We recognize the health disparities of people of color, people from working class backgrounds, women and LGBTQ people. We believe that the experiences of these communities must be valued in the work we do. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities. 

Portland Mental Health & Wellness is a thriving private practice and training practice with three locations in SE and SW Portland. We are a collaboration of psychologists, psychiatric prescribers, counselors, marriage and family therapists and our trainees. We emphasize relationship first and foremost and diagnosis and treatment from within that relationship.

We strongly emphasize trauma informed care, cultural competency, establishing comfort and safety for patients, and coordination of care with primary care doctors, specialists, pediatricians, schools, and other mental health clinicians.

Doctoral Psychology Intern

Location: Portland, OR
Supervisor: Director of Clinical Training
Employee Classification: Non-exempt (Salaried), Full-Time
Hours: Full-time, 40 hours per week
Compensation: $35,000 annually

Start Date: September 9, 2024
End Date: September 5, 2025

Primary Function:

Doctoral Psychology Interns provide comprehensive services necessary for the promotion of optimal mental health, prevention and treatment of psychiatric disorders, and ongoing health maintenance services. Clinicians may be asked to provide therapy and assessment services to individuals, families, and groups of all ages, and to work in collaboration with others involved in the health of the patient(s).

Interns will gain experience in an assessment rotation and engage in a variety of process-oriented didactic seminars and peer support. They will receive assessment supervision, group supervision, and individual supervision by a licensed psychologist.

Portland Mental Health & Wellness clinicians generally practice from relational and process-oriented models and focus on the whole person in the context in which they live. Staff psychologists practice from gestalt, psychodynamic, and other person-focused and process-oriented frameworks. Supervision utilizes a therapeutic model in an effort to both support and challenge our trainees to attend to both their patients and their own process. Strong attention is paid to navigating ethical and legal matters, and sharpening your sense of how you wish to work as a professional to maintain a fulfilling career.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide a variety of treatment services, including individual, family, couple, and group therapy in both outpatient and intensive outpatient programs, as appropriate to the clinician’s level of training and experience
  • Conduct psychological assessments and interpret using advanced integration of test data from multiple sources (e.g. WAIS, Rorschach, PAI, and other instruments)
  • Provide assessments for patients seeking gender affirming surgeries using a social justice perspective aligned with recognized WPATH Standards of Care
  • Participate in weekly individual supervision, group supervision, and didactic/process groups
  • Participate in clinic trainings and meetings
  • Participate in weekly individual and group supervision
  • Provide individual and/or group supervision to psychology trainees, depending on prior agreement with PMHW
  • Review the risks and benefits involved in therapy services and mandated reporting laws with patients
  • Conduct initial assessment interview using the biopsychosocial model
  • Assess the patient’s mental, physical, and social status based on the presenting symptoms and complaints
  • Diagnose psychiatric disorders and mental health conditions
  • Develop practice protocols for mental health problems based on review and evaluation of published research
  • Develop treatment plans based on findings and in collaboration with the patients and their support system, when appropriate
  • Update treatment plans, assessment updates, and testing as needed or as required
  • When patients have been in services at PMHW for one continuous year, review the treatment plan and obtain signature from PMHW’s Licensed Medical Provider prior to re­authorization and continuation of services
  • Obtain releases necessary to collaborate with outside agencies involved in the care of the patient when appropriate
  • Consult with supervisors and other professionals when unusual or complex cases are encountered
  • Refer patients requiring more specialized or complex treatment to psychiatrists, primary care physicians, or other health and wellness specialists
  • Function as clinic liaison with community-­based specialists, emergency departments, hospitals, and care teams
  • Facilitate a timely exchange of communication and information to ensure continuity of care
  • Educate patients and family members about mental health and medical conditions, preventive health measures, and treatment plans
  • Monitor electronic calendar to keep informed of upcoming appointments, changes and cancellations
  • Maintain clinic records in accordance with insurance regulations and established clinic policies and procedures
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in a PsyD or PhD program that is APA or CPA accredited
  • In good standing with the home institution’s training program
  • Minimum experience of 50 assessment hours and 450 intervention hours completed by start of internship
  • NOTE: PMHW is unable to offer this position to international applicants or those with degrees from outside the US due to Oregon Board of Psychology restrictions related to postdoctoral residency and PMHW is unable to offer necessary visa sponsorship.
  • Demonstrate competence and humility in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, class, ability et al
  • Demonstrate commitment to the preservation of a workplace which embraces diversity
  • Demonstrate commitment to confidentiality of patient and employee information
  • Communicate professionally and effectively with patients and clinicians
  • Demonstrate a strong attention to detail and organization
  • Demonstrate patience: being patient with people who may have trouble communicating or understanding what is happening is imperative for this position
  • Follow policies and procedures to contribute to the administrative efficiency of the practice, taking initiative to suggest and develop those that may be needed
  • Ability to work with Mac OS & Google Workspace

