Appalachian Regional Healthcare Psychology Internship

One or more licensed psychologists serve as primary clinical supervisors at each rotation site. Interns receive a minimum of two (2) hours of individual supervision each week from their primary supervisor(s). Weekly group supervision is also required and may include attending practicum students and/or master's level clinicians. Group supervision may focus on legal/ethical issues and clinical topics. As interns progress, they may opt to focus on the development of supervisory skills by co-supervising a practicum student, when available.

Supervision is considered a continual and collaborative process with mutual training goals specified between supervisor and intern. As interns work closely beside their training mentors, they receive more than ample opportunities for informal "case-by-case" supervision. Formalized supervisory sessions are directed toward meeting identified learning needs, providing meaningful feedback and/or specific skills training, and facilitating the intern's professional development by providing appropriate role models. Supervision may include audio or video taping, direct observation, or case data/note review. Supervision modalities may vary dependent upon the orientation and style of the supervising psychologist. At the conclusion of each rotation, primary supervisors complete written performance evaluations and provide interns with summary feedback. Interns are asked to respond to their evaluations in writing, and copies are forwarded to university training directors. Likewise, interns complete written evaluations of their experiences following each rotation and upon conclusion of the training year.


Tara Parsons, Psy.D.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (2008) - Director of Training - ARH Psychiatric Center.
Dr. Parsons is a staff psychologist at the ARH Psychiatric Center. She is interested in working with in-patient, severe mental illness and substance abuse patients. She uses CBT and Humanistic/Existential techniques to increase insight, decrease stigma, and elicit change. She grew up in West Virginia and feels a strong personal connection to her work within the Appalachian culture. Dr. Parsons' recent research involved stereotypes associated with the Appalachian dialect as compared to the General American Dialect.

Dominika Prus, Psy.D.

The Illinois School of Professional Psychology (2010).
Dr. Prus is currently a licensed staff psychologist at ARH Psychiatric Center. She is interested in working with dual diagnosis patients and chronic trauma victims. Dr. Prus grew up in Poland. She is passionate about multicultural counseling and psychotherapy with a particular interest in providing culturally-informed services to the rural Appalachian population. She is further interested in the application of the neuroscience of attachment to psychology, and mind-body psychotherapies. Dr. Prus favors an integrative approach to treatment, with a special interest in humanistic-existential and experiential approaches.

Paulette Flores, Ph.D.

University of Louisville (2011).
Dr. Flores is a clinical psychologist who has recently joined the staff at ARH Psychiatric Hospital. She recently completed her doctorate and decided to stay at ARH where she did her one year clinical internship. She is interested in working inpatient, and with a variety of acute mood / psychotic disorders. Her orientation is eclectic, with a strong emphasis on CBT, Mindfulness and DBT. One of her goals is to develop out-reach programs (i.e. cancer center) with other organizations in the Hazard Area. Dr. Flores has a strong desire to learn more about the culture of Eastern Appalachia because she believes that by understanding the culture she will be better able to serve her patients.