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Clinical Placements

Interns' clinical placements include the Partial Hospital, our primary outpatient teams, specialized DBT and Mentally Ill with Problematic Sexual Behaviors (MI/PSB) outpatient teams, the PREP program, the Southard Clinic, and the Neuropsychology Service.

The Partial Hospital has two teams. One, the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy team, treats primarily patients with severe and persistent mental illness. The other team, the Dialectical Behavior Therapy team, is an intensive DBT program, which serves mainly patients with borderline personality disorder and other severe personality disorders.

The Outpatient Service is the Department of Mental Health outpatient service for about 1,000 patients. These patients have been deemed eligible for DMH services, usually signifying a diagnosis of major mental illness, considerable functional impairment, and no means to obtain treatment in the private sector. This service includes specialized DBT and problematic sexual behavior outpatient teams.

The Southard Clinic is a small outpatient clinic, which is staffed entirely by trainees. It exists in order to provide trainees with experience with a healthier outpatient psychotherapy population. Patients are referred from local college counseling centers, community health centers, and practitioners in the community. Southard patients are expected to need no rehabilitation, nor other services beyond psychotherapy and psychopharmacology.
In all of these settings, interns work on multi-disciplinary teams and have full clinical responsibility for the patients they are assigned.

Internship Tracks

Three tracks are available in the internship program—the General Track, the PREP Track, and the Neuropsychology Track. Interns spend about half time in their specific track (the Partial Hospital, PREP program, neuropsychology service respectively) and half time on one of our outpatient teams. Applicants may apply to one, two, or all three tracks and will be considered for the track(s) they are well-prepared for.