Equipment Operated: Standard office equipment, including computers, copiers, printers, telephones, etc. 

Work Environment: When working from a PMHW office, the position is in a well-lit office environment. Varied activities including sitting, standing, walking, reaching, bending, and lifting.

Mental and Physical Requirements: Involves sitting approximately 90 percent of the day, walking or standing the remainder. Ability to tolerate mental and emotional distress as an anticipated aspect of the position. May require working under stressful conditions.

Portland Mental Health & Wellness offers a competitive benefits package for full-time employees that includes:

  • Paid Time Off (80 hours per year, accrued)
  • Paid Health Leave (40 hours per year)
  • Paid Floating Holiday Hours (80 hours per year)
  • Medical and Vision Insurance – Kaiser (choice of three plans) – Covered at 60%
  • Dental Insurance – Principal – Covered at 60%
  • Employer Paid Life and AD&D Insurance – Principal 
  • Voluntary Additional Life and AD&D Insurance – Principal  
  • Voluntary Short Term Disability Insurance – Principal 
  • Voluntary Critical Illness Insurance – Principal 
  • Voluntary Accident Insurance – Principal 
  • Flexible Spending Account, Health Care – Ameriflex
  • Flexible Spending Account, Dependent Care – Ameriflex 
  • Commuter Benefits – Choice of One Below:
    • Monthly TriMet Transportation Pass – Covered at 50%
    • Parking Reimbursement – Up to $50 per month
  • Quarterly Profit Sharing Incentive 
  • Enrollment with Student Loan Tutor
  • 20% Discount on Vitamins & Supplements Through Fullscript
  • 15% discount at VioletSuitesPDX
  • OnPoint Group Banking Benefits
  • Discounted Monthly Membership with Müv Fitness
  • Limited Access to Columbia Sportswear Employee Store
  • Access to Clearly Clinical Continuing Education Resources at No Additional Cost 
  • Weekly Consultation Groups

How To Apply: PMHW participates in the APPIC match. Our Match # is 2596
Application Deadline: November 8th, 2023 at 11:59pm Eastern Time
Program web site can be accessed here.
Start date: September 9, 2024
End date: September 5, 2025
After completing the doctoral internship, candidates are invited to apply for our Postdoctoral Psychology Residency.

This description is intended to provide only the basic guidelines for meeting job requirements. Responsibilities, knowledge, skills, abilities, and working conditions may change as the practice’s needs evolve. Regular and predictable attendance is an essential function of every job.

The requirements described above are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. By signing below, you acknowledge that you are able to perform the Essential Functions of this job, with or without accommodation. If an accommodation is needed, you acknowledge that you have an opportunity to discuss this with Human Resources.

It’s essential to clarify that at Portland Mental Health & Wellness, we hire W-2 employees for most positions, rather than contractors. This decision reflects our commitment to professionalism, accountability, and the highest standards of care.

In Oregon, the distinction between W-2 employees and contractors holds significant legal and ethical implications. By hiring W-2 employees, we ensure that our staff receive fair wages, benefits, and protections mandated by state labor laws. This includes access to healthcare, paid leave, and workers’ compensation, fostering a supportive and secure work environment.

Moreover, hiring W-2 employees allows us to maintain consistent quality control and oversight over our services. We prioritize building a team of dedicated professionals who share our values and commitment to providing exceptional mental health care to our clients. This ensures continuity of care and fosters trust within our community.

At Portland Mental Health & Wellness, we believe that investing in our employees translates to better outcomes for our clients. By hiring W-2 employees, we uphold our commitment to integrity, transparency, and excellence in mental health care delivery. Join us in our mission to promote holistic well-being and support the mental health needs of individuals and families in Portland and beyond.

Portland Mental Health is an equal opportunity employer. We support and encourage diversity.