Welcome to the Easterseals Rehabilitation Center Internship in Clinical Psychology, which is located in the Department of Psychology & Wellness in Evansville, Indiana. We are excited to offer an excellent training opportunity, with an emphasis in child clinical and developmental psychology. The program is designed as a 12-month, full-time pre-doctoral internship, which begins on July 1 and ends June 30 and provides 2,000 hours of clinical training. The focus of the internship is twofold. One, it is to provide the highest level of education and training utilizing the scientist-practitioner model, where interns will engage in evaluation, therapy, assessment, consultation, supervising, and research services utilizing empirically-supported means across a variety of experiences and modalities. Two, significant emphasis is placed on promoting flourishing, innovation, collegiality, and personal/professional balance, as it recognized that this is key to long-term stability for professionals, especially in preventing burnout and maximizing career satisfaction.
The Easterseals Internship in Clinical Psychology Program is currently accredited, on contingency with the American Psychological Association (APA), and is a member of the Association of the Psychology Postdoctoral Internship Centers (APPIC). We are participating in the Match for the 2021-2022 academic term. Questions about the program’s accreditation status should be taken to the Commission on Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 2002
Internship Structure and Experiences
The Easterseals Rehabilitation Center is a longstanding nonprofit agency in Evansville, Indiana, with an excellent reputation in the community for service and expertise. The Easterseals Rehabilitation Center has changed lives for people with disabilities in this community since 1946. Our mission is to make profound, positive differences in the lives of local people every day, and to change the way our community defines and views disability. Our services enable individuals of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to pursue their goals and dreams. Physical, occupational, and speech/language therapies, audiology testing and services, and psychological services are provided regardless of ability to pay. The entire community is impacted by life-changing programs that range from these therapy services to inclusive early care and education to custom seating and mobility, adaptive equipment, aquatic therapy, augmentative and alternative communication, residential supports and employment services.
The Easterseals Rehabilitation Center is part of a larger, vibrant medical community in the heart of Evansville, Indiana, which is the third largest city in the state. Evansville is centrally located between Nashville, Louisville, and St. Louis, and serves as the epicenter for health care delivery in the Tri-State area of Southwestern Indiana, Southern Illinois, and Western Kentucky. With six major hospitals carrying a capacity of more than 2,000 beds, individuals and families travel from all over the region to receive care. The community of Evansville, Indiana, has consistently been ranked as one of the top cities in the United States to relocate families. It is the home of two universities, the University of Southern Indiana and University of Evansville. It became the most recent site of expansion for the Indiana University Medical School, which now has a full-time campus located in downtown, and which will be starting an internal medicine and psychiatry residency in the fall of 2019. Evansville serves as an active cultural and arts center, and a few years ago became the smallest community in the world to establish a Ronald McDonald House on the campus of St. Vincent Medical Center. With low cost of living and many diverse opportunities for entertainment and everyday life, Evansville offers a unique, comfortable place to reside and call home.
The psychology department has been an integral part of the Easterseals Rehabilitation Center for nearly six decades. In addition to offering comprehensive, multi-disciplinary assessments for youth and adult counseling services, the department provides a wide-range of intervention services, including individual, family, and group therapy. Services are provided to clients from a wide range of ages, ethnicities, socioeconomic status, family situations, and presenting concerns. The department is founded on three pillars: high-quality clinical services, a full educational model based on the scientist-practitioner paradigm, and innovative community outreach services. In addition to a psychology internship program, the Department of Psychology & Wellness at the Easterseals Rehabilitation Center serves as a training site for students at the undergraduate, master’s level, postdoctoral, and psychiatric resident level. The department serves approximately 30 counties in the Tri-State area, which includes Southwestern Indiana, Southern Illinois, and Western Kentucky.
The primary aim of the internship program is provide a comprehensive, tailored, research-supported experience that supports the holistic development of the intern. More specifically, the program is geared to train psychologists dually, who make use of available research and scientifically-sound treatments while also providing the most compassionate, empathetic care. During the internship year, trainees will be provided with numerous experiences designed to enhance their knowledge and empathy for those that they will serve both as students and in their career as psychologists. Click here to see the complete Easterseals Internship in Clinical Psychology Policies and Procedures Manual.
As a means of creating an environment rich in knowledge, compassion, and empathy, the internship program actively seeks to recruit trainees from diverse backgrounds in addition to recruiting and retaining diverse faculty members over the long term. The Easterseals Psychology Internship Program maintains the non-discrimination policies of the Easterseals Rehabilitation Center. The internship program does not engage in discrimination based on attributes of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or physical or mental disability. The Psychology Internship Training program adheres to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and will provide adaptations to interns consistent with the Easterseals Rehabilitation Center's policies so that they can perform the essential functions of their job. It is the Easterseals Rehabilitation Center's policy not to discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities in regard to application procedures, hiring, advancement, discharge, compensation, training, or other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment. Additionally, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires employers to reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities. It is the policy of the ESRC to comply with all federal, state, and local laws concerning the employment of persons with disabilities.
