Valley Health Systems
Doctoral Internship in Psychology

The Doctoral Internship at Valley Health Systems is designed to train future psychologists to work in primary care settings as providers of comprehensive psychological services that collaborate with other disciplines to improve patient care. Interns provide services in integrated primary care clinics, outpatient behavioral health clinics, psychological assessment clinics, and through our Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) for opioid addiction program. Valley Health Systems is a constellation of over 30 medical clinics throughout southern Ohio and Western West Virginia with behavioral health services in 12 of those sites. Interns are involved in clinics at four of our sites: Highlawn (Huntington, WV), Huntington (Huntington, WV), East Huntington (Huntington, WV), and Hurricane (Hurricane, WV).

The internship is designed to be fulfilled in 1500 hours of training over the course of 12 months. Interns will receive direct supervision from at least three different supervisors during the training year, with ongoing feedback provided regarding progress toward training goals and formative feedback provided each quarter. All supervising psychologists are employees of Valley Health who hold a doctoral degree in psychology and are licensed psychologist in the state of West Virginia. Additionally, they have been approved by the West Virginia Board of Examiners in Psychology to serve as supervisors. We are committed to providing a supportive educational environment to interns as they develop into increasingly independent professionals. It is the goal of the training program to prepare interns to be able to take on a variety of roles that exist in primary care settings, particularly in settings that provide access for underserved patients.

Valley Health Systems Mission

Valley Health is a federally qualified healthcare center with a mission to provide healthcare to all individuals and an emphasis on reaching those who are underserved. Valley Health serves nearly 60,000 patients each year through a system of health care facilities and providers in family medicine, women’s health, dentistry, internal medicine, pediatrics, optometry and behavioral medicine. Valley Health also offers specialty programs including Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), nutrition services, school-based health centers and programs for the homeless. As part of this mission, Valley Health provides services to patients, regardless of their ability to pay.

To provide the highest possible quality service to our patients, we strive to be aware of the cultural context of the communities we serve. The patients that we serve vary widely in terms of education level and socioeconomic status. Additionally, patients vary in whether they live in a city with access to resources such as public transportation and relatively short commutes to services or whether they live in a very rural community with few resources easily accessible. Awareness of the language used by the patient in their health care encounters, beliefs and values that shape their presentations and experiences, and recognition of the impact of clinician’s own experiences on our relationships with our patients is central to our daily work.

Internship Application Process

We will be participating in the APPIC match as a non-member for the 2018 – 2019 match. We will be using APPIC’s APPI Online Service. Applications require a completed APPI, verification of eligibility by your Director of Training, three recommendation letters, a current CV, and an official transcript. Valley Health’s match number is 242411.

The application deadline for the Valley Health Doctoral Internship is December 15. All applications will be screened by members of the Internship Training Committee, which includes the Director of Training and the supervisors within the internship. If you are selected to interview, you will be invited for a half-day visit to our facility for interviews with training staff. Arrangements may be made for interviews to be conducted over the phone if needed. Applicants will be notified by email whether they are selected. Committee members will conduct interviews and will provide ratings and feedback to the Director of Training and other Committee members. Final rankings are made by consensus during a Committee review of interviewees.

Once interns are matched to a site, a letter of agreement is sent to the selected interns within 48 hours. This letter includes information about start and end dates, intern salary, contact information for the Director of Training, and other relevant information about the internship. Interns will also receive requests from Valley’s HR department for required pre-employment screening measures, including drug screening and background checks. Interns must complete these requirements in order to start internship.
Every effort will be made to ensure diversity in selected trainees. Selections are non-discriminatory on the basis of age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, and socioeconomic status.

Requirement for Selection
An applicant must have completed all on-campus requirements in an APA accredited, degree granting clinical or counseling psychology doctoral program in the United States by the time the internship is scheduled to begin. The applicant must also have been awarded a Master’s Degree in Psychology during their training. The applicant must have successfully completed supervised practicum experiences and graduate coursework in clinical psychology and health psychology.

Start and End Dates
The internship begins on July 30, 2018 and ends on July 26, 2019. Interns must complete pre-employment screening and drug testing through Valley Health. Interns are also subject to the Human Resources policy on criminal background checks. Once interns have been matched to Valley Health, it is important that they remain in touch with Director of Training and be prompt in responding to information requests and updates. Trainees must obtain a Gold Card through the West Virginia Board of Examiners of Psychologists and the Director of Training will assist in navigating this process. It is essential that the application for the Gold Card be completed in a timely fashion so as to avoid a delay in clinical work. Trainees must submit to the Director of Training a copy of their master’s degree, CV, and Gold Card prior to beginning internship.
Interns will also need to monitor their email for updates from Valley Health’s Human Resources to begin the pre-employment process, including completing a physical and drug screen as well as a background check. Interns will need to attend an orientation day to include meeting with HR, completing required paperwork, and learning how to navigate the EHR system.

Salary and Benefits
Interns receive a salary of $28,000 annually. Interns will also have access to 2 days (16 hours) of leave for CEU as well as $500. Interns will also accrue Paid Time Off (PTO) at a rate of 6.15 hours biweekly, totaling 160 hours or 20 days annually. PTO may only be used as it is accrued. Additionally, time off is subject to prior approval of your clinical supervisors and the Director of Training and will not be approved for the last two weeks of internship training without extenuating circumstances. Unused PTO will be paid out at the end of the internship year. Plan your use of PTO carefully and in consideration of anticipated needs for leave such as graduation, dissertation defense, and conferences.
Interns will also accumulate time in an Extended Illness Bank. This time is used for necessary absence caused by illness, injury, pregnancy, or absence from work to receive medical, dental, or psychological evaluation and treatment. EIB is accrued at a rate of 2.46 hours biweekly. Employees have access to two personal days annually to cover any illnesses, doctor appointments, and other medical needs. After expending two personal days in one calendar year, the employee must expend two PTO days before additional EIB benefits can be used. Employees may use their EIB benefits immediately if hospitalized.

Interns are eligible for health insurance through Valley Health.


For more information on the internship program, contact Rebecca Denning, PsyD, at 304.399.3310 or



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