The Adult Services program provides inpatient mental health services to those with severe and chronic mental illnesses, The program adheres to a bio-psycho-social approach to mental illness . About half of the patients are diagnosed with schizophrenia, about a quarter are diagnosed with mood disorders, and the rest hold a variety of diagnoses such as personality, eating, and anxiety disorders. Patients with such difficulties as deafness, substance abuse, and medical complications are also treated on this service. Along with chronic and severe physical health issues and all such challenges are a part of the treatment mission and assignment.
Adult patients are typically drawn from urban setting and many of them come from stressed socio-economic living arrangements and some are experiencing homelessness. A good number of patients are forensic patients as well, both in the categories of outdate from correctional facilities or as needing to be restored to competency for legal procedures.
The intern will join a multidisciplinary treatment team on one of these units and assume a wide range of clinical activities focusing on participation in specialized patient education programs for those diagnosed with such chronic disorders as schizophrenia, mood disorders, or borderline personality disorder.
The intern may also have the opportunity to supervise psychology graduate students and to initiate and/or collaborate with ongoing research projects. Research results have focused on the treatment of those who are deaf, those with Borderline Personality Disorder, and treatment outcomes. Several supervisors are available to be assigned as intern supervision. The Director of Training will make the assignment of the intern's unit and supervisor based on intern interests among a range of factors, so a wide variety of experience is available for trainees.
The psychology intern will work with the supervisory psychologist in the assessment of newly admitted patients, provide consultation to the treatment team regarding behavioral management, and function in the role of primary therapist for select patients. In the role of primary therapist, a psychology intern typically provides individual therapy and coordinates the efforts of other members of a multidisciplinary treatment team. The intern may also participate in and co-lead therapy groups and unit meetings. Psychology interns will be exposed to pharmacotherapy issues and assist the psychiatrists and the treatment team in the process of evaluating and potentially reducing the medical regimen of patients.