Training and Education Offered by Internship
Please describe your objective in training Predoctoral interms. Please include a brief description of your training program and how it fits within the goals or mission of your agency:
Practice with the highest legal and ethical standards. Knowledge, understanding and application of the most effective evidence based clinical interventions taking into account the uniqueness of human diversity in working with patients. Enhancing professionalism and understanding of professional roles. Working knowledge of the DSM system and demonstrate the ability to select appropriate interventions based upon patient diagnosis, developmental level and acuity. Using psychological assessment to address diagnosed questions to arrive at a diagnosis and guide treatment. Focus on rapid stabilization/crisis intervention for inpatients. Understand the role of psychiatric hospitalization and partial hospitalization i the continuum of psychiatric care. Effectively understand and use the resources of our multidisciplinary team.
If applicable, describe in detail how the internship training differs from practicum training:
The level of expectation is greater from interns. As they progress through the internship more is expected of them clinically as they master skills within their assigned program. We provide a lot of support and training to develop clinical skills to work with our acute population.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND FUNCTIONS OF PREDOCTORAL INTERNS:
This training site is an excellent opportunity for graduate students in psychology to learn about sever psychiatric disorders, traumatic stress and learn skills of rapid stabilization and brief focused treatment. The majority of treatment is group psychotherapy and psychoeducation. There are opportunities to render individual & family discharge planning sessions focused on helping patients in understanding their triggers, symptoms, learning healthy coping skills and establishing social support as well as motivating them in following up with outpatient services. Interns will learn to assess for chemical dependency as well as learning the relationship between addictions and psychiatric disorders. Trainees participate in multi-disciplinary case conference & treatment planning and milieu therapy. Psychological Assessment (Testing) is limited at this site to screening for mental disorders or identifying severity of mental illness.
1. INPATIENT PROGRAM
A. Adult Acute Inpatient: The program focus is to curtail dysfunctional symptoms and establish a level of safety for the patient to be discharged to a less restrictive level of care, i.e. partial hospitalization, outpatient, etc. The age range is from 18 and up. Examples of training opportunities include: co-leading and leading groups, individual crisis intervention, family discharge sessions, psychosocial assessments, limited psychological assessments (screening) and treatment planning. Primary mode of therapy is group.
B. Youth Services Acute Inpatient: The program focus is to curtail dysfunctional symptoms and establish a level of safety for the patient to be discharged to a less restrictive level of care, i.e. partial hospitalization, outpatient, residential care, etc. The unit is divided into two separate units, pediatrics (5 to 12 years of age) and adolescents (13 to 17 years of age). Examples of training opportunities include: coÂ leading and leading groups, individual crisis intervention, family discharge sessions, psychosocial assessments, limited psychological assessments (screening) and treatment planning.
2. INTENSIVE OUTPATIENT PROGRAM: Program focus is to provide a
transition period between inpatient and outpatient treatment to assist the
patient in learning coping skills so as prevent regression and/or relapse. The
age range is from 18 and up. Patients in this program are either persistently
mental ill with a recent history of declining functioning and/or exacerbation of
symptoms or in transition from acute hospitalization. Examples of training
opportunities include: leading groups, chemical dependency assessment, limited psychological
assessments (screening) and treatment planning. Primary mode of therapy is group, limited
Training/Clinical Services Offered:
Assessment, Brief, Consultation, Couple, Crisis, Family, Group, Individual, Inpatient, Long Term, Neuropsych, Other, Outpatient, Psych. Testing
Comments Regarding Theoretical Orientation of Staff
Psychological testing is limited to screening assessments.