This internship provides an opportunity each track for four select BYU-I psychology majors to observe a cognitive behavioral treatment modality delivered through a peer group therapy process. Interns will be exposed to many aspects of the JCC St. Anthony residential treatment program including, education, security, student life, medical, and peer group counseling, drug and alcohol counseling, psychological assessment, risk assessment, and aftercare planning. An integral part of this internship involves learning the basics of the Positive Peer Culture treatment modality and being able to demonstrate an understanding of it through appropriate interactions with their assigned student group. Students interested in this internship will be expected to submit a resume, be interviewed, complete a personality test, and pass a written test regarding positive peer culture concepts and terminology before being accepted. (Test questions are based on the book ‘Positive Peer Culture' by Harry H. Vorrath and Larry K. Brendtro.) Some aspects of this internship are typically not available until graduate school and will be noted with **.
Weekly Meetings: Interns will meet weekly with their JCC St. Anthony site supervisor.
File reviews: Interns will conduct a file review on every juvenile in the group they are assigned to gain a better understanding of the juvenile's commitment to state custody and treatment needs. **
Group Meetings: Interns are required to attend and observe group counseling with the peer group they are assigned to. (Interns do not participate in this process but are strictly observers.) **
Journals: Interns will keep a journal regarding their time and interactions while at JCC St. Anthony. Journals will be submitted to the JCC - St. Anthony site supervisor on a weekly basis.
Group builders: Interns will be expected to conduct two structured group activities (i.e. listening skills, communication, team work, etc.) with the group they are assigned to.
Exit Interviews: The last day of your internship will consist of an exit interview.
OPTIONAL INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCES: Depending on individual intern interests and motivation optional experiences are available:
Group builders: Interns might have the opportunity to conduct structured group activities (i.e. listening skills, communication, team work, etc.) with the group they are assigned to.
Team Meetings: Interns can choose to attend treatment team planning meetings where juveniles' progress and concerns are openly discussed amongst treatment unit staff.
Clinical Interviews: Interns may have the opportunity to either observe and/or participate in clinical interviews with a juvenile committed to state custody. **
Assessment/Testing: Depending on individual intern interests there will be opportunities to receive some knowledge and experience related to the area of psychometric assessment. This could consist of intelligence, and achievement testing, personality assessments, substance abuse screeners, etc. **
Outdoor Program Activities: Interns might have the opportunity to attend community work and/or recreational therapy activities in the community with the peer group they are assigned to depending on time of year and scheduling.
Recommended prerequisites: Psychology 455, Sociology 383.
Contact: Dr. Yohan Delton at firstname.lastname@example.org
Supervisor: Bob Butterfield
Limit: Four interns per semester for 3 credits. Student will work every T and TH afternoons for this internship.