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Pre-Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology

Introduction

The Pre-doctoral Internship program offered by the Department of Psychology at Riverview Psychiatric Center is designed to provide an intensive professional training experience in acute inpatient psychiatric care, consultation services, forensic assessment and treatment, and community re-entry programs. The primary goal of the internship is to help develop competent and skilled clinical psychologists. RPC’s internship standards are based on APPIC’s policies and guidelines. Major rotations for all interns include acute inpatient psychiatry; psychological assessment and consultation; forensic treatment and risk assessment; group psychotherapy; and individual psychotherapy. Interns serve along with senior psychology staff as part of multi-disciplinary teams on treatment units and as full colleagues in the professional activities of the department.

The internship program is individualized to meet the needs and skills of each intern and offers options that may include a rotation at the State Forensic Service and/or a rotation on the forensic outpatient Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team. Interns may also elect to participate in hospital research efforts, scholarly writing, or the development of training programs for in-service education or community presentations. In addition to Psychology Department seminars and RPC case conferences, interns participate weekly in Dartmouth Medical School Psychiatry Grand Rounds via interactive teleconferencing.

The RPC Psychology Department welcomes doctoral level graduate students in clinical/counseling psychology programs. The program runs for 12 consecutive months. Interns are required to complete 2000 hours of training. Interns work approximately 40 hours per week and receive two weeks vacation, three personal days, and all state holidays. A minimum of two hours of individual supervision and two hours of group supervision is provided weekly. A stipend of $12,500 is provided.

To obtain more information,e-mail teh Internship Training Director Elizabeth Houghton-Faryna, Psy.D.