Clinical Psychology Doctoral Internship Program

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The Brattleboro Retreat's Doctoral Psychology Internship Program recently completed our Site Visit from the American Psychological Association's Commission on Accreditation. If accreditation is granted it will be effective from the date of our site visit and applicable to all internship classes beginning with the current (2016-2017) class. Please note there is no guarantee that we will attain accreditiation. Questions related to the program's accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979

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

Many patients in these programs have co-occurring disorders (i.e., substance abuse, trauma, depression, chronic pain).

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, 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.

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.

Click here to download a PDF copy of our Current Psychology Intern Handbook

The Brattleboro Retreat Clinical Psychology Doctoral Internship Program is a participating member of APPIC.

Contact Information

James Benton, Ph.D., Training Director
(802) 258-6845