At Princeton House Behavioral Health, we have a long, proud history of helping women recover from acute mental health issues, and our Women’s Program is one of the premier services of its kind in New Jersey. Utilizing evidence-based practices, our outpatient services address the special needs of women facing acute behavioral health crises involving trauma, trauma and addiction, or life transitions.
Women attend our partial hospital program from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. five days per week, or our intensive outpatient program from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. three days per week. A woman may enter treatment at any level, moving up or down the continuum as needed, while remaining with her clinical team and individual therapist. Our multidisciplinary team of board certified psychiatrists and highly qualified counseling professionals provide comprehensive, compassionate care for women and their families. Since its inception in 1991, the program has expanded to include:• Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)– for women who have difficulty processing emotions, and who tend to respond to their emotions with self-harming behaviors and suicidal thoughts • Trauma– to help women understand the impact of trauma or early experiences in their lives • Trauma and Addiction– committed to helping women understand the relationship between trauma and substance abuse, and work on abstinence through random drug screens and relapse prevention plans • Emotion Regulation–incorporates mindfulness-based compassion and DBT-based principles to increase coping and regain a life worth living. • Emotional Eating – to help women understand the connection between emotional dysregulation and eating behaviors, while offering alternative coping strategies and healthier life skills. (Only at Princeton location at this time).
Therapeutic services offered in these programs include: • Process Group • Individual Psychotherapy • Psychoeducational Group Psychotherapy • Family Group Therapy • Individualized Family Therapy • Psychiatric Evaluation and Medication Monitoring • Art Therapy • Music therapy • Case Management • Discharge Planning/Continuum of Care
• Practicum opportunities are based on the availability of supervision and the best fit between the student and the program. • Doctoral level graduate students may be supervised by licensed professionals and post-doctoral fellows under the supervision of a licensed psychologist. The post doc fellow may be the onsite point person. • The majority of treatment is provided in a group format, and students should expect to facilitate psychotherapy and psycho-educational groups on a variety of topics related to mental health issues, and specifically, to the aforementioned program tracks. • Students will have opportunities to co-lead DBT Skills Training groups. • There may be some limited opportunities to work with patients individually; this will be decided on with the student’s supervisor. • Students will participate in morning treatment team meetings with the multidisciplinary staff, and may have the opportunity to join the team’s DBT Consultation meeting, and group supervision, and any additional training offered by the Women’s Program.
Students are expected to complete a competency checklist during their internship. This includes readings, DVD’s and activities designed to enhance knowledge and competency in working with Trauma, Addictions, DBT and emotional dysregulation.
General information about externship site:Penn Medicine Princeton House Behavioral Health: The Women’s Program Psychology Externship Profile Locations: • 1000 Herrontown Road, Princeton, NJ • 1460 Livingston Ave., North Brunswick, NJ Time commitment: • Two full days per week, for two consecutive semesters Stipend: • No stipend is available Experience required: • Third year students and above only Website: https://www.princetonhcs.org/care-services/princeton-house-behavioral-health/treatment-programs/women Clinical Director: Judith Margolin, Psy.D Clinical Director, The Women’s Program (609) 613-4316 firstname.lastname@example.org Site Supervisor: • Judith Margolin, Psy.D Program Externship Requirements: • An affiliation agreement between Princeton House Behavioral Health and your academic program, completed before the practicum starts • A criminal background check conducted by our Human Resources Department • Proof of liability insurance ($1,000,000 per occurrence/$3,000,000 annual aggregate) • Proof of immunity to rubella, rubeola, and varicella • Proof of a negative, 2-Step PPD (TB Test) within the past year • Negative results on a urine drug screen administered by our Occupational Medicine staff Application Procedure: Please email letter of interest and CV by January 22, 2019 to Judith Margolin, Psy.D at email@example.com.