Hamilton-Madison House is the largest mental health provider for the Asian American community on the East Coast. The internship program provides a comprehensive training in the requisite diagnostic and treatment skills needed to work within this scope. The value of diversity and the importance of understanding the individual within his or her own context are strongly emphasized. The internship program provides a structural and supportive environment, aimed at fostering the development of competent clinical practitioners, capable of functioning in a rapidly changing health care system.
Interns will have a variety of training opportunity in providing individual, group, and family therapy. The clientele is diverse in terms of clinical diagnosis, age, gender, and ethnic background. Personalized Recovery Oriented Services (PROSpect Place) offers a unique experience for interns to learn holistic and evidence-based treatment approach for individuals with severe mental illness. Interns are mentored and supported to develop their own clinical philosophy and professional identity throughout the internship.
The Hamilton-Madison House staff includes four licensed psychologists who are direct supervisors for the internship program. The Hamilton-Madison House also has several psychiatric staff and additional licensed personnel in various other fields such as social work, mental health counseling, rehabilitation and substance abuse counseling. These supervisors serve as a liaison to their respective clinic. Supervisory staff members participate and support the internship training program in a variety of ways. They may provide individual intern supervision and mentoring, participate in didactic training and seminars, provide consultation, contribute to supervisory staff meetings and treatment team rounds, host case conferences, participate as members of the Internship Committee and/or assist with ongoing program evaluation.
Beginning in 2018, in collaboration with Gracie Square Hospital, the Hamilton Madison House Psychology Internship program added the Inpatient Psychiatry Rotation. Gracie Square Hospital, a psychiatric inpatient facility located on a quiet side street on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, is affiliated with the New York-Presbyterian Hospital Network, one of nation’s premier academic healthcare delivery systems. The inpatient Asian Psychiatry Program at Gracie Square Hospital provides culturally sensitive and appropriate mental health services to Chinese, Korean, Japanese and other Asian communities. The Asian Psychiatry program is directed by a culturally diverse clinical team and support staff able to speak Mandarin, Cantonese, Chinese ethnic dialects, Korean, Japanese and other Asian languages. Therefore, patients and their families can understand treatment options and strategies for improved adherence. Interns are required to take turn to participate in the rotation. The rotation schedule will be on Thursday for 15 weeks. Responsibilities include 1 group, 2 individual cases (including testing), attending meetings/rounds, case conferences, journal club and attending Psychology didactic training. Dr. Nadine Chang at Gracie Square Hospital is the site supervisor during interns’ rotation.
The internship program’s primary objectives are to develop the skills for collaborative work with other disciplines, to foster high standards of professional competence in diagnosis and assessment and psychotherapeutic intervention, to promote skills in outcome assessment and program evaluation and development, to learn to work with individuals whose lives can be extremely stressful and are frequently marked by poverty, mental illness and substance abuse, to develop a sense of competence in working with the children, adolescents and adults in a variety of treatment modalities, which include individual, group and family therapy, brief and long-term psychotherapy, counseling, crisis intervention, and psychological testing.