Behavioral Health Field Placement Opportunities

Adult Partial Hospitalization Program

Locations
Park Place:
Jersey Shore University Medical Center Adult Partial Hospitalization Program
Mental Health Day Program: Riverview Medical Center Adulta Partial Hospitalization Program

Faculty
Park Place

  • Johnnie Bryant LCSW
  • Peter Dougherty LSW
  • Joyce Ellis LCSW
  • Mary Floyd LCSW
  • Russell Sottile LCSW
  • Mark Sullivan LCSW
  • James Voss LCSW
  • Paula Bucknor BA
  • Andrea Rosica BA
  • Michael Rafter CSW
  • Keith Snyder BA/CSW
  • Catherine Travers BA

Mental Health Day Program

  • Robin Antonelli, LCSW
  • Dana Boettinger, MS, CRC
  • Melissa Card, BA

The Adult Partial Hospital Program provides services to adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses who need more intensive long-term psychiatric treatment than may be offered in outpatient or office settings. The program consists of a five-day per week, group-centered treatment. Groups include psychotherapy, psycho-education, pre-vocational skills, activity and milieu therapies. Each program runs Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The Program utilizes a Wellness and Recovery approach to help clients to:

  • Foster a sense of purpose in their lives
  • Achieve valued community roles and community integration
  • Improve: personal self care; interpersonal relationships; ability to work; return to school; ability to live in the community
  • Stabilize acute psychiatric symptoms
  • Develop the skills to manage persistent symptoms
  • Return to an optimal level of functioning
  • Reduce the need for inpatient hospitalization

The program also provides services to clients with co-occurring psychiatric and substance abuse disorders utilizing the evidenced based practice of INTEGRATED DUAL DISORDERS TREATMENT (IDDT). IDDT aims to help the client learn to manage both illnesses so that the client can pursue meaningful life goals. Treatment goals include those noted above, as well as:

  • Achieving and maintaining abstinence from alcohol and other drugs of abuse
  • Discovering sober social supports and recreational outlets
  • Developing relapse prevention plans

Students may be involved in: facilitating/co-facilitating groups, providing bio-psycho-social assessments, treatment planning, individual therapy, case management and assisting clinicians with clients.

Placement Availability
Park Place
Up to 5 MSW (clinical) and LPC interns and one administrative MSW intern. Up to 3 Bachelors/Masters level summer 100 hours placement students.
Mental Health Day Program
Two MSW interns (second year preferred), One BSW/MSW 100 hours student.

Administrative Social Work Intern

Faculty

  • Letizia Duncan, Ph.D.
  • Joseph Miller, Ph.D.
  • Mark Sullivan, LCSW

An Administrative MSW placement is available working in a shared capacity with the Corporate Director, Performance Improvement Manager and the Manager of SPMI Services. Students may be involved in the following:

  • Knowledge and use of agency and community resources
  • Attendance/planning/facilitation of administrative meetings
  • Involvement in internal/external committee meetings (i.e. MICA Task Force, Mental Health PAC, NJAMHA).
  • Participation in performance improvement activities/initiatives
  • Review of various regulatory requirements and standards
  • Development of initiatives to enhance "the client experience"
  • Community outreach to maintain current and develop additional referral sources
  • Investigation of other sources of funding (grants/research opportunities)
  • Participation in staffing/supervision
  • Development and facilitation of Trainings
  • Participation in policy development and review
  • Development and presentation of reports as needed
  • Assisting in program evaluation projects

Placement Availability
One Ph.D. or Masters Level Clinical or Administrative Social Work student.

Children's Programs

Faculty

  • Jim Ullman, LCSW

The Children's Day Program
The Children's Day Program provides intensive group therapy for children ages 7 to 13 who are experiencing serious emotional, psychological, and /or behavioral difficulties at home, in school, and in the community. The program provides treatment in a daily afternoon setting, from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., during the school year, and from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the summer. The goal is to teach and reinforce appropriate behavior in the child. The program includes family group therapy, family therapy, and activity therapy. Individual therapy is offered on an as needed basis. Students may participate in intake evaluations, treatment plan development, family sessions, and co-lead therapy groups. Students will develop skills in behavioral management techniques with latency age children.

Therapeutic Nursery Program
The Therapeutic Nursery Program provides treatment for children ages of 3 to 6 who are having difficulties with aggression, impulsivity, non-compliance, tantrums, and other disruptive behaviors. The children and their caregivers attend separate weekly hour-long therapy sessions. The goals of these sessions are to modify and reinforce appropriate behavior in the children, and to provide parenting skills training and support to the caregivers. Students may participate in intake evaluations, treatment plan development, family sessions, and co-lead therapy groups. Students will develop skills in behavior management techniques with young children and teaching these skills to parents.

