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For Graduate Level Trainees

Through our graduate level clinical training program, we offer multiple experiences for those in graduate school to be immersed in the REStArTSM Model through Bradley Counseling Center and Stepping Stone Therapeutic Day School.

Current graduate students can apply for master’s level practica/internships, doctoral level practica and pre-doctoral internships. In addition, Allendale offers postdoctoral training for students who have recently graduated and are seeking licensure as a clinical psychologist. All trainees receive supervision from licensed psychologists and clinicians who have been trained and work within the REStArTSM Model. Trainees work primarily with outpatient clients with opportunities in our Therapeutic Day School.

Allendale’s model, the Relational Re-Enactment Systems Approach to Treatment (REStArTSM) is a comprehensive child and adolescent mental health treatment model. Treatment is based on youth’s “conflict cycles” (i.e., relational trauma), which are defined by their re-enactments of their attachment experiences in the present. By engaging all systems involved with a youth and the experiences the members of those systems have with him/her, the treatment team can develop an understanding of how the youth sees themselves, others and their relationships. Plans for treatment, then, are driven by this conceptualization which is unique to each youth, but created within a model that uses attachment theory, object relations theory, an understanding of the impact of trauma and neurobiological underpinnings to organize the youth’s patterns into diagnostic categories. These plans are developed to interrupt this cycle, which gives youth a chance to experience the feelings that have been inaccessible to them because they were being acted-out. The interruption of their re-enactment also gives them a chance to find new ways of relating and responding. The REStArTSM model has thirteen principles that capture the philosophy, theory and practice behind the approach. These principles guide the treatment process and implementation with the goal of developing and executing a successful life plan.

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APA-Accredited Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology

12-month APA-accredited internship program

Postdoctoral Residency in Clinical Psychology

Intensive postdoctoral residency training experience in the Allendale REStArTSM model

Doctoral Practicum in Clinical Psychology

Therapy/advanced therapy practicum experience

Master’s Level Practicum/Internship

Master’s level practicum/internship experience for those pursuing a master’s degree in counseling or clinical psychology or clinical social work

Other Internship Opportunities

Undergraduate internship program with hands-on experience for students in the special education, social work and human services fields