Internship Sites

*Please see below for COVID-19 information*

Michigan Medicine: Division of Pediatric Psychology (Ann Arbor, MI)

The Division of Pediatric Psychology at the University of Michigan is a program within the Department of Pediatrics at the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital within the University of Michigan Health System. The program is composed of psychologists who are integrated within medical teams to maximize the overall health of children and their families using principles of behavioral science.

The Division has three primary missions: clinical care, research, and education. The Division of Pediatric Psychology provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment for children and adolescents who have problems with growth, development, behavior, or adaptation to illness.

The research mission of the Division is to advance knowledge of the interplay between development, behavior, and health. Faculty within the Division of Pediatric Psychology are engaged in innovative and collaborative clinical and health services research programs. Current research programs are related to eating/feeding behavior, obesity, sleep disorders, integrative behavioral health, adherence to chronic illness treatment regimens, transition from pediatric to adult centered care, and health-related quality of life.

The teaching mission of the Division encompasses undergraduate students, medical students, pediatric and family medicine residents, pre-doctoral psychology trainees, post-doctoral psychology fellows, and practicing pediatricians. The team includes many doctoral-level, licensed psychologists. The site supervisor, Dr. Lancaster, is a licensed psychologist who is on-site at least twenty hours per week. Dr. Lancaster provides at least two hours of individual supervision to each intern every week. Professional teaching occurs in clinical settings, in the classroom, and within the context of research. The Division is also committed to the education of patients, families, and members of the community.

The internship stipend for the Psychology Internship in Integrated Behavioral Health and Pediatric Psychology is $24,600. Interns at this site also receive health care benefits. Interns for the Psychology Internship in Integrated Behavioral Health and Pediatric Psychology must be eligible to receive their Master’s Temporary Limited License in the State of Michigan for the internship year.
Site Primary Supervisor: Blake Lancaster, Ph.D.

Saginaw Public Schools (Saginaw, MI)

Saginaw Public Schools is a culturally diverse, urban school district. The district serves many children and families with low socioeconomic status and high and low incidence disabilities. Saginaw Public Schools educates approximately 7,500 students in 10 elementary schools, 1 middle school, and 3 high schools. Interns gain experience in evaluation and consultation, empirically-supported individual and/or group therapy and intervention, and crisis intervention to support children and adolescents with a variety of needs. Clients present with a variety of needs including specific learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, mood disorders, or serious mental illness. The U.S. Census data from 2016 reports the following racial/ethnic demographics for Saginaw County, Michigan: White (76.4%), Black/African American (19.4%), Hispanic/Latino (8.4%), Asian (1.4%), Multiracial (2.2%), American Indian/Alaska Native (0.6%), Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander (0.1%).

At Saginaw Public Schools, the training philosophy includes the provision of comprehensive psychological services, collaboration with health care facilities, advocacy for inclusion and numerous specialized programs, and the provision of a multi-tiered system of supports. Interns engage in the following training activities: evaluation (approximately 40% of work time), consultation (30%), behavior management (20%), crisis intervention (5%), and research/program evaluation (5%). The internship emphasizes doctoral-level school psychology, with exposure to the integration of neuropsychology in the schools. The staff at Saginaw Public Schools includes a doctoral level, licensed psychologist who is on-site at least twenty hours per week and who provides individual supervision to each intern for at least two hours per week.

The internship stipend for placement in Saginaw Public Schools is $24,600.  Interns at Saginaw Public Schools must be eligible to obtain EITHER the Michigan Preliminary School Psychologist Certificate OR the Master’s Educational Limited License in Psychology (TLLP) in the State of Michigan for the internship year.
Site Primary Supervisor: Robert Miller, Ed. D.

Sunfield Center for Autism, ADHD and Behavioral Health (Ann Arbor, MI)

The Sunfield Center for Autism, ADHD, and Behavioral Health (Sunfield Center) is an outpatient mental health center specializing in treatment of child, adolescent, and adult psychiatric disorders in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Sunfield Center was founded in August 2011 by psychologists from the former University of Michigan Autism and Communication Disorders Center (UMACC).

At Sunfield Center, a team of highly qualified professionals deliver evidence-based and research-informed evaluations and treatments within a cognitive behavioral therapy framework. Sunfield trainers are dedicated to increasing awareness of childhood mental health needs, as well as providing patients and their families stability, trust, education, and ongoing support. The staff includes a doctoral level, licensed psychologist who is on-site at least twenty hours per week and who provides individual supervision for interns for at least two hours per week.

All Sunfield staff are trained in the delivery of state-of-the-art assessments and treatments of individuals across the lifespan (from toddlers to adults) presenting with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Sunfield trainers also specialize in diagnostic assessment and treatment of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity (ADHD) and Disruptive Behavior Disorders, as well as Anxiety Disorders in children and adolescents. The Sunfield Center provides assessment services, CBT, parent training, and school-based consultation services. The Center also offers certified training on the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition, the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised, and Parent Child Interaction Training.

