Psychology Internship Program

Thank you for your interest in Nebraska Mental Health Center’s Psychology Internship Program (NMHC-PIP). We created the internship in 2011 because we believe that NMHC-PIP is structured to provide interns an opportunity to hone outpatient therapy skills, continue to expand psychological testing and assessment skills, master group therapy processes and provide consultation within school and community settings.

The internship received full APA accreditation on July 21, 2019, and our interns are a vital part of the community outpatient program. Intern applicants should have knowledge in general practice skills and abilities in applied psychology. Additionally, intern applicants should have an interest in working with a wide variety of presenting problems and populations. You will find yourself challenged by the broad range of diagnoses you will treat and rewarded when you finish the program ready to begin your professional career.

We are passionate about training and helping interns make the transition from graduate students to full-fledged early-career professionals. We understand that internship application season can be a stressful time, so take a look at our website and brochure and feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We wish you the best of luck in your search for the program that best fits you and your training needs. If you believe NMHC-PIP is a great fit for your training needs, we welcome your application.

Program Match Number 1781

Applications for the 2020–2021 internship year are due November, 26, 2019.

Accreditation

Our Doctoral Internship Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and is a member program of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC).

Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation

American Psychological Association

750 1st St. NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-336-5970
Email: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

All other questions about the internship program may be directed to Lisa A. Logsden, Psy.D., Psychology Internship Training Director, llogsden@nmhc-clinics.com or (402) 483-6990.

Mission

The mission of the sponsoring agency, Nebraska Mental Health Centers, is to strive for excellence in meeting the dynamic behavioral health needs, in terms of assessment, diagnosis and treatment, of a diverse society while keeping abreast of the latest scientific discoveries in the field of psychology.

The overall aim of the NMHC-Psychology Internship Program (NMHC-PIP) is to provide an open and research informed learning environment in which to train competent, ethical and reflective psychologists who have acquired the awareness, knowledge and skills fundamental to the practice of professional psychology, and are able to work with children, adolescents and families across multiple settings. Knowledge and understanding of evidence-based practices is a key component of training throughout the internship experience. There is particular emphasis on developing the interns’ ability to develop clinically relevant and standardized assessment batteries, empirically informed diagnosis, and comprehensive recommendations. Additionally, fostering the belief that psychologists must be sensitive and responsive to cultural and ethnic diversity, training experiences are provided that enhance the interns’ understanding of the relevance of cultural factors in the psychological functioning of their clients.

A program expectation is that interns are capable of entry-level autonomous practice at the end of the training year, with this expectation achieved by concentrating training on the development of APA’s SoA’s profession-wide competencies. Based on these competencies and the science of psychology, the program integrates theory with practice, providing experiences that are sequential, cumulative, and graded in complexity.

Meet the Faculty
Lisa Logsden, Psy.D., Internship Training Director, Primary Supervisor and Staff Psychologist

Dr. Logsden is a Nebraska Licensed psychologist and has an independent license in clinical psychology. She completed her doctorate at California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Francisco in Clinical Psychology. She completed her internship at Colorado Western Regional Mental Health Centers, and a two-year residency at Nebraska Mental Health Center’s (NMHC) Psychology Residency Program in Clinical Psychology. She has been on staff at NMHC since that time, serving on the NHHC-PIP Training Committee, as a primary training supervisor, and responsible for conducting the assessment didactic training. Dr. Logsden has served as the Internship Training Director since April, 2016 and serves as a primary supervisor for NMHC-PIP. Additionally, she provides treatment and psychological evaluations at both the Lincoln and Fremont offices and specializes in children and families, adolescents, autism spectrum disorders, severe and persistent mental illness, and substance abuse treatment .Dr. Logsden also coordinates the services provided at the Fremont office and is on staff at Methodist Fremont Health Hospital.

Lee Zlomke, Ph.D., Associate Director of Internship Training
Secondary Supervisor, Clinical Director and Director of Residency Training Program

Dr. Zlomke serves as the Associate Director for the internship training program and as a primary supervisor for the internship training program. Dr. Zlomke is also the director of the NMHC Psychology Residency Program and clinical director for NMHC. He served as the Internship Training Director beginning with the 2011-2012 internship class and until November or 2016. He is a Nebraska Licensed psychologist and a Diplomate in Child Psychological Specialties. Dr. Zlomke received his doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has 35-plus years of experience in the provision of psychological services and providing professional leadership and training. He specializes in behavioral psychology and interventions for a wide array of clinical presentations and has a specialty in child/family, developmental, forensic and school psychology. He has provided clinical direction and special consultations for numerous agencies regarding individuals with severe and persistent mental illness and persons with developmental disabilities. Dr. Zlomke is the founder and CEO of Pediatric Psychology Associates, a private psychology practice.

