General Mental Health/Serious Mental Illness Track

The goal of the General Mental Health/Serious Mentally Ill track is to advance the development of the intern as a competent clinical psychologist through enhancement of core skills and abilities. This is carried out by using the professional and research literature to guide psychological practice. Some objectives include:

Prepare interns for the effective, independent and ethical practice of professional psychology​
Develop advanced knowledge in diagnostic interviewing and psychological assessment
Develop advanced skills for entry in practice in individual and group psychotherapy
Develop consultative skills by learning to address referral questions and by answering referral questions from interdisciplinary staff sensitively and effectively.
Develop skills in crisis intervention.
Understand the indications for psychotropic medications and be able to apply this knowledge in their clinical work with patients.
Learn how biological, psychological, and social factors can affect illness and overall health.

 

Description of Rotations

Primary Placement: Early Psychosis Intervention Center (EPICENTER)

The primary goal of this placement is to provide interns with advanced and intensive training in evidence-based assessments and interventions for severe mental illness with an emphasis on early psychosis. Interns receive training in the administration, scoring, and interpretation of several clinical and cognitive assessments commonly used to track treatment outcomes among individuals with psychosis. Interns will also receive training in the delivery of evidence-based treatments for severe mental illness, including cognitive behavioral therapy for psychosis, family psychoeducation, and cognitive remediation. Interns will also assist in the delivery of three group interventions: group cognitive behavioral therapy, multifamily group psychoeducation, and inpatient group. 

Interns carry a caseload of EPICenter clients and are responsible for providing assessment and intervention services to these patients. As there is significant variation in the number of services that each EPICenter client completes per week, the size of an intern’s caseload will be based on the extent of clinical services that they are providing per week.  

Primary supervisor: Patricia Harrison-Monroe, PhD

Rotations

 

I. Health Psychology

Behavioral Sleep Medicine Clinic: The Behavioral Sleep Medicine Clinic is dedicated to the identification, treatment and prevention of sleep disorders and their consequences by studying psychological, behavioral, and physiological patterns that impede restful and restorative sleep. They address sleep disorders, sleep problems that exist as a result of other causes, and the daytime consequences of sleep difficulties. The focus of the clinic is non-medication, behavioral interventions that are evidence-based. This will include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia, as well as other treatments for adult insomnia (such as Sleep Compression), treatments for circadian rhythm sleep disorders (including phototherapy and chronotherapy), treatment adherence in sleep apnea, and treatment approaches for other sleep disorders including narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome, periodic limb movement disorders, etc. Interns will learn how to recognize, screen for, diagnose, and treat these sleep disorders. This will include administration and scoring of assessment instruments, clinical interviews, case conceptualization and consideration of other medical and psychiatric conditions.

Presurgical Evaluation Clinic: The Presurgical Evaluation Clinic involves the assessment of individuals who are being considered for bariatric or pain implantable technology surgeries. The intern will conduct pre-surgical evaluations, utilize behavioral health instruments and diagnostic interviewing to shape recommendations for optimal postsurgical outcomes. The evaluations address key elements and give the surgical team input about a patient’s suitability for surgery and outcome. You will learn and comment on treatments that would make the patient a better candidate for surgery and plan for post-surgery psychiatric morbidities.                           

Primary Supervisors: Michael Grandner, Ph.D. M.T.R.; Joanna Katsanis, Ph.D.

II. Integrated Behavioral Health 

In this rotation interns with train in psychotherapy, psychological assessment and consultation services to individuals who are experiencing general or severe mental illness using an integrated medical model. Interns participate in regular consultation with clinical team members including primary care providers, psychiatrists, nursing staff, licensed counselors, case managers and peer support.

I. PSYCHOTHERAPY

  • Short term psychotherapy (individual, couples, family). Assist clients with life issues such as reentering the work force, coping with sudden loss or improving family communication.
  • Group Psychotherapy. Co-facilitation of two psychotherapy groups: A Dialectic behavior therapy group and a life skills group that encourages participants to keep a strong sense of connection to themselves, family and friends, and support them in meeting their educational and employment goals. Group sessions integrate cognitive behavior therapy principles, mindfulness practices, and internal family systems techniques.

II. ASSESSMENT

Interns conduct brief and comprehensive psychological and cognitive evaluations.  Areas of assessment include: Personality, verbal and visual spatial cognitive abilities; memory; expressive and receptive language; executive functioning; diagnosis clarification; educational aptitudes.  

III. CONSULTATION & EDUCATION

Interns participate in case consultations with treatment teams that review complex cases and address challenging situations. Interns support the team as needed in reviewing cases and providing recommendations. They participate in weekly education sessions on various mental health topics and complete a training session on a topic of their choice.

Primary Supervisor: Gustavo Perez, PhD

III. Inpatient Psychology

The goal of this rotation is to familiarize psychology interns with the assessment and treatment of psychiatric disorders in an inpatient setting. This rotation involves an assignment at the Banner University Medical Center South Campus psychiatric inpatient units, which provide assessment, brief intervention, and treatment services for patients experiencing serious episodes of mental illness including depression, psychosis, substance abuse, and personality disorders. The intern will a) participate in individual and group interventions including cognitive behavioral and dialectic behavioral approaches and discharge planning, and b) conduct psychological and neuropsychological consults. The intern will also be exposed to multidisciplinary treatment planning, mental health-related legal proceedings, and electroconvulsive therapy observations. 

Primary Supervisor: Patricia Harrison-Monroe, PhD