Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems

Professional Internships/Externships

Holcomb provides formal educational opportunities, both internships and externships, for graduate level students to obtain required clinical field placement experience. See the following program descriptions:

Predoctoral Psychology Internship

Holcomb’s predoctoral psychology internship program has been an APPIC-member program since 2005. It is designed to provide doctoral students with the clinical opportunities that allow for a comprehensive training experience so that psychology residents can assume the role of a professional psychologist. Each rotation, didactic and other training requirements are designed to expand on the residents’ existing knowledge and experience.

The internship program utilizes multiple sites and services to accomplish this goal. Residents will be provided the exposure to diverse clinical issues, ages and cultural issues and will be expected to work from an integrated theoretical approach. Schedules will be approximately 45 hours each week. It is expected that each resident will achieve increasing levels of responsibility and autonomy as the year progresses. In the end, the internship year is seen as the culmination of the student’s opportunities to practice the art of psychology, based on prior exposure to the science of psychology.

Holcomb’s predoctoral internship program involves three 4 month fixed rotations out of a choice of four offerings: Child/Adolescents, Substance Abuse, Special Populations and Crisis Services. For more information, please see the APPIC site description of Holcomb's program at:

Holcomb’s APPIC site

Holcomb's most recent Internship Handbook (PDF) is available for review.

This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any resident applicant.

Holcomb’s Internship Program has been a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) since 2005. The internship is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) for seven years. The program received its initial accreditation as of March 22, 2016. The next accreditation site visit is in 2023.

For information regarding accreditation contact:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org

Psychotherapy Externship Placements

Holcomb offers therapy externships for psychology, social work and psychiatric nursing graduate students throughout the organization and its affiliates. The goal of the externship placement is to provide graduate students with the field placement opportunities to develop and/or enhance their treatment skills. Each agency office has varying clinical populations served and can handle a different number of externs placed at any given time. Holcomb strives to find a convenient placement based on both location and clinical opportunities sought.

Holcomb requires a minimum placement of two semesters, including a significant portion of the inter-semester break. The agency frequently receives applications and extends offers as much as a year in advance. Subsequently, applications are processed on a first come, first served basis. Holcomb's practicum student application can be obtained here: