Fostering excellence in clinical practice.
Middlesex Health Behavioral Health Services offers comprehensive, multidisciplinary, expert-guided training in professional psychology.
About Our Program
We are proud that our program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).
The doctoral internship is a full-time (i.e., 40 hours/week) training and supervised experience.
Hours + Time Requirements
Interns complete 2,000 hours over twelve months (52 weeks), beginning in September and running through the following August. A total of two weeks for vacation and sick time are allotted during the year, with options to flex or make up missed time as needed.
Program Size + Tracks
Two interns are selected per training year, one in each of the following tracks. Interns in both tracks collaborate with an interdisciplinary team to train in assessment/evaluation, individual therapy, family therapy, and group therapy; they also consult with psychiatric staff on medication management.
- Track #1 - Child/Adolescent
Interns in the child/adolescent track will work in the Family Advocacy Program outpatient clinic, a community mental health center that provides services for children, adolescents, and families.
- Track #2 - Adult
Interns in the adult track will work in the Outpatient Center for Behavioral Health, a community mental health center which provides services for individuals 18 and older.
Our doctoral internship program is based at the Middlesex Health Center for Behavioral Health, a full-service outpatient facility located at the Middlesex Hospital campus of Middlesex Health* in Middletown, CT.
*Middlesex Health was formerly Middlesex Hospital. Our new name and brand launched in 2018 to better reflect the breadth and depth of our health system.
Our client population is clinically and culturally diverse, which provides our interns with the opportunity to develop skills working with patients of varying age, socioeconomic status, racial/ethnic background, health history, and more. We also support patients with a wide range of diagnoses in a variety of clinical settings.
Our multidisciplinary team comprises psychiatrists, psychologists, APRNs, clinical social workers, and other mental health care staff.
The staff that administer the Doctoral Internship Program are expertly-trained and very experienced. Please visit their provider profiles to learn more about their educational backgrounds, areas of special interest, and more.
Diverse Behavioral Health Settings
Depending on an intern's individual interests, there are opportunities for additional exposure/training in Middlesex Health's other behavioral health departments. These include several levels of psychiatric services, including intensive outpatient, partial hospital, inpatient, crisis intervention, and in-home therapeutic services.
Health Equity Leadership + Transgender Medicine
Middlesex Health has earned designation as a Human Rights Campaign LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader. Further training opportunities are available through our Gender Affirmation Program, which serves transgender members of our community.
Interns in the adult track may also have opportunities for specialized evaluations (i.e., bariatric surgery candidates).
In addition to direct care, interns participate in various training opportunities within the training program and hospital setting, covering the nine areas of profession-wide competencies.
Documents + Resources
The documents below provide additional details about the Doctoral Internship Program. Please feel free to download these and reach out to us with any questions.
This document contains additional details about the philosophy, design, and requirements of the Doctoral Internship Program.
Middlesex + Middletown
Nestled in the heart of Connecticut, Middlesex County offers the best of all worlds. Our area is known for its lively, active, and close-knit communities, as well as it's connections - in just two hours, you can be dining in New York City, relaxing on Atlantic beaches, or climbing northern New England mountains.
Whether you prefer a downtown apartment or rural country home, you will find a match in Middlesex County. Our employees live over storefronts on Main St. in Middletown, in suburban houses in Portland, and in rural cottages in Chester - all of which are a short drive from the hospital campus.
Activities + Entertainment
Central Connecticut is vibrant and provides numerous opportunities for exploration.
- Love the outdoors? Hike, ski, bike, golf, tube, and pick your own fruits & veggies.
- A sports fan? Check out Travelers Championship golf, Yard Goats baseball, UConn basketball, football, and more, Sound Tigers hockey, WNBA basketball, and more.
- Feeling lucky? Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun are a short car ride away.
- A beer or wine enthusiast? Explore the CT Beer Trail or the CT Wine Trail.
- Love to learn? Visit museums, take in an off-broadway show, check out the Beardsley Zoo, Maritime Aquarium, or Mystic Seaport, or stroll through the Yale University Art Gallery.
- Seeking family fun? Check out Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park, Lake Compounce, Quassy Amusement Park, local go-karting tracks, or mini-golf.
- Looking for more? Sites like VisitConnecticut and CTVisit offer even more suggestions and news.
When you come to work at Middlesex Health, you are joining a network of expert health care providers at an institution that prides itself on fostering a culture of innovation, support, and safety - for patients and for employees.
Our Center for Behavioral Health is located on the Middlesex Health - Middlesex Hospital campus in Middletown, CT. Our address is:
Middlesex Health Center for Behavioral Health
28 Crescent St.
Middletown, CT 06457