Innovation Behavior Health Solutions’ (IBHS) LLC Doctoral Health Service Psychology Internship program is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). We are participating in the 2023 match and currently have two positions to fill!
Dr. Sandra Leon-Villa, PhD., serves as the training director for IBHS, alongside Dr. Claudia Mejia, PsyD. We provide training and supervision for master's program student (i.e., practicum and internship), pre-licensed professionals (i.e., secondary supervision), as well as doctoral level psychology students for practicum, internship, and post-doctoral fellowship. Trainees have access to a multidisciplinary team of mental health providers and have a wide range of training experiences working with diverse populations.
TRAINING PROGRAM MISSION
Our Mission at IBHS LLC is to create access to mental healthcare through equity, which means ensuring everyone has equal access to well-being regardless of socioeconomic status or other barriers. In order to do so, we strive to eliminate mental health stigma through community outreach, specifically to Black Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) communities, providing psychoeducation, and ensuring diversity and inclusion not only in the community we serve, but also in our team of clinical and administrative staff.
IBHS is dedicated to educating and training upcoming practitioners in psychology. The IBHS internship training approach is based on the practitioner-scholar model, which places emphasis on evidenced-based and scholarly informed practice. Interns at IBHS, LLC will focus largely on assessment (i.e., approximately 75% of clinical work will be focused on assessment). While there are opportunities for individual, group, family, and couple’s therapy, we understand that there is a need for more BIPOC testing psychologists and those able to conduct bilingual assessment. Currently, only 5% and 4% of all psychologists are Latinx or Black, respectively (Lin, Stamm, Christidis, 2018). Of the 5% of Latinx psychologists, only 5.5% of these can provide bilingual services (Smith, 2018)). This results in the misdiagnosis and over pathologizing of BIPOC populations due to lack of culturally responsive and trauma informed assessment, in addition to implicit bias and the historical criminalization of mental health among BIPOC populations.