Archive for Thursday, May 19, 2011

Wyandot Center expanding internships

May 19, 2011

The Wyandot Center, Wyandotte County’s designated community mental health center serving adults, is expanding the number of internships available with the development of the Wyandot Therapy Institute.

With recent state funding cuts, Wyandot Center was in search of a way to be able to continue offering therapy services for persons who are uninsured. At the same time, regional universities have needed more internship opportunities for master’s level graduate students.

Resourceful and creative thinking by the Center’s management team led to an answer to both challenges: the development of the Wyandot Therapy Institute. Building upon its longstanding internship program, Wyandot Center is expanding the number of intern positions available. With intense supervision, support and mentoring by advanced licensed clinicians, interns will provide therapy services for consumers who are uninsured.

Tonja Speer, Wyandot Center executive director, said the interns would gain practical work preparedness by managing a clinical caseload, participating in clinical staff meetings and attending trainings and seminars. Universities would have more intern slots available for their students, and the Wyandot Center would be able to continue to serve consumers who are uninsured.

For more information, contact Laura Severance, WTI coordinator, at severance_l@wmhci.org.

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