LGBT internship to launch in Chicago

July 23, 2013|By Melissa Espana | RedEye

This fall, what is being billed as the nation's first clinical psychology internship focused on LGBT health will be coming to Chicago.

The internship track, which will be a part of the LGBT Health and Development Program, known as Impact, will be a collaboration between multiple departments at Northwestern University and the Center on Halsted. Interns participating will be trained in LGBT health research, education and clinical care.

"We know that [the LGBT community] faces inequity, are more likely to face discrimination, victimization and lack of marriage equality, which can lead to mental health issues," said Brian Mustanski, director of the Impact program and associate professor in medical social science at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. "There not enough psychologists or scientists who are focused only on this."

Interns in the program will be in rotations that will include training in mental health care for LGBT clients, gay and bisexual men living with HIV/AIDS and caring for low-income individuals with serious mental illness.

The trainees who participate in the program come from all over the nation. While some stay in the city after training, some will leave. Mustanski said they will hopefully take what they learn in Chicago and spread their knowledge around the country.

"Center on Halsted is leading the way in securing a healthy future for LGBTQ individuals as we help prepare the next generation of mental health professionals provide the most appropriate levels of care," Modesto Tico Valle, CEO of the Center on Halsted, said in a press release.

Mustanski said the goal of the program is to train clinical psychologists who are prepared for careers as clinicians and clinical researchers who can address the health inequities in the LGBT population.

The internship program will support three interns each year. The first group is scheduled to begin the program in September.

RedEye Chicago Articles
|
|
|