The mission of the CARES Psychology Internship Program is to prepare doctoral candidates for careers as psychologists who are proficient in providing comprehensive clinical evaluations and therapeutic interventions for individuals with developmental disabilities and/or mental health conditions (e.g., anxiety, depression, disruptive behaviors, ADHD, PTSD) throughout the life span.
Designed in the Practitioner-Scholar Model, the program consists of varied training experiences to facilitate a smooth transition from doctoral study to professional functioning, through the acquisition of advanced clinical skills that integrate theory and practice. Interns receive intensive training in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), cognitive-behavioral therapy, diagnostic testing and comprehensive report writing. Interns carry caseloads of children, adolescents and/or adults, and provide services to groups and families.
CARES represents a diverse experience as we treat underserved populations of Chinese and Hispanic immigrant families along with the broad range of New York City residents. CARES’ programs employ multidisciplinary teams of Psychologists, Social Workers, Board Certified Behavior Analysts, Speech Pathologists, Physical Therapists, and Psychiatrists. This approach affords interns a rich array of opportunities for collaborative learning and leads to a more holistic understanding of the individual from various facets.
Clinical Programs All Interns will be engaged in three of CARES’ programs – Early Intervention, Clinical Services, and Adult Day Habilitation throughout their internship year.
Early Intervention program serves approximately 300 children and families each year. Children range in age from birth to 3 years. Services are provided in a variety of settings, including the child’s home, community locations, and our early childhood centers. Our Early Intervention Centers provide curriculum-based classroom instruction using the principles of ABA. Methods include Discrete Trial Training, Natural Environment Teaching, and Social Skills Groups for toddlers who are diagnosed with Autism. Interns receive rigorous training in the theory and application of ABA, provided by Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) at the beginning of their internship year. After completion of the training, interns are assigned their own cases where they deliver behavioral services to young children as well as provide counseling support for parents and caregivers.
Clinical Services - CARES operates two licensed outpatient clinics - evaluations and therapeutic services are offered to children and adults with ID/DD licensed by the NYS Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD-Article 16) and the services are delivered to children and adults with mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, disruptive behaviors, ADHD, PTSD and other disorders licensed by the NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH-Article 31). Interns’ caseloads include patients in both clinics. This enriches the interns’ opportunity to deliver varied therapeutic modalities for individuals, supporting clients and their families, as well as learning to provide group interventions. In addition, interns develop clinical proficiency in the theories and methods of psychological assessment and diagnoses. They administer comprehensive diagnostic evaluations for individuals with Autism, Developmental Disabilities, and those presenting with a variety of mental health conditions.
Adult Day Habilitation program serves post-secondary school students with a variety of developmental disabilities in center and community-based settings. This habilitative program focuses on developing and enhancing participant’s skills in activities of daily living, communication and social interactions, prevocational training, and self-advocacy. Interns are trained across community locations which can include recreational sites and trips to places of interest. In this program, interns are trained to provide individual and group therapy to decrease challenging behaviors, develop treatment plans to achieve personal goals, support individuals to participate in integrated community settings, and provide behavioral consultations.
Supervision and Didactics - Interns receive scheduled and intensive supervision, including two hours each of individual supervision and group supervision, from licensed psychologists throughout the internship year. In addition, interns receive one hour of weekly supervision from a BCBA to support their delivery of ABA with fidelity. Interns also attend didactic seminars. The robust schedule of didactic seminars is targeted to enhance the interns’ knowledge and skills in the areas of developmental disabilities, assessment, and mental health.