About the Program
The program offers yearlong specialty tracks in one of the following positions: Inpatient Child/Adolescent Specialty, Outpatient Group Therapy Specialty, and Emergency Department and Medical Consult/Liaison. Each site and track offer extensive training and supervision by clinical psychologists. All tracks serve individuals with severe and persistent mental health diagnoses, and require a high level of attention and clinical acumen. Training is provided both formally and informally throughout the year.
During the orientation period the training provided is formalized, and is presented via live training, visual and auditory presentations, and written materials. Once placed at their site, training shifts to a less formal format, and is done mostly through live demonstration and shadowing. Each fellow has enough time to observe, assess, prepare and then begin to practice psychological services independently.
All four specialties offer training for 5150 certification, and the expectation is that with adequate supervision, each fellow can independently complete 5150 evaluations and orders. Depending on the site each fellow will acquire specific training for the tasks required by their position. Throughout the year, formal trainings are provided by the Training Director, supervisors, and other mental health professionals in the community.