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Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology

Facility & Setting

Riverview Psychiatric Recovery Center (RPRC), located in historic Augusta Maine, is a state psychiatric hospital that serves clients who are under civil commitment and forensic clients referred by the courts and jails. RPRC offers a rich psychology training opportunity steeped in a 168-year history of psychiatric care. RPRC, in collaboration with the community, is a center for best practice treatment, education, and research for individuals with serious and persistent mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders. In addition to the 92 -bed inpatient facility RPRC operates a Forensic Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team.

Opened in 2004, Riverview is a modern state-of-the-art building that supports client autonomy and recovery-focused treatment. RPRC has been held as a model for other psychiatric hospitals in successful reduction of seclusion and restraint measures, for becoming tobacco free, and for our active group treatment program or "treatment mall." As part of its commitment to reducing the use of seclusion and restraints, Riverview emphasizes proactive and innovative approaches that include identifying early stages of agitation and offering de-escalation tools. The multi-sensory rooms and therapeutic treatment mall activities have been helpful to clients by alleviating distress and promoting relaxation and a sense of control. RPRC's goal is to be a center of excellence in treatment and staff education. RPRC's treatment mall offers a variety of evidence based practices such as CBT and DBT group treatment, mindfulness practices, pet therapy, therapeutic art and music programming, as well as a variety of recovery oriented activities.

RPRC's grounds are well manicured and offer a pleasant view of the Kennebec River. Riverview is centrally located between beautiful ski resorts to the west, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. Maine offers four seasons of recreational activities and RPRC is one hour from Portland and 30 minutes from beautiful coastal villages. There are abundant seasonal activities for the outdoor enthusiast.