Alexandra Munet, Psy.D., LP, Psychology Resident

Dr. Munet completed an APA-accredited internship at Lutheran Family Health Center Sunset Terrace, Brooklyn, NY and her doctorate at Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Ponce, PR. Dr. Munet has been a licensed psychologist in Puerto Rico providing mental health services in a private practice setting, correctional settings and for children with special needs enrolled in the Department of Education of Puerto Rico 2010 – 2011. . She has extensive experience providing group and individual psychotherapy, court-ordered assessments, psychological assessments and clinical consultation. Dr. Munet also supervised doctoral students in their first year of clinical practice for Centro Sicoterapéutico Multidisciplinario, INC. and supervised psychology interns at correctional setting. Dr. Munet joined Nebraska Mental Health Center’s practice as a Psychology Resident in November, 2017. She serves as a member of the Training Committee and as a secondary supervisior, provides didactics seminars and assists with the Psychometric Assessment Didactic training.

Sean Thomas, Psy.D., Adjunct Training Staff and Secondary Supervisor

Dr. Thomas is a licensed psychologist with several years of experience assessing and treating persons with sexual offending behaviors and dangerous aggressive behaviors. He has expertise and interests in neuropsychological assessment and treatment planning for persons with cognitive impairments and providing assessment and treatment for sex offenders. Dr. Thomas serves as a didactic presenter and as a secondary supervisor, providing supervision in the absence of a primary supervisor and in situations where his specific expertise is of benefit to the intern.

Jill Zlomke McPherson, MA, LIMHP, Executive Director

Ms. Zlomke is a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner and graduated with a Masters in Educational Psychology-Community Counseling from the University of Nebraska in 2005. She began her career as a therapist at NMHC before serving as Treatment Coordinator at Excelsior Youth Centers (a residential treatment center), in Aurora, Colorado, and later, as Director of Outpatient Treatment at Pediatric Psychology Associates in Beatrice, Nebraska. AS owner and CEO of Nebraska Mental Health Centers she oversees day-to-day operations and supervises provisionally-licensed providers and Master’s-level psychology practicum students. Her areas of specialization include cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal relationships and healthy communications, PTSD, and general mental health services surrounding issues of depression, anxiety, and adjustment disorders. Ms. Zlomke has specific expertise in assessing and treating adolescent females and young women with severe symptoms including traumatic histories such as domestic violence, abuse and sexual offense victims. Ms. Zlomke serves as the primary supervisor for provisionally licensed mental health practitioners and for Master’s-level psychology practicum students. Additionally, she is the coordinator of the Domestic Violence Program utilizing the Duluth Model.

Internship Selection and Academic Preparation

Application Process

NMHC-PIP currently offers 3 full-time internship positions. Students interested in applying for the internship program should submit an online application through the APPIC website (www.appic.org). The NMHC-PIP APPIC program code 1781.

A complete application consists of the following materials:

  • A completed Online AAPI (APPIC’s standard application)
  • Cover letter (as part of AAPI)
  • A current Curriculum Vitae (as part of AAPI)
  • Three Standard Reference Forms, two of which must be from persons who have directly supervised your clinical work (as part of AAPI). Please submit no more than three SRFs.
  • Official transcripts of all graduate coursework

All application materials must be received by the date noted in the current APPIC directory listing in order to be considered.

NMHC-PIP abides by all rules and regulations set forth by APPIC and APA in regard to application for internship as well as the entire conduct of the internship program. Please be aware that all training time credited to internship is post-practicum.

Application Screening and Interview Processes

Selection of applicants for admission is based on several factors. These factors include goodness of fit between the student and those of the training program, including an interest in providing clinical interventions to rural population and individual psychotherapy experience, educational background and interests consistent with our scientist-practitioner model, the quality of a student’s education at the graduate and undergraduate levels, the quality and diversity of practicum experiences, letters of recommendation, and personal qualities reflected in the application materials and in the interview. NMHC-PIP prefers applicants who have had child/adolescent clinical experience and psychological testing experience; coursework and experience administering child and adult psychological assessments.

The internship program values individual and cultural diversity and strongly encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply. In keeping with our commitment to diversity, we seek an internship class that represents a wide range of backgrounds, interests, talents, and life experiences.

It is the policy of NMHC-PIP to provide equal opportunity in employment for all qualified applicants, which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, transgender status, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), age, disability, genetic information, marital status, and parental status.

NMHC-PIP bases its selection process on the entire application package noted above; however, applicants who have met the following qualifications prior to beginning internship will be considered preferred:

  • A minimum of 500 intervention hours
  • A minimum of 100 assessment hours
  • All doctoral class course work completed
  • Dissertation proposal defended
  • Have demonstrated experience and interest in community-based general outpatient practice and interest in providing interventions to rural population
  • Experience providing clinical services to children/adolescents
  • Experience in psychological assessment of children and adolescents
  • Hold a master’s degree or equivalent (with coursework/training content primarily in therapeutic mental health from a Council of Higher Education Accreditation approved institution) and eligible for licensure as a Licensed or Provisionally Licensed Mental Health Practitioner and as a Psychological Assistant in the State of Nebraska.
  • Applicants are expected to have an affirming stance towards all diversity, including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, gender identities and religion. This should be seen in the applicant’s cover letter and/or responses to the essay questions.
  • Current enrollment and good standing in an APA-accredited doctoral program.

