Pre-doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology
Clinical Experiences and Other Training Opportunities
Tulane University Counseling and Psychological Services
Tulane University Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is dedicated to providing the students of Tulane University with high-quality, confidential mental health services. CAPS is centrally located on Tulane University’s Uptown Campus and is staffed by an interdisciplinary team of licensed clinical psychologists, board-certified psychiatrists, licensed clinical social workers, and licensed professional counselors. As part of the larger Student Health Services (SHS) within the Division of Student Affairs at Tulane University, the staff members of CAPS consult and collaborate with other SHS offices (i.e., Student Health Center, Center for Wellness and Health Promotion), and campus partners and organizations to promote an environment in which students flourish.
The psychology intern is an important member of the interdisciplinary treatment team at CAPS. In conjuction with team members, the intern plays a vital role in the planning, development and provision of clinical services. Additionally, the intern will be involved in the delivery of programs that support mental health, development, and wellness of students. The intern will have the opportunity to work with a diverse range of students (e.g., undergraduate, graduate, law and medical students, international students) with a wide variety of presenting concerns. CAPS is a fast-paced, dynamic training site that fosters the development of strong general clinical skills, and that also provides specialized training in college mental health.
As part of this rotation, interns will:
- Provide psychotherapy and psychological assessment services
- Refine case conceptualzation skills.
- Develop and revise, as necessary, psychological treatment plans.
- Provide consultation to colleagues, faculty and staff.
- Participate in regular training and educational meetings.
- Collaborate with other university offices and campus partners.
- Work as a member of a multidisciplinary treatment team.
- Learn about university mental health services.
Interns in the Adult Track spend 2 days per week at CAPS throughout the internship year.
Primary Supervisor: Dr. Aaron Armelie
The New Orleans Forensic Aftercare Clinic
The New Orleans Forensic Aftercare Clinic (FAC) is an outpatient forensic clinic located just outside the Central Business District of New Orleans and near the Criminal Courthouse. The clinic is a fully functioning multidisciplinary forensic clinic that functions under the administration of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH). It is an independent and separately functioning clinic but shares administrative and support personnel with Eastern Louisiana Mental Health System (ELMHS) in Jackson, Louisiana. The clinic is staffed by a full-time psychiatrist who also serves as the Medical Director, a psychologist, who is a Tulane University School of Medicine faculty member and director of Tulane’s Forensic Institute, a psychiatric nurse, two board-certified social workers, one of whom specializes in individual and group treatment of sex offenders, a substance abuse counselor, and two competency restoration specialists.
The FAC provides a comprehensive array of outpatient mental health services to justice-involved residents of the Greater New Orleans area. It is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Clients have 24-hour access to a staff member who is on call 24 hours per day. Clients are over 18 years of age and have a primary diagnosis of a mental illness or substance abuse disorder or developmental disability. They have recently been arrested or recently released from the inpatient forensic hospital at ELMHS, a long-term psychiatric facility. Clients are either on supervised probation/conditional release or are under civil commitment for mandated outpatient mental health treatment and competency restoration. Individual and group treatments, including medication management, case management, substance abuse treatment, assistance with benefits and transportation, and linkages with community resources are provided to clients by a multidisciplinary treatment team.
The intern will be trained on violence risk assessment, the administration of forensic psychological testing instruments and other routine psychological testing that is conducted during standard clinical operations. The intern’s level of independence will be governed by his or her clinical background and forensic expertise. The intern will observe many of the typical functions of the clinical psychologist initially and then progress to more independent clinical functions over the course of the rotation. It is expected that by the end of the rotation, the intern will be functioning relatively independently (i.e., participating in weekly treatment team meetings, performing independent risk assessments, carrying an individual case load of 2-3 clients, and conducting one group), all under the supervision of the psychologist.
As part of this rotation, the intern will:
- Gain experience working with an adult forensic outpatient population.
