The Consultation Center

APPIC #118314

Overview

Primary placement at The Consultation Center (TCC) provides fellows with a range of community-based training experiences in consultation, prevention, program evaluation, staff development, and related research. Fellows receive professional training through project assignments under the supervision of faculty and staff.

Placement Options

Primary placement, full year, 30 hours per week.

Combined with a secondary placement at Adult Community Mental Health Services or Child & Adolescent Services / West Haven Mental Health Clinic, or Substance Abuse Services / Substance Abuse Treatment Unit for the full year, 15 hours per week.

Number of Fellows

Primary Placement: 2

Secondary Placement: 1 to 4

The Setting

For more than 30 years, the Center has been a multidisciplinary service, research, and training site whose mission is to design and implement prevention and health promotion programs in a variety of community settings, enhance the effectiveness of behavioral health and other human service organizations and service systems, carry out program and service system evaluations, and conduct related research. Partnerships with public and private agencies to build and sustain local service capacity is a hallmark of the Center’s work. As a cooperative endeavor of the Yale Department of Psychiatry, the Connecticut Mental Health Center, and The Consultation Center, Inc., a nonprofit community-based organization aligned with the Center’s mission, fellows are provided with a wide range of training opportunities that involve services and research carried out in collaboration with community stakeholders, including service providers, service recipients and residents, state and municipal personnel, and local leaders. This work takes place in Greater New Haven and Connecticut, as well as nationally and internationally.

The Internship

Two doctoral psychology fellows are selected for a 12-month primary placement at the Center, and secondary placements at the Adult Community Mental Health Services / 34 Park Street, the West Haven Mental Health Clinic, or SATU. The Center also serves as a secondary placement site for primary placement fellows at other CMHC sites, including: the Hispanic Clinic, the Forensic Drug Diversion Clinic, and the Substance Abuse Treatment Unit.

Primary placement fellows complete 2 to 4 year-long projects with each project requiring a "single" (6-hour) or "double" (12-hour) project commitment each week. In addition, fellows participate in unit-based seminars, colloquia, and various staff meetings for about 3-5 hours per week. Secondary placement fellows complete 1 to 2 year-long projects as well as seminars, colloquia, and meetings for about a 15 hour per week commitment.

Fellows are matched to projects during the first two weeks of the internship based on their project preferences and the approval of faculty. The goal of placement is to ensure a broad training experience that supports the training goals and interests of the fellow.

Examples of project activities include the following:

  • Evaluation of behavioral health, health, and prevention programs and services;
  • Provision of psycho-educational and prevention services in school settings;
  • Community-based prevention and services research;
  • Conducting family violence education programs for mandated offenders;
  • Consulting to community agencies to build organizational capacity for prevention, program evaluation, continuous quality improvement, or advocacy;
  • Research on health disparities and health equity;
  • Consultation to state and municipal agencies on program and policy development;
  • Community-based participatory research (CBPR);
  • Risk and protective factor research to address health-related challenges; and
  • Consultation to local coalitions and collaboratives to address community challenges and affect positive community change.

Evidence-Based Practices

Depending on their project selection, fellows may have exposure and/or supervision and training in the following EBPs: Mental Health First Aid; Wraparound Services Model; Results-based Accountability (RBA); Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR).

Scholarly Activity

The Center provides leadership for the Division of Prevention & Community Research (DPCR), one of the research divisions of the Yale Department of Psychiatry. Many faculty affiliated with the DPCR have primary appointments at The Consultation Center and conduct studies in a wide range of areas, including: resilience promotion with at-risk populations; the prevention of adolescent substance abuse; understanding and prevention of trauma; global mental health; risk and protective factors for interpersonal violence; impact and effectiveness evaluations of behavioral health, child welfare, and juvenile justice services; academic achievement and engagement among low-income and minority youth; social determinants of health; impact of neighborhood contexts on health and well-being; health access and health disparities; prisoner re-entry; and fatherhood and male development. Studies are conceptualized within social ecological, developmental, and cultural contexts; often involve multiple levels of analysis (individual, family, peer, organization, neighborhood, community); and use mixed methods that combine quantitative and qualitative approaches. Click here for more information about the DPCR.

Each year a number of projects are available to fellows for placement as part of their internship training experience in consultation, prevention, and program evaluation.

These projects provide opportunities for involvement in ongoing research. Fellows also participate in scholarly activities through their attendance at monthly colloquia and the Annual Visiting Lecture given by a prominent scholar from outside Yale.

Faculty

There are a variety of faculty members at The Consultation Center who serve as advisors and supervisors to the fellows including:

Derrick Gordon, Ph.D., Primary/Secondary Advisor, Project Supervisor
Joy S. Kaufman, Ph.D., Primary/Secondary Advisor, Project Supervisor
Tami P. Sullivan, Ph.D., Primary/Secondary Advisor, Project Supervisor
Jacob Kraemer Tebes, Ph.D., Primary/Secondary Advisor, Project Supervisor
Nadia L. Ward, Ph.D., Primary/Secondary Advisor, Project Supervisor

Supervision

A primary advisor meets regularly with the fellow to ensure that individual training goals are being met, to discuss issues related to professional development, and to serve as a resource when individual needs or questions arise. Project supervisors oversee the training within the context of the assigned projects and also may provide individual, group, or team supervision depending on the nature of the specific project. They also serve as an additional training resource for fellows regarding professional development, professional practice, and scholarly work.

Fellows receive ongoing feedback during the internship from their advisor and project supervisors. Formal evaluations are completed three times each year and serve as opportunities to review progress on training goals and achieving competency of the program's core competencies.

Seminar(s) & Specialized Training

In addition to the Core Seminar, fellows in this placement are required to participate in a site-based seminar, which provides a strong foundation in the theory, methods, and principles of consultation, prevention, program evaluation, and community-based practice and research. Examples of seminar topics include:

  • Introduction to Prevention & Health Promotion Models;
  • Theory and Practice of Consultation and Training;
  • Program Development;
  • Organizational Development;
  • Ethics in Community-based Research;
  • Program Evaluation;
  • Ethics in Program Evaluation;
  • Grant Development;
  • Human Diversity in Practice and Research; and
  • Professional Development.

Applicant Qualifications

Applicants for this placement should have an interest in learning more about the systems in which clinical, health, and other services are provided; how best to prevent clinical problems and develop community-based interventions to address them in a variety of settings; how to consult to health service and governmental agencies; and, how to design, implement, and evaluate programs and services, particularly those focused on prevention and systems-level change. Although no prior experience is required, applicants with some didactic or practicum experience in these areas are likely to have a more competitive application. Applicants selected for this placement must be able to successfully pass background checks conducted by Yale University and the State of Connecticut.

For More Information

If you have a specific question regarding TCC as a primary placement training option, please e-mail Dr. Joy Kaufman at joy.kaufman@yale.edu or visit the website of TCC at www.theconsultationcenter.org.