Clinical and Didactic Training Endeavors
Intervention Research Rotation: Substance Use in Justice-Involved People, 8 hrs/wk for the full year
Rotation Supervisor: Marc T. Swogger, Ph.D.
This is a 12 month rotation in which one intern works as a member of a research team studying a brief motivational intervention (BMI) for justice-involved substance users. Organized around a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)-funded, randomized clinical trial, the rotation involves recruiting, assessing, and intervening with people in a pretrial jail diversion program. Clinically, the intern will learn psychopathy assessment using the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R), substance use assessment using a variety of measures, and a BMI for substance use. The intern will also receive training in fundamental aspects of research laboratory management and grant-writing and will be encouraged to develop an original research project and work toward its presentation during the year. Collaboration on manuscripts is also a possibility. Interest in substance use treatment and/or psychopathy and experience in correctional settings is preferred.
Didactics Unique to Our Program
- Leadership Projects, 1-2 hrs/wk (12 months). Each intern, in conjunction with a faculty mentor, completes a leadership project focused on developing tailored approaches for education, intervention, prevention and evaluation initiatives in Psychology. Past projects have included: “Developing a brief curriculum on trauma, caregiver stress, and resilience of kinship caregivers,” and “Identifying an adaptation framework for a diabetes prevention program for individuals with severe mental illness”.
- Advanced Topics in Psychology Series, 1 hr/wk (12 months). The overall goals of this seminar are to enhance clinical fund of knowledge and general therapy skills, highlight interventions and population specific issues, and build competency in delivering select empirically based treatment for adults.
Professional Development Seminar, (1 hr, 2x month, some meetings combined with fellows). This seminar features a wide range of topics pertaining to both professional and academic development presented by selected psychology faculty, including community-based psychologists. Topics include Psychologists in Medical Centers, Diverse Career Paths of Psychologists, Fellowship and Job Search Strategies, and Psychologists as Administrators.
- Commitment to Living (Suicide Prevention) Seminar (3 hours) and Standardized Patient Practice Session (1 hour). The overall goal is to prepare trainees with the knowledge and skills needed to conduct person-centered, standard-of-care interviews, risk assessments, safety planning, documentation, and decisions with suicidal patients. Each trainee practices these skills in a 1:1 behavioral rehearsal experience with trained standardized patients.
Other Structured Training Experiences
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), 1hr/wk (10 months). This interdisciplinary seminar includes eight hours of didactic lectures followed by weekly group supervision that allows trainees to discuss cases from a DBT framework.
- Screening, Brief Interventions, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), 1 hr/wk (6 weeks). This interdisciplinary seminar includes 6 hours of didactic lectures and experiential learning exercises designed to enhance participants' knowledge, confidence, and skills in the detection and treatment of co-occurring substance use and behavioral health disorders.
- Multicultural Experiential Learning Seminar (monthly, 1 hour). The overall goal of this seminar is to increase cultural awareness and sensitivity of psychology interns and fellows through experiential learning activities. This seminar helps trainees become more aware of their own cultural identities, recognize their own personal biases, better meet the needs of a diverse patient population, and increase awareness of how culture impacts clinical work, research and teaching.
- Assessment and Treatment of Eating Disorders (4 meetings, 12 hours). This elective opportunity is an interdisciplinary didactic series focusing on evaluation and evidence-based treatment of eating disorders, with a particular emphasis on interdisciplinary treatment team functioning and planning.
- Identification and Response to Interpersonal Violence Training (6 hours in two sessions). This interdisciplinary workshop focuses on the identification, assessment, and treatment of interpersonal violence (IPV). Teaching/learning methods include PowerPoint presentations, film clips, experiential exercises, discussion, and distribution of resource cards and reference materials.
- Testing Seminar (monthly, 1 hour). This is an integrated seminar for interns on both the child and adult tracks to become familiar with evidence-based practices across the domains of diagnosis and assessment, professional/ethical conduct in psychological assessment services, and cultural competence. Adult and Child/Adolescent interns work in pairs to research and present information regarding best practices for one topic in psychological testing/assessment across the lifespan. Topics include mood disorders, psychotic disorders, OCD, and trauma.
- Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds, 3/mo (12 months). This weekly forum features research and clinical presentations by local, regional, and national experts in selected areas of psychiatry and psychology. Interns may also choose to attend other Grand Rounds relevant to their training goals (i.e., Primary Care, and Public Health Sciences).
Ethics and Psychological Practice (5 hours). The overall goal of this seminar is to assist psychology interns and fellows in the development of advanced practice competencies in critical thinking about ethical issues that psychologists encounter as clinicians, educator/teachers, researchers, and in professional relationships. The seminar is conducted as a case presentation, consultation and discussion series.
Interns present their Leadership Projects at the Department’s Interdisciplinary Education Poster Day.