Clinical Psychology Internship

Our pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training programs support the advancement of diversity in the recruitment and retention of staff and trainees. We welcome and encourage well-qualified individuals with a commitment to diversity to apply for positions in our programs. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. We seek to promote a culture of inclusion and respect, with access and accommodation services available to eligible individuals. Diversity issues are integrated into our didactic and clinical training. In addition to a diverse patient population, our medical center also attracts students, interns, residents, faculty and staff from many parts of the world.

Our internship program offers two positions in clinical health psychology:

  1. General Health Psychology track
  2. Primary Care Integration track

Health Psychology (General) Track: 1 position

Three four-month rotations are selected from among the following experiences (Chronic Pain Management is a required rotation):

  1. Chronic Pain Management – The intern will learn pain management evaluation and cognitive-behavioral treatment in an interdisciplinary pain rehabilitation program. The Nebraska Medicine Chronic Pain Management Program is an interdisciplinary, four-week, day treatment program, designed to help individuals with chronic non-malignant pain. Services are provided in a multidisciplinary format by clinical psychologists, physical therapists, and a nurse, along with a pain physician. Working closely with a supervising psychologist and the pain management team, the intern will learn to provide assessment and both individual and group therapy services to patients with chronic pain.
  2. Transplantation – The intern will learn to complete pre-surgical psychological evaluations of candidates for solid organ transplant (i.e., kidney, pancreas, heart, lung, small bowel, pediatric liver transplant) and left ventricular assist devices (LVAD). The intern will consult with interdisciplinary teams and will have the opportunity for follow-up outpatient and inpatient treatment of transplant patients needing behavioral health assistance.
  3. Psycho-oncology – The intern will learn to evaluate, consult on, and treat patients referred by medical and surgical oncology teams in Nebraska Medicine’s state-of-the-art Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, comprising a comprehensive team of more than 200 cancer experts covering all specialties across the cancer spectrum.
  4. Bariatrics – The intern will learn to complete pre-surgical psychological evaluations of candidates for weight loss surgery, including initial evaluations and subsequent behavioral readiness evaluations closer to the time of surgery. The intern will consult with the interdisciplinary bariatrics team and will have the opportunity for follow-up outpatient and inpatient treatment of bariatric patients needing behavioral health assistance.

In addition to the four-month rotations above, general track interns will have two 10-month core rotations:

  1. Outpatient psychotherapy
  2. Inpatient evaluation, consultation and brief treatment

Core experiences will typically begin upon successful completion of the first two months of internship. The inpatient consultation experience follows a progression from evaluation and supportive care on general medical-surgical units to more specialized care of patients being followed by the trauma team, heart failure team, various transplant teams, as well as patients followed by services with which the intern is currently working on an outpatient basis in the four-month rotations.

Health Psychology (Primary Care) Track: 1 position

The primary care track intern will spend eight months embedded on site in one or more primary care clinics at Nebraska Medicine following the patient centered medical home (PCMH) team approach to patient care. As a behavioral health provider on the PCMH team, the intern will be providing brief problem-focused, solution-oriented treatment to patients in the context of ongoing collaboration and consultation with primary care providers.

The primary care track intern will also complete one four-month rotation from among the options listed under the general track.

In addition to the eight-month primary care and four-month elective rotations above, primary care track interns will have two 10-month core rotations:

  1. Outpatient psychotherapy
  2. Inpatient evaluation, consultation and brief treatment

Core experiences will typically begin upon successful completion of the first two months of internship. The inpatient consultation experience follows a progression from evaluation and supportive care on general medical-surgical units to more specialized care of patients being followed by the trauma team, heart failure team, various transplant teams, as well as patients followed by the service with which the intern is currently working on an outpatient basis in the four-month rotation.

Additional specialty training in cystic fibrosis management, diabetes management and functional disorders, are available to interns in both tracks. Primary care training is also available to the general health psychology track intern.

For more information, please visit the official internship website: http://cehs.unl.edu/nicpp/nebraska-medicine-psychology-department/.