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Predoctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology

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Adult Track

Clinical Experiences and Training Opportunities


Tulane University Counseling and Psychological Services Center

The Tulane University Counseling and Psychological Services Center (CAPS) is a division of the Tulane University Student Health Center (SHC). The mission of the SHC is to provide quality primary health care for Tulane University students with sensitivity to age, gender, disability, culture, ethnic background, and sexual orientation. The SHC accomplishes its mission through a variety of health-related activities including:

  • Providing a quality standard of primary medical, gynecological, and mental health care for Tulane University students, with sensitivity to age, gender, disability, religion, culture, ethnic background, and sexual orientation.
  • Providing health education to prevent illness, to teach self-help strategies, and to increase awareness of potentially unhealthy behaviors so that students may choose their optimal healthy life style and promote physical and mental wellness.
  • Empowering students through education and professional guidance to become self-directed and well-informed consumers of health care services, including mental health services.
  • Adhering to established codes of professional ethical principles, including professional expertise and best practices, client confidentiality, privacy, dignity for all persons, and informed consent.


The Tulane University Counseling and Psychological Services Center (CAPS), a division of the SHC, provides empirically validated and integrated behavioral and mental health services to the Tulane University community. It is affiliated with the   Tulane University School of Medicine located downtown in the Central Business District of New Orleans. CAPS is centrally located on the Uptown Campus and provides comprehensive mental health services to Tulane University students, including individual and group psychotherapy, psychodiagnostic assessment, biofeedback, and medication management. CAPS is staffed by licensed clinical psychologists, board-certified psychiatrists, licensed clinical social workers, and one licensed professional counselor.

The Psychology intern, under direct supervision by faculty member Dr. Aaron Armelie, will play an active role in assessment, treatment planning and treatment delivery. The intern will contribute to the current therapeutic program and will have the option to add new programming to that which already exists. The intern will gain experience in the administration and interpretation of psychological assessment instruments and delivery of cognitive-behavioral therapies.

As part of this rotation, interns will:

  • Conduct clinical records review, including psychosocial history, behavior evaluation, prior psychometric data and response to previous interventions.
  • Perform psychological assessment, including evaluations of intellectual, social-emotional, neurocognitive, academic and personality functioning.
  • Conduct individual and group therapy
  • Develop and implement specialized behavioral programming for the University.
  • Develop and revise, as necessary, psychological treatment plans.
  • Educate and train students, faculty, and staff.
  • Participate in multidisciplinary treatment team meetings.

Adult Track Psychology Interns will spend all year (2 days/week) at CAPS.

Forensic Aftercare Clinic

The New Orleans Forensic Aftercare Clinic (FAC) is an outpatient clinic located adjacent to the Central Business District of New Orleans. The clinic is a fully functioning multidisciplinary forensic clinic.  A full-time clinical psychologist faculty member provides direct supervision for the psychology intern at the clinic, 2 days per week.
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 an FAC staff member who is on call 24 hours per day. Clients are over 18 years of age and have a primary diagnosis of mental illness, substance abuse disorder, or developmental disability. They have recently been arrested or released from the inpatient forensic hospital at Eastern Louisiana Mental Health System in Jackson, Louisiana. Clients are on supervised probation/conditional release or are under civil commitment for mandated outpatient mental health treatment or outpatient competency restoration.
Individual and group treatment, 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 and supervised on the administration of forensic psychological testing instruments and other routine psychological testing conducted during clinical operations. The intern also will participate in a variety of psychological services. 
As part of this rotation, the intern will:

  • Learn theory and research regarding forensic risk assessment for dangerousness.
  • Gain experience working with an adult criminal forensic outpatient population.
  • Become familiar with and operate as a member of a multidisciplinary treatment team.
  • Have the opportunity to develop group therapy modules and conduct group therapy with appropriate supervision.
  • Perform risk assessments for dangerousness.
  • Conduct supervised individual therapy.
  • Receive training in 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 feasible.

On the Adult Track (with Forensic Focus), two days per week of the intern’s time all year is spent at the Forensic Aftercare Clinic site.


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 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 Cancer Center Comprehensive Clinic offers radiation oncology services, an infusion suite, a minor procedures area, a patient resource library and 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. The intern will have opportunities to participate in seminars provided by the Friedler Center such as the Schwartz Center Rounds which give healthcare providers in the Cancer Center the opportunity to discuss personal and emotional difficulties that arise in their work with cancer patients.

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, an 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 individuals with severe medical illness and these patients’ 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 patient caregivers.
  • Learn and administer specialized assessment tools 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, a full-time faculty member, provides supervision for the Behavioral Medicine rotation.

 

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000 website@tulane.edu