Community Healthcore launches internship program for students | News

LONGVIEW – Community Healthcore is launching a new internship program that will allow university students in the field of psychology to gain real-world experience before entering the workforce.

Community Healthcore (CHC) will offer select college students in the behavioral health field the opportunity to participate in a paid internship program. The program will allow students to work side-by-side with industry professionals as they serve individuals and gain valuable experience they will need before entering the workforce.

The Behavioral Health Intern Academy (BHIA), funded by the Community Healthcore by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) grant, is a new program that will enable third- and fourth-year students majoring in psychology or related fields to Opportunity to join Community Healthcore professionals as paid interns, working real-life experience in behavioral health.

Gina Mitchell, Community Healthcore of Longview’s Intern Recruiter and Mental Health First Aid coordinator, said the BHIA will be an exciting opportunity for college interns and CSC staff.

“Colleges and students are enthusiastic, and the program has been enthusiastically received at program presentations and career fairs,” Mitchell said in a statement. “Currently we have a number of students going through the interview process hoping to join us as interns. Our first intern just started this week. It’s really exciting.

The program is aimed at third- and fourth-year college students or students who are participating in master’s degree programs. Students may be pursuing degrees in social services, behavioral health concentrations such as psychology, counseling, social work, or a field that meets the criteria for a qualified mental health professional (QMHP).

Interns will gain work experience in behavioral health fields while observing center practices, visiting specific departments, and observing clinical settings for adults and children. Students will also receive training to perform assessments including Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Screening, and Outcome Measures national (NAMES).

Mitchell said the BHIA will be extremely important for all trainees, as it will provide experience to enhance their “manual” education and provide supervised practical opportunities.

“It gives them a glimpse of what their day will be like as a counselor, therapist or social worker,” Mitchell said. “The program is important to us as it nurtures these interns with the hope of onboarding them as employees upon graduation, ensuring that we have a strong workforce capable of meeting to the needs of the community. »

Relationship building is essential to any field of behavioral health, and BHIA students will learn its value during their internship, CHC officials said in a statement. Interns will cultivate a relationship with the people and families they serve every day.

“Apart from their academic studies, the program focuses on building relationships with our people served by training trainees in mental health first aid,” Mitchell said. “This training in itself aims to provide trainees with tools they can use when interacting with people at risk of suicide or self-harm, listening without judgment, how to have appropriate conversations and not having afraid to ask the difficult questions.

Mitchell said she was excited about the opportunities to work with BHIA students and what it would mean for Community Healthcore’s overall ongoing impact in East Texas.

“I love my job and I love my CHC family and what CHC stands for and means to our community,” she said. “They have services that touch the lives of all ages, from pregnancy to the entire lifespan. They are emphatic and genuinely care about what the people served are going through. All the services available aim to help restore the person’s dignity and allow them to regain their place in life.

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