The goal of South Shore Mental Health’s Clinical Internship Program is to prepare doctoral-level psychology students for careers in clinical practice with an emphasis on community mental health.
To ensure that we deliver the best of care, we recruit and train the finest talent. Since 1963, there has been an American Psychological Association (APA) Accredited Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology in place at South Shore Mental Health. The program’s model is that of a Practitioner Scholar. Its overarching goal is to prepare psychologists for applied clinical work in community-based multidisciplinary settings. We also offer a master’s level social work internship program to approximately 10 students. If you are a social work student, contact your school placement office to see if there is an existing training relationship.
The training faculty is made up of psychologists, social workers, nurses, and psychiatrists from South Shore Mental Health and our allied training sites. Our staff teaches through seminars and direct supervision. Our supervisors encompass a wide range of theoretical orientations, with expertise in case conceptualization and integrative interventions drawing on psychodynamic, internal family systems (IFS), cognitive-behavioral, family systems, trauma-informed, attachment, and humanistic theories.
This year we will be training six doctoral psychology interns. Two interns will be in the Adult track and four will work with children, adolescents, and their families. The Internship Program is divided into three distinct tracks, each of which has an outpatient placement at our Bayview Clinic and a secondary placement. These training options are described in further detail below, and include the (A) Child/Adolescent (B) Early Childhood and (C) Adult tracks. Additionally, interns complete a weekly shift for 3 months with our Crisis Team, which provides in-home, community, and hospital ER-based psychiatric evaluations, level of care determinations, and treatment to support and stabilize children, teens, and adults who are at risk of harming themselves or others.
All interns are required to complete a minimum of 6 testing batteries with integrated reports in order to graduate from the internship program. Projective testing experience (Rorschach training preferred) is necessary in all internship positions, but there is a greater emphasis on projective batteries at the McLean ART secondary placement.
If you wish to apply to our internship for the 2019-2020 year, please download and review our SSMH Internship Brochure, complete the AAPI Online application, including a cover letter, CV, graduate transcripts, redacted testing report, three letters of reference, and our Supplemental Application Form. In your cover letter, please let us know which of our tracks and secondary placements are of interest to you and about your interest in training in a community mental health setting. The due date for the application is November 5, 2018.