provide any updates to changes in rules, regulations, and restrictions regarding the use of telemedicine for psychotherapy; however, psychotherapists are ultimately responsible for knowing changes that may affect their ability to legally use and be reimbursed for telemedicine.
· Both Colorado Springs and Denver offices will have plexiglass shields installed on all evaluation desks to provide some protection for staff from airborne transmission of illness.
· “No touch” thermometers have been ordered for all office locations to help facilitate screening of body temperatures in all staff, contractors, patients, and visitors.
· During open hours, screenings are attempted to be completed by phone preferably before a patient arrives for an appointment. Otherwise, clients and visitors are screened by administrative staff. Friends and family members who are not participating in the appointment are asked to wait in their private vehicles. People who need to be in the waiting areas will be asked to maintain appropriate social distancing of 6 feet or more apart.
· Patients who have a screening that indicates a high risk of COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter the patient care areas in the office/clinic. Strict protocols will be used to ensure very limited exposure of patient to staff and other people in the building. Thorough cleaning and disinfection will occur after patient has completed the appointment and has left the evaluation room.
· Any patient who has symptoms of COVID-19 or has concerns of being sick should be told to call their PCP by phone as soon as possible. If the patient does not have a PCP, please tell the patient to call or go to an Urgent Care. If the patient appears to be hypoxic or clinically exhibiting shortness of breath with fever, please have patient go to Emergency Room.
· Permanent plexiglass shields have been installed in the booths separating the
· Staff are always to wear masks and gloves in any area that has patient traffic including hallways, treatment rooms, waiting rooms, and reception areas. Staff need to wash hands frequently, use hand sanitizer frequently, and avoid touching their faces. Gloves, hand sanitizer, masks, and disinfectant aerosol spray supplies are limited, but will continued to be restocked as often as possible. Please use PPE and hand sanitizer but use caution to avoid waste.
· Temperatures of all staff at the office/clinic will be taken once a day. Staff must go home if temperature is 100.4 or greater. Staff may return to work if they have no fever or any other COVID-19 symptoms for at least 72 hours.
· Staff must report any exposure to confirmed positive COVID-19 individuals either at work, at home, or in the community to Dr. Cole. Staff who have had significant exposure to COVID-19 without wearing protective gloves and mask should self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to work. Significant exposure will be considered on a case by case basis, but generally will mean face to face contact for more than one minute in proximity less than 6 feet apart without the use of a mask.
· Staff must report any suspicious symptoms of COVID-19 to Dr. Cole. Staff who do not have a confirmed COVID-19 positive test and have complete resolution of symptoms for at least 72 hours may return to work.
· Staff must report positive COVID-19 test results on themselves to Dr. Cole as soon as possible.
· Staff with confirmed or suspected positive for COVID-19 need to seek appropriate medical care. Staff positive with COVID-19 may not come to the office/clinic for any reason until cleared to do so. Current recommendations for return to work is no sooner than 72 hours without symptoms plus improvement in respiratory symptoms and at least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared – or – two consecutive negative COVID-19 tests at least 24 hours apart. Staff who return to work need to wear mask at all times and maintain appropriate social distancing measures for 14 days after resolution of symptoms.
Again, I am so grateful and thankful to all of you as we have continued to provide the highest quality care possible during these stressful times.
Ryan Cole, Psy.D
Brain and Body Integration