All applications are screened by the designated members of the NMHC-PIP’s Training Committee using the Applicant Rating Form and evaluated for potential goodness of fit with the internship program.

The NMHC-PIP Training Committee holds a selection meeting to determine which applicants to invite for interviews based upon the results of this screening process. Basic qualifications and characteristics of each applicant are reviewed and screened to determine appropriateness for an interview. These qualifications and characteristics include the accreditation of their doctoral program, degree the applicant is pursuing, experience providing clinical interventions and assessment courses, any factors that would interfere with obtaining Nebraska State licensure and intern’s professional goals as stated in their cover letter.

If applicants are invited to interview, they will be notified by email on or before December 13, 2019. Interviews will be scheduled in early January and will occur in person with the entire Training Committee. Interviews will be conducted using a standard set of interview questions, although members of the Training Committee may ask additional interview questions of applicants as appropriate.

Participation in the APPIC Match

The Training Committee will hold a meeting within two weeks of the final interviews being completed in order to determine applicant rankings. The full application package and information gleaned from the interview process will be utilized in determining applicant rankings. As a member of APPIC, NMHC-PIP will participate in the national internship matching process by submitting its applicant rankings to the National Matching Service. NMHC-PIP 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 intern applicant.

Questions regarding any part of the selection process or NMHC-PIP’s academic preparation requirements may be directed to the Internship Training Director.

All interns who match to NMHC-PIP must provide proof of citizenship or legal residency. Instructions for providing this information will be sent out to all who match after the match process is complete.

About NMHC and Lincoln

NMHC is a private, outpatient mental/behavioral health clinic that provides services within populated city limits and underserved rural settings in eastern and southeastern Nebraska. A broad ethnic and cultural diverse population is provided services in each of the clinic sites. Assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of behavioral health disorders and neuropsychological conditions are provided to children, adolescents, adults and seniors. All services are provided under the direction of the Internship Program Director and the NMHC Clinical Director.

The primary site in Lincoln, NE provides services for a population center of 277, 00 and is located in a building shared with East Lincoln Family Health Professionals. A cooperative and collaborative working relationship with this medical practice and with NMHC’s part time psychiatric service provider enriches the internship training experience.

Satellite clinics are located in the communities of Fremont and Beatrice, NE. Within each of the locations comes their own socioeconomic, cultural, and community resource considerations for treatment services. The clinic in Fremont, NE serves a community of approximately 26,000 and has a rural catchment area of the surrounding small communities and extended Omaha suburb. In addition to the office setting, clinicians also provide assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of behavioral health disorders and neuropsychological conditions within an area long term care and assisted living facility. The Beatrice satellite clinic serves a rural community of approximately 13,000 and the surrounding communities that contain a large population of socially and economically challenged families. Clinicians provide assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of behavioral health disorders and neuropsychological conditions for individuals and families within the office setting and also within three long term care and assisted living facilities. Interns also provide contracted services with the Beatrice Public Schools that include behavioral health interventions in the classroom in order to address the needs of the interdisciplinary educational teams. The agency is also participating in a grant with Beatrice Public Schools to provide Parent-Child Interaction Training (PCIT). Interns also have the opportunity to provide supervised leadership for group therapy focusing on adults within the probation system with anger and impulse control challenges. Interns are also provided the opportunity to co-facilitate a group for men with histories of committing adult domestic violence.

Lincoln is the capital city of Nebraska and home to the largest campus of the state’s four-campus University system. The city has a thriving economy, with unemployment hovering near 2 percent for several years and the cost of living is about 10 to 12 percent below the national average. Lincoln has an excellent education system and is ranked among the top 25 cities in the nation for affordable housing. Lincoln has the most city park land per capita in the United States, with 10 lakes and over 98 miles of bike paths and trails. Lincoln’s 200 acres of city park land and 15,000 acres of recreational areas nearby make the outdoors an enjoyable attraction.

With a population of approximately 232,000, Lincoln offers the benefits of metropolitan living and the advantages of small-town life. Lincoln, Nebraska has been designated as “refugee friendly” due to its’ stable economy, educational institutions, and size. Lancaster County, in which this city is located, is the nations’ 18th largest resettlement community for refugees and immigrants. Since 1983, more than 5,500 individuals from over 40 countries have settled in Lincoln.

Nebraska Mental Health Centers Psychology Internship Program - Intern Manual

Lincoln Office

4545 South 86th Street
(Pioneer Greens)
Lincoln, NE 68526

402-483-6990
888-210-8064 (toll free)
fax: 402-483-7045

Business Hours:

Monday - Thursday
9:00a.m. to 8:00p.m.
Friday: 9:00 to 5:00

Fremont Office

2951 N. Clarkson St.
Fremont, NE 68025

402-483-6990

Business Hours:

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

Beatrice Office:

110 N. 9th St.
Beatrice, NE 68310

402-483-6990

Business Hours:

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY