Portland Mental Health & Wellness (PMHW), a private group practice, offers a 2000-hour, one-year, full-time doctoral internship for interns with an interest in working with patients of diverse and intersecting identities, an exciting opportunity to deepen their therapy skills. Our clinicians practice from relational and process-oriented models and focus on the whole person in the context in which they live. Staff psychologists, LPCs, LCSWs, and other clinicians practice primarily from Gestalt and Psychodynamic frameworks and utilize a therapeutic model of supervision to both support and challenge our trainees to attend to both their patients and their own process.
Our philosophy of training is a culturally-focused Developmental Mentorship Practitioner model designed to train generalists to be prepared for entry-level practice in psychology and to function in multiple clinical contexts within a multidisciplinary team.
The core of the model is a practitioner orientation. This is rooted in applied psychology and includes extensive training in: assessment, diagnosis, and triage; individual, group, and relationship therapy; outreach and consultation; supervision (receiving and providing) and didactic training. The PMHW staff embrace a range of theoretical orientations, treatment modalities, and ways of thinking that are intentionally divergent.
The developmental focus highlights the parallel process that occurs between clients’ development, interns’ personal and professional development, and the transitions of the training year. The internship year begins with assessment of entering interns’ skills, and progresses with facilitated, active involvement in both individually selected and universal professional activities. Our site is committed and dedicated to ethical, culturally aware mentoring through reciprocal learning within supportive and challenging relationships with staff and peers.
The internship will start on September 9, 2024 and end on September 5, 2025.