Description of Training Opportunities

The Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care-Piscataway Psychology Internship program provides a core advanced training experience in five tracks of specialization. We accept one intern per track. Each specialization area is based on the primary placement, where the accepted intern will spend 3 days per week. Applications are to be submitted for the specific tracks that are described below. In addition, during orientation, interns will choose a second minor rotation (one day per week).

Child Therapeutic Day School Track (1 position)

This position is within the Child Therapeutic Day School. This program serves students who have been classified as emotionally disturbed by their school districts and have been judged to require longer-term (at least a year) of therapeutically-based out-of-district placement. This position includes assessment, individual and family therapy, group therapy, milieu therapy and case consultation.

Adolescent School-Based Track (1 position)

This position is at the South Brunswick School Based Youth Services Program. This program is a collaboration between UBHC and the South Brunswick School District. South Brunswick is a large, suburban, multicultural district in Central Jersey. Services provided to traditionally underserved children and families include: evaluation; individual, family and group therapy; consultation with on-site psychiatrists; psycho-educational activities and support groups; program development and evaluation; consultation with school staff and community entities around client care issues; participation in school and community advocacy groups.

Adolescent Forensic Track (1 position)

This position is located within a residential juvenile justice setting, approximately 10 miles from the main campus, in affiliation with University Correctional HealthCare (UCHC) and the Juvenile Justice Commission. In this position, the intern will provide assessment, individual and group therapy, as well as consultation for an adolescent male forensic population.

Adult Latino Mental Health Services Track (1 position)

This position is located at the community based New Brunswick outpatient office. Set in a culturally diverse small city, with a burgeoning Latino immigrant population, the New Brunswick Outpatient Team provides treatment services to individuals who often present with multiple mental health and systemic problems, e.g. major mental illness, substance abuse, poverty, immigration issues, etc. The primary focus of this rotation will be provision of assessment, individual, family and group therapy to a largely immigrant and Spanish-speaking population, as well as consultation. This office serves a full diagnostic spectrum and age range of clientele. There is the opportunity to work as part of an interdisciplinary team.

Adult Severe Mental Illness Track (1 position)

This position is located within two programs: an adult partial hospital program and a community based intensive outpatient program. The primary focus of this rotation is the provision of assessment, individual, family and group therapy to a severely and persistently mentally ill population. The intern will work as part of an interdisciplinary team.

Minor Tracks:

Employee Assistance Program

The Employee Assistance Program gives interns the opportunity to provide short-term treatment, consultation and referral to adults and families seeking service. This program has contracts to provide brief intervention services to the employees of a variety of large corporations throughout the State of New Jersey.

University Correctional HealthCare (UCHC)

University Correctional HealthCare is UBHC's affiliate, developed to provide mental health services to inmates in the New Jersey prison system. This service offers a broad range of mental health services for inmates incarcerated within the 14 Department of Corrections facilities. Interns may elect to spend this minor rotation seeing incarcerated adult patients in either an outpatient or inpatient setting. They can also help conduct psychological evaluations for inmate classification, provide crisis intervention and participate on a treatment team.

Juvenile Sex Offender Program

Interns can work with adolescent boys adjudicated by the court for sexual offending behavior. Treatment includes group, individual and family therapy as well as the potential to conduct psychosexual evaluations. The intern will also consult with the Department of Probation on a routine basis.

Acute Psychiatric Services

Interns can work within a multidisciplinary team, providing both on and off-site emergency assessment to adults who present in crisis. Services include assessment, case disposition and referral to appropriate levels of care.

Comprehensive Outpatient Psychiatric Services on Aging

Interns can work with geriatric patients providing neuropsychological assessment through the dementia diagnostic program.

Office of Smoking Cessation

Interns can work in a research based program designed to help individuals with nicotine addiction. Clinical work includes both individual and group intervention.

Early Intervention Support Services

Interns can work within a grant funded intensive outpatient program specifically geared to maintain acute clients within an outpatient setting.

Through our affiliation with Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, interns can also participate in ongoing NIMH-funded studies assessing the efficacy of various interventions with different medically based populations. These studies are being run by licensed psychologists on the faculty of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Specific training opportunities offered next year include:

  • Working with Paul Lehrer PhD on an NIH funded research project on biofeedback therapy for patients with asthma.
  • Working with Roseanne Dobkin, PhD in her research involving provision of manualized treatment for depression in individuals with Parkinson's Disease.

Interns spend approximately three days per week at their primary track site. Prior experience, interest and career focus, as presented in the application, are significant determinants in selection of interns for each specialized position. Minor tracks are selected after the start of the internship year in consultation with the Internship Director to allow for experiences which may represent a more focused or divergent interest. The rotations are chosen carefully with the Internship Director to optimize the intern's ability to develop the required competencies for completion of the internship.

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