While the Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care Doctoral Psychology Internship Training Program is sponsored by University Behavioral Health Care (UBHC), we function in conjunction with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School’s (RWJMS) Department of Psychiatry and University Correctional Health Care (UCHC). All three entities are components of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences The clinical tracks of the internship are primarily set within Rutgers UBHC, but research and clinical opportunities are also available within Rutgers UCHC and Rutgers RWJMS.
Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care (UBHC) is the statewide mental health service delivery system of RBHS. Rutgers UBHC offers the broadest range of services in New Jersey and is the only behavioral health system that is part of a medical school, so our staff are trained in the most effective, most current treatments. In fact, some of those treatments have been developed right here at Rutgers UBHC.
As one of the largest mental health service delivery systems in the country, Rutgers UBHC focuses on providing a full spectrum of mental health services. We have a particular focus on providing services to the underserved public sector populations of New Jersey.
Our traditional services include crisis screening, acute psychiatric services, children and family services (e.g., individual, group, and family therapy; school-based programs, adolescent partial hospitalization program), adult services (e.g., adult inpatient unit, partial hospitalization programs, outpatient services, treatment for substance use disorders), and geriatric services. Additionally, we maintain a number of robust, innovative, grant-funded programs that provide services to target niche populations including our multiple school-based programs.
Rutgers UBHC also includes the Behavioral Research and Training Institute (BRTI). It is within this division that the internship is positioned organizationally. BRTI’s mission is broad and comprehensive. It includes: helping schools, businesses and other community groups develop and implement empirically supported interventions; helping to develop research-based community mental health initiatives geared toward improving access, quality and outcomes of treatment; developing a current evidence-based continuing education program for UBHC and community healthcare providers.
Our APA accredited Doctoral Psychology Internship Program offers five distinct major tracks (major rotations) in addition to many minor rotations, research opportunities, and a robust didactics program to fully round out our Interns’ training. Doctoral Psychology Interns spend three days per week at their major rotation and one day per week at a minor rotation. The remaining day is spent in didactic activities and working on research. Our five major tracks are:
- Adolescent Forensic / Juvenile Justice Track
- Adult - Outpatient Track
- Adult – Substance Use Disorders Track
- Child / Adolescent - School-Based Track
- Child Therapeutic Day School Track
Rutgers University and our Doctoral Psychology Internship are strongly committed to diversity; it is an essential component of our training program. We are likewise committed to attracting diverse applicants and maintaining diversity within our intern cohorts. We are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. Our program's last site visit was in August 2017. Our next scheduled site visit is in 2027.
Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to: The Commission on Accreditation Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association 750 First Street, NE Washington, DC 20002 Phone: 202-336-5979 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgWeb: www.apa.org/ed/accreditationFor more information about our internship, please go to our website: https://ubhc.rutgers.edu/education/psychology-internship-(piscataway)/introductory-letter.xml.