Experiential Training Activities

There are eight key training activities an intern can be expected to be exposed to and gain experience in during their internship. These include:

Psychotherapy: Interns will be required to conduct psychotherapy on a regular basis with children/adolescents and their families selected on the basis of treatment objectives, special needs, intern interests, or pressing situational adjustment difficulties. Interns may also develop, participate, and conduct groups focused on a variety of issues. Parent education and family therapy are strongly encouraged and form the foundation of all interventions.  Participating on multi-disciplinary teams and designing and implementing effective treatment interventions are an essential part of the intern's work with their clients.  The interns will provide consultation to staff in the areas of child and adolescent behavior management, clinical issues, social skills development, and other identified areas.  The intern may also provide on-going consultation to teachers and support staff in classroom management and educational programming.

Psycho-educational Evaluation/Assessment: Interns will plan and conduct at least 10 comprehensive psycho-educational and/or psychological assessments throughout the year.  The evaluations will be conducted in school districts as well as the residential campus school.  Interns will be expected to describe, conceptualize, organize, and plan assessments based on the identified needs of the client.  These evaluations provide interns with the opportunity to assess a wide range of children including children attending typical public schools as well as children attending our residential campus school.   Interns will be expected to administer cognitive, achievement, and social-emotional tests as part of the battery.  Interns will also have an opportunity to expand their testing cases to develop and advanced assessment case. 

Clinical Interviewing and Diagnostic Assessment:  Interns will be given an opportunity to learn and conduct clinical interviews, develop their diagnostic skills, and write reports with treatment recommendations. 

Multi-disciplinary Clinical Consultation: Interns will be a participating member of multi-disciplinary treatment teams. In this role, the intern will provide consultation to other team members regarding treatment, diagnosis, behavior management, and intervention. Interns will collaborate with individuals from many different clinical disciplines. 

School-based Consultation: The intern will provide direct and in-direct consultation to school staff in the areas of child and adolescent behavior management, clinical issues, social skill development and other identified areas. 

Crisis Intervention:  Interns will be trained in Safe Crisis Management and will be expected to demonstrate skills in the area of crisis intervention.  Interns are not expected to participate in any type of physical restraint during their training.   

Research: Interns are required to develop and conduct a program evaluation oriented research project during their internship year.  They may do so independently, with faculty, or with another intern.  The requirement for research is very flexible and will be tailored to meet the interests of the intern when possible.  Interns can spend up to 2 hours each week engaged in research.  Past intern projects have typically focused on program efficacy, program development, treatment and program outcomes, and the development of new treatment strategies.  The specific project will be determined based upon the interns' interests and goals of the agency. 

Supervised Supervision:  There may be opportunities for interns to supervise masters level trainees in psycho-educational assessment, consultation, and behavioral interventions. Interns will be given supervision of their supervision. 

In-Service Training:  Interns will be required to conduct in-service didactic training for our agency training department.

Time Commitment:
This is an intensive full-time internship training program.   The typical residential workday is 8:30-4:30 pm.  However, the nature of residential treatment may require that interns' work-day extend beyond these hours and may include work on weekends.  The Integrated Partial Hosptialization Program is a day program, however the intern at this site will be involved in training activites that typically extend beyond the school day.  The intern can expect to spend approximately 25-30% of her/his time in clinical activities, 20-25% in assessment and other school-based/related activities, 20% in consultation, 5% in research, and 20% in supervision and didactic activities.