Extern Training Program

AGENCY OVERVIEW

Intuition Wellness Center is a small multidisciplinary team of pediatric experts on the Northwest side of Tucson. Our clinical team currently includes psychologists and social workers who work together to best serve our clients. Our mission is simple: Inspire children, young adults, and families to live in health and joy.

We believe every person deserves access to high quality services. For this reason, we take many steps to help establish the accessibility of services and to ensure that our broader professional community is well-educated, supported, and trained in providing evidence-based and feedback-informated compassionate care to children, young adults, and families. Beyond offering clinical services and wellness programs, we regularly collaborate with other professionals and organizations, host a multidisciplinary professional listserv, offer continuing education, trainings and consultation, maintain a highly structured training program for graduate students, sponsor and participate in select community-based activities with shared goals, and seek out and engage in ongoing learning opportunities.

PROGRAM PURPOSE

Intuition Wellness Center offers a limited number of practicum placements to qualified graduate students completing requirements for a degree in the fields of clinical or school psychology. Intuition Wellness offers a comprehensive and structured practicum placement focused on providing students with high quality supervision and didactic training, a diverse and challenging client population, as well as experience working within a multidisciplinary team. The primary goal of the externship program is to prepare externs for future clinical practice as entry-level professionals who can work competently with children, young adults, and families. Intuition Wellness Center’s clinical supervisors emphasize providing a well-rounded training experience as a means of challenging students, assisting them in finding their passions, and preparing them for professional life after completion of their training program.

POPULATIONS SERVED

Our client population is diverse both in clinical and in cultural presentation. While the training experience is focused on individual child, young adult, and family treatment, externs may also have the opportunity to work with select adult clients, offer therapy groups, or make contributions to wellness programs. Intuition Wellness Center’s clients present with an array of difficulties, including adjustment issues, divorce reaction, developmental delays, co-parenting difficulties, depression, grief and loss, anxiety, social skills problems, chronic medical conditions, and academic underachievement. Our clients come from a variety of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual and gender orientations, religious affiliations and family compositions.

SERVICE MODALITIES & THEORETICAL ORIENTATION

Externs who train at Intuition Wellness Center will benefit from the integrative model of treatment held by our clinical staff. Theoretical orientations of clinical team members range from systemic to cognitive-behavioral to humanistic to existential and our staff have diverse personal and professional backgrounds. Each extern is encouraged to take full advantage of the range of theories represented at Intuition Wellness Center so as to develop skills in multiple modes of conceptualization and intervention.  

Systems engagement is a key component of the work at Intuition Wellness Center and each clinical staff member has varied methods of incorporating this concept into their work. Our clinicians take a non-traditional perspective on the definition of “family” believing that a client’s family of origin is just one small component of a much broader concept. Students who train with us will learn to engage the school system, extended family members, service providers and other caregivers within their clients’ lives so as foster change that goes beyond the therapy office.

We also provide a highly unique service to clients, which includes a team approach to cases. It is not unusual for a family to be served by more than one member of our clinical team and/or wellness staff. This looks different for each family. At times, this may mean that one team member is invited to observe the child at school and make behavioral intervention recommendations to school staff while another team member offers individual therapy sessions to the child and yet another team member offers a wellness class to one or more family members. In other cases, it may mean that, after a period of skill-building, a client is discharged by one team member and transferred to another to build upon the skills learned utilizing a different approach. Finally, it may also mean that while a client is receiving direct service from one team member, this provider is receiving consultation and guidance regularly from her team members so as to provide truly tailored support to her client.

MEET OUR CLINICAL TEAM

Each of Intuition Wellness Center’s team members is equally engaged and committed to the training process. While official extern supervision assignments are steady throughout the year, externs will interact regularly with other team members and receive at least a portion of their training from each of Intuition’s team members. Meet our team:

Brandy Baker, PsyD

Dr. Baker is the Co-Founder and the Clinical Director and Training Director at Intuition Wellness. She received her masters and her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She completed her predoctoral internship at Connections-South Campus Therapeutic Day School in Palatine, Illinois and her postdoctoral work through Erie Neighborhood House and the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Baker has worked in teen residential, social service agencies, schools, not-for-profit institutions, and in other community agencies. Her areas of clinical interest include resilience, child maltreatment, play therapy, creative therapy modalities, self-esteem, shyness, and highly intelligent and gifted children. Dr. Baker primarily conceptualizes from a strength-based and person-centered orientation while integrating narrative and cognitive behavioral techniques. Dr. Baker is also influenced by the positive psychology movement.

Emily Fenton, LCSW

Ms. Fenton is a Licensed Child and Family Clinician at Intuition. She received her masters in Social Work from Arizona State University. She has worked with children and families within various non-profit organizations,  school settings, and behavioral health agencies. Ms. Fenton utilizes animal-assisted therapy (AAT) with her therapy dog, Luco; expressive arts and play-based interventions. Her areas of clinical expertise include strength-based intervention for children and teens struggling with symptoms of ADHD, anxiety, and depression; peer relationships; anger management; self-esteem; grief and loss; and increasing overall healthy relationships. Ms. Fenton primarily conceptualizes from a cognitive-behavioral orientation.