Learning opportunities will be offered, which will ultimately be designed to provide a rich, integrated experience with the primary training aims in mind. These include to a) develop competencies with a diverse range of clients and systems; b) embrace a commitment to diversity and uniqueness of each individual; c) further an understanding of research-based practice and community activities; d) develop an ability to provide psychological services across a broad range of modalities and mechanisms; e) utilize an ethical framework for clinical decision-making based on the highest ideals; f) facilitate work with other professionals as part of a collaborative team; and ultimately, e) embrace a model of practice that embodies high quality care that is both empathetic and sustainable in the long-term.
Learning opportunities will occur through direct clinical experiences, supervision, and didactics. To learn more about specific didactic hours and the current schedule and curriculum, please visit the Internship Didactics web page.
Major rotations are offered in the following areas: child/adolescent assessment & therapy, interdisciplinary team evaluations, assessment & early intervention services for children ages 0-5, assessment of youth residential patients, group therapy for children/adolescents, and adult therapeutic services. In addition to working with psychologists and other trainees, interns will actively work with other professionals, including speech/language, occupational, and physical therapists, audiologists, residential professionals, and those with skills in assistive technology. Although some individuals that present to the psychology department have comorbid physical/developmental challenges, many referred individuals present with typical psychological concerns such as attention-deficit, learning, behavioral, mood/emotional, and familial issues. Further, more detailed information regarding each rotation can be found on our Internship Rotations web page.
Applicants from APA accredited programs from clinical, counseling, or school psychology are required. It is strongly recommended that applicants have strong backgrounds in child clinical, school, or pediatric psychology, especially with assessment skills; however, students with generalist graduate training will be considered for admission. Completion of all coursework is required. Although a minimum of 500 AAPI hours (intervention plus assessment) is preferred, as well as 600 hours of experience for applicants from school psychology programs, due to COVID-19, applications will be considered for those who don't meet this minimum threshold. The dissertation proposal must have been conducted and approved prior to the start of internship. Before beginning the internship year, trainees must pass a background check and pre-hire screening. The background check is designed to protect Easterseals clients and excludes from employment individuals convicted of crimes which might endanger others (additional information can be obtained from Internship Training Director Dr. James Schroeder). A member of the Human Resources team will work with the intern candidate to schedule an appointment time for all pre-hire screenings, which will include a TB test, drug screen (including for marijuana/cannabis products), nursing assessment, and pre-work screen. In most cases, screenings are completed at Easterseals Rehabilitation Center facilities. In the event the onsite drug screen is inconclusive, interns will be sent to an offsite facility for further testing. Completion of all pre-screenings with a passed result is a prerequisite for continuation in the hiring process.
Salary and Benefits
The Internship in Clinical Psychology offers a competitive salary of $25,000 plus a number of additional benefits. Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance, in addition to life insurance and short-term disability coverage, among other provisions. Interns will receive a $1,000 professional fund to use during the year. Paid time off provisions will be provided that are largely consistent with the Easterseals Rehabilitation Center policy. Interns are encouraged to utilize all time available to maximize their physical and psychological health, and to minimize the likelihood of "burnout." Through use of generous paid time off provisions, the Easterseals Rehabilitation Center strives to maintain a healthy workplace, where all employees can maximize performance and well-being at work, at home, and in other endeavors. Interns are eligible for full pay on the following holidays:
Interns will be provided with 80 (eighty) vacation hours (in addition to time off for holidays) after starting their term. Vacation can be used for any personal use, such as dissertation defense, and any other activities that are not specifically approved as professional time or educational activity within the internship program. Interns will also be provided with four (4) professional days as part of their training, to be used for activities such as fellowship or job interviews, and/or attendance at approved conferences (not part of the training program). Interns are given five (5) paid sick days per year. If all available sick leave is exhausted, interns may use vacation time to provide for paid sick leave. If available sick and vacation time has been exhausted, interns may take unpaid leave if approved by the training director and the Vice President of Human Resources.
In addition, interns will have access to free parking and all other benefits and activities afforded to Easterseals Rehabilitation Center providers. These benefits include full administrative, billing, and IT support. Interns will have their own offices with generous size provisions fully equipped with an updated desktop computer, individual printer, personal phone, and other resources.
Follow this link to learn about our 2020-2021 internship class.
