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Priority Behavioral Health & Clinical Psychology Internship

Overview/Mission

The mission of the College of Health Science and Technology’s “Priority Behavioral Health Internship Program” is to provide a supervised, intensive, experiential learning opportunity focused on the delivery of efficient and comprehensive psychological services. The program embraces a scientist-practitioner model in which theory and evidence routinely inform professional practice and fellows partake in scholarly activities.

Teaching our interns the most efficient & thorough way to administer evidence based care to our clients, as a way to improve their quality of life, while obtaining the highest client satisfaction is our Priority!

Another mission of our Internship Training Program is that we value diversity and as such, RIT believes we will achieve greatness through differences as interns, faculty and staff to model inclusive excellence. Our mission, via the Division of Diversity & Inclusion works collaboratively with academic and administrative units to provide a holistic range of services that enhance access and success for historically underrepresented interns, faculty and staff, support education and scholarship, and ensure a welcoming, inclusive, vibrant and accessible environment for everyone.

Division of Diversity and Inclusion:
Our vision and mission 
WOCHA: Women of Color, Honor and Ambition
MOCHA: Men of Color, Honor and Ambition
Future Faculty Career Exploration Program

Primary placement at the Priority Behavioral Health Internship Program at the College of Health Science and Technology (CHST) of RIT offers training in both the areas of assessment and evidenced-based interventions for clients in community mental health facilities, school based clinics and/or for offender populations diverted from corrections and criminal justice settings into mental health and/or substance abuse treatment. CHST’s Priority Behavioral Health Internship program across clinical and community psychology represents a cooperative endeavor between the School of Behavioral Health at CHST and the following clinical placement sites:  Rochester Regional Health Care System and Hillside. Interns have the opportunity to work with nationally and internationally recognized experts in mental health treatment, substance use research and forensic psychiatry. This placement affords experiences in the use of advancements in technology, use of evidenced-based clinical assessments & interventions, forensic assessments, and scholarly achievements. Our training and education program is dedicated to developing the next generation of leaders in the field using innovative and advanced technologies (e.g, telehealth and technology assisted interactive tools for clients), a trademark of RIT. Our main mission is to train our interns to deliver the best care in the most comprehensive and efficient manner while assessing client-centered satisfaction and improvement in health.  RIT is ranked in the United States News and World Report as “top 10” in outstanding programs offered and has gained a global reputation for advancements in innovation, science and technology across the healthcare field. Such advancements have helped us grow our programming to include a recently built family medical practice on campus in collaboration with Rochester Regional Health. It has also led to the development of a School of Behavioral Health, a Behavioral Health Clinic on campus and a formal clinical psychology internship program. The internship program has APPIC membership.

This internship year is first and foremost a supervised, intensive, experiential learning opportunity focused on the delivery of psychological services. The program embraces a scientist-practitioner model in which theory and evidence routinely inform professional practice and each intern has protected time to pursue a scholarly activity that can center on research, program evaluation, clinical care, or education. The training is competency based. All interns in the internship program receive training in clinical and community psychology. A priority is placed on professional development, including assistance to doctoral fellows in securing opportunities after internship such as post-doctoral fellowships and employment. Our clinical sites have an interest in hiring the next generation of leaders.

Also, our internship program embraces comprehensive and periodic self-evaluation to promote constant improvements in the quality of the internship program and the interns’ experience.

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