LUK’s Doctoral Internship Program in Clinical Psychology (APPIC member since 2013) is intended to provide a diverse and challenging learning experience for interns who have a passion for working with children, youth, young adults and families. Interns will practice in the context of ecosystemic and trauma-informed approaches, which value collaboration with youth and families as well as partnerships with the other persons (“natural” and professional) involved in their lives. As an organization LUK offers a supportive and challenging learning environment in which interns are expected to function as professional colleagues while participating in close supervision, training and mentoring from professional staff. LUK values collaborative, flexible and creative teamwork (both internally and externally) with the persons with whom we work, and we strive to support interns to be active, full participants in all agency activities.
Our mission is to offer client-centered services of the highest quality to members of our communities who are challenged with behavioral health issues and experience lower socio-economic status. The majority of clients with whom Interns would work are Medicaid-eligible and present with symptoms consistent with a wide-range of childhood/youth diagnoses including but not limited to PTSD (Developmental trauma), anxiety, depression, and disruptive mood dysregulation disorder.
LUK’s Internship Director will work closely with interns to develop a training experience that will meet the individual strengths, competencies, needs and interests of interns. While our internship emphasizes clinical work in clinic-based settings, interns are allowed to practice in school-based, home-based/outreach and community-based group home environments. Within these settings interns will be expected to conduct individual, group and family therapies, psychological testing and evaluations as well as care coordination functions attached to these clinical activities. While interns will conduct these clinical interventions, there is significant variability within these service delivery options. Interns may focus on different age-populations with varying challenges and will also have the option to gain experience working in LUK’s other Divisions which offer foster care services, residential services, and independent living services.
LUK, Inc. is a National Child Traumatic Stress (NCTSN) Category III Trauma Center funded by two (2), five-year grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). LUK's Central Massachussetts Child Trauma Center (CMCTC) provides a variety of trauma services to children and youth (infants through 18 years old) and their families utilizing several evidence-based practices. Interns will have an opportunity to participate in the provision of CMCTC services. For more information: https://www.nctsn.org/about-us/network-members?state=MA&field_organization_type_value_2=All&field_person_type_value_2=All&page=1
Another unique opportunity for Interns is the development of skills in understanding and collaborating with family, school, state agency and other larger systems that have an impact on the lives of children, youth and families. Interns may work with State Agencies including Massachusetts Departments of Children & Families (DCF); Mental Health (DMH); Public Health-Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (MDPH-BSAS); Developmental Services (DDS) and Youth Services (DYS). Also, the larger systems critical to working with LUK’s population include but are not limited to school systems, juvenile justice (e.g., courts and probation officers), the Children’s Behavioral Health System (CBHI) and other community-based provider agencies.
LUK is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and the Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance (MOVA) to provide trauma services to children and youth and their parents/guardians. We offer interns opportunities to be involved with several evidence-based and trauma-informed treatment practices. In addition, LUK is licensed by the MDPH to provide both mental health and substance abuse services and interns may tailor their internship to focus on working with youth, families and/or adults with substance use disorders.