JLG-RICA is a community based residential and day treatment facility for children and adolescents ages 8-21 who have been diagnosed with emotional and behavioral disabilities. JLG-RICA has been fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) since 1981. We are an interagency program operated by Maryland Department of Health in partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools. The health and safety of our psychology interns, as well as our students, families and staff is a priority. When meeting individually or in groups, we wear face masks, practice social distancing, and encourage frequent hand washing.
We offer milieu, individual, family, and group therapy and a fully-accredited special education school, with academic and vocational programs. The clinical staff is comprised of 7 psychiatrists, 9 licensed Psychologists, 1 Psychology Associates, 7 licensed Social Workers, and 2 Expressive Therapists (Art & Music ). In addition, we have a large staff of registered nurses and residential counselors. JLG-RICA is highly committed to the training of doctoral interns in psychology.
The training model used to achieve this goal closely fits the practitioner-scholar model. Accordingly, interns are treated as professional colleagues who are expected to function as "primary" clinical therapists and fully integrated members of their respective treatment teams. They are guided and supported throughout their internship year by intensive supervision, mentoring, and a planned sequence of relevant training activities. Interns are also involvement in a year-long clinical research or program evaluation project, didactic seminar series, quarterly journal club, assessment practice/review and seminars. In addition, the interns are immersed in evidence based theory of clinical practice as well as other disciplines of psychological and behavaioral interventions, including individual DBT and DBT skills groups with adolescents and their families.