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Elective Opportunities

In addition to required experiences, interns may tailor their internship year to meet unique interests they may have. This is done by consulting with supervisors of the desired rotations. Interns do not need to choose optional rotations in advance, but can wait until they get to know the programs and supervisors, although it may help to have an idea of some areas of interest. The following are potential minor rotations, but this is not an exhaustive list of elective opportunities.

 

Consultation

Behavioral Health integration into Primary Care placement offers Interns the unique opportunity to train in the growing area of primary care psychology.  Interns serve as “Behavioral Health Consultants” within a primary care setting (Family Practice, Pediatrics, Women’s Health and Express Care) during their orientation rotation.  They will be called on by primary care providers to assess and provide interventions with patients presenting with behavioral concerns during a primary care visit.  They then provide feedback to the medical provider regarding clinical impressions, treatment, and coordinate follow-up appointments with the patient as necessary.  As members of an interdisciplinary primary care team, Interns learn to apply psychological theory and techniques to address behavioral aspects of health and illness.  Training also emphasizes understanding ethical issues that arise in a primary care setting and understanding the role of a psychologist on a primary care team. 

 

In this placement, interns will provide a range of health psychology services to patients and medical providers, including:

  • On-site and timely assessment

  • Assessing readiness to change and utilizing motivational interviewing techniques

  • Psycho-education and behavioral lifestyle change

  • Management of behavioral factors in illness and health

  • Implementation of evidence –based practice to address mental health concerns (CBT, ACT, mindfulness and solution-focused therapy)

  • Consultation and collaboration with primary care providers

  • Facilitation of patients groups (i.e. Substance Use, Pain Management)

 

This rotation will be at Jordan Valley’s Main Campus on Tampa.  This fast-paced environment is typically staffed by 8-10 primary care providers and a large volume of patients are seen daily.  Interns primarily consult and provide brief interventions.

 

This is a mandatory 4 week rotation during the intern’s orientation.  After the initial 4 weeks, interns may elect to continue to be available as a BHC during unscheduled time.

Other Elective Rotations

 

  • Eating disorders: depending upon patient availability, the intern will hold a caseload of patients that have eating concerns (e.g., anorexia, bulimia, binge eating), will consult with the dietitian on staff, and will attend bi-weekly multidisciplinary eating disorder meetings with psychology, dietetics, and family medicine
     

  • Administration: the intern on this rotation may choose to participate in different duties including organizing and facilitating the referrals for testing, learning about grant writing processes for a community mental health clinic, attending administrative meetings, and participating in the internship application and interview process
     

  • Trauma: depending upon patient availability, the intern will hold a caseload of patients who present with traumatic histories or PTSD symptoms treated via TF-CBT or CPT
     

  • Trans/LGBTQ+: interns may have the opportunity to provide affirming therapy to individuals receiving hormone replacement therapy (HRT), considering transitioning, or identify as a sexual minority and can consult with the psychiatric nurse practitioner on staff regarding HRT

  • Pregnant/Postpartum Mothers: interns with a specific interest in working with pregnant mothers may have the opportunity to see these patients in individual therapy and consult with physicians in the Women’s Health OB/GYN department.
     

  • Group therapy: JVCHC provides group therapy for pain management and substance use, both of which the intern would have the opportunity to participate in, as well as potentially starting their own group within the intern’s specific area of interest (typically done in the second half of the training year).
     

  • Supervision of students: depending upon availability of practicum students, interns may be provided with the opportunity to supervise a graduate student in Social Work from Missouri State University or Evangel University.
     

  • Telecounseling:  Interns have the opportunity to provide tele-counseling services to our rural clinics when the assigned BHC is not in clinic.  Interns get experience in offering therapy interventions off site of where the patient is located.  Tele-counseling is done via polycom.  The polycoms are set up at the Tampa location and the satellite locations in exam rooms so patients can have privacy while speaking to a therapist.
     

  • Parent/Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT):  Interns can observe the clinicians trained in PCIT and learn the model.  When the intern has acquired the skills needed to have their own case they will be observed by their supervisor via the one-way mirror and bug-in-the ear as they coach the parents in relationship enhancement or discipline skills.  Interns can work side-by-side with their supervisor in the next step of the training when the parent wears the bug-in-the ear and the intern coaches the parent as they master their skills with their child.