Placement Availability
2 MSW students and 2 Bachelor's level students in the PHP and nursery.

Jersey Shore University Medical Center Inpatient Psychiatric Unit

Faculty

  • Marge Kulesza, LCSW
  • Lynne Pasciuti, LCSW
  • Corey Hessinger, LSW

The inpatient psychiatric unit is a 25 bed acute care facility that serves individuals 18 years and older who are admitted voluntarily as well as involuntarily for the exacerbation of mental health problems. Many patients have diagnoses which include affective disorders, schizophrenia, dementia, and personality disorders. The unit provides brief focused treatment utilizing wellness and recovery principles in the delivery of services. Treatment emphasis is on rapid resolution of acute distress and return to supported or independent functioning. Student interns will experience multidisciplinary collaboration regarding patient care and treatment planning. Students will have the opportunity to practice skills in the area of psychosocial assessment; motivational interviewing; and group counseling. In addition, students may co-facilitate or facilitate family sessions to address issues related to hospitalization and discharge.

Placement Availability
6 MSW or senior year BSW students per year.

Addiction Recovery Services

Faculty
Jersey Shore University Medical Center Addiction Recovery Services

  • Ninette Tuerk, LCSW
  • Lynn Palumbo, LCSW (pending)

Riverview Medical Center Addiction Recovery Services

  • Ninette Tuerk , LCSW

Jersey Shore University Medical Center Addiction Recovery Services
Addiction Recovery Services provides treatment to adult individuals and families suffering from the multi-faceted illness of alcohol and/or drug addiction. Our program offers: intensive outpatient, early intervention group, 16-week DWI education group program, relapse prevention group for those in early recovery, individual therapy, family education and co-dependency counseling. Students will participate in intake evaluations, co-leading groups, provide individual therapy sessions, use ASAM criteria, case management, and develop treatment plans.

Riverview Medical Center Addiction Recovery Services
Addiction Recovery Services provides treatment to adult individuals and families suffering from the multi-faceted illness of alcohol and/or drug addiction. Our program offers: intensive outpatient, early intervention group, 16-week DWI education group program, relapse prevention group for those in early recovery, individual therapy, family education and co-dependency counseling. Students will participate in intake evaluations, co-leading groups, provide individual therapy sessions, use ASAM criteria, case management, and develop treatment plans.

Placement Availability
Jersey Shore University Medical Center Addiction Recovery Services

1 MSW LPC student (day shift) and 1 MSW LPC student (night shift).
Riverview Medical Center Addiction Recovery Services
1 MSW LPC student (day shift) and 1 MSW LPC student (night shift), I additional student mixed shift MSW LPC per year.

Riverview Medical Center Inpatient Psychiatric Unit

Faculty

  • Jennifer Channey, LCSW

The inpatient psychiatric unit is a 24 bed acute care facility that serves individuals 18 years and older who are admitted voluntarily as well as involuntarily for the exacerbation of mental health problems. Many patients have diagnoses which include affective disorders, schizophrenia, dementia, and personality disorders. The unit provides brief focused treatment utilizing wellness and recovery principles in the delivery of services. Treatment emphasis is on rapid resolution of acute distress and return to supported or independent functioning. Student interns will experience multidisciplinary collaboration regarding patient care and treatment planning. Students will have the opportunity to practice skills in the area of psychosocial assessment; motivational interviewing; and group counseling. In addition, students may co-facilitate or facilitate family sessions to address issues related to hospitalization and discharge.

Placement Availability
3 MSW or senior year BSW students per year.

Riverview Medical Center Adult Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program

Faculty

  • Julie Garguilo, LCSW

The Adult Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program provides nine hours of structured programming per week consisting of group therapy, psychoeducational counseling, psychiatric consultation, and medication management. The program is designed to assist individuals who have been discharged from a hospital but still require a more intensive level of care than traditional outpatient therapy. It also is designed to help prevent hospitalization for individuals who are experiencing emotional difficulties that require more intensive treatment to achieve stabilization. The treatment team consists of experienced licensed clinical social workers and psychiatrists. The team assesses the patient's needs and works with the patient to develop individualized treatment goals and objectives based on the patient's strengths and problem areas. Patients may receive education, training, and therapy on such issues as anxiety and stress management, coping with depression and bipolar disorder, developing problem-solving skills, and managing medication and side effects.

Placement Availability
2 second year MSW students