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Courtney McDonald: Making an IMPACT

Indiana INTERNnet celebrated internship excellence on February 26, 2019 at the 13th Annual IMPACT Awards Luncheon. Though the event is over, and the winners have been announced, we are continuing to celebrate the nominees’ successes.


These are their stories.


Courtney McDonald is currently a Senior at IUPUI and will be graduating May 2019 with a bachelor’s in social work. Courtney is currently interning at Meridian Health Services- Rushville Location and is a Behavioral Clinician (BC).


Indiana INTERNnet: What made you interested in pursuing a degree in Social Work?


Courtney McDonald:  I’m going to graduate this May with a bachelor’s degree in social work and a certification in child abuse and neglect. I really didn’t plan to go to school for social work. My dream was always nursing. When I was 17, I decided I would become a Certified Nursing Assistant and work until graduation. I was …

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The Psychology in Internships

This is a guest blog written by Nicole Francis, senior at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and Psychology major. She has recently completed a summer internship at Meridian Health Group, which is a chronic pain management facility in Carmel, Indiana.

Meridian Health Group focuses on providing various treatment options for people suffering from a variety of chronic conditions, recognizing that there is a mental component to pain and suffering.  The mission at Meridian Health Group is to improve the quality of life by reducing physical and emotional suffering.

The majority of the psychology interns are doctoral students.  Doctoral interns provide individual counseling and group therapy.  A few of the interns facilitate a free weekly chronic pain management group.  The lead psychologist, Dr. Ari Dean Gleckman has been my supervisor at Meridian Health Group for the last three months.

During the first week of my internship I collaborated with one of the …

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