Department of Psychiatry

Training Program

Field Placement Sites

Field instruction is an integral part of a social worker's training and experience. It involves a close mentoring relationship with a clinical supervisor, multi-faceted clinical experiences, consultation with psychiatric faculty and other discipline faculty and staff, team collaboration, and coordination of care with community professionals. Field placements occur in several different settings in the Department of Psychiatry, also known as Strong Behavioral Health, and are systematically designed, supervised, and evaluated on the basis of how successful the intern is at achieving their learning objectives.

The following sites are offering placements for the 2012-2013 academic year. All placements are in Strong Memorial Hospital/Strong Behavioral Health (SBH), located at 300 Crittenden Boulevard, unless otherwise specified.

Psychiatric Emergency Department

Strong Behavioral Health (SBH) houses the Monroe County Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) which is located in the Emergency Department of Strong Memorial Hospital. This is a busy environment that operates 24/7. Interns have the opportunity to observe psychiatric evaluations and are exposed to a broad range of mental health diagnosis. Students will be trained to complete psychosocial risk screens and evaluations. They will also have the opportunity to learn crisis intervention skills on the phone and in-person, with patients who are experiencing acute psycho-social or psychiatric crisis. A preceptor model of supervision is used, along with a team approach. This placement is a good match for a motivated student with some mental health experience, positive attitude and interest in learning assessment, diagnostic and crisis intervention skills with an acute population.

Accepts MSW students.

Adult Inpatient Psychiatry (2-9200; 3-9200, 3-9000)

Students will work on an interdisciplinary team and learn to complete psychosocial risk screens and assessments, participate in DSM-IV diagnostic formulations, implement treatment interventions, provide crisis intervention, brief therapy, education and support. Additionally students will be involved in discharge planning. This includes contact with community providers as well as with patients, families and other inpatient staff. Students will participate in interdisciplinary treatment team meetings, case conferences, and patient rounds.

Accepts MSW and BSW students

Child/Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry (4-9000)

This is a short-term diagnostic and acute intervention unit for children and adolescents. The unit provide crisis stabilization for patients who are typically suicidal or homicidal.

Interns will be part of an interdisciplinary team that meets daily to review cases and discuss treatment planning. They will learn to complete social work assessments, identify appropriate interventions, participate in family/agency meetings, and present cases at team meetings or discharge meetings. No previous experience is necessary, as there is significant support for students developing the necessary skills to function in this fast-based rapid turnover unit. Previous child/adolescent experience in a crisis setting is helpful.

Accepts MSW and BSW students

Child and Adolescent Partial Hospital Service (4-9200)

The Adolescent Partial Hospital Program serves youth 13-18 who do not require inpatient treatment, but are not able to manage in the community. There are social workers and a social work assistant assigned to this program. The social workers function as primary therapists and the social work assistant assists with discharge planning and milieu management. Students are exposed to family systems, CBT, DBT and crisis intervention. The CAPHS provides individual and family treatment as well as group interventions.

Accepts BSW and MSW students

Outpatient Adult Psychiatry

The students in this practicum complete comprehensive diagnostic assessments and treatment planning, and provision of outpatient psychotherapy for patients requesting help with depression, personality disorders and other mental health disorders. The student is exposed to a wide range of patients, and learns the theory and practice of various psychosocial interventions, including cognitive-behavioral treatment, interpersonal psychotherapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and brief psychodynamic psychotherapy. The students primarily provide treatment to individuals and groups. Modalities include the most sophisticated and advanced psychopharmacological treatments as well as time-honored psychotherapeutic ones. Opportunities for research experiences are also available.

Accepts MSW and BSW students

Approved EBP Internships

In addition to the standard placement offerings, SBH has been approved as a field placement site for the Evidence-Based Practice in Mental Health. See the sites below.

MICA Integrated Services Team

SBH outpatient houses both an OASAS certified substance abuse clinic and OMH certified mental health clinic. To overcome regulatory barriers to integrated treatment, a service called MIST (MICA Integrated Services Team) has been developed, which offers a team approach to co-occurring substance dependency and mental health diagnosis. MIST is particularly geared toward those patients who lack ability to regulate emotions and behavior without using a substance, putting them at risk for relapse. The MIST treatment approach works best for participants who can benefit from a cognitive/behavioral skill enhancement focus. MIST focuses on helping the patient learn ways to decrease their vulnerability to mental health symptoms such as anxiety and mood disorder that contribute to substance dependency and relapse. Interns will learn stage-wise interventions that include relapse prevention & skills training; how to use the stress vulnerability model, WM, & principles of MI, CBT, and DBL. This placement is a good fit for students with good interpersonal skills, with the interest and motivation to develop skills necessary to become a practicing clinician. Familiarity with DSM IV is preferred.

Accepts 2nd year MSW students

Strong Ties Community Support Program (2613 West Henrietta Road)

Strong Ties is an off-campus community-based outpatient program for the serious and persistently mentally ill population focusing on schizophrenia and other psychotic illnesses. An internship at Strong Ties offers students’ exposure to wellness self-management, family psychoeducation, and integrated dual diagnosis treatment. The program utilizes the McFarland Model and operates from an illness management and recovery philosophy. Their treatment strongly emphasizes helping each client set and pursue personal goals and to implement action strategies in their everyday lives. They teach recovery strategies, provide psychoeducation about mental illness and how to build social supports, focus on reducing relapses and coping with stress, problems and symptoms, as well as getting one's needs met in the system. This is accomplished though a combination of group and individual treatments, as well as medication and case management. The interns function as primary therapists under social work supervision and assume the role of coordinating a comprehensive plan for the patient and ensuring treatment goals and objectives are met.

Accepts BSW and 2nd year MSW students