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Devereux Pocono Programs and Services

The Devereux Pocono Programs and Services community includes more than 80 adults in residential programs, aged 18 through the lifespan, with intellectual and developmental disabilities, behavioral health concerns and traumatic brain injury. Individuals live in residential, community-based group homes, prevocational settings and LifeSharing settings. Individuals participating in our LifeSharing program live in a natural family setting while receiving support, treatment and services to improve their quality of life and increase their independence. Devereux Pocono also provides children’s Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS), including Therapeutic Support Staff, Mobile Therapy and Behavioral Support Consultant.

Interns will demonstrate competence in assessment, treatment and consultation, and an understanding of ethical and professional principles. In addition, interns develop cultural competence working with varied populations and serve as a member of treatment team. The intern will demonstrate an understanding of research and literature relevant to the populations served. All aspects of the training year will be conducted in adherence American Psychological Association and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania ethical standards.

Successful Applicants:

  • Prior experience in working with individuals with autism spectrum disorders, or intellectual and developmental disabilities,
  • Goal of further developing competencies to serve this target population
  • Prior experience or foundational knowledge of Functional Behavioral Assessment and/or Positive Behavioral Support is desirable.
  • Ability to work independently
  • Flexibility and ability to move between tasks

Intervention:

Interns carry between four and six individual therapy cases, implement social skills training programs, and provide informal supportive counseling. Interns facilitate one or two groups either alone or with a co-facilitator. Some example groups include anger management, social skills and advocacy.

Assessment:

Evaluations are conducted to determine eligibility for funding, placement and treatment decisions. Assessments include: psychological evaluations, functional behavior assessments, mental status examinations, dementia screenings and other assessments, as necessary. Assessment administration, report writing and feedback is supervised by the clinical director. In addition, interns are responsible for clinical aspects of annual reports for their assigned caseloads and to develop positive behavioral support plans, as needed.

Consultation:

Interns have the opportunity to serve as a consultant to staff participating in one of the ongoing model programs. Interns attend weekly team, clinical team and medication review meetings. Interns also serve as consultants to train direct support professionals on the implementation of Social Emotional and Environmental Support Plans and other behavioral interventions. Opportunities to provide training to staff for modules such as the Introduction to the Individuals We Serve, Positive Approaches, Traumatic Brain Injury and Preventing Sexual Incidents are also provided.

Hours:

Activity

Hours

Individual Therapy

6-8

Assessment administration

5-6

Report Writing

3-5

Individual Supervision

2

Group Supervision

2

Staff Meetings/Treatment Team Meetings

6-8

Didactics

6-8

Consultation

6-8

Hours Weekly

40+

*In addition to site-based work at Devereux Pocono, interns are required to travel every two weeks to the Institute of Clinical and Professional Training and Research in Villanova, Pa. (an approximate two-hour drive) to participate in didactic training and socialization with other interns. Interns typically work 40 hours per week.

Supervisors:

Michelle Wonders, Psy.D. (Primary Supervisor)
Marissa Seder, LPC