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Psychosis and Severe Mental Illness

Learning Pathway Component

Ryther’s work with children and young adults extends to those who are experiencing severe mental health symptoms.  We offer intensive services for young people with symptoms such as psychosis, bi-polar, self-harming, and severe behavioral issues.  We utilize a variety of Evidenced-Based Practices (EBP’s) across several programs to help these young people find safety and healing.  Interns in this Learning Pathway will gain experience in multiple EPB’s and other counseling skills across a several settings.

We are currently accepting the following internship applications for this Learning Pathways below.

(Will also consider Associate’s degree SUD counseling students.)




1st Year / Generalist Master's
2nd Year / Advanced Master's

FALL 2024

1st Year / Generalist Master’s
2nd Year / Advanced Master’s


1st Year / Generalist Master’s

Common Learning Activities:

  • Co-facilitate therapeutic groups for young people experiencing severe mental health symptoms

  • Provide individual and family therapy (2nd Year/Clinical Masters’s only)

  • Attend weekly psychosis-consultation group

  • Gain experience with in-person and virtual therapy

  • Learn from weekly Individual and group supervision

  • Collaborate at weekly team meetings, including multi-disciplinary case consults (“grand rounds”)

  • Partner with team members to provide a comprehensive continuum of care



Our rigorous onboarding process includes a variety of core trainings such as:

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Behavior management and crisis de-escalation

  • Trauma-informed care

  • Record keeping and clinical writing

  • Workplace expectations

  • Ethical decision-making

  • Case management skills


Additionally, students in this Learning Pathway get specific training and supervision in:

  • Introductory DBT Skills training

  • Introductory training in CBT for Psychosis

  • Weekly Psychosis consultation group with attention to EBP fidelity

  • Training in working as part of a Coordinated Specialty Care Team

  • Applying Trauma Informed Practices in therapeutic relationships



To fully participate in this Learning Pathway, interns should meet the following requirements:

  • Available to attend required team meetings every Tuesday 10-12pm (at least one hour; virtually) Wednesday 10am-12pm (virtual or in-person).

  • Available for in-person therapeutic work at least two afternoons a week (generally until 7:00PM).  Some hybrid work is available.

  • Can maintain practicum placement for no less than 9 months (3 quarters) for 2nd Year/Advanced Master’s students.  Bachelor’s and 1st Year Master’s students will be considered for shorter placements.

  • Able to complete assigned tasks outside of their specific Learning Pathway based on agency needs, school/program requirements, and individual learning goals.

  • Acceptance of and ability to work with individuals and families with a variety of identities, behaviors, and cultural and spiritual practices with the ability to apply a social justice and equity lens to all aspects of this work.

For further information, contact the Director of Learning and Vocation

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