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.
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 of the 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.
Doctoral Psychology Internship
Thank you for your interest in our internship for doctoral candidates in psychology. Since South Shore Mental Health’s inception in 1963, there has been a continuously running APA accredited doctoral internship for psychology students. The program utilizes a practitioner scholar approach, with an overarching goal of preparing psychologists for applied clinical work in community-based multidisciplinary settings. This is accomplished through clinical supervision of direct service, didactic experience, and exposure to multiple service delivery systems in a managed care environment.
Research and practice are integrated through the distribution and discussion of journal articles and other writings highlighting research contributions to the practice of psychology. This occurs in case presentations, seminars, and supervision.
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 deadline to submit your application is November 5, 2018. If you have any further questions please contact Emily Adkins, Psy.D., Director of Graduate Student Training, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Training in the doctoral psychology internship program involves one of three tracks, Child/Adolescent, Early Childhood, or Adult. Each track includes a primary outpatient placement and a secondary placement in a different service. Half of an intern’s time is spent at the primary placement each week and the remainder is spent at the secondary site.
A. Child/Adolescent or B. Early Childhood
For interns in the Child/Adolescent and Early Childhood tracks, the primary placement is located at the Bayview Associates outpatient clinic at One Adams Place on Willard Street, Quincy, MA.
(A) For the interns in the Child/Adolescent Track, outpatient clinical work will focus on providing individual therapy to clients aged 5-18 and parent guidance/family interventions as needed. One Child/Adolescent intern will complete their secondary rotation at the Adolescent Acute Residential Treatment (ART) Program at McLean Hospital SouthEast in Middleborough, MA. Another Child/Adolescent secondary placement is at South Shore Educational Collaborative in Hingham, MA. The third secondary Child/Adolescent track is with South Shore Mental Health’s In Home Therapy (IHT) Program, which is a flexible support program that provides home-based family therapy, parent coaching, and case management for children and adolescents with serious emotional problems.
(B) For the intern in the Early Childhood Track, outpatient clinical work will be primarily with 3-10 year-olds. The Early Childhood track is being funded by a generous grant from the John and Geraldine Weil Memorial Foundation. The secondary placement for the Early Childhood track will be at South Shore Mental Health’s Step One Early Intervention Program in Quincy, MA, working with infants to three year-old’s and their caregivers.
C. Adult Outpatient/Inpatient
The primary placement for the adult outpatient track is also at Bayview Associates. Secondary placements are 6 months each on the inpatient adult unit and partial program at McLean Hospital SouthEast in Middleborough, MA.