Southwest Behavioral & Health Services Hosts Virtual 2021 Doctoral Psychology National Internship Match Program
(PHOENIX – April 16, 2021) – Southwest Behavioral & Health Services (SB&H), a member of the Association of Post-Doctoral and Psychology Internship Centers (APPIC), hosted nine virtual open houses for the 2021 Doctoral Psychology National Internship Match Program. SB&H’s clinical training department received 253 applications and interviewed 135 applicants from across the country. The program helps match the 28 open internship positions with qualified candidates slated to begin work Sept. 2021. Candidates were notified that they were matched with SB&H on February 19th and March 22nd.
The incoming interns come from diverse backgrounds, including Syrian, Hispanic, Japanese, Chinese, Black, Egyptian, Iranian, Israeli, and South American. Four individuals are bilingual, speaking Spanish, Hebrew, Farsi, and Japanese in addition to English.
All activities related to the internship match, including open houses, a YouTube video describing the program, and interviews, were conducted virtually.
“We were not going to allow the pandemic to negatively impact attracting trainees nationwide who are committed to public and behavioral health,” said Southwest Behavioral & Health Services Administrator of Clinical Education Dr. Lynette Livesay. “Our team found ways to engage applicants virtually, resulting in a successful match cycle for 2021. In times like these, the need for highly trained psychologists in public health is more important than ever.”
The SB&H Training Institute is accredited by the American Psychological Association.
About Southwest Behavioral & Health Services:
Phoenix-based Southwest Behavioral & Health Services (SB&H) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides compassionate primary care, substance abuse and mental health services that enhance lives and improve communities. Services include outpatient mental health treatment and psychiatric services including medication monitoring; assistance for persons with addictions; intensive inpatient care for persons in crisis; residential housing, in-home and supported housing services; prevention services, community outreach and school-based counseling; lifespan services for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder; and four opioid replacement clinics. Southwest Behavioral & Health Services has locations throughout the greater Phoenix Metro area as well as locations in rural Maricopa, Gila, Mohave, Coconino, and Yavapai counties. For more information about SB&H programs, services and ways to help visit https://www.sbhservices.org/.