Palomar Behavioral Health


Agency Description

Palomar Health provides a 1 year 40-hour/week full-time internship that has training opportunities on the Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit (BHU), Inpatient Gero-Psychiatric Unit (GPU) and Outpatient Chemical Dependency Intensive Outpatient Program (Recovery Center at Poway). Internships at this site begin the end of August or early September. We serve acute adults and seniors who are having an acute exacerbation of their mental illness and substance use. The BHU and GPU are locked and serve voluntary and involuntary patients. Patients are stabilized on medications, attend groups, participate in individual, family, and activity therapies to stabilize functioning. Interns work closely with a multi-disciplinary treatment team to prepare patients for a successful transition back to the community. The Recovery Center at Poway is an Intensive Outpatient Program addressing patients who have substance use disorders. Treatment includes intake assessment, group therapy, individual therapy, and family therapy as well as an alumni group. Interns have opportunities to provide psychotherapy, assessment, and consultation services to the Emergency Rooms and medical floors at Palomar Health hospitals as well.

Agency Mission

The mission of Palomar Health is to heal, comfort, and promote health in the communities we serve.


Acute and chronic mentally ill adults and seniors: psychotic disorders, mood disorders, dually-diagnosed, and personality-disordered populations are the most common. On the Gero-Psychiatric Unit, some of the patients have neurocognitive disorders. Patients at the Recovery Center at Poway have Substance Use Disorders as their primary diagnoses.

Staff (#, Degree, Prof. Lic.)

# of Psychologists: 2

# of Psychiatrists: 10

# of MFT: 2

# of CTRS: 2

# of RN: 6

# of MSW: 2

OVERALL Match Process Internship Info

Half-time 08/29/2022 08/27/2023
Full-time 0 4 31,000 08/29/2022 08/27/2023 40 2000
Half-time 0.00 0.00
Full-time 2.00 2.00

CURRENT Match Phase Needs

This Data is Informational Only. The Official Track and Available Position data is provided on the InternFit platform.

Palomar Outpatient Full-time FT 2
Palomar Inpatient Fullt-time FT 2

Required days and times

Typical work hours are Mon-Fri 8:00am to 4:30pm.

Training and Education Offered

All interns attend Palomar's New Employee Orientation on their first day. Interns then spend their first day in the department orienting with Supervisor. Interns will shadow other clinicians doing the groups and then will facilitate groups independently or with a Co-Therapist. Weekly didactic clinical trainings are provided for interns. Clinical inservices are provided for all staff and interns. Annual clinical, cultural, and safety competencies are required of all staff and interns. Professional training is designed to foster professional competence with a variety of clinical populations and pathologies, assessment, biopsychosocial assessments, develop psychotherapy skills, and risk-assessment skills. The goal is to build the intern’s ability to function independently in preparation for state licensure, and to enable ongoing critical self-evaluation as a basis for professional development. Interns must be able to work well as part of a team, yet also take responsibility for their own caseload.

X-Cultural Training


Biopsychosocial assessments address multi-cultural issues and incorporate them into treatment planning. Addressed during individual and group supervision, and during Treatment Team Meetings. Multiple trainings regarding a variety of cultural issues throughout the year.

Language(s) staff can use in the delivery of clinical services:

English only


Group psychotherapy doing both process work and didactic psychoeducational therapy; individual, family therapy, and milieu therapy; biopsychosocial assessments, risk assessments; documentation of all therapy sessions and clinical contacts. Psychological testing is available. Must be able to work well as part of a team.


Required/Desired Experience:

Preferred experience includes seriously mentally ill adult population as well as doing group psychotherapy. Required experience includes conducting psychotherapy with adults in prior work or practicum setting.

Brief Description of Requirements:

Good understanding of DSM, readiness to do and capable of conducting group and individual psychotherapy. Willingness to work cooperatively as part of a multi-disciplinary treatment team. Prior clinical experience necessary, ie, have completed a Practicum doing some form of psychotherapy. Teachable attitude, excellent verbal and written communication skills, ability to get along as a team member.

Application Procedures

CAPIC Uniform Application, Interview, and candidates selected via CAPIC Matching service.

Interview Process:

Individual interviews are conducted by Dr. Lisenbee within CAPIC timelines

What we are looking for:

Eagerness to learn, willingness to work well as part of a multi-disciplinary treatment team, but able to also work independently to assess and attend to the needs of their caseload. Basic psychotherapy experience (i.e., in a prior practicum), good attitude, teachable. Those with a particular interest in patients with severe and persistent mental illness diagnoses as well as substance use disorder diagnoses.

Additional application docs required (if any)

  • Experience

Additional Comments

Interns chosen will be hired as temporary employees, will have to pass Background Checks and a health clearance via our hospital's Human Resources department within 30 days of start date. These are done after the hospital and school have signed an affiliation agreement (contract). The predoctoral intern positions are paid $15.00 / hour, but offer no healthcare benefits.
  • County - San Diego
  • Contact Person Title - Primary Supervisor
  • Contact Person - Sarah Lisenbee, Psy.D.
  • Dir. of Training Title - Primary Supervisor
  • Dir. of Training - Sarah Lisenbee, Psy.D.

  • Last Updated - 27 May 2022

  • Number of Applicants Last Year - 10

  • Participating in CURRENT Match process - Yes

  • CAPIC Program ID - I-213
  • CAPIC Member Since - 2000
  • Region - So. Cal
  • Internships Status - Full
  • Statuses approved by CAPIC
    • Half-Time 1 Year - No
    • Half-Time 2 Years - No
    • Full-Time 1 Year - Yes
  • CAPIC Internship Types Available:
    • Half-Time 1 Year - No
    • Half-Time 2 Years - No
    • Full-Time 1 Year - Yes

Primary Location

  • Executive Director - Donald Myers
  • 15615 Pomerado Road
  • Poway, CA 92064
  • Phone - 858-613-4066
  • Fax - 858-613-4066

Secondary Location

  • 2185 Citracado
  • Escondido, CA 92029

Training/Clinical Services Offered

  • Assessment
  • Brief
  • Consultation
  • Couple
  • Crisis
  • Family
  • Group
  • Individual
  • Inpatient
  • Long Term
  • Neuropsych
  • Outpatient
  • Psych. Testing