The internship offers the opportunity to work with a variety of clinical populations across the continuum of care, including inpatient, partial hospital and intensive outpatient programs. The primary modality is group treatment; however, all interns work with individual clients as well.
Interns experience one required and one optional clinical rotation, each of which covers 5 days/week, and is a six-month commitment. The required rotation is at our Mount Lucas outpatient office, which has offers a variety of adult programs. The optional rotation is at the Eating Disorders Program or the Women's Program, each of which can accept two interns over the course of the year. Applicants must apply through the APPI online system to one or both of the optional rotations.
The Eating Disorders Program serves clients from around the country who suffer from anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and other eating disorders. The program, which offers inpatient and partial hospital levels of care, combines a psychosocial approach with the latest advances in nutritional and medical treatment. A multidisciplinary team provides comprehensive services, including monitored meals, regular weight checks, intensive individual and family therapy, daily medical management, psychotherapy and psychoeducational groups, nutritional therapy, relaxation training, yoga, leisure skills groups and a multi-family program. Individual tutoring is provided on-site for all school-aged children and adolescents. Clients are most commonly diagnosed with anorexia, and many suffer from other comorbid psychiatric disorders.
This unit offers high-quality partial hospital and intensive outpatients programming tailored specifically to the needs of women. Specific programs offered include Trauma, Trauma and Addiction, Women's Wellness and DBT Skills. A seasoned and highly committed staff offers a variety of services including intensive individual treatment, psychoeducational and process groups and allied clinical services such as yoga, art therapy and relaxation.
The Mount Lucas location in Princeton offers a variety of outpatient psychiatric and substance abuse services to adults of all ages. A large, multidisciplinary team works closely in intensive outpatient and partial hospital modalities. Clients in the partial hospital program attend five psychotherapeutic and psychoeducational groups each day consisting of: stress reduction, psychotherapy, coping skills, life skills and art therapy. Psychotherapy groups encourage self disclosure, reflection and exploration that assist clients in developing insight. Psychoeducational groups are focused on a particular topic within a curriculum, encouraging the development of coping skills and techniques for managing mental health symptoms, and enhancing functioning. In this setting, interns have the opportunity to work in the following specialty programs:
Adult Psychiatric Program
This program utilizes psychotherapy, psychoeducation and medication to treat people who are seeking help for a variety of acute emotional and behavioral problems, or who require follow-up treatment following an inpatient hospitalization. Clients are typically diagnosed with mood or anxiety disorders, and do not suffer from severe and persistent mental illnesses.
Adult Addiction Recovery Program
This program is for clients with primary substance abuse problems and is offered in the evening from 5:30-8:30 p.m. It is expected that all clients in this program attend AA/NA meetings and obtain a sponsor with whom they are to have daily contact. A variety of psychoeducational and skills groups address addiction-related topics such as relapse prevention and coping with cues and triggers.
This program is designed to assist people with severe and persistent mental illnesses to achieve stability through medication management and participation in a variety of therapy groups. Group therapies are specifically tailored to meet the needs of those with schizophrenia and similar illnesses. Clients learn techniques for coping with persistent mental illness while improving the quality and functionality of their lives, and are taught to identify signs, symptoms and triggers of psychiatric relapse and methods of maintaining stability. Group psychotherapy encourages clients to explore feelings, develop insight and practice social interactions in a safe yet challenging environment.
Dual Diagnosis Program
Frequently, people may experience emotional or behavioral difficulties and struggle with addiction issues at the same time. This program treats people who are struggling with mood, anxiety and other non-psychotic disorders, as well as addiction. Groups focus equally on promoting mood stability through medication compliance and psychotherapy, and encourage involvement in the 12-step approach to recovery from addiction. Clients are expected to attend AA/NA meetings outside of their program day and to obtain a sponsor with whom they will have daily contact.
Mental Illness with Chemical Abuse (MICA) Program
This program treats people who struggle with severe and persistent psychiatric illness and addiction. These clients often cycle between short-term psychiatric hospitalizations and periods of marginal functioning in the community. The MICA Program is designed to break this cycle by providing longer-term treatment in a partial hospital setting. Clients are expected to attend AA/NA meetings outside of their program day and to obtain a sponsor within that fellowship. Coping skills and life skills groups in the MICA programs are designed to help clients to identify triggers of psychiatric and substance abuse relapse and to develop skills for maintaining sobriety and psychiatric stability.
The Senior Link Program
The Senior Link Program treats people 65 years of age and older who are struggling with primary mood and anxiety disorders. Clients in the Senior Link program participate in five therapy groups each day, including stress reduction, psychotherapy, coping skills, life skills and art therapy. They meet with a psychiatrist weekly to address medication management. The goal of the Senior Link program is to assist clients in understanding signs, symptoms and triggers of psychiatric illness; to develop mood stability through medication compliance and psychotherapy; to attain relief from debilitating symptoms; and to improve their ability to function and enjoy life.
Opportunities for interns to conduct individual sessions are available in most intensive outpatient and partial hospital programs. In addition, interns will have the opportunity to conduct ongoing individual psychotherapy with selected clients who have graduated from higher levels of care.