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Interns will participate in year-long, weekly seminars.   All seminars will fully integrate the science-practitioner model, multicultural and diversity sensitivity, and ethics and critical reasoning.

Psychotherapeutic Interventions – Interns will participate in a year-long seminar that, among other pertinent topics, address psychotherapeutic theoretical conceptualization utilizing family systems, psychodynamic, CBT and developmental approaches, short and long term treatment interventions, using the aforementioned conceptual frameworks, parent coaching, treatment planning and crisis interventions.  Trainees will be expected to provide case presentations, in order to reinforce learning and skills development.

Family Therapy – Interns will participate in a series of learning sessions that, among other pertinent topics, address family systems theory, assessment and intervention.  There will be particular emphasis on Bowenian approaches to assessment and treatment, as well as other empirically-validated modalities of family therapy.  Interns will be provided with opportunities to instruct and present on theories of family system assessments and interventions.

Supervision and Consultation – Interns will participate in a series of training on individual and peer supervision, and consultation and feedback.  Interns will have opportunities to practice consultation in their weekly seminars and group supervision experiences.  In addition, trainees will be oriented to and taught skills related to consultation with professionals outside of MA.  These include educational consultants, who work closely with most families to send adolescents to treatment; other referring professionals, such as former therapists; and aftercare providers, such as clinicians or educators involved in students’ life after graduation from MA.

Psychological Assessment Seminar - Interns will participate in a series of training that, among other pertinent topics, address individual and family clinical interviewing techniques, short and long term treatment planning, and individual assessment utilizing well established psychodiagnostic testing instruments, such as WISC-IV, MMPI-A, TAT and Rorschach.  Interns will have an opportunity to evaluate students utilizing all forms of assessment and produce written reports.

Psychopharmacology for Non-Physicians – Interns will participate in a series of lecture and discussion that, among other pertinent topics, address psychotropic medication assessment and treatment for non-physicians.  Trainees will develop familiarity and understanding of the medical needs of adolescents in psychiatric care at MA.  Trainees will be provided with an overview of clinical presentations which require psychiatric evaluation, an understanding of the effects of various psychotropic medications on behavior and mood, and recognition and understanding of the side effects from some common psychotropic medications.   

Addiction Studies Seminar: Interns will participate in a 12 week interactive seminar on an attachment-informed approach to adolescent addictions treatment, and how various therapeutic interventions such as Motivational Interviewing and CBT fit into and complement this approach. Attachment theory provides a working model for such a curriculum in that the basic tenets of attachment theory establish a stable frame for the client-clinician relationship as the client progresses from early to later stages of treatment. Working within this theoretical frame, trainees will learn how to administer a developmental model of addiction interventions.

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