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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences ~ Clinical Psychology Internship ~ Facilities

The training of our psychology interns is carried out within the wide range of clinical facilities served by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Tulane University. The internship training encompasses broad and diverse experiences in the evaluation and treatment of patients with a wide range of medical and psychiatric illnesses. Located in the New Orleans Central Business District, Tulane University Medical Center constructed a teaching hospital and adjacent doctors’ offices and clinic facilities across Tulane Avenue from the Medical School. Tulane Medical Center – the school, the hospital, and the clinic – is located at the hub of New Orleans’ largest multi-institutional medical complex.Read More

The faculty and administrative offices for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences are housed in two office buildings located within blocks of the Hospital: the Tidewater Building and the Murphy Building. Both are multi-story medical office buildings. The Adult Psychiatry Section is located in the Tidewater Building and the Section of Child Psychiatry is located in the Murphy Building, two blocks from the Tidewater Building.

The Tulane Center for Autism and Related Disorders is located in the Murphy Building. The Tulane Parenting Education Program is located on Poydras Street, near the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, a few blocks from the Tulane Medical Center. The Metropolitan Human Services District Children and Youth Services Clinic is located on Elysian Fields Avenue, about two miles from the Medical Center. The New Orleans Forensic Aftercare Clinic is located about one mile from the Medical Center. Psychiatry has primary outpatient services at Tulane/Lakeside Hospital Behavioral Health Clinic, located in the Tulane/Lakeside Hospital for Women and Children in Metairie, LA, approximately 10 miles from the Tulane Medical Center. Eastern Louisiana Mental Health System is located in Jackson, LA, about two hours from New Orleans.

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Supervision/Mentorship

The psychology intern will participate in a variety of supervision experiences during the internship year. These are described below:

Mentoring

Each intern chooses a primary mentor at the beginning of the year; this mentor serves as an advisor to the intern throughout the year and offers continued assistance to the intern in achieving his/her training goals and needs. The mentor is well acquainted with all training opportunities and sites, and helps the intern make decisions about electives, conferences, and other activities that will enhance the intern's training experience. The mentor can also advise the intern should any special needs or problems arise, as well as aid in the transition from internship to postdoctoral positions or employment.

Clinical Supervision

The intern is also assigned a primary clinical supervisor at the beginning of the training year at each clinical training site. Supervisors will provide supervision at the clinical training site and offer special assistance to the intern during orientation to the program. At each clinical training site, the intern receives a minimum of one hour per week of one-to-one supervision from the supervisor, and often more. Supervision is also provided upon intern request, or if needed, in addition to the scheduled sessions.

Certain training settings also employ group consultation and supervision. All primary supervisors are licensed full-time psychology faculty members assigned to the clinical training sites. The intern will have the opportunity to work with other disciplines (e.g., psychiatrists, social workers). These opportunities are offered in training sites (e.g., pediatricians with Pediatric Psychology Service). In addition, at the Forensic Psychology training sites, the intern may receive supervision on some cases from staff (non-faculty) psychologists. While all sites have Tulane psychologist faculty members, working in a multidisciplinary context offers additional diverse supervision and training experiences.