Training Sites

Practicum trainees may be placed in one of a variety of settings throughout Cambridge Health Alliance. Descriptions of current settings are listed below, though some program components may be subject to change.

Accepting applications for the following training sites for the 2023-2024 training year.
Application portal opens 12/1/22:

Child and Adolescent Inpatient Units

The Psychology Practicum offered by CHA’s Child and Adolescent Inpatient Units provides experience in assessment of and psychotherapeutic intervention with acutely distressed children and teenagers, ages 3 to 19, in an inpatient setting. Diagnoses of patients on the unit include attachment, psychotic, mood, anxiety, trauma, and autistic-spectrum disorders. The training experience occurs in the context of multidisciplinary care involving psychiatry, psychology, social work, nursing, occupational therapy and other forms of intervention. Clinical interventions include individual psychodynamic and behavioral treatments, family therapy and parent guidance, psychodynamic and behavioral group therapy, and psychological testing. Trainees also develop skills in the negotiation of complex social systems (e.g., schools, social service agencies) that interface in the lives of children and adolescents. Supervision, team meetings and case conferences enhance understanding of the diagnosis, assessment, and stabilization process with these acutely distressed patients.

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Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH)

The Psychology Practicum offered by CHA’s Primary Care Behavioral Health integration program provides experience as an integrated behavioral health professional on a primary care team. CHA screens primary care patients for common behavioral health conditions including depression, anxiety, and addiction, and uses a stepped care model to provide outreach and brief treatment interventions to patients with mild-moderate conditions, and consultation to primary care teams to support their treatment of patients. The PCBH training experience occurs in the context of multidisciplinary care involving psychiatry, psychology, social work, and the primary care team. Clinical interventions include screening, individual assessment, telephonic monitoring, individual and group treatment using behavioral activation, motivational interviewing, psychoeducation, problem-solving treatment and cognitive behavioral therapy. Supervision meetings and case conferences enhance understanding of the screening, assessment, and intervention process with primary care patients.

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