 

Kacey Greening, PsyD:        PROFILE COMING SOON

 

Navneet Lahti, LCSW

Ms. Lahti is the Wellness Director and a Child and Family Clinician at Intuition Wellness Center. She received her Masters degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin.  Since completing her Masters degree, Ms. Lahti has over 30 years of experience working with children in a variety of public and private settings and in many capacities— clinician, clinical supervisor as well as a program manager. She has worked for public child welfare, with a Native American community, provided school-based counseling, and worked for one of the leading foundations in the country dedicated to improving outcomes for disadvantaged children. Her areas of clinical expertise include parent child relational work, parent guidance, anxiety, depression, grief and loss. Ms. Lahti has trained nationally on topics related to trauma and adoption. Ms. Lahti primarily conceptualizes from mind-body, resiliency and attachment/relational theories. Ms. Lahti is also a yoga instructor who teaches yoga as an adjunct approach to supporting recovery from an array of mental health conditions.

Lindsay E. Lennertz, PsyD

Dr. Lennertz, who typically goes by “Dr. Lindsay,” is a psychologist at Intuition Wellness Center. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University with a concentration in child, adolescent, and family assessment and intervention. She completed her predoctoral internship at The University of New Mexico School of Medicine Children’s Psychiatric Center. Dr. Lindsay has worked in inpatient hospital, residential treatment, juvenile prison, outpatient, and in-home/at–school settings. Her areas of clinical interest include: developmental and complex trauma, self-harm and suicidality, anxiety, family dysfunction, parenting, and child and adolescent psychological evaluation. Dr. Lindsay primarily conceptualizes from a person-centered, existential, and family systems orientation. She is a certified yoga instructor who is continuing to receive training on how to effectively incorporate therapeutic yoga into psychotherapeutic services, especially for trauma recovery.

Yoendry Torres, PsyD

Dr. Torres is the Co-Founder and Clinical Psychologist at Intuition Wellness Center. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a concentration in family systems. He completed his predoctoral internship at Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Behavioral Health Services located in Chicago, Illinois and his postdoctoral work at Mount Sinai Hospital Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Services in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Torres has worked in hospital emergency departments, endocrine specialty clinics, social service agencies, and not-for-profit institutions. His areas of clinical interest include mind-body connection, family therapy, Tae Kwon Do Wellness, mindfulness, and depressive and anxiety disorders. Dr. Torres primarily conceptualizes from a family systems and existential orientation with a solution-focused and motivational approach.

SUPERVISION & TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

Each extern who trains at Intuition Wellness Center is provided with a minimum of one hour of individual supervision and one hour of group supervision is per week. Each extern is also engaged in the clinical meetings every Friday where staff and students learn from case presentations, case consultations, and didactic instruction. Each extern who trains at Intuition Wellness Center will have the opportunity to learn about and engage in a variety of evidence-based and feedback-informed work. This includes both traditional and non-traditional approaches to treatment such as art as therapy, yoga therapy, martial arts as therapy, Dialectical and Behavioral Therapy, ERP, CBT, play therapy, expressive arts therapy, and other forms of therapeutic intervention. Periodically, guest presenters are also invited to offer trainings on specialized topics that vary in nature and depend, in part, on need and interest of Intuition Wellness Center’s training team.

STUDENT COMMITMENT

The externship at Intuition Wellness Center is a part-time (12-20 hours per week) 11-month program. The training year begins in early August and ends in late June. On occasion, externs are invited to remain for a full year and, in some instances, are offered the opportunity to continue for a second year.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES OF  EXTERNS

  • Attend Friday morning Team Meetings. This is required. Externs must be available from 10:00am-12:00pm on Fridays.
  • Complete appropriate documentation and collateral casework.
  • Attend weekly supervision at a mutually agreed upon time with their assigned supervisor(s).
  • Maintain an average of 8 direct service hours per week (direct service hours include in-office sessions as well as off-site school consultations, professional consultations, etc.). You will need to consult with your graduate program to ensure that this complies with your direct hour requirement.
  • Externs may also be asked to assist in additional projects such as community-engagement that supports Intuition’s goal of making services widely accessible and/or professional learning events hosted and/or co-sponsored by Intuition that support Intuition’s goal of offering exceptional services.  

QUALITIES OF OUR MOST SUCCESSFUL EXTERNS

  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Dedicated to working with children, teens and families
  • Self-motivated and takes initiative
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Desire to teach others
  • A commitment to learning and clinical excellence
  • Willingness to explore a range of approaches
  • Interest in learning to navigate client systems
  • Demonstrates leadership potential

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO APPLY

Please submit cover letter, curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation via email:

  •  Brandy Baker, Psy.D., Clinical & Training Director at contact @ intuitionwellness.com

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