Prairie View, inc.
Prairie View is a non-profit regional behavioral and mental health system, offering a full continuum of mental health services in a variety of treatment settings. It is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). Prairie View was founded by the Mennonite Church in 1954 for the purpose of improving conditions of psychiatric treatment. It maintains ties to its Mennonite heritage where emphasis is placed on a caring and respectful environment that encourages personal freedom and responsibility. Prairie View consists of a 20-bed psychiatric hospital, partial hospital, a 16-bed adolescent residential program, and an outpatient office located on 70 acres in Newton. There are also two outlying community mental health center offices in McPherson and Hillsboro, and two private practice offices in Wichita. Prairie View employs 14 doctoral level psychologists, 6 of whom work on the Newton campus.
Prairie View is the community mental health center for Harvey, Marion, and McPherson counties, and provides services in those counties on a sliding fee basis. The hospital is a private, non-profit facility serving adults and older adults. Many patients served come from surrounding counties and represent both rural and urban populations, as well as a range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. Interns receive a wide variety of experiences designed to prepare them to be generalist practitioners in a world of managed care and fee-for-service practice. Interns also have the opportunity to observe the organizational and program challenges that characterize the complex, changing world of behavioral healthcare.
Intern experiences are divided among child/adolescent, and adult/older adult service areas, with opportunities in areas such as behavioral healthcare, psychological and neuropsychological assessment, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, geropsychology, treatment of severe and persistent mental illness patients, trauma-related disorders, sexual health programs, and recreational therapies. An accredited school is also located on the Newton campus for adolescents in residential care, and Severely Emotionally Disturbed (SED) children who are not functioning effectively in the public school arena. Interns have opportunities to apply the Local Clinical Scientist Model in the context of a multi-disciplinary treatment setting, with supervision from a diversely trained staff. Group supervision and other training opportunities with other disciplines (psychiatry, social work, nursing, case managers, and mental health workers) are widely available. Interns will also be exposed to a variety of approaches in assessment, treatment planning, and intervention.
Interns obtain assessment (diagnostic, neuropsychological, ADOS, ADHD, personality, competency to stand trial, and others), consultation, and individual and group therapy experience in two rotations: child/adolescent and adult/older adult. Each intern spends 6 months on each rotation. The child/adolescent rotation provides the intern with diagnostic, therapy (individual, family, group), and consultation experiences with outpatient, residential, and school populations. The adult/older adult rotation affords experiences along the continuum of care, including outpatient, partial hospital, inpatient, the DBT program, neuropsychological assessments and work with nursing homes. An extensive testing lab staffed by psychological technicians is also available to the interns at Prairie View. There are often opportunities for interns to provide supervision to Clinical Psychology Practicum Students, and opportunities for specialty area experiences may be developed through consultation with the primary supervisor. Flexibility is emphasized, and interns are encouraged to be active participants in designing their learning environments.
Internship Stipend and Benefits
The Prairie View, Inc. stipend is $24,000 for the 12-month, 2000-hour internship, with individual health insurance, vacation, and professional leave time provided. WCPIP provides professional liability insurance. Please note that Prairie View requires that all interns pass a background check before their contracts will be finalized. There are two internship positions available for the 2022-2023 year. The interns are based primarily on the Newton campus, which is 19 miles north of Wichita.
Erin Auvinen, Psy.D.
Alliant International University, 2019
Child, Adolescent & Family Therapy
Gender and Sexuality Issues
Elizabeth A. Guhman, Ph.D.
University of Denver, 1994
Vice President of Clinical Services
Child, Adolescent & Family Therapy
Organizational Change & Political Action
Behavioral/Mental Health Supervision/Training
Lily Lai, Psy.D.
Spalding University, 2018
Licensed Masters Level Psychologist-KS
Anxiety and Mood Disorders
Kathryn Minick, Ph.D.
University of Kansas, 1989
Long-Term Mental Illness