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Clinical Practicum (Internships)

CLINICAL PRACTICUM (PSYC 312-313, Practicum in Psychology I and II, 3 credits)

The Department of Psychology has made arrangements with a handful of local mental health service providers to offer supervised hands-on experience in the field of mental health.  Hands-on experience can enrich your academic learning and your career in many ways:

Requirements

Contact Dr. Murtagh for more information.  amurtagh@shepherd.edu

 

 CLINICAL PRACTICUM SITES

You will be asked to rank your preference for the practicum sites; the process is competitive, and your first choice may not be available.

Excel Youth  
Children and adolescents
At Excel Youth, students will have lots of client interaction and family contact, sitting in on individual and group therapy, field trips, community activities, and home visits.  There is the opportunity to develop a special interest group or activity, if the student is interested in that.  Excel Youth provides psychosocial rehabilitation services for children and adolescents with a mental health diagnosis.  Located in Frederick and Hagerstown, MD.
Website:  http://excelyouthfrederick.com/ 
Waystation 
Mentally ill homeless adults
At the Homeless Outreach Program at Turning Point, students will assist homeless individuals with mental health diagnoses in multiple ways — directing showers and laundry services during homeless drop-in hours, completing intakes, assessing their needs and referring them to resources, helping them with applications for housing and/or benefits, etc.  Multiple locations – Hagerstown, Frederick, and Columbia, MD. 
Website:  http://www.waystationinc.org/
WVU Medicine   
Children, adolescents, and families
At WVU Medicine, students will gain research experience and exposure to clinical work with children, adolescents, and families.  Students will score questionnaires from patients and enter data in a database, conduct literature reviews, and help with data analysis.  Students can also observe therapy sessions with children, adolescents, and families and attend training sessions related to mental health and clinical issues.  If students are interested, they will have the opportunity to conduct an independent research project utilizing the clinical data and present it at a conference.  Located in Martinsburg, WV.
 Website: http://wvumedicine.org/berkeley/
Berkeley Medical Center (WVU Medicine)      
Adults with mental illness and substance use disorders
At Berkeley Medical Center, students can observe and gradually gain experience in working with individuals with substance use disorders and serious mental illness.  Berkeley Medical Center is an inpatient crisis unit.  Students will shadow therapists and will eventually conduct intakes, assessments, and groups. Located in Martinsburg, WV.
Website: http://wvumedicine.org/berkeley/
Hope Center at the VA       
Veterans with mental illness and substance use disorders
At the Hope Center at the VA, students can observe a wide range of mental health programs, individual and group.  Students will help with research studies and will have the opportunity to take part in staff trainings and case consultations.  Students can request particular kinds of experience – substance use disorders, dialectical behavior therapy, behavioral health, and others.  Located in Martinsburg, WV.
Website:  https://www.martinsburg.va.gov/services/mentalhealth.asp
Heeling House    
Children and adolescents
At Heeling House, students will learn to conduct applied behavior analysis (ABA), social skills groups, and animal-assisted therapy (including therapy dog training). Students will be trained to serve as behavior technicians and will be responsible for conducting one-on-one ABA-based therapy sessions based on treatment plans for each child. They also have the opportunity to observe and/or run social skills groups based on the lesson plans for each child.  Located in Sterling, VA.
Website:  https://www.heelinghouse.com/
Berryville facility (Grafton Integrated Health Network)
Children and adolescents
At the Berryville facility, students can assist children and adolescents in the classrooms or in the residence halls, and can sometimes sit in on individual, group, and family therapy.  This is a secure, trauma-informed psychiatric residential treatment program children and adolescents with psychiatric and developmental challenges — autism, oppositional-defiant disorder, reactive attachment disorder, and others.  Located in Berryville, VA.
Website:  https://www.grafton.org/about-us