Description of Training Opportunities

The Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care-Piscataway Psychology Internship program provides advanced clinical training experience within five specialized tracks. 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 consultation. The primary supervisor is Kelly Walker Moore, Psy.D.

Adolescent School-Based Track (1 position)

This position is at the Edison School Based Program. Edison is a large, suburban, multicultural district in Central Jersey. Services provided include: evaluation; individual, family and group therapy; 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. The primary supervisor is Suzi Millar, Psy.D.

Adolescent Forensic Track (1 position)

This position is located within The New Jersey Training School for Boys, a residential correctional justice setting, approximately 10 miles from the main campus. This track is in affiliation with University Correctional HealthCare (UCHC) and the Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC). In this position, the intern will provide assessment, individual and group therapy, as well as consultation for an adolescent male forensic population. The primary supervisor is Jason Fleming, Psy.D.

Adult 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 and consultation. The population is multicultural, as well as significantly marginalized and impoverished. There is also opportunity to work with co-occuring substance abuse.This office serves a full diagnostic spectrum and age range of clientele. The primary supervisor is Deborah Riviere, Ed.D.

Adult Severe Mental Illness Track (1 position)

This position is located within two programs: Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) which is a first-episode psychosis outpatient program in Edison and the Adult Partial Hospital Program in Piscataway. The primary focus of this rotation is to provide training in a range of treatment modalities for people with psychotic symptoms and disorders, at different phases of their condition, and at different points in their development. Between the two settings, interns will provide assessment, as well as individual, family and group therapy. Group work includes cognitive remediation, visual-perceptual remediation, and social skills training. The intern will work as part of an interdisciplinary team. The primary supervisor is Steven Silverstein, Ph.D.

Minor Tracks:

Employee Assistance Program

The Employee Assistance Program provides interns the opportunity to conduct short-term treatment, consultation and referral to adults and families. This program has contracts to provide brief intervention services to the employees of a variety of large corporations throughout the State of New Jersey. The primary supervisor is James Walker, Ed.D.

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 (either mal or female) in either outpatient or inpatient units.

Acute Psychiatric Services

Interns can work within a multidisciplinary team, providing both on and off-site emergency assessment to adults/adolescents/children who present in crisis. Services include assessment, case disposition and referral to appropriate levels of care. The primary supervisor is Linda Kost, Psy.D.

Tobacco Treatment and Intervention Lab

Interns can work in a research based program designed to help individuals with nicotine addiction. Clinical work includes CBT/MI based manualized individual and group intervention. The primary supervisor is Marc Steinberg, Ph.D.

Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

 

Interns can work providing assessment, brief treatment, referral and consultation within a primary community based medical setting. The primary supervisor is Lynn Clemow, Ph.D.

 

Childrens Specialized Hospital

 

Interns can work providing assessment, individual, family, and group therapy, as well as consultation. The population served is medically fragile children within an inpatient setting. The primary supervisor is Naomi Pickholtz, Psy.D.

 

Department of Neuropsychology

 

Interns can work on providing neuropsychological assessment, feedback and consultation within a hospital based neuropsychological testing program for both inpatient and outpatient clients. The primary supervisor is Jasdeep Hundal, Psy.D., ABPP.

 

Division of Schizophrenia Research

 

Interns can work in group treatments, including cognitive remediation for adults with schizophrenia, cognitve therapy for adolescents withserious emotional disturbance and social skills training, as well as functional assessment. The primary supervisor is Steven Silverstein, Ph.D.

 

 

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 a research project on biofeedback therapy for patients with anxiety, depression and asthma.
  • Working with Roseanne Dobkin, PhD on a research project 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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