The intern spends four months completing in average two intake assessments per week. These assessments include a clinical interview, review of past evaluations and any information the community may have provided, psychological testing (I.Q., screeners for dementia, depression and anxiety, personality testing, and any other test that would be appropriate for the patient).
While on the assessment rotation, the intern will be assigned to a ward where he/she will assist the psychology staff on daily routine duties on the milieu and attend treatment team on a weekly basis. The intern will also have a caseload for individual therapy patients of at least three individuals.
For four months, the intern will split their time between the Regional Forensic Psychiatric Center and the Sexual Responsibility Treatment Program (SRTP). During their time in the Forensic Psychiatric Center, the intern will be able to provide group and individual counseling and well as complete psychological testing to assist with any competency issues.
While at SRTP, the intern will provide group and individual therapy focusing on sexual offender specific programming. They are also expected to complete monthly reports for court, on the patient(s) they see for individual therapy. Psychosexual assessment and psychological assessments are also completed with appropriate supervision from licensed clinicians.
Personality Disorder Rotation
The intern will spend four month assigned to a ward, assist with milieu duties, and attend weekly treatment team. During this rotation, the focus will be on patients with personality disorders and evidence based treatments. Interns will be able to participate in group programming tailored for these patients such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, sexual offender specific programming, co-occurring disorder treatment (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, SMART Recovery, Motivational Interview). Interns will attend the DBT Consultation Team, which meets weekly for 90 minutes. They will also have a caseload of individual therapy patients, minimum one individual.
Every effort is made to tailor the rotations to the individual intern’s needs and interests. Other training experiences (i.e. intellectual disabilities, geriatric patient experience, forensic psychology) can also be provided in areas other than assigned rotations based on the training strengths and weaknesses of the intern and/or specific program needs.