The health service psychology internship consists of a major rotation at an integrated health clinic (3.5-4 days per week) and a secondary rotation (1-1.5 days per week) at one of our community integration/residential services, Copa’s People First / training department, day program or secure residential (to open in late 2023). There are 6 internship positions for the training year 2023 – 2024.
Integrated Health Clinic: Copa Health is home to 5 integrated health clinics (plus 2 outpatient clinics) where interns work alongside Primary Care Physicians, psychiatrists, nurses, pharmacy staff, case managers, program director, employment support services, and other ancillary staff. The clinics serve adults ages 18 and up. Our current enrollment at the clinics is roughly 8,500 Severe Mentally Ill (SMI) members and over 1,000 General Mental Health/Substance Use (GMHSU) members. The intern provides initial assessments, treatment planning, individual therapy, family/couples therapy, group therapy, crisis intervention, risk assessments, consultation, and ongoing assessment of client issues and progress. Interns also provide brief consults as needed to clients receiving services from the primary care provider or psychiatrist or other staff as needed. All of our facilities are compliant with the American with Disabilities Act.
Psychology Interns are assigned to one of the following minor rotations:
Community Integration Services/Residential Services: Behavioral Health Community Integration Services provides housing and support services for individuals with a serious mental illness in order to assist them to successfully live in a home setting by providing the supports necessary to assist them in achieving their recovery goals. Copa’s Behavioral Health Residential Treatment Facility services are designed to provide short term structured support services to adults with serious mental illness. Services promote recovery and are provided in a structured residential treatment setting with 24-hour supervision, including counseling or therapeutic activities. The goal of Residential Services is to enhance the independence, dignity, personal choice and privacy of the individuals.
Cultural Competence Staff Training Project: Copa Health’s People First Department (formerly Human Resources) provides human resources support and oversees the creation and implementation of agency-wide trainings at Copa Health, including New Employee Orientation, Clinical Week, and specialized staff certifications. Interns assigned to the Cultural Competency Staff Training Project rotation are responsible for developing and presenting trainings to clinical staff throughout the internship year. The rotation involves a multistep process during which interns select from an approved list of topics, conduct a needs assessment with the leadership of their primary clinic, identify an area of training value for their site, and create a new 1-2 hour presentation using current literature and best practices. The training project is expected to follow the ADDIE instructional model (Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement, and Evaluate) and interns are provided with technical and logistical support from the People First Learning and Development team. After interns have presented their trainings to their primary sites, they subsequently trade presentations with their peers and begin implementing the other trainings at their clinics throughout the course of the year.