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Closing Date: June 3, 2022 or until 50 prospective candidates have applied.
Intern – Inpatient Psychotherapist
Behavioral Health Division
Hourly Range: $16.00 an hour
BHD Intensive Impatient Care Summary: The Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division (BHD) operates a secure psychiatric hospital that offers intensive inpatient care to patients of all ages ranging from children/adolescents to adults. Patients typically present with various types of severe and persistent mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders. Many of the patients pose a danger to themselves or others, so treatment oftentimes is offered on an involuntary basis. The active treatment is provided by a multidisciplinary team and includes a range of therapeutic interventions. Group psychotherapy is an essential component of active treatment on the inpatient units. In order to consistently offer a sufficient number and variety of groups, the BHD is seeking qualified practicum students to further augment the existing treatment schedule.
The interns will function as auxiliary members of the interdisciplinary teams on the acute inpatient units (43C, 43D, and CAIS). Interns will facilitate group psychotherapy, which will help meet the active treatment needs of the patients. Group psychotherapy is an effective treatment modality that promotes recovery in an efficient manner. The positions primarily work during the first shift and may work on weekends.
• Offer group psychotherapy 7 days per week on two adult inpatient units and the child/adolescent inpatient unit.
• Facilitate 30 to 45-minute group psychotherapy sessions on variety of issues, depending on the clinical needs of the patients; some topics are pre-assigned.
• Conduct individual engagement with patients in lieu of group psychotherapy.
• Apply appropriate judgement within guidelines of established practices and procedures to address problems and unforeseen situations.
• Read and interpret safety rules, comprehend simple instructions, and speak effectively with internal and external groups.
• Complete thorough clinical documentation of all clinical activities in a standardized format.
• Consult with members of the Multidisciplinary Team as an auxiliary member to help address the active treatment goals of the patients.
• Participate in weekly group supervision with a licensed psychology staff member; the intern’s direct supervisor must provide one hour of group supervision per week and be available for consultation, as needed.
• Must be a current resident of the State of Wisconsin
• Applicants must be currently enrolled in a psychology doctoral program and possess experience providing group psychotherapy.
• Highly qualified applicants will have familiarity working with individuals experiencing severe and persistent mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders.
• Must be available to facilitate a minimum of four 30 to 45-minute group psychotherapy sessions per week, including the corresponding clinical documentation.
• Must be enrolled in a psychology doctoral program and have attained at least 2 years of experience with an SPMI population.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Must be able to communicate sensitive and confidential information.
• The ability to speak effectively before both internal and/or external groups.
• The ability to read, analyze, and interpret safety rules, operating/maintenance instructions and procedure manuals, scientific/technical journals and procedures, government regulations, financial and legal documents.
• The ability to prepare and/or present written communications that pertain to controversial and complex topics.
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Effective October 1, 2021, Milwaukee County will require all employees to have completed COVID-19 vaccinations and provide proof of vaccination or have submitted a completed medical or religious exemption and accommodation request. All persons offered a position will be required to provide proof of completed COVID-19 vaccination at time of hire or have submitted a completed medical or religious exemption and accommodation request and been approved for an accommodation prior to hire.
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