Extern Training Program
Intuition Wellness Center consists of a small mutidisciplinary team of pediatric experts on the Northwest side of Tucson. The Intuition Wellness Center Clinical Team currently includes psychologists, social workers and an occupational therapist who work together in an integrated model 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 on providing evidence-based and feedback-informed compassionate care to children, young adults and families. Beyond offering clinical services and wellness programming to our clients, we regularly collaborate with other professionals on behalf of our clients, host a multidisciplinary professional listserv, offer educational trainings and consultation, maintain a highly structured training program for graduate students, sponsor and participate in select community-based activities, and seek out and engage in ongoing learning opportunities.
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 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, ethically and thoughtfully with children, adolescents, and families. Intuition Wellness Center emphasizes 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.
Our client population is diverse both in clinical and in cultural presentation. While the training experience is focused on child, adolescent and family treatment, students may also have the opportunity to work with select adult clients 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 challenges, 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
Students who train at Intuition Wellness Center will benefit from immersion in the integrative treatment model offered by our clinical team. Theoretical orientations of clinical team members range from systemic to dynamic to cognitive-behavioral to humanistic to existential and our team members have diverse personal and professional backgrounds. Training is provided in multiple modalities and each student 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.
While each team member’s approach varies from one another and is individualized per client, there are common threads that influence the team at Intuition Wellness. Intuition’s infrastructure and methodologies are influenced by the concepts of trauma-informed care, as well as the concept of deliberate practice. In addition, systems engagement is a key component of the work at Intuition Wellness Center and each clinical team member has varied methods of incorporating this concept into their work. Our team members 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 Intuition Wellness 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.
Intuition Wellness also provides a highly unique service to clients, which includes an integrated team approach to cases. It is not unusual for a family to be served by more than one member of our team. 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 program 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 their team members so as to provide truly tailored support to the client.
MEET OUR CLINICAL TEAM
Each of Intuition Wellness Center’s team members is equally committed to the training process. While official extern supervision assignments are steady throughout the year, externs will interact regularly with each of Intuition Wellness Center’s team members and receive at least a portion of their training from clinical team members with varied interests, approaches and specialties. The Intuition Wellness Clinical team includes:
Brandy Baker, PsyD
Dr. Baker is the Clinical & Training Director as well as a Co-Founder and Clinical Psychologist 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, social skills and highly intelligent and gifted children. Dr. Baker primarily conceptualizes from strength-based and person-centered orientations. Dr. Baker is also influenced by the positive psychology movement, including growth mindset and grit, systems theory and ecological models and integrates CBT, narrative therapy and feedback-informed interventions. Dr. Baker also oversees day-to-day operations and supervises clinical team members at Intuition Wellness Center.
Emily Fenton, LCSW
Ms. Fenton is a licensed Child and Family Therapist at Intuition Wellness. She received her masters in Social Work from Arizona State University. She has been working with children and families for several years within various non-profit organizations, school settings, and behavioral health agencies. Ms. Fenton incorporates expressive arts, CBT 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 health of relationships. Ms. Fenton primarily conceptualizes from a cognitive-behavioral orientation. Ms. Fenton also utilizes animal-assisted therapy (AAT) with her Pet-Partners certified therapy dog, Luco.
Kacey Greening, PsyD
Dr. Greening is a Clinical Psychologist and the rising Training Director at Intuition Wellness Center. She earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Wright State University. She completed her predoctoral internship at The Southern Arizona Psychology Internship Center. Dr. Greening has worked in residential treatment, juvenile rehabilitation, college counseling, outpatient settings, and school settings. Her areas of clinical interest include: anxiety and mood disorders, OCD, body image, self-esteem, self-compassion, grief and loss, disability identity, parenting, coping, and interpersonal/relationship work. Dr. Greening primarily conceptualizes from person-centered and feminist orientations. She draws from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Positive Psychology.
