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Internship Program

What makes HBI’s Internship Program exemplary?

HBI’s Internship Program is designed to provide mentorship and supervision to aspiring professionals to help them achieve the competencies they are required to demonstrate in order to gain full licensure status.  Whether the intern is a psychological assistant, post-doctoral intern, pre-doctoral intern, social work intern, marriage and family therapy intern, or addiction counseling intern, HBI’s resource of multi-disciplinary clinicians and managed care professionals renders a robust and all-inclusive training opportunity with measurable outcomes that no other organizations can offer.  What elevates HBI’s position in this arena is the pragmatic education we provide to our interns in understanding behavioral health managed care solutions and working with both commercial and public sector insurance plans.  As a result, in addition to gaining practical clinical experience in mental/behavioral health care, and addiction treatment, HBI staff clinicians also acquire valuable knowledge of the business aspects should they decide to establish their own private practice.  No other organization nationwide offers such a multi-dimensional training that HBI does!

Program Components

During program participation, a new clinician or intern will gain direct experience and training on (but not limited to) the following aspects of the clinical practice.


During the initial week or so of “training”, the new staff clinician:

      • May be assigned to observe another veteran (peer or higher-level) clinician during initial evaluations and psychotherapy sessions with patients and to learn how clinical reports are done.
      • Is oriented by the Office Manager on the different clinical forms used and how they are organized in the patient chart.
      • Is scheduled for one-on-one education on HBI Policies and Procedures, Understanding Utilization Management, and other vital training itemized in the Provider’s Training Guide.
      • Will learn about HBI’s clinical tracks, such as:
          • Individual, Family, and Group Psychotherapy
          • Children and Family Services
          • HBI Rapid Response™
          • Addiction Treatment and Recovery Program
          • Dual Diagnosis Treatment
          • Rehabilitative Services

a.  Weekly In-service Clinical Conference

HBI conducts weekly in-service clinical training for all staff providers.  It is during these regular exercises that HBI’s team of multi-disciplinary clinicians gather together to learn from their colleagues the following (but not limited to):

      • Working with a multi-cultural population and handling culturally-sensitive and challenging cases
      • Proper diagnosis and treatment planning
      • Mental Status Assessment knowledge and utilization
      • Determination of diagnosis, i.e. use of the DSM IV and DSM V
      • Forming appropriate treatment goals and recommendations
      • Various clinical intervention approaches
      • Document and review of treatment outcomes
      • Knowledge of psychopharmacology
      • Knowledge of addictions and the related clinical interventions
      • Suicidal/homicidal evaluations and interventions
      • Abuse/neglect evaluations and interventions
      • Making appropriate treatment referrals for ancillary services, when necessary
      • Dual diagnosis
      • Psychological aspects of physical illnesses, physical disability, or other co-morbid conditions
      • Case Management / Coordination of Care
      • SED/SMI Determination
      • Proper testing and scoring using the LOCUS, CASII, BASC, etc.
      • Admission and Discharge Criteria
      • Maintaining accurate case file documentation and reporting
        • Release of Information
        • Initial Mental Health Assessment
        • Treatment Plan
        • Progress Notes
        • Clinical Update and Unscheduled Review
        • Encounter notes
      • Recommending wrap-around services
      • Psychological testing and the evaluation of personal characteristics, including, without limitation, intelligence, personality, abilities, interests, aptitudes and neuropsychological functioning
      • Understanding Managed Care: obtaining prior authorization and claims submission.

b.  Individual Supervision

The assigned supervisor or the Clinical Director meets with the supervised clinician at least once a week to review individual client cases and make recommendations for improvement, if necessary.


HBI’s Internship Program is designed to provide direct clinical practice and supervised training pursuant to the licensing requirements of the Nevada State Board of Examiners for the specific discipline and other accreditation agencies.  Internship tenures are as follow:

a.  Psychology Interns (Doctoral/Post-Doctoral)

      • Full-time participants = 40 hours per week for a minimum of 12 to and no more than 24 months.
      • Total supervised hours = 4 hours/week including 2 hours of individual supervision

b.  Social Work/MFT Interns (Master-Level/Postgraduate)

      • Full-time participants = 40 hours per week for a minimum of 3,000 total hours
      • Total supervised hours = 4 hours/week including 2 hours of individual supervision

Interns will have the opportunity to be on rotation and have direct clinical experience in the following departments:

      • Children and Family Services
      • HBI Rapid Response™
      • Addiction Recovery Program

a.  Performance Evaluation

A Staff Clinician receives performance evaluations for different reasons or occasions:

      • End of Probation  
      • Annual Merit   
      • Promotion   
      • Unsatisfactory Performance

Using the Clinical Staff Performance Evaluation form, the clinician is rated using the five- point scale of 1 to 5 (5 = superior), on the following areas of focus:

      • Professionalism/Personal Characteristics
      • Counseling Theory and Technique
      • Assessment and Appraisal
      • Knowledge Foundations
      • Counseling, Prevention, and Intervention
      • Diversity and Advocacy
      • Diagnosis
      • Strengths and Notable Contribution to the company
      • Areas of Improvement

b.  Recognitions, Promotions and Merit Increases

HBI grants promotions, recognitions, bonuses, or salary increases based on the staff’s meritorious job performance.  This applies to all eligible HBI clinical and administrative personnel.

The HBI Family

Having a culture of a “family”, Founder and Clinical Director, Dr. Anis Abi-Karam implements a hands-on management approach.  His open-door policy encourages all his employees to meet with him about any concerns they might have that affect their HBI environment.  As a result, it is important to know that majority of the employees have been with HBI for over 5 years.  Some have been with HBI for 15 years or longer.  In many occasions, our staff providers start with HBI as interns.  They may decide to work someplace else but eventually decide to come back as licensed providers.  Some have opened their own practices and are provider members of the HBI network. 

Currently, the HBI Staff Model Clinics in Las Vegas and Reno have over 50 staff clinicians combined (Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Therapists, Addiction Counselors, and Rehab Service Clinicians) and over 20 administrative support staff.   HBI’s culturally-diverse “family” has the inherent ability to serve and respond to the different idiosyncrasies of a mutually diverse community.

For more information about this and other positions at Human Behavior Institute, go to our Career and Training page.