Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC), is one of the country’s most creative and dynamic providers of primary medical, dental, and behavioral health services, and a leader in practice- based research, health professionals training, and use of innovative technologies to advance health and healthcare. CHC is a Federally Qualified Health Center, and Joint Commission accredited in Ambulatory Care, Behavioral Health, and as a Patient Centered Medical Home. We employ several hundred medical, dental, and behavioral health providers who are engaged in practice, teaching, and research. Our Weitzman Institute is devoted to research and practice transformation and focuses on improving health care and health outcomes for special and vulnerable populations.
Training the next generation is a core value for CHC, and we are proud to offer three distinct levels of training for psychologists:
- a graduate student practicum;
- an APA accredited doctoral internship; and
- an APA accredited postdoctoral residency program
Our trainees provide comprehensive care across the lifespan through alongside medical colleagues in an integrated approach to meet the needs of the diverse and often underserved patients at CHC, under the supervision of licensed psychologists. We value diversity among our trainees and staff, including aspects of identity and varied personal and professional experiences. Our aim is to be a part of the shaping of the future of the field by supporting the development of our trainees and staff in a culture and training experience that fosters openness, curiosity, cultural humility, and respect.
The graduate student practicum is a part-time placement, typically for students in the third year or beyond of their doctoral level psychology program. Students carry a caseload of individual clients, and facilitate group treatment as part of a training cohort: attending didactics, group and individual supervision, and participating in agency initiatives. CHC establishes affiliation agreements with educational institutions, developing partnerships to provide students with this exceptional opportunity.
The internship for psychologists at the doctoral level is located at the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut, a CHC affiliate located in Stamford. The internship is a one-year full- time program focusing on the development of clinical skills with children, teens and families within the community mental health system. Supervisors at CGC support intern growth through reflective supervision, which emphasizes collaborative reflection that builds on the intern’s use of his/her thoughts, feelings, and values within a clinical activity. The internship program follows the match process through APPIC.
The Postdoctoral Residency Program is one of few APA accredited programs in a community health center in the nation and is entering its 10th year as a residency program. Residents are able to function independently as providers while also experiencing a supportive training structure under the supervision of licensed psychologists experienced in caring for diverse populations in an outpatient setting. Our program prepares trainees to be creative, independent, ethical, resilient, and well-trained clinicians who are equipped to work in any clinical setting. The residency offers concentrations in treating opioid use/substance use disorders and in treating children and adolescents. This allows residents the opportunity to tailor their training experience to focus on specific areas of interest as well as garner leadership, quality improvement, and supervisory skills, which are unique aspects that set our residency program apart from others.
Our training programs are currently providing all services via telehealth in response to the COVID pandemic. We hope to be offering a hybrid service model during the training year 2021- 2022, with a blend of on-site and remote residency opportunities.
Please contact Leticia Orozco, Ed. D at CHCPostdocadmin@chc1.com for additional information about any of our training programs.