APTC Newcomers:  Timothy Fowles and Jon Hinrichs
by Heidi Zetzer, Ph.D.

The Newcomers column, is designed to introduce newcomers to APTC and build connections across rhythms and views. The rhythm of each of our clinics and departments varies but carries a common cadence.  Please welcome two new members:  Timothy Fowles, Ph.D., & Jon  Hinrichs, Ph.D.    

Timothy Fowles
Timothy FowlesAs a core faculty member in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Delaware, I teach graduate and undergraduate courses, conduct research and evaluation, and supervise clinical work.  My primary role is directing our training clinic, the Psychological Services Training Center. 
     Our vision is to serve the community and train our students.  Consistent with the Delaware Project vision, we train our students to be not only as excellent clinicians, but also as supervisors, trainers, future administrators, and architects of better mental health systems.  We train our students to integrate general knowledge like clinical science, and evidence-based practices with local knowledge of the client-specific factors.  We also help our students take on training and consultations roles in the community. 
     Complimenting my role as clinic director, I am the co-founder and associate director of the Center for Training, Evaluation, and Community Collaboration.  This allows me to collaborate with a variety of stakeholders from the Governor's office to Family Partner's organization.  We are completing a six-year project to disseminate and implement Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) across state.  Almost 200 clinicians have been trained now. 
     Like most programs, we worry about the internship match.  We are doing some traditional things to prepare students like making sure they get lots of good, well-supervised clinical experience; however, we are also working to get them more non-traditional supervision, consulting, and training experience.  Furthermore, we are trying to help change the system through the Delaware Project, which, among other things is re-conceptualizing internship.  
     I am excited to be a part of APTC.  I love the resources, support, and camaraderie I have experienced.  I attended my first conference in Puerto Rico and loved the close-knit warm feeling amongst the APTC members.  I really felt like I was joining a family.  I look forward to seeing everyone in Austin. 

Jon Hinrichs
Jon HinrichsI am the associate director at the Wayne State University Psychology Clinic. My time is spent attending to our daily operations, directing our Dialectical Behavior Therapy program, providing assessment and therapy supervision, teaching graduate courses on personality and risk assessment, and collaborating on clinical research. Our clinic provides in-house training to 60 doctoral students in clinical psychology, and psychological services through 100 annual assessments and 100 active therapy clients.  Sliding fee services are provided to an underserved, diverse, and chronically stressed population in metro Detroit.
     My greatest challenge has been gaining confidence with crisis intervention decisions, perhaps reflecting the “imposter syndrome” that accompanies a newly framed and unwrinkled license barely one year old. My greatest reward has been the positive feedback from students and clients involved in our DBT program.  I feel proud to offer this unique training opportunity to students while also filling a desperate need for affordable evidence-based treatment in the financially-strapped city of Detroit.
     Our students habituate to the internship application process and refine their application materials every year because we structure the practicum placement assignments to mimic the internship process (e.g., practicum site fair with brochures, applications with a cover letter, vita, letters of recommendation, and interview, and even a practicum site “match day”). Additionally, we encourage students to meet competency benchmarks rather than accumulating “excessive” practicum hours that might not offer quality training experiences. For example, students receive formal training on evidence-based treatments implemented at many internship sites (e.g., I lead a 6 week DBT training prior to involvement in our program).
     I joined APTC after hearing uniformly positive feedback about the association from colleagues and previous supervisors.  Not only has the listserv and website provided a soundboard of ideas and advice, but it helps me to feel part of a cohort of similarly minded colleagues.  I hope to see you all in Austin!