Interns will spend a minimum of 6 months seeing patients in the Outpatient Psychotherapy (Mood & Anxiety Services or the general ambulatory clinic) Clinic or the Early Psychosis Clinic
The emphasis of this 6-month rotation is learning cognitive-behavioral assessment and state-of-the-art CBT treatment of adults with anxiety disorders (i.e., panic, agoraphobia, obsessive compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, social anxiety disorder, specific phobias) or mood disorders (i.e., depression and dysthymia). Psychology interns, as well as psychiatry residents who are also having a CBT training experience, participate in weekly group supervision. Interns also receive at least one hour of individual supervision. In addition, attend a short-course on CBT for anxiety disorders. Interns are a part of a multidisciplinary outpatient team consisting of psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and clinical nurse practitioners. In these bi-weekly team meetings, participants discuss shared cases, difficult cases, and clinical, professional, or ethical issues.
This clinic provides individuals early in the course of a psychotic illness with access to several evidence-based psychosocial interventions for psychosis: (i) Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; (ii) Family Psychoeducation; and (iii) Cognitive Remediation. As there is significant variation in the number of services that each client completes (e.g., Client A may complete only 1 CBT session per week, whereas Client B may complete 1 CBT session and two cognitive remediation sessions per week), the size of an intern’s caseload will be based on the number of clinical services that they are providing per week.
Clients at the Early Psychosis Clinic also complete a clinical research assessment battery upon enrollment, and this assessment battery is repeated every six months that the client participates in clinical services. Interns will be trained in the administration and interpretation of this assessment battery and will be responsible for completing this assessment battery with all clients on their caseload.
Interns at the Early Psychosis Clinic will also have the opportunity to participate in the delivery of two group interventions: (i) group cognitive behavioral therapy for psychosis and (ii) multifamily group psychoeducation.