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Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services

Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology

Welcome to Pine Grove's Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology website. We have an excellent internship that offers a wide range of training activities on two rotations. We are able to offer interns opportunities for training in residential, partial hospitalization, and outpatient settings working with adults who present with a wide range of diagnoses, including personality disorders, compulsive and addictive behavior disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, as well as trauma-related disorders, behavioral disorders, and developmental disorders.

We strive to mentor interns toward greater independence through the year, so that by the end of the internship, interns are ready for independent practice or a post-doctoral year, depending on where the intern is headed. Throughout the internship year, we offer intensive supervision and support.

Please take some time to explore the website, read about our staff, find out about Hattiesburg, and see what we have to offer.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Christina Williams, Ph.D.
Director of Training

How To Apply

Applications are due December 1st of each year. Please look under “Internship Overview” for full application instructions.


Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data

Program Tables updated: August 2nd, 2018

Internship Program Admission

Intern applicants are asked to provide three (3) letters of recommendation attesting to the quality of their psychotherapy and assessment skills, clinical judgment, knowledge of theory and evidenced-based treatments, ethical behaviors, research, responsiveness to supervision, and ability to work well both independently and collaboratively. We have some flexibility in these basic requirements if an applicant has substantially met the requirements and we feel that, based on the rest of the application materials, he or she has the potential to be a good fit for our program.

Program requires that applicants have received a minimum number of hours of the following at time of application:
Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours 300 hours
Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours 100 hours

Interns must be from an APA accredited doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology and be United States citizens. By December 1st of the year they are applying to internship, interns are expected to have:
  • A minimum of three (3) years of graduate training,
  • Three hundred (300) hours of direct client-contact practicum experience ( including individual, group, family and couples therapy),
  • One hundred (100) assessment hours (including completion of written comprehensive assessment reports),
  • Completed appropriate graduate courses from an APA accredited program in clinical or counseling psychology (i.e., ethics, clinical and counseling theory,
    psychological assessment, diversity, supervision, etc.),
  • Passed their comprehensive exams, and
  • Dissertation proposal approved (interns who have completed or made significant progress on their dissertation have a slight advantage over applicants who have not accomplished this).

Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year*
Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns: $24,128
Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns: Not Applicable
Program provides access to medical insurance for intern? Yes
If access to medical insurance is provided:  
Trainee contribution to cost required? Yes
Coverage of family member(s) available? Yes
Coverage of legally married partner available? Yes
Coverage of domestic partner available? No
Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation): 21 Days per Year of PTO
Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave: 12 Days per year of Paid Sick Leave
In the event of medical conditions and/or family needs that require extended leave, does the program allow reasonable unpaid leave for interns/residents in excess of personal time off and sick leave? Yes
Other Benefits:
  • Up to three (3) days per Year of pre-approved professional leave time (i.e., dissertation defense conferences, and other possible professional activities)
  • One (1) professional leave day if intern chooses to attend Pine Grove’s Annual Workshop
  • Interns are employees of Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services, which is part of the Forrest General Hospital system. The current stipend is $24,128 each for two funded positions and interns are paid every two weeks. Comprehensive benefits include health insurance, paid-time-off (PTO), and professional- and sick-leave time. With your health insurance benefit, you may insure other family members who are spouses or dependents. The cost of the employee’s portion of the health insurance depends on the level of coverage chosen and how many family members are insured. Other company benefits, such as dental and life insurance, may be chosen as part of the benefits package at an additional cost to the employee. All employee benefits costs are paid through payroll deductions. As employees of Forrest General Hospital, interns are also allowed to use the Employee Health Service for a low cost (currently $12 per visit), purchase prescriptions at the employee pharmacy for the lowest prescription cost, and to join the local YMCA at a corporate rate. The internship program also pays for each intern’s student membership with the Mississippi Psychological Association (MPA) and incorporates attendance of the annual conference into the intern schedule.
*Note: Programs are not required by the Commission on Accreditation to provide all benefits listed in this table.

Initial Post-Internship Positions 2014-2017
Total # of interns who were in the 3 cohorts: 8
Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree: 0
Community mental health center    
Federally qualified health center    
Independent primary care facility/clinic 1  
University counseling center    
Veterans Affairs medical center 2  
Military health center    
Academic health center 1  
Other medical center or hospital 2  
Psychiatric hospital    
Academic university/department    
Community college or other teaching setting    
Independent research institution    
Correctional facility    
School district/system    
Independent practice setting 1  
Not currently employed    
Changed to another field    
Other 1  
Note: “PD” = Post-doctoral residency position; “EP” = Employed Position. Each individual represented in this table should be counted only one time. For former trainees working in more than one setting, select the setting that represents their primary position.

Psychology Internship Program

Pine Grove has an excellent internship program that offers a wide range of training activities on two rotations. We are able to offer interns opportunities for training in residential, partial hospitalization, and outpatient settings working with adults presenting with a ride range of diagnoses. We are APA accredited as a single entity doctoral psychology internship program under the name of Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services, Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology (PG-DIPP). Please visit our Psychology Internship Program home page for more information.

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