The variety of clinical training experiences offered through RAMS Child and Adult Outpatient Community Mental Health Clinics, fee-for-service Counseling Center at Asian Family Institute, and the four available External Clinical Rotations (Comprehensive Crisis Services, High School Satellite Clinic, Adult Residential Treatment Program, and Pre-vocational Counseling Services) allows our training program enough flexibility to accommodate specific interests and training needs of each intern. Accordingly, interns have a chance to develop and practice their skills with a wide spectrum of mental disorders, a broad range of clients (e.g. age, marital status, ethnicity, etc.), in various clinical modalities, and in an array of clinical and community settings. Additionally, all internship training placements provide rich exposure multidisciplinary collaboration, which affords interns the opportunity to consolidate their professional identity as a psychologist. The required Scholarly Projects/Presentation of Professional Work are devised to further promote interns socialization into the profession.
The formal training curriculum (didactic seminars, case conferences, individual and group supervision) is designed to parallel and complement this intense clinical exposure and to facilitate the interns' growth as clinicians and professional psychologists.
Whereas predominantly psychodynamic/systems in approach, Clinical Supervision is provided in a number of different formats (individual, group, teamwork meetings, and hands-on mentorship) and with different foci (outpatient psychotherapy cases, psychological assessment, rotation clinical work, and cultural competency projects). These varied supervision experiences establish a venue for didactic instruction that meets the particular needs of the intern group as it faces the unique populations served at RAMS.
The training year starts with an intensive three-week-long Orientation Program. After that, interns participate in three mandatory ninety-minute long weekly training series: Psychological Assessment Seminar/Group Supervision, Intern and Trainee Seminar, and In-service Training. Additional didactic trainings are provided at the rotation sites. Interns can also join one or both elective one-hour-long weekly consultation groups/seminars: Relational Work with Children and Families and Psychodynamic Conceptualization in Working with Severely Mentally Ill Adults.
Both supervision and didactic seminars emphasize issues of comprehensive assessment and treatment for complex mental disorders and include a strong emphasis on cultural competency. This, coupled with the rich diversity of the client population and training staff, gives our interns the opportunity to build a repertoire of culturally competent assessment/ intervention skills applicable to a wide range of clients across the life span, including the more disturbed and chronically troubled patient. The hallmark of our internship training program is development of informed clinical sensitivity to and expertise in working with diversity (particularly, in regard to Asian American and Russian-speaking minorities).