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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.

Vincent Dummer, PsyD

Catholic University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands (1979).

Dr. Dummer is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been in private practice in Lexington since 1983. He has more than thirty years experience in providing therapy services. He offers psychotherapy with a wide range of emotional conditions, especially issues related to traumatization. In the past decade, his approach to psychotherapy has been informed by mindfulness practices. He also works with patients who have health conditions affected by cancer, cardio vascular disease and obesity. He is comfortable working with existential issues.

Dr. Dummer has conducted more than a thousand competency assessments including competency to stand trial/criminal responsibility, guardianship, disability, bariatric presurgical assessment as well as assessments for differential diagnosis. He has been with the ARH psychology internship program since its inception in 1996.