A Culture of Learning

A Culture of Learning.

Each year undergraduate & graduate students from colleges & universities across the U.S. come to CSI Springfield for training.   The dynamic commitment of student interns energizes and enriches the agency’s culture of learning. Clients, staff, and students alike benefit. CSI works to help students meet requirements particular to each respective School Program.

The Class of 2015 included undergrad nursing students from the University of Massachusetts’s School of Nursing.  The students shadowed nurse prescriber Patricia Webber observing her work with clients’ medication therapy.  This internship is really the first opportunity for the students to get a sense of what their future work will be!

Nursing Interns 2015

The CSI Psychiatry Department also hosted a graduate level intern from the MGH Institute of HealthCare Professionals in Boston. This internship allows the grad student their first experience “flying solo” with assessing and treating clients under the supervision of the clinic Medical Director Dr. Ralph Cohen.

Constance Johnson van Wright, MSW, LICSW is the director of CSI’s Social Work Internship Program in Springfield.  In 2015 the program included students from both Westfield State University & the Springfield College of Social Work.

The clinical training program provides weekly individual clinical supervision, weekly group supervision and didactic trainings, ongoing dialogue, and monthly consultation with the Medical Director.

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2015 MSW Interns from Springfield clinic.

Masters Interns 2015

2015 MSW Interns from West Roxbury Clinic

The mission of the Pre-doctoral Psychology Internship at CSI is to prepare psychologists to function effectively and flexibly as practitioners in a variety of community settings. CSI is an early pioneer in providing child-focused family support for multi-problem families, particularly those involved with child welfare, juvenile justice, and the Courts.

The treatment of mental health has undergone a radical shift in the way services are delivered to the disenfranchised, a population often poorly served by a clinic-based model. CSI provides the Pre Doc Interns the experience of delivering a wide range of clinical services from psychological testing, clinical interviews, and diagnostic assessment, as well as play therapy, and individual and family psychotherapy. Many of these services happen not only in the office setting, but also, more importantly, in the community-particularly at home and in school.

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2015 Pre Doctoral Graduating Class

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