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Pre-doctoral Psychology Practicum

The Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis (PREP) program accepts 1-2 psychology practicum students per year. Trainees must be enrolled in a psychology doctoral program and preferably have at least one year of previous practicum experience. Trainees must commit to three days and 20-24 hours per week.

The Setting

The Massachusetts Mental Health Center (MMHC) is a unique collaboration between the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health and Harvard Medical School Public Psychiatry Division of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. It is both a state mental health facility and a center of excellence in academic psychiatry, combining public service with outstanding clinical and research programs. The mission of MMHC is to provide and ensure access to a network of effective, efficient and culturally sensitive clinical and rehabilitative services for DMH eligible clients with mental illness. This mission is strengthened by academic affiliations with Harvard Medical School which provide MMHC the opportunity to train future practitioners, as well as to conduct in-depth research into the treatment and prevention of serious mental illness. The shared endeavors provide high quality therapies and innovative treatment approaches to all clients.

Practicum Student Activities and Training Objectives

  • Conducting individual and group-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for psychosis.
  • Conducting comprehensive psychosocial diagnostic assessments to individuals who have recently experienced an onset of psychosis.
  • Co-leading recovery-oriented and cognitive-behavioral treatment groups.
  • Working in a multidisciplinary team to provide intensive case management and outreach services to help engage patients and families.
  • Providing family psychoeducation and counseling.
  • Conduct cognitive and psychosocial assessments for ongoing program evaluation and research studies in the department.
  • Clinical supervision and didactic training in individual and group therapy is provided.
  • The PREP Program and Massachusetts Mental Health Center also trains psychology pre-doctoral interns, post-doctoral fellows, psychiatry residents, counseling and social work interns and nursing students.

Applicant Requirements

  • Currently enrolled in an APA-approved psychology doctoral program.
  • At least one year of previous practicum experience.
  • A demonstrated interest in working with individuals with psychosis.
  • Previous experience in cognitive testing and clinical assessment or treatment of individuals with serious mental illness is preferred.

Application Process

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Interested applicants should send a CV and letter of interest to:

Michelle Friedman-Yakoobian, Ph.D.
Massachusetts Mental Health Center
180 Morton Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Contact Information

Michelle Friedman-Yakoobian, Ph.D.
Massachusetts Mental Health Center
180 Morton Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130