WKPIC rotations have been designed to provide maximum exposure to different settings and programs key to the provision of services in an integrated continuum of care, and to ensure the diversity of clinical populations served. Within each of the two primary consortium locations, unique learning experiences exist, which will be presented and discussed with on-site training supervisors.
The order of rotations is determined by the supervising committee of the consortium, to address each doctoral intern’s educational needs and interests. Typically, interns spend roughly half of their time at each primary facility, with consortium-wide activities occurring in both locations. Rather than dividing the year by location, WKPIC provides interns with a stable year-long schedule dividing time between the settings.
Western State Hospital, one of four state-operated or state-supported acute psychiatric facilities in Kentucky, is a 207-bed free-standing hospital with a median length of stay of five days for new admissions. Approximately 670 employees treat approximately 2,000 adults during the course of a year.
The Pennyroyal Center is a licensed comprehensive community mental center offering an integrated healthcare model to eight Kentucky counties including Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden, Hopkins, Lyon, Muhlenberg, Todd, and Trigg. It is operated by the Pennyroyal Mental Health-Mental Retardation Board, Inc., a private, not for profit organization that contracts with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services: Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities to offer mental health, developmental and intellectual disabilities, and substance abuse services.
The Center provides services to adults, children, and adolescents. Its staff consists of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, and other clinical and support staff who provide a wide variety of community-based programs. Our many offerings include, but are not limited to, integrated healthcare, the 24-hour crisis and referral RESPOND office, outpatient services, day treatment programs for persons with severe and persistent mental illness, early intervention programs for children with developmental and intellectual disabilities, a residential placement and employment program for persons with developmental and intellectual disabilities, an outpatient and a transitional facility for adolescents with substance abuse problems, an inpatient facility for the treatment of dually-diagnosed substance abuse and mental health issues, a long-term family-based residential treatment program for women with substance abuse issues, and a wide array of prevention programs.
Adult Inpatient Rotation. While at Western State Hospital, doctoral interns gain firsthand experience in working with patients who struggle with severe and persistent mental illness, and understanding the operations and purposes of a state psychiatric facility. Interns participate in initial evaluations, psychological assessments, individual and group therapy sessions, development of positive behavioral supports, recovery team meetings, Recovery Mall programs (recovery-based groups and activities), program development and evaluation, staff and community education, and consultation with other mental health professionals. Specialty training opportunities include geriatrics, multiple medical needs, substance abuse interventions including Double Trouble philosophies and training, neuropsychological screening and assessment, and civil and criminal forensic assessment. Primary on-site supervisor: Susan R. Vaught, Ph.D.
Adult Outpatient Rotation. The Pennyroyal Center’s Hopkinsville Clinic is located in Christian County at 735 North Drive. At the Hopkinsville Clinic, doctoral interns provide a variety of mental health services for adults and families, including individual, group and family therapy, alcohol and substance abuse treatment, psychiatric and psychological evaluations as well as numerous community support services, including the integrated health model. Interns also spend time in the center’s walk-in clinic for first time clients, gaining valuable experience in risk assessment, crisis stabilization, and outpatient service development and treatment planning. Specialty training opportunities include additional focus on pediatric and family evaluations and treatment if desired, forensic assessment, and substance abuse interventions. There is some travel to the Greenville, Madisonville, and Princeton Clinics with the supervisor as needed. Primary on-site supervisor: Danielle McNeill Smith, Psy.D.
Pediatric Outpatient Rotation. Pediatric and family experience will be gained primarily at the Hopkinsville Clinic with some travel to the Greenville, Madisonville, and Princeton Clinics with the supervisor as needed. Doctoral interns participate in a full range of intake evaluations, assessment and testing, consultations to families, pediatricians and schools, individual and family counseling, and in-school services when applicable. Specialty training opportunities include evaluation of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, evaluation of learning disabilities, evaluation of more severe developmental and intellectual disabilities, and trauma-informed assessment and care for children referred through community sources and DCBS. Primary on-site supervisor: Danielle McNeill Smith, Psy.D.