Walker Family Clinic
The Walker Family Clinic (WFC) has been offering mental health services to adolescent, young adults, adults, and geriatric populations since 2008. The WFC was formed by the integration of the UAMS Program for Adults and Program for Young Adults. This clinic serves the referral needs for inpatient units, UAMS outpatient clinical programs, the community of greater Little Rock, and for secondary and tertiary settings from across the state. The patient population for WFC generally reflects the racial and ethnic breakdown of the Greater Little Rock metropolitan area, which is primarily Caucasian and African American. Socio-economic status also is diverse; however, the majority of clientele come from lower income homes. Staff at the WFC include psychologists, psychology interns, psychiatrists, psychiatry residents and fellows, licensed clinical social workers, social work interns, and licensed professional counselors.
At the WFC interns complete a 12-month therapy rotation with adults. The clinical populations for the WFC include patients with diagnoses of trauma and stress-related disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, somatization and conversion disorders, psychotic disorders, personality disorders, pain, substance abuse, eating disorders, and general medical conditions. Interns train with and are supervised by faculty who have experience in behavioral, cognitive, cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, psychodynamic, mindfulness, EMDR, hypnosis, behavioral medicine, systems, and family therapy models. Interns in this clinic will have the opportunity to develop skills as a provider for adult patients in both individual and group settings.
The WFC also houses the Neuropsychology Service. Interns may train under the supervision of Jennifer Kleiner, Ph.D., ABPP and Jennifer Gess, Ph.D., ABPP and provide consultation services to the university and the outside community. The target population is adults ages 18 to geriatrics. This program is referral-based; referrals primarily come from departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, Internal Medicine, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The population has equal distributions of gender and ethnic populations to match those of the referring departments. In addition, there is opportunity to train within the geriatric tele-neuropsychology program, working with individuals via telehealth equipment who have known or suspected dementia. These training experiences includes an introductory exposure to concepts of behavioral neurology and brain-behavior relationships. Interns are provided exposure to patients with neurologic conditions and are trained in clinical interview skills with a focus on evaluation of medical and neurological associations of a variety of disorders. Depending on their interest and backgrounds, they may receive additional training in the administration of a variety of neuropsychological psychometrics, as well as the subsequent scoring and interpretation of those tests. Comprehensive neuropsychological report writing may also be a component of this rotation. Other experiences offered, but not required, during this rotation include Neurology Grand Rounds, Epilepsy Conference, Clinical Investigators Working Group meetings, research opportunities, and Brain Cutting.
Little Rock Community Mental Health Center – Outpatient Services
Interns complete a 12-month rotation at the LRCMHC Outpatient. The populations served in this clinic are adults with serious mental illness including diagnoses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, personality disorders, and other diagnoses that cause significant disturbances in functioning. Typically, persons will have multiple diagnoses and often co-occurring disorders. Programs at LRCMHC include diagnostic assessment, medication management, individual and group therapy, community intervention services, day treatment, outreach services for persons who are homeless, and housing services. LRCMHC employs staff from various disciplines including psychiatry, psychology, social work, professional counseling, paraprofessionals, and nursing.
Interns will participate as an active member of the treatment team, providing psychological consultation as needed, participating in treatment team staffing, and assisting with triage of patient needs. Treatment opportunities will include providing individual and group therapy to outpatient clients, participating in open access intake clinic, co-leading a DBT group, and participating in DBT service.
Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) Burn Center
Interns complete a 12-month rotation at the Burn Center at ACH. The Burn Center is the only one of its kind in Arkansas, providing both inpatient and outpatient follow-up care for patients with varying degrees of burns. Interns attend the Burn Center inpatient rounds and provide consultation services on both the inpatient unit and outpatient clinic. As part of the Burn Center team, interns provide services to adult and pediatric patients along with their family members. Clinical services include brief assessment of mental health symptoms, psychoeducation about mental health symptoms, and brief cognitive-behavioral interventions. Common mental health problems in this population with which the intern would get experience include depression, PTSD, generalized anxiety, and substance abuse. Referrals to local therapy providers in the patients’ communities will be made as necessary by the interns. Research opportunities on this rotation are additionally possible. Interns are part of the multidisciplinary Burn Center team which includes surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, nurse practitioners, occupational therapists, physical therapists, pharmacists, nutritionists, respiratory therapists, and social workers.
Interns may engage in on-going research under the supervision of a psychologist within the department. Many opportunities are available, which are tailored individually to suit the needs and goals of the intern, the currently available research projects, and other considerations. Please refer to Research page for more information.