The psychology internship training at Acclaim / JPS Health Network provides a clinical/educational experience in a health science setting that follows a Scientist-Practitioner model and provides interns with a wide range of clinical experiences prior to potential post-doctoral specialization. Education is interwoven with experiential clinical training and supervision to provide students with a solid foundation of theoretical and practical knowledge for primarily assessment and aspects of psychotherapy.
Given our dedication to psychology internship training, our interns train on two rotations over the course of the year. We believe this schedule gives students both a diversity of experience and ample time to grow their skills in each area over the course of 12 months. These rotations are as follows:
- Inpatient (General Psychiatric Inpatient/Consult & Liaison Services - JPS Level 1 Trauma)Outpatient Assessment
- Outpatient Assessment & Psychotherapy
Psychological Services. The Psychology division provides primarily Psychological and Neuropsychological evaluations and less frequently individual/group psychotherapy services at JPS Health Network. Neuropsychological Evaluations: Assessment of functional integrity of brain and behavior, typically, with clinical interview and administration of neuropsychological measures. Neuropsychology provides services on all hospital units, including the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, and Medical Floors to assist patients needing evaluation for neurocognitive deficits to inform capacity for treatment decision-making and post traumatic stress disorder. Psychologists and interns do not typically see patients in the Psychiatric Emergency Center unless the patient in question is a psychotherapy patient already in the intern’s psychologist’s care.
Opportunities for training are also contingent upon intern’s interest. Our internship is primarily clinical in nature, with opportunities for interns to design and implement their own research projects being very limited. Our interns are expected to become knowledgeable consumers of clinical research. Our didactic training, educational opportunities, and supervision are structured in way to encourage interns to integrate science with clinical care.
TRINITY SPRINGS PAVILION
Acute Inpatient Services: Trinity Springs Pavilion includes three Adult Inpatient units with a bed capacity of 82. All units are short-term units designed to provide services to patients over the age of 18 who require comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and treatment to stabilize psychiatric symptoms. Crisis intervention and individualized, structured treatment are provided to patients in need of an intensive and safe setting. Our program is designed to both challenge patients and support them as they work toward recovery.
Local Commitment Alternative (LCA): Trinity Springs North is a 36-bed inpatient psychiatric facility for adults under court order to receive care that would otherwise be provided in a remote state psychiatric facility. The LCA allows patients to receive treatment while remaining close to home and family members, supporting reintegration into the community.
Adolescent Inpatient Services: The Adolescent Inpatient Unit is a 16-bed, short-term, acute crisis intervention unit located within Trinity Springs Pavilion providing treatment to those between 13 and 17 years of age. This co-ed unit contains eight semi-private rooms and two common areas for group activities. There are also a number of other secured indoor and outdoor areas used for therapeutic recreational activities.
CENTRAL ASSESSMENT CENTER (HEMPHILL BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CLINIC)
The Hemphill Behavioral Clinic or Central Assessment Center (CAC) hosts a variety of outpatient services and holds many resources for interns including therapy rooms, an assessment library, a training room for students with desks and computers, and conference rooms. Our assessment library not only includes a wide variety of diagnostic, neuropsychological, and personality assessment measures, but resources on test interpretation, report writing, and conceptualization as well. We also have biofeedback and virtual reality resources.
Adult Outpatient Mental Health: Our adult outpatient clinics strive to meet the individual needs of each patient with a variety of treatment options. Services include evaluation, diagnosis, medication management, psychological testing, individual psychotherapy, and group therapies.