Pre-doctoral psychology residents at SSM Health (formerly Agnesian HealthCare) work with children, adolescents, and adults diverse in diagnosis and socio-economic status. The behavioral health department is focused on providing services to the community with both outpatient and inpatient care. Over the course of one year and three distinct tracts, residents will develop expertise in individual, group, and family therapy. They will become proficient in skills related to differential diagnosis and assessment; creating and maintaining a treatment plan with measureable goals; appropriate interventions specific to each patient; risk and crisis management; collaboration with other professionals in team consultation meetings; design and facilitation of psychoeducational and psychotherapy groups; and integration of research into practice. Time for personal research and dissertation completion can be negotiated. Outcome research is ongoing and residents are able to be involved in that capacity. Residents will complete psychological testing on an inpatient and outpatient basis.
SMM Health Behavioral Health Services is comprised of a highly-trained team of multi-disciplinary professionals including psychologists, psychiatrists, psychotherapists, nurses, family therapists, social workers, an addictionologist, and certified AODA counselors, who provide evaluation and therapy to people whose behavior, thoughts and feelings, have become disruptive to their everyday functioning. Individual, marital, family and group therapy is available for a variety of mental health concerns including: depression, adjustment to trauma, anxiety and stress management, autism spectrum disorders, eating disorders, health issues related to headaches and chronic pain, anger management, child, adolescent and adult behavioral disorders, academic difficulties, and relationship issues. Inpatient mental health services include crisis observation, short-term care and acute psychiatric care for adults and adolescents (age 17 and older). Additional programs include inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment, an autism center, school based services, and a pro-bono domestic violence program.