The Brattleboro Retreat's Doctoral Psychology Internship Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association, and is a participating member of APPIC. 

Founded in 1834, The Brattleboro Retreat is a not-for-profit, private psychiatric hospital providing a full range of diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitation services for individuals of all ages and their families.

Nationally recognized as a leader in the field, the Brattleboro Retreat is the primary provider of mental health services in southern Vermont.  In addition, the Brattleboro Retreat provides leading edge Continuing Education for mental health professionals. Many attendees travel from Boston and New York to learn from our nationally recognized guest instructors.

The Brattleboro Retreat Internship is both supportive and challenging – providing early career Clinical Psychologists the opportunity to expand their skills with constant access to experienced mental health professionals.


The Brattleboro Retreat Psychology Internship provides the opportunity to conduct group therapy, short-term individual therapy, and psychological assessments with adult patients in four outpatient programs:

Psychology Interns are core members of our multi-disciplinary treatment teams.

Here they gain experience working in a collaborative environment focused on patient care and staff development.  Interns are expected to lead at least one structured group (e.g., Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Stages of Change) per day and are encouraged to develop and lead other groups of personal interest.

Our supervisors have diverse orientations.

These include psychodynamic, family systems, and cognitive-behavioral.  Supervision focuses on helping interns develop an integrative approach to case conceptualization and treatment.

  • Participation in weekly didactic seminars on is part of the training experience
  • Interns are also encouraged to attend up to six on-site full day CE courses, at no charge (follow this link to view current conference schedule), as well as bi-weekly Psychiatry case conferences and monthly hospital-wide clinical case manager meetings.
Contact Information

Dr. Bill Matthews, Training Director