Our training program is designed to prepare an intern to transition from student to qualified professional. The core clinical training for interns will occur in the Inpatient Facility. Each Intern is assigned to a unit, under a supervising psychologist, while holding two outpatient cases at the Waverly Avenue Clinic at Tecumseh Elementary School. Interns will provide individual, family and group therapy as well as parent guidance sessions. As part of their training, all interns will complete a minimum of twenty psychological evaluations. This comprehensive inpatient/outpatient experience affords interns the opportunity to be involved in the treatment and assessment of children and adolescents with severe and persistent mental illness/emotional disturbance along the developmental spectrum from age 5 through 17 years.
The training objectives of the doctoral psychology internship program at Sagamore reflects the mission of our hospital. The program is designed to offer interns the opportunity to develop as clinicians and professionals with a strong emphasis on treatment modalities for children, adolescents and their families, further understanding of cultural and developmental processes, etiology of emotional disturbance, clinical decision making, assessing and measuring outcomes, and treatment planning. Given the complexity of the population that we serve at Sagamore, interns are afforded the opportunity to enhance their interpersonal development on a team and to develop their professional identity while maintaining empathy and dedication to this underserved population. Unique to our site, Interns have the opportunity to work with children/adolescents and their families for an extended period of time. By the end of the internship year, interns are capable of providing the full range of services needed to work as clinical psychologists treating children and adolescents with complex, multilayered difficulties across both inpatient and outpatient populations.
Sagamore is committed to providing interns with exposure to a broad range of patient populations experiencing severe and persistent mental illness. The Sagamore inpatient program affords interns the opportunity to work with children and adolescents presenting with psychopathology that is wide ranging not only in its severity, but in diagnoses, developmental presentation, and other mediating factors such as race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and gender identity. The outpatient program offers interns the experience of working with children of a different age range and within the school/community setting. Our interns work closely with school districts and participate in all aspects of treatment planning, from admission to discharge.
Additionally, interns participate in all aspects of treatment planning and as part of their training, will work closely with school districts, participating in meetings with the Committee for Special Education and while closely supervised, help determine appropriate placement upon discharge. Interns are also exposed to and will interact with a variety of community resources, in order to support and help the children and adolescents maintain and further their treatment gains in the community. Interns are exposed to a full range of professional functions which may include teaching student nurses, consultation with professionals and paraprofessionals, performance improvement measures, and research. As treatment team members, interns present cases and discuss psychological evaluations at diagnostic conferences, develop treatment plans based on collaboration with other team members, participate in team and unit meetings, as well as participating in individual, group and family treatment.
As part of the breadth of experiences to interns, they will have the opportunity to work with children and adolescents remanded to the hospital from the courts. They may be part of the evaluation team (e.g., completing a psychological battery, functioning as the primary therapist) that assesses and makes recommendations to the court for the child/adolescent who is remanded to the facility. Recommendations may include but are not limited to conversion to minor voluntary status or return to court with highly specific recommended treatment and disposition options.