Carson City Rural Clinical (CCRC)

Carson City Rural Clinic (CCRC)

1 Full-Time Position, APPIC Program Code: 2323-14

General Information:

The Rural Clinics agency provides behavioral health care to underserved individuals with serious behavioral health needs located within one of the 15 rural counties in Nevada. The intern works out of the Carson City clinic, one of the Rural Clinics agencies. Located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and approximately 30 minutes from the Reno area, Carson City serves as the State’s capitol and is home to just over 50,000 residents. The Carson City Rural Clinic (CCRC) employs two full time psychologists, as well as several master’s level clinicians, psychiatric nurses, psychiatric case managers, psychiatrists, and psychiatric nurse practitioners. CCRC often serves as a training site for practicum and intern students of various disciplines.

The professional staff at CCRC provide services to clients both in person and through telehealth to clients based in more remote areas of the state. CCRC staff also provides behavioral health on-call coverage via telehealth to emergency rooms in rural hospitals throughout the state.  Staff at the Carson clinic are involved in several community partnerships including Mobile Crisis, Mental Health Court, and Juvenile Justice Diversion. The clinic provides outpatient services to approximately 900 children, adolescents, and adults per year.

Internship Experience:

Interns placed at CCRC work as part of an interdisciplinary team at an outpatient community behavioral health clinic. The intern provides intervention and assessment services to clients in-person in Carson City and to individuals located in more rural and frontier communities throughout Nevada through telehealth. Interns provide individual, group, and family therapy, conduct initial intake assessments, and provide comprehensive psychological assessments. The intern placed at CCRC receives in-person supervision from one primary psychologist supervisor, with opportunities to receive in-person and/or tele-supervision from other Rural Clinic psychologists.  

Interns receive training to meet the needs of a smaller community by learning to practice as a generalist working with a wide array of clients. Common presenting issues include but are not limited to: trauma, depression and anxiety, psychosis, co-occurring issues, family distress, interpersonal skill deficits, and general distress related to issues of poverty, stigma, and isolation. Interns at CCRC are expected to work with clients across the age spectrum but may be provided some flexibility to focus their caseload predominantly on adults or youth and families, if desired. Additionally, the intern may have the opportunity to receive some exposure to community-based activities such as community outreach, education, prevention, school-based or home-based services, or criminal justice diversion programs. Finally, interns may gain some opportunities to witness and/or participate in the state-legislative proceedings, including policy work on issues specific to psychology or behavioral health in general.

Site Director:

Don Campbell, Psy.D. (dcampbell@health.nv.gov)