Facilities & Supervision
Training of the psychology interns takes place within the wide range of clinical facilities served by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Tulane University. Thus, the internship training encompasses a broad and diverse experience in the evaluation and treatment of patients with a wide range of medical and psychiatric illnesses.
Located in the New Orleans' Central Business District, the Tulane University School of Medicine includes a teaching hospital and clinic facility directly across Tulane Avenue from the Medical School. The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is housed in two multi-story medical office buildings located within blocks of the Hospital: the Tidewater Building and the Murphy Building. Tulane University School of Medicine - the medical school, the hospital, and the clinic - is located at the hub of New Orleans' largest multi-institutional medical complex.
The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences has outpatient services at Tulane Hospital Behavioral Health Clinic, while the Adult Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences faculty/administrative offices are located in the Tidewater Building, which is adjacent to the Hospital/Clinic. The Section of Child Psychiatry is located in the Murphy Building, two blocks from the Tidewater Building.
The Metropolitan Children's Services Clinic is located on Elysian Fields Avenue, about two miles from the Medical Center. The Tulane Parenting Education/Infant Team Program is located on Poydras Street, across from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, approximately one-half mile from the Medical Center.
The Tulane Cancer Center is located within the Medical Center Complex. The Forensic Aftercare Clinic is located about one mile from the Medical Center directly across from the Orleans Parish Criminal District Courthouse and the Orleans Parish jail. Tulane University Counseling and Psychological Services Center is located on Tulane's Uptown campus, about 5 miles from the Medical Center.
The psychology intern will participate in a variety of supervision experiences during the internship year. These are described below:
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.
The intern is also assigned a primary clinical supervisor at the beginning of the training year on each rotation. Supervisors will provide supervision at the rotation site and offer special assistance to the intern during orientation to the program. At each rotation 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 supervisors are licensed full-time psychology faculty members assigned to the rotation 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., oncologists at the Tulane Cancer Center, pediatricians with Pediatric Psychology Service, psychiatrists with the Counseling and Psychological Services Center). While all sites have Tulane psychologist faculty members, working in a multidisciplinary context offers additional diverse supervision and training experiences.