TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES AT FULLER ARIZONA MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
At Fuller Arizona Mental Health Services (FAMHS), we offer a variety of pre- and post-graduate training opportunities for Marriage and Family clinicians. All students and associate clinicians receive supervision and/or consultation directly from fully licensed professionals. Opportunities are available for conducting co-therapy with independently licensed clinicians to complete live mode supervision requirements. Further, to help ensure a well-rounded training experience, we make every effort to have each student and post-graduate clinician experience different types of therapy (e.g., individual, child/adolescent, couple/family, and group therapy) using different theoretical orientations (e.g., Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Psychodynamic Therapy). In addition to gaining hours conducting in person therapy, FAMHS also offers teletherapy services and student and associate clinicians will receive training in conducting telehealth. Student performance is tracked using a variety of metrics that are reviewed regularly by clinic supervisors to enable timely and effective training interventions.
FOR STUDENTS IN THE MARRIAGE AND FAMILY PROGRAM
FAMHS provides training opportunities in the areas of psychotherapy, assessment, and didactic training for Marriage and Family students:
Psychotherapy. Marriage and Family students typically see an average of ten to 12 clients per week for 50-minute sessions. Each student receives at least one hour of weekly individual supervision and two hours of group supervision.
Didactic training. Marriage and Family students receive at least six hours per month of in-service training. Typically, four hours of this training focuses on the integration of psychology and religion. Training also includes topics such as child and elder abuse reporting, suicidality/self-harm, motivational interviewing, and short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy.
TRAINING FOR ASSOCIATE MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS
FAMHS also provides training opportunities for graduates from Marriage and Family programs who have their associate MFT licenses and are seeking additional hours of client contact in preparation for independent licensure. MFT associates provide psychotherapy to 15–20 clients weekly, including individuals (children, adolescents, and adults), couples, and families. This is a paid part-time position. MFT Associates also receive individual and, as appropriate, group supervision. In addition, Associates have access to other training opportunities such as in-service lectures and training.
WHAT MAKES TRAINING AT FAMHS UNIQUE?
FAMHS is unique as a training clinic in a number of ways, including these:
All students receive weekly supervision and consultation, overseen by independently licensed professionals.
Live Mode Co-Therapy
FAMHS offers live mode co-therapy with a licensed supervisor to enhance training effectiveness.
Exposure to a variety of therapeutic modalities and types
At FAMHS, we believe that the best training experience exposes students to a variety of ways to conceptualize and treat clients and to a variety of treatment types. For example, each practicum student will receive extensive training in both insight (e.g., psychodynamic) and action/behavioral (e.g., cognitive behavioral, experiential) therapies. Further, we strive to provide opportunities for each student to treat adults, children/adolescents, and couples/families.
Access to a diverse clientele population
Phoenix is blessed with a rich mixture of racial, ethnic, and cultural groups. This provides students the opportunity to learn and utilize culturally sensitive conceptualization and intervention practices.
Integration of psychology and spirituality/religion
One of the most important and fundamental ways FAMHS is unique is that its very existence is predicated upon treating mind, body, and spirit in an integrated manner. Simply put, this means that people are more than just physical beings. It also means that psychological symptoms such as depression and anxiety often manifest as physical symptoms such as fatigue or pain. Further, it means that our spiritual health can impact and be impacted by our physical and psychological symptoms. These beliefs are inextricably linked to the establishment and ongoing vision of FAMHS, a vision strongly influenced by both the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy and Fuller Theological Seminary. Students receiving training at FAMHS will have opportunities to learn how this integration is done in practice. And, because FAMHS attracts many clients who want their spirituality/religion integrated into their treatment, students will have many opportunities to practice integration with willing clients.