Psychology Internship Introduction

Puget Sound Psychiatric Center (PSPC) is a training institution. We train psychiatrists and psychologists.  PSPC is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC).

We offer an opportunity for supervised clinical practice to include both psychotherapy and psychological testing.  Psychology training and supervision is under the overall direction of Dr. Max Hines, a counseling psychologist who provides psychotherapy supervision.  Dr. Hines has extensive training and experience supervising therapists.  For years he was an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. He is a Full Professor and taught Clinical Supervision in the PsyD program at Minnesota School of Professional Psychology.  He has published research on the stages of development of a competent sense of self as a therapist. He aspires to foster and promote each intern’s felt sense of competency, while promoting skill development and the application of theory in practice. Let’s start with evidence-based treatment and best practices and go from there!  Each intern’s work as a therapist is viewed as practice with feedback, an ongoing process of continuous improvement.

Dr. Pelin Hattatoglu is a clinical psychologist who provides training and supervision with emphasis on CBT, DBT, mindfulness and other evidence-based approaches.  Dr. Hattatoglu is also a leader in the didactic training offered for the psychiatry residents and psychology interns at PSPC.

In consultation with Dr. Hines in his capacity as Director of the Psychology Internship Training Program, each intern’s supervision is structured to best match their emphasis and meet their training needs.  A minimum of 60% of intern’s time must be dedicated to therapy.  Up to 40% can be dedicated to psychological and neuropsychological testing and evaluations.  We want each intern to have an opportunity to shape their experience at PSPC, balancing this with the need to develop basic skills as a well rounded clinician.

Puget Sound Psychiatric Center provides a distinct opportunity for psychology interns to practice integrative health care, working collaboratively with the psychiatrists who are commonly providing psychotropic medication services for the same clients our interns see for therapy.  Our psychology interns also sit in on didactics each Friday alongside the psychiatry residents.  The learning environment is collaborative, and psychology interns have an opportunty to provide training for the psychiatry residents who are eager to learn.

We have a Research Department as well, and each intern is expected to become involved in some form of research.  One example is an clinical trial we are planning to assess the comparative efficacy of various behavioral (nonpharmaceutical) treatments (one of which is CBT-I) for insomnia.  Another example might be developing a form and conducting an evaluation of the value-added aspect of each therapy session.  Research means to look again.  Let’s re  search as scientist practitioners, and look for an answer to a cogent question related to clinical practice.

We are excited and privileged to train the next generation of psychologists.  We seek to foster a safe, supportive, yet engaging and challenging internship experience.

Thank you for your interest in the Psychology Internship Program at Puget Sound Psychiatric Center.


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Max Hines, PhD

Program Director

Puget Sound Psychiatric Center Psychology Doctoral Internship Program