- Understand relevant theory and research regarding forensic risk assessment.
- Become familiar with and operate as a member of a multidisciplinary treatment team.
- Develop group therapy modules and conduct group therapy with appropriate supervision.
- Perform risk assessments to determine violence risk in the community and develop risk management strategies.
- Conduct supervised individual therapy.
- Receive training and perform supervised intellectual and psychological assessments, including personality assessment and the administration of forensic instruments.
- Participate in research in forensic psychology and have the opportunity to develop independent research opportunities, as desired and feasible.
- Understand and appreciate the role of professional ethics, particularly the Specialty Guidelines in Forensic Psychology as they relate to the intern’s professional duties.
The intern on the Adult Track – Forensic Psychology Focus rotates here 2 days per week all year.
Primary Supervisor: Dr. Gina Manguno-Mire
Tulane University Medical Center
The intern whose focus of concentration is on the Tulane University School of Medicine's behavioral medicine rotation will receive the majority of their clinical training at the Tulane Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Tulane Abdominal Transplant Institute. Tulane University Medical Center is an active tertiary clinical care and academic medical training facility that presents interns with numerous opportunities to work with a variety of medical populations. Clinical activities include provision of psychological services (assessment and psychotherapy) as well as consultation across a wide array of clinical situations. The model of treatment is comprehensive, and includes ongoing work with patients and their families.
The Tulane Comprehensive Cancer Center is a 20,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility serving patients from throughout the Gulf Coast and around the world. The clinic offers radiation oncology services, an infusion suite, a minor procedures area, a patient resources library, clinic space and a psychological services program, as well as an Office of Clinical Research. The Tulane Cancer Center is home to several expert cancer physicians from a multitude of oncologic specialties, including surgery, radiation oncology, gynecology, urology, pediatrics, dermatology, neurosurgery, otolaryngology, pulmonology, and bone marrow and stem cell transplant. The intern can expect to provide services to a diverse patient population encompassing all of these diagnostic groups.
The intern will be a member of the Patricia Trost-Friedler Center for Psychosocial Oncology at the Tulane Cancer Center, which consists of psychologists, social workers, patient educators, and patient navigators. The intern will provide outpatient psychotherapy on an individual basis and will participate in a variety of support groups. Inpatient psychological services will be provided to patients admitted to the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, which provides the opportunity to work closely with patients undergoing bone marrow transplant over the course of their inpatient treatment.
The intern will be a full-fledged member of patients' transdisciplinary care teams and, as such, will participate in weekly clinic case conferences.
At the Tulane Abdominal Transplant Institute, the psychology intern will work within a highly specialized interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, social workers, and patient coordinators to evaluate and prepare individuals for solid organ transplantation, including liver, kidney, and pancreas. The intern will conduct pre-surgical psychological and cognitive assessments and will take an active role in team decision-making regarding the suitability of patients for transplant.
In addition to an inpatient clinic, the intern will provide services to inpatients on the Tulane Abdominal Transplant Unit, a 22-bed inpatient unit dedicated solely to the pre- and post-surgical care of liver and kidney transplant patients.
As part of this rotation, the intern will:
- Learn about the specialized psychological needs of patients with severe medical illness and their families.
- Develop expertise in high-demand areas of health psychology, including psycho-oncology and transplant psychology.
- Work seamlessly as a member of a transdisciplinary patient treatment team.
- Engage in supervised psychotherapy for patients and caregivers.
- Conduct specialized assessments for the medically ill.
- Write timely, professional reports suitable for a fast-paced medical setting.
- Engage in health psychology research activities, including the development and initiation of independent research activities, as desired and as feasible.
- Perform all these activities in a highly ethnically and socioeconomically diverse environment.
On the Adult Track (with Behavioral Medicine Focus), two days per week of the intern’s time all year is spent at the Tulane University Medical Center site. Dr. Maryellen Romero provides supervision for the Behavioral Medicine rotation.