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Priority Behavioral Health & Clinical Psychology Internship

The Setting

Number of Interns

Primary Placement: 4 -6 from the following placements: RRH: PROS / Children and Family Mental Health Clinic, Hillside

The mission of the Priority Behavioral Health Internship Program is to provide best practice procedures and to offer evidenced-based therapies to clients with behavioral health related problems. The goal is to decrease symptoms secondary to mental illness and/or substance use while promoting pro-social behaviors and increasing the overall health of this population. Another major goal is to achieve the highest level of patient satisfaction & improve the health of families.

The clinical placement sites are outpatient treatment clinics serving men and women and/or children who are receiving psychiatric services. Services offered include diagnostic evaluation, crisis management, pharmacotherapy, case management, harm reduction, individual therapy, and group therapy (integrated domestic violence and addiction treatment, relapse prevention, women's trauma groups, young adult groups) and psychological testing/report writing. Treatment plans are individually tailored to client needs and may be brief or require a longer course of treatment to address psychiatric or trauma-related symptoms. Telehealth and Interactive Technologies are inherently a part of the training given RIT’s expertise in the advancements of science and technology.

The treatment team consists of psychologists, social workers, nurses, and psychiatrists. Faculty also work with the socio-legal center, to perform competency to stand trial and substance dependency evaluations and have provided subsequent court testimony.

The Clinical Psychologists of the CHST Priority Behavioral Health Internship Program have expertise in providing education, forensic evaluations, clinical services, consultation and research related to adult psychiatry, child psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, forensic psychiatry and psychology (i.e., the use of psychiatric/psychological expertise to help treat clients and/or to resolve legal questions). Consulting on legislation and policy at the state and national level, the Faculty supervisors maintain a national reputation for excellence in the practice of addiction psychiatry, domestic violence interventions and forensic psychiatry.

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