The APA Accredited Clinical Psychology Training Program was established in 2022 by the Winter Haven Hospital Foundation in response to the BayCare Community Health Needs Assessment illustrating that lack of access to mental health services is the #1 health issue facing Polk County residents. The program is funded by ongoing Winter Haven Hospital Foundation support. The Clinical Psychology Internship Program is a full-time clinical training program for doctoral psychology students in their last year of training.
The program is a collaboration with the Winter Haven Hospital Foundation and the Florida State University (FSU) College of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program, BayCare Health System, and the Centerstone Consortium. The program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).
The programs interns provide increased access to mental health services during their training by providing care for hundreds of local patients during the course of their training. The program trains doctoral-level clinical psychology students to become health service psychologists, who are well-equipped to provide brief intervention, psychotherapy, assessment, and consultation services to a diverse range of individuals in local healthcare settings.