Valley Behavioral Health (Salt Lake City, UT)

General Information:

Valley Behavioral Health is a nonprofit network of clinics with over 60 programs providing treatment for behavioral conditions, addictions, psychiatric conditions, autism and other chronic health conditions. Valley treats chronic lifelong conditions as well as temporary conditions triggered by traumatic life events. Programs are tailored to people of all ages and every social, cultural and economic situation. When someone is suffering, whether it’s from depression, an addiction, a traumatic life event or a disorder like schizophrenia, it not only affects the health and happiness of the sufferer, it also affects the lives of everyone around them. Valley deals with all these conditions in a way that reduces the disruption, emotional toll, and financial cost that mental disorders and behavioral conditions often take on families, employers and communities. Specialty placements at Valley include autism services, homeless services, substance use treatment, Alternatives to Incarceration programs, and children’s services.

We provide services in outpatient clinics, day treatment programs, residential treatment programs, and supported living programs.  We provide a continuum of care across three counties in Utah, Salt Lake Summit, and Tooele Counties.  The internship will be primarily focused on Summit and Tooele Counties, but there will also be rotation opportunities in some of the programs in Salt Lake County.  Our teams at the our clinics include varying combinations of Psychologists, LCSWs, CMHCs, APRNs, RNs, Medical Assistants, case managers, SSWs, and peer specialists.   

The Internship Experience

Interns placed at Valley Behavioral Health will have the opportunity for a very broad training experience.  The interns will get experience with diagnostic assessments and multiple treatment modalities.  The interns will spend their time in our rural counties primarily, but will have the opportunity  to participate in specialty training tracks at some of our Salt Lake Clinics.  Our Summit offices are outpatient clinics that treat all ages of clients who have mental health or substance use needs.  Our Tooele offices offer the same outpatient services, but Tooele also has a domestic violence shelter and a clubhouse program.  Some of the specialty programs in Salt Lake include:
Homeless and housing programs that serve individuals with severe and persistent mental illness and/or substance use disorders.  This unique experience exposes interns to a population that is in great need of treatment, but often are underserved or unwilling to engage in treatment.

Carmen B. Pingree Autism Center of Learning is a nationally renowned autism program that provides Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) treatment to individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Interns who do a rotation at this program will have the opportunity to get specialized training in diagnosing and working with individuals with ASD.

Our adult programs include outpatient mental health and substance use disorders that will provide an opportunity in outpatient, residential, and day treatment settings.  We have residential programs for men, women, and women/children.  There will also be opportunities for both individual and group therapy in an outpatient setting.  Intensive Outpatient services are also provided to women and children.

Our children’s services include a variety of specialized day treatment programs focused on behavioral intervention, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and adolescent substance use.  We have a family preservation clinic that treats the whole family, not just the child, and provides services out of an outpatient clinic and in the families’ homes.  There are also opportunities for general outpatient therapy for children of all ages and diagnoses.  We also have school-based mental health therapists who partners with local school districts to provide mental health services.

We have a number of outreach teams that provide wrap-around services to children and adults who are stepping down from inpatient hospitalization, the Utah State Hospital, or jail.  These teams do some visits out of the outpatient clinic, some in-reach to the hospitals and jails, and some outreach to the clients’ homes.

Special Requirements of Applicants

Interns would be required to pass a background check and UA drug screening.  There is no smoking allowed on any of our VBH properties.  

Contact Information

Julia Hood, Ph.D.