Sherrill Koogler, LCSW, RPT
Ms. Koogler is a licensed Child and Family Therapist at Intuition Wellness Center. She received her masters in Social Work from the University of Alaska, Anchorage and went on to become a Registered Play Therapist. She has been working with children and families since 2002 and has spent much of her career working for not-for-profits specializing in treating diverse populations, including an Alaskan Native population. Ms. Koogler incorporates evidenced-based play therapy, EMDR, Sensorimotor psychotherapy, cognitive therapy, expressive arts approaches as well as various other therapeutic interventions in her work with children and teens. Ms. Koogler has extensive training and experience in working with children with complex trauma and dissociation. Ms. Koogler also provides parenting support informed by brain-based approaches.
Navneet Lahti, LCSW
Ms. Lahti is the Wellness Director and a Child and Family Therapist at Intuition Wellness. 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 a certified yoga instructor who teaches yoga as an adjunct approach to supporting recovery from an array of mental health conditions. Ms. Lahti also oversees group parent education programming and yoga programming at Intuition Wellness.
Lindsay E. Lennertz, Psy.D.
Dr. Lennertz, who typically goes by “Dr. Lindsay,” is a Clinical Psychologist at Intuition Wellness. 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 person-centered, existential, and family systems orientations. She is a certified yoga instructor with training on effective incorporation of therapeutic yoga into psychotherapeutic services for trauma recovery.
Gabriel Rischall, LCSW
Mr. Rischall is a Child and Family Therapist at Intuition Wellness. He received his masters in Social Work from Arizona State University. Mr. Rischall has worked in medical settings, community behavioral health settings, vocational rehabilitation, school settings and various non-profit organizations. His areas of clinical interest include: ASD, anxiety, family systems work, divorce/separation, anger management, and parent-child relationships. Mr. Rischall primarily conceptualizes from a person-centered orientation. Mr Rischall also draws from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Adlerian Play Therapy, Gestalt Play Therapy, and Filial Play Therapy.
Anne Swiderek, OTR/L
Yoendry Torres, PsyD
Dr. Torres is the Co-Founder and a Clinical Psychologist at Intuition Wellness. 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, exercise psychology, mindfulness, and depressive and anxiety disorders. Dr. Torres primarily conceptualizes from a family systems and existential orientation with a solution-focused and motivational approach. Dr. Torres is also a 4th dan black belt in Taekwondo and facilitates the TKD Wellness program hosted at Intuition Wellness.
SUPERVISION & TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
Each student who trains at Intuition Wellness Center is provided with a minimum of one hour of individual supervision and one hour of group supervision each week. Each student is also engaged in the weekly clinical meetings where staff and students learn from case presentations, case consultations, experiential exercises and didactic instruction. The Intuition Wellness Center team takes pride in our commitment to providing the highest quality services. Each student 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, DBT, 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 the needs and interests of Intuition Wellness Center’s training team.
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. If an extern is unable to complete the required program hours due to illness or some other unexpected circumstance, he or she may petition for an extension of the training experience beyond the scheduled completion date. The training committee will make decisions regarding extensions of the training year on a case-by-case basis.
CORE RESPONSIBILITIES OF OUR EXTERNS
- Attend weekly Whole Team and Clinical Team Meetings. This is required. Externs must be available for team meetings.
- Complete appropriate documentation and collateral casework.
- Attend weekly supervision at a mutually agreed upon time with their assigned supervisor(s).
- Maintain a minimum 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 Wellness’ goal of making services widely accessible and/or professional learning events hosted at and/or sponsored by Intuition Wellness that support a goal of offering exceptional services.
QUALITIES OF INTUITION’S MOST SUCCESSFUL EXTERNS
- Interest in working with children, teens and families
- Interest in learning to navigate client systems
- A commitment to learning and clinical excellence
- Demonstrates leadership potential
- Values integrity and ethical practice
- Self-motivated and takes initiative
- Willingness to explore a range of approaches
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Good oral and written communication skills
- Good organizational skills
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