During the 12 month (minimum) clinical practicum, students will gain experience with a variety of individual and relational concerns and will collaborate with unique sets of interdisciplinary professionals. All sites have recording capability and the option of live supervision as part of the weekly individual or group supervision. Having clinical experience in two diverse settings provides important breadth and depth to the development of a professional MFT identity. Students accumulate a minimum of 500 clinical contact hours and more than 100 hours of clinical supervision during practicum.
Strong Family Therapy Services
All practicum students have a primary clinical placement at Strong Family Therapy Services (SFTS), a New York State regulated community mental health center serving children and adults across the lifecycle. Clinicians provide comprehensive assessment and treatment for individuals, couples and families representing the needs of our diverse Rochester community. MFT trainees work alongside staff clinicians, supervisors, core faculty, and interdisciplinary colleagues to help families discover their strengths and resources to resolve concerns including depression, anxiety, child behavior problems, family conflict, grief and loss, or cope with health concerns.
Additional Clinical Settings
Evelyn Brandon Mental Health
Evelyn Brandon Health Center (an affiliate of Rochester Regional Health) is a large urban community behavioral health center that offers mental health, chemical dependency, and PROS services to vulnerable patient populations, located in an area of the highest concentration of poverty in Rochester, New York. The mental health center treats adults ages 18 years old and above with an integrated and multi-disciplinary team of behavioral health professionals (psychotherapists, psychiatrists, and psychiatric nurse practitioners) who deliver evidence-based models of care, including interpersonal psychotherapy, dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive processing therapy, and an extensive array of psychotherapy groups. Spanish medical interpreters are a part of our team to better serve the community. MFT trainees will learn how to complete a thorough comprehensive assessment that will inform a short-term episode of treatment to include individual, couple, family and/or group work. They will also have the opportunity to learn about co-occurring disorders and collaborate with the on-site chemical dependency team. Monthly best practices seminars are offered along with on-site trainings in evidence-based practice models.
Highland Family Medicine Center
The Highland Family Medicine Center is a large urban medical practice that offers a fully integrated and multi-disciplinary Behavioral Health Service to individuals, couples, and families who come there for their total health care. An NCQA Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home, Family Medicine has a strong commitment to team based care and collaboration between and among a wide array of health professionals joining together to care for patients, families, and their communities. Walking in the door, MFT trainees become tremendously valuable members of the team; they provide individual, couple, and family assessment and treatment, and also play critical roles in providing consultation to their collaborators in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, social work, and care management. Located in the Southwedge neighborhood of Rochester, Highland Family Medicine serves families from all over the city and surrounding suburbs, maintaining a clear commitment to and investment in the underserved and at-risk communities in our area. These families include refugees and immigrants, those who may be socioeconomically marginalized and under-resourced, those managing multiple chronic health conditions, those who have had family members involved with the justice system, those touched by community violence, and others. Many of these families have been coming to Family Medicine for generations, and regard it as the ultimate place to receive culturally-sensitive, compassionate, and comprehensive care, including behavioral health.
Monroe Community Hospital
Monroe Community Hospital is a 566-bed facility with long-term care and rehabilitation units. The residents range in age from birth to over 100 years and MCH is known for serving individuals with the most clinically complex medical conditions. The Family Consultation Service provides individual and family therapy to residents and/or family members, and also provides consultation to health care teams. Common domains of therapeutic focus include adjustment to long term care, adjustment to change in health status, grief and loss,
Hillside Children’s Center
Hillside offers an integrated system of services to address the varied and complex needs of children and families. Outpatient Services include providing crisis intervention, individual/family/group psychotherapy, diagnostic evaluation and assessment, outreach and linkage to community resources, and pharmacotherapy.
St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center
St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center, rooted in the caring tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph, provides comprehensive physical and mental health services to uninsured and underinsured people in and around Rochester, New York. Its services include crisis counseling, family counseling, spirituality, women’s groups, stress reduction groups, and psychiatric consultations, in addition to physical health, allied health professional services (ie dental, OT), and social work. Its clientele includes many who are employed yet unable to cover healthcare expenses, students, people with disabilities, from every race and ethnicity and representing an 8 county region.
Women’s Behavioral Health Service
The Women’s Behavioral Health Service is embedded in the Women’s Health Practice, a large, urban OB/GYN practice, as well as a training site for medical residents. It has a multi-disciplinary, family-centered, and integrated approach to primary care aimed at improving health outcomes and reducing health disparities for underserved women and those who are important to them. MFT trainees provide individual, couple, and family treatment to patients, as well as providing consultation to medical and nursing providers and ongoing partnership with residents, nurse practitioners, and physician faculty.