The internship stipend for the Sunfield Center is $24,600. Interns at Sunfield must be eligible to receive their Master’s Temporary Limited License in the State of Michigan for the internship year.
Site Primary Supervisor: Suzi Naguib, Psy.D.

Thriving Minds Behavioral Health Center (Brighton, MI)

Thriving Minds Behavioral Health Center (Thriving Minds) is an independent clinic specializing in the evaluation and treatment of anxiety, learning, and behavioral disorders. The clinic has two locations; the original clinic is located in Brighton and a second branch in Chelsea. The intern will work out of the Brighton clinic. The clinic has central leadership and consistent procedures across the two locations.

Thriving Minds serves children and youth and their families using a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) framework. Within that framework, the clinicians provide CBT for mood and anxiety disorders and Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) for disruptive behavior disorders. The clinic also offers psychological assessments for learning issues, anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. The clinic also serves as a local, national, and international resource on the treatment of Selective Mutism. Specific services and programs offered by the practice include the Peer Connect group, the Confident Kids summer camp, individual anxiety interventions, individual, family, or parent support sessions, and intensive, school-based intervention and consultation.

Thriving Minds is a multi-location clinic providing a team-based interdisciplinary experience. The clinic includes four Licensed Psychologists, two Licensed Social Workers, and nine clinicians with Limited or Temporary Limited Licenses in Psychology. Thriving Minds also helps to train developing practicum students. The team frequently consults with school-based and medical professionals in supporting clients. The staff at Thriving Minds includes a doctoral level, licensed psychologist who is on-site at least twenty hours per week and who provides individual supervision for interns for at least two hours per week.

Intern training is essential for Thriving Minds. The clinic values the diversity of perspectives interns contribute as well as their passion and enthusiasm for the field. Thriving Minds also seeks to share knowledge about Selective Mutism and how parents and educators can help children move through this set of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

The internship stipend for Thriving Minds is $24,600. Interns at Thriving Minds must be eligible to receive their Master’s Temporary Limited License in the State of Michigan for the internship year.
Site Primary Supervisor: Aimee Kotrba, Ph.D.

Response to COVID-19

Michigan Medicine

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the modality of the internship training experience at the Michigan Medicine site within the Mid-Michigan Psychology Internship Consortium, but it has not impacting the quality of the training. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, essentially all of the training experiences (face-to-face supervision, conducting co-therapy with patients, didactics, etc.) were conducted in person. Currently, all training experiences are being conducted through virtual video meetings. Supervisors conduct supervision with their interns via Skype for Business, a HIPAA secure product installed by Michigan Medicine on all the intern computers. Didactics, other research labs, and book/journal clubs are being conducted via Zoom or Bluejeans. Patient visits are being conducted via a special Zoom product that is integrated into the EPIC Electronic Health Record at Michigan Medicine. This platform allows the intern and supervisor to simultaneous be present with the patient during the video visit. The Zoom product is HIPAA compliant and also allows for clinicians to place patients in a virtual waiting room, so that the intern and supervisor can discuss the case and develop case conceptualizations. Though it is unclear how long the pandemic will last and when exactly interns and supervisors will return to clinic, it is likely that interns will begin to return to clinic in in some capacity during fall of 2020. Interns still have office space and clinic space reserved for their potential return to in person meetings and business, and Michigan Medicine has strict screening protocols for all individuals who enter any buildings. When interns do return to clinic they will be provided proper PPE and will follow all safety protocols to ensure both intern and patient safety.

Saginaw Public Schools

The training of psychology interns and the provision of psychological services in Saginaw Public School District (SPSD) has shifted with the pandemic. District COVID-19 accommodations will align with Michigan’s six-phase plan for reopening. School leaders have developed a corresponding six-phase plans for educating students.

Specifically, if SPSD is in a region in phases 1-3, all school instruction will be virtual and psychological services, such as social and emotional support to students and staff, will be conducted using a HIPAA-compliant telehealth platform. Observation, training, and supervision of the intern will also be conducted via telehealth.

If SPSD is in a phase 4-5 region, schools may open with significant accommodations. Many assessment, intervention, and consultation activities with students, staff, and families will take place using a HIPAA-compliant telehealth platform. In addition, some consultation and evaluation activities will be conducted in person with district-provided personal-protective equipment (PPE) and with appropriate cleaning procedures. Supervision will be conducted by phone and telehealth, and some face to face supervision may occur with PPE and social distancing.

If SPSD is in a phase 6 region, interns will spend more time providing in-person assessment, intervention, and consultation services, with continued use of PPE. At this time, SPSD is in Phase 4. The phase will likely change over time. In addition, the modality of learning opportunities provided to students, as well as the modality of psychology services and internship supervision, will be re-evaluated frequently.