The Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Inc. (APIA), provides Health Services (Primary Care, Behavioral Health, Community Wellness and Prevention) in four communities across the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands. The four communities include Atka, Nikolski, St. George, and Unalaska. Behavioral Health services are also provided in the Anchorage office, which will be the principle location of the AK-PIC training site. The mission of APIA Behavioral Health Services is to increase the quality of health in the service area by providing effective, continuous, integrated, and empathic treatment. Services include prevention, intervention, treatment, and continuing care. APIA provides individualized, culturally congruent treatment, utilizing a recovery model as a basis for treatment.
APIA’s treatment philosophy is one of assisting individuals to develop an awareness of their strengths and using their identified strengths to succeed with the treatment plan. Interventions are not only diagnosis specific, but they are also specific to the phase of recovery and stage of change. All services are provided in an outpatient setting, both in-person and via telemedicine.
Behavioral health services include individual, couple, family, and group psychotherapy to address mental health concerns, substance abuse difficulties, and co-occurring disorders. Substance abuse treatment services include alcohol and drug information school (ADIS), evaluation and risk measurement/prevention, and individual and group therapies. Psychological testing is provided to geriatric, adult, children, and adolescent clients dealing with a broad range of issues from mental competency, learning disabilities, personality, emotional, and behavioral diagnostic issues. Psychiatric services involving medication assessment and evaluation are also provided through contractual partners. In addition to providing outpatient behavioral health services, Behavioral Health staff work with Primary Care staff to provided holistic, integrated care in four APIA service communities. Behavioral health staff members also assist with community outreach and education events.
The Internship Experience
Interns will be exposed to a variety of treatment modalities (i.e., individual and group), across different media (i.e., in-person and telemedicine). Furthermore, interns will become familiar with administering a variety of psychological assessments in a culturally-sensitive manner dealing with diverse referral issues. Another distinctive component of APIA’s training site is that all interns will be exposed to village travel and working with community-based treatment providers in the context of remote Native communities. This will ultimately prepare them for working in the mental health and substance abuse field in rural and remote Alaska. Interns will be full-time employees of the APIA. Interns will be based in Anchorage and will travel to one of APIA’s regional service communities on a quarterly basis, at a minimum, for approximately one-week in duration per trip. Travel expenses for these trips are covered by APIA, while travel for consortium requirements such as orientation, required minor rotations, and graduation will be covered by AK-PIC.
Special Requirements of Applicants
Prior to beginning internship, all APIA interns must pass a background check per Alaska Statute 47.05.300-47.05.390. This check is conducted by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Background Check Unit. The history of a felony or misdemeanor may result in a fail in this review process and prevent the intern from working at API. See State of Alaska Barrier Crime Matrix for a full listing of barrier crimes (http://dhss.alaska.gov/ocs/Documents/BarrierCrimeMatrix.pdf). The background check occurs after the Match outcome
Mark Holman, Psy.D. – Licensed Clinical Psychologist, AK-PIC Faculty, Site Co-Supervisor
Rebecca Robinson, Ph.D. – Licensed Clinical Psychologist, AK-PIC Faculty, Site Co-Supervisor