Program Structure

Consortium Program Structure

Two six-month rotations are provided.  One intern is assigned to each rotation at the beginning of the program, and then switch following completion of the initial six-month rotation to the alternate site.

Northshore Rotation: All interns will complete one rotation through the Northshore site with focus on developing skills in neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation psychology.  Treatment of adults with diagnoses of traumatic brain injury, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, various dementias, and multiple sclerosis is a major part of this clinical experience.  Thus, interns provide services under clinical supervision to clarify the extent of cognitive residuals following diagnoses of these conditions.  Services to clarify an individual’s competency is also provided.  Exposure to inpatient settings is provided and an integral part of the internship experience.  Interns provide several hours of service per week at the rehabilitation hospital and acute medical center.  Outpatient neuropsychological assessment is also provided through the Northshore office.  The intern will also at times function as part of an interdisciplinary rehabilitation team and be asked to participate in weekly conferences to assess a patient’s progress.

Safe Harbor Behavioral Health of UPMC Hamot: Safe Harbor Behavioral Health of UPMC Hamot provides short-term intensive mental health interventions for children, teenagers, and adults experiencing complex emotional and behavioral needs.  A community-based approach is utilized to empower the child’s family and support system to deal with the challenges presented.  Typical diagnoses include Bipolar Disorder, major depression, Attention Deficit Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, and individuals with dual diagnoses.  Interns will be asked to provide psychological assessment to clarify diagnosis and provide treatment recommendations.  Crisis intervention services and group therapy services are also available and readily incorporated into the internship experience.  Interdisciplinary team consultations and family interventions are also included in the clinical training experiences.

Clinical Supervision: A minimum of two hours per week of individual supervision is provided.  One hour is provided by the primary supervisor, and the second hour provided by the clinical director.  One hour per week of group supervision is also provided by the clinical director.

Seminars: Additional training is provided throughout the year on selected topics in assessment, psychotherapeutic interventions, differential diagnoses, and ethical issues.  Descriptions of the seminars are as follows:

  1. Neuropsychological Assessment and Psychological Assessment: Interns will gain skill in evaluation and interpretation utilizing a host of contemporary instruments.  Cases are often presented during group supervision, as interns present on patients they are in the process of evaluating.  Test data sheets are provided as well as an overview of the clinical interview and presentation.  Feedback is provided by the supervisor and other attendees, including other interns and psychologists.  Focus on integrating test findings and report-writing is also emphasized.
  2. Ethics and Professional Issues: This seminar is provided on a monthly basis.  Various case studies are reviewed, as well as discussion of pertinent professional issues and ethical problems which have arisen in the context of the internship setting.  Presentations on specific ethical issues are provided by the seminar director.  Various research articles are reviewed and discussed in-depth.  Interns also participate in an annual ethical forum presented by the Pennsylvania Psychological Association.
  3. Cultural Diversity Issues: A diversity seminar is provided under the supervision of Parris Baker, Ph.D., receiving two hours of didactic or experiential learning opportunities on a bi-monthly basis, with the focus on teaching multicultural competencies (skills, knowledge, values) to assist interns with better defining what constitutes culturally competent professional practice and development.  Our interns are challenged to examine their personal assumptions regarding diversity and difference, to identify their biases, prejudices, values, and their process of socialization regarding diversity and inclusion.  Attention is devoted to understanding personal world views.

Research: The Erie Psychological Consortium provides the opportunity to complete research projects by spending up to four hours per week on research of personal interests or dissertation-related.

Stipend and Funding: The stipend granted to interns for the year is $20,000.  Funding is obtained through the support of Safe Harbor Behavioral Health and UPMC Hamot Medical Center.

Matching Guidelines: The Erie Psychological Consortium follows the American Psychological Association and APIC guidelines for selecting interns.  No person at this facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern prior to UNIFORM NOTIFICATION DAY.  All applicants are considered without regard to gender, age, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, political or religious beliefs, or physical handicap.

If you require further information, please contact:

Michael Schwabenbauer, Ph.D., ABPP, Clinical Director
Erie Psychological Consortium
120 East Second Street, 3rd Fl
Erie, PA   16507
(814)877-8013; FAX: (814)877-8007;

email: Mschwabenbauer@northshorepractices.com