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The Mental Health Training Program at HealthRIGHT 360 provides specialized training in the treatment of dual diagnosis for students in Master’s and Doctoral degree programs in psychology and social welfare from many graduate programs in the Bay Area. Our practicum program is part of the Bay Area Practicum Information Collaborative.
Practicum students learn evidenced-based treatment models, which include Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavior Skills training, and Seeking Safety to effectively treat our clients in both outpatient and residential treatment settings. In the upcoming year, the agency is also committed to increasing the use of Mindfulness-based treatment interventions in clinical programming.
Students provide individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy and skills-based groups to clients in early recovery from co-occurring disorders. All students will have an opportunity to facilitate or co-facilitate groups, and many start their own groups at some point during the training year. There are also opportunities to administer psychological testing contingent on availability of referrals. Students assist the counseling staff in determining and addressing issues of potential self-harm; thus, they are able to intervene in crisis situations. They attend and participate in team meetings and consult regularly with our agency psychiatrists about medication referral and course of treatment.
Due the limited availability of mental health staffing due in large part to fiscal restraints, the students are able to provide much needed mental health services to individuals who might otherwise be denied. The Mental Health Training Program provides essential help to our dually diagnosed clients and trains the next generation of psychotherapists in the specialized principles and application of treatment for a very significant segment of the mental health population.
Thank you for your interest in our training program. At the present, we do not have any openings for practicum students. We will be accepting applications for the 2014-2015 training year starting in approximately December according to the BAPIC calendar. Please continue to check the BAPIC website and our website for updates to the application process.
Please also note that our training program is tailored to psychology and social welfare students who are currently enrolled in graduate programs. If you have already completed your degree, you are encouraged to visit the “Jobs” section of our website to look for potential employment opportunities with HealthRIGHT 360. The agency does offer clinical supervision toward licensure.
If you have any questions regarding the Mental Health Training Program, please contact Dr. Jennifer Banta, Mental Health Training Director by phone (415-701-5116) or email. Thank you for your interest.
At this time, we are only accepting applications for San Francisco programs.