Requirements for Application
Given that the Easterseals Internship in Clinical Psychology Program is currently participating in the APPIC Match as an APPIC member, applicants must submit a completed application via the APPIC Application Portal no later than November 1 of the previous year. As noted previously, our internship begins on July 1 and ends on June 30. The Easterseals Rehabilitation Center's APPIC member code number is 2512. For further information on "Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data" please visit Internship Admissions.
Once applications are received, they will be reviewed by the Internship Executive Committee (IEC) to determine if an interview will be offered. By December 1, applicants will be notified by email if they are invited for an interview. Given the evolving situation involving the COVID-19 pandemic, all interviews will be conducted virtually on January 13th and 15th. In addition, for the safety of trainees, clients, and staff, Easterseals will continue to employ pre-appointment screenings, limitations on the number of family members allowed in our facility, use of masks and shields whenever possible, temperature and symptom screening upon entry, social distancing, and many sanitation practices, all directed at limiting the spread of the virus. However, given that some work involves young children who do not easily adhere to social distancing and wearing of masks, it should be understood that a certain degree of risk is involved. Interns as well as other trainees, faculty, and staff are deemed as essential workers. Interns will be expected to participate in all rotations that are part of the advertised experience. Having said this, Easterseals and the Department of Psychology & Wellness will continue to work with each employee and local/state health organizations to provide for the safest experience possible. Questions about further details related to the COVID-19 response should be addressed to Dr. Schroeder.
The internship program adheres to all APPIC policies for application, interview, and admission. This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant. Further questions can be directed to Dr. Schroeder at email@example.com or 812-479-1411.
Psychology & Wellness Faculty
Jim Schroeder, Ph.D., HSPP
Dr. Schroeder is the Vice President of the Department of Psychology & Wellness and the psychology internship training director at the Easterseals Rehabilitation Center in Evansville, Indiana. He is a Volunteer Clinical Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology for Indiana University, School of Medicine. He received a BS from Ball State University with a major in psychology and minors in social work and counseling psychology. He graduated with a PhD in clinical psychology from Saint Louis University in 2005. As part of this training, he completed an internship in clinical child and pediatric psychology through the University of Louisville School of Medicine, where he worked at Kosair Children’s Hospital and Bingham Child Guidance Center. After graduation, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at St. Louis Children’s Hospital through the Washington University School of Medicine. Prior to joining the staff at Easterseals, he was employed as a pediatric psychologist at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, and St. Vincent Center for Children in Evansville. During his time at St. Vincent, he co-created the Pediatric Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, and was training director of that program for 8 years. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and Division 53. He currently resides in Evansville, Indiana, with his wife, Amy, and their eight children. In addition to seeing youth with a wide range of backgrounds and psychological issues, he specializes in evaluating and working with children (and their families) diagnosed with autism spectrum, learning, sleep, attention-deficit, and other developmental issues. He speaks widely on many topics and has published numerous articles related to parenting and the psychological health of youth today, including issues related to technology and media.
Emma D. Nicholls, Ph.D., HSPP
Dr. Nicholls provides psychological services primarily to children and their families. She has extensive experience in psychological testing and evaluation to assess for problems such as ADHD, learning disabilities, anxiety, depression, and autism spectrum disorders. She also provides psychological treatment/counseling services to school-age children and adults who may be struggling with anxiety, depression, and related disorders. She has a special interest in treating Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors, such as trichotillomania and skin-picking disorders. Dr. Nicholls earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Northern Illinois University. She completed her internship at the Evansville Psychology Internship Consortium. Dr. Nicholls received her master’s degree in clinical psychology from Northern Illinois University and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Nicholls is a licensed psychologist in the state of Indiana and is endorsed as a Health Service Provider in Psychology. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Trichotillomania Learning Center.
Shannon Jones, M.D.
Dr. Jones is Volunteer Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine and serves as the Assistant Program Director for the Indiana University Psychiatric Residency at Samaritan Center. She’s the Assistant Medical Director of Southwestern Behavioral Healthcare and is expected to assume Medical Director duties there in March 2021. She’s an ABPN board certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with particular expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD, ODD, anxiety disorders, ASD, and the various effects of early childhood trauma/deprivation. She’s interested in “deprescribing” to children (e.g. Improved Metabolic and Psychiatric Outcomes with Discontinuation of Atypical Antipsychotics in Youth Hospitalized in a State Psychiatric Facility Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology Dec 2017, 27(10): 897-907) and helping caregivers provide environments that promote healthy development. Dr. Jones completed Medical School training at Indiana University and Residency/Fellowship training at the Menninger Clinic.
Last updated: April 23, 2021