Clinical-community students are typically placed at two of the following sites during their third and fourth years in the program. Each site provides the opportunity to apply techniques and values from both clinical and community psychology.
Psychosocial Rehabilitation Clubhouse
Community psychology has strong ties to clubhouses. Borrowing from psychosocial rehabilitation principles, clubhouses present an alternative to the traditional mental health model. They are organized to support people living with mental illness and provide access to friends and family, employment, education, and other services for recovery. Participants are known as members, not clients or patients, and members ideally engage in every aspect of the clubhouse operation.
The Connection Center (Bowling Green, OH): Clinical-community students traditionally serve as the Community Advocate intern at the Connection Center, a PSR clubhouse, for one of their placement opportunities. Interns have the opportunity to learn about the lived experience of mental illness and to engage in action by creating a project that utilizes values and techniques of community psychology. Click here for examples of past projects.
Community Mental Health Centers:
Community psychology has a traditional commitment to individuals and families living with mental illness and a historical interest in community mental health centers.
Behavioral Connections of Wood County (Bowling Green, OH): A comprehensive behavioral healthcare agency that provides mental health and substance abuse treatment. Interns have the opportunity to work with mental health consumers by providing individual mental health therapy, group therapy, conducting intake assessments, and doing psychological testing. Website.
Unison Behavioral Health Group (Toledo, OH): A behavioral healthcare agency that provides mental health and substance treatment for children, families, and adults. Interns can work with a variety of populations, including individuals living with psychiatric disabilities or wider systemic-level issues such as poverty and discrimination. Website.
University Counseling Center
Counseling psychology and counseling centers have a traditional commitment to humanist, client-centered perspectives, as well as a strong commitment to human diversity and ethics, values that are shared by community psychology.
BGSU Counseling Center (Bowling Green, OH): Clinical-community students have the opportunity to intern at the BGSU Counseling Center, an on-campus organization that strives to promote the wellbeing of all students. The Counseling Center has a strong commitment to creating a safe, supportive, and affirming climate for individuals of all backgrounds. Trainees are given the opportunity to engage in regular diversity trainings meant to inform their clinical work with students from different races or ethnicities, students with disabilities, international students, students who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community, and students with other marginalized or oppressed identities. Trainees also have the opportunity to provide interventions and programming at the community level on issues related to mental health and well-being for a variety of student groups, faculty, and staff on campus. Website.