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Therapy and Assessment Experiences:
Trainees will be expected to carry a regular case load consisting of 10 to 12 adolescents, spread out between the two treatment settings.  Interns will acquire a minimum of 20 hours of direct face-to-face clinical contact per week with teenagers, with whom they will conduct individual, group, and family therapy sessions.  Interns will see each student on their caseload for individual therapy at least once a week.  They will also facilitate team and Sky House group therapy sessions three to four times a week, and treatment phase (“clan”) groups once a week.  Additional individual and group sessions may occur, depending on student and team needs.  Trainees will also be expected to engage in assessment experiences to develop clinical diagnostic skills, including assessment of the individual, and of the family such as at intake or enrollment.  Finally, trainees will hone formal assessment skills by conducting regular, every-other-month psychological and cognitive testing, using up-to-date, standardized testing materials that are made available during training.  

Interns will have an eight hour weekly Addiction Studies rotation during the twelve-month internship.  Those eight hours will normally consist of 2 hours co-facilitating group therapy, four 1-hour individual sessions with adolescent clients with histories of substance or process abuse issues, an hour of direct meeting with the Director of Addiction Studies, 1 hour of substance abuse assessment administration/evaluation, and 1 hour dedicated to documentation and treatment planning.

Seminars: Trainees will participate in two weekly Psychology Seminar, in addition to other Montana Academy and outside trainings.  Didactic instruction complements clinical work and supervision, and supports trainees with their training goals.  Trainees will attend both brief and longer term seminars (see “Seminars” below).  The content of didactics includes: psychotherapeutic interventions, family therapy, peer supervision and consultation, psychological assessment, psychopharmacology for non-physicians, and addiction studies.  Trainees will have the opportunity to evaluate the quality of didactics, which may include lectures or interactive instructions that are taught or facilitated by supervisors with significant experiences or expertise in the area of instruction.     Seminar Topics

Supervision: Because we consider supervision key to interns’ training, all supervision meeting times will be scheduled and protected.  Trainees will receive 2 to 3 hours of individual supervision and 2 hours of non-individual supervision each week from 2 to 4 supervisors.  Non-individual supervision includes at least 2 hours of group supervision (i.e., clinical supervisor meetings on MA campus and at Sky House) and other structured learning activities in which there is participation or facilitation by a licensed clinical psychologist (e.g., All-staff meeting, clinical presentations).  Supervision will entail some use of audio- and digital recordings to optimize interns’ learning and skill building, and to enhance the supervision process.  Supervision will entail active co-study and evaluation of trainees’ ongoing therapeutic work, possibly through review of audio and/or video recordings.  All supervision is developmental in nature.  A trainee’s clinical competencies will be continually reassessed, and supervision adjusted accordingly.  Therefore it will be typical for supervision to be more directive initially and less so as a trainee advances in clinical and professional sophistication.  Said sophistication will be fostered through didactic training, modeling, in vivo practice exposure, trainee self-evaluation, and supervisory feedback.

Professional Conference Attendance: To encourage ongoing scholarly inquiry, trainees will be encouraged to submit papers and presentations when opportunities are available, such as when there are calls for papers at regional and national conferences.  Trainees may present on work from their graduate education or from their current work at Montana Academy.  Resources and financial support will be made available to encourage interns’ learning from conferences and workshops.  

Research: While on internship, trainees will be encouraged to engage in research, whether interns choose to take on new research projects or to finish research on their dissertation.  At MA, trainees may participate in current and follow-up studies to assess and track treatment progress and treatment maintenance in students and families.  Participation in research activities will provide trainees with opportunities for scholarly inquiry and development, as well as chances to hone assessment and consultation skills. 

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