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Priority Behavioral Health & Clinical Psychology Internship

Evidence-Based Practices

The following evidence-based practices (EBPs) are used in this placement setting. Interns generally have exposure to most of these EBPs though do not necessarily receive training or supervised experience in all of them. The EBPs include: cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), trauma-informed care, motivational enhancement therapy (MET) for addiction, relapse prevention, and integrated substance abuse and domestic violence (SADV) therapy. EBPs also include Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) for clients with personality disorders. Training in EBPs occurs through site specific clinical trainings that occur at the beginning of the internship year, ongoing supervision on EBPs by clinical supervisors, weekly staff meetings that address treatment planning, and a book and DVD library for use by all trainees and staff.

Interns attend a weekly seminar series/didactics with forensic experts within the community. They will be able to observe and/or listen to presentations on diverse forensic topics including: mental health evaluations for the court, competency to stand trial evaluations; and risk assessments. Videotapes of the evaluations occasionally accompany the presentations. Additional topics covered during weekly rounds include statutes covering forensic substance dependency evaluations, theories regarding treatment of individuals with antisocial personality disorder, and child abuse statutes and reporting.

During the first semester, interns within a Clinical Psychology rotation will learn about evidenced-based care in community outpatient care clinics and review psychological testing reports.

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