Training Opportunities

Clinical Internships/Resident Rotations

The STAR-Center Clinic provides in-depth training experiences for residents, research fellows, medical students and masters or Ph.D./Psy.D. level clinical interns, in the assessment, management, and treatment of adolescents at high suicidal risk and with difficult to treat unipolar mood disorders.  Past clinical interns have come from academic institutions such as the University of Pittsburgh, Carlo College, Chatham College, Duquesne University, Robert Morris University and Slippery Rock University, for specialized training in the assessment, management, and treatment of adolescents with depression, anxiety and at high suicidal risk:

Elective Faculty/Staff

David Brent, MD, Director, Services for Teens at Risk (STAR) - Contact for Resident/Medical Student training program

Tina Goldstein, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Services for Teens at Risk (STAR) - Contact for Psychology training program

Kim Poling, LCSW, Clinical Program Manager, Services for Teens at Risk (STAR) - Contact for Clinical internship program

Elective Description

  • Responsibilities—interns join the STAR team of clinicians who assess, manage, and treat high-risk patients, and participate in assessments and treatment of patients.
  • Educational opportunities and objectives: Interns will learn about the assessment and monitoring of suicidal risk, development of a safety plan, psychotherapeutic approaches to the treatment of depressed, anxious, and/or suicidal teens, and the pharmacotherapy of difficult-to-treat unipolar mood disordered adolescents.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy training: STAR Clinic provides interns with the opportunity to further develop skills in delivering psychotherapy to depressed and/or anxious teens, as well as college-age students. Trainees may gain experience at outpatient or IOP levels of care and with adolescents and/or college students. Training is provided via didactic seminars and observation of therapy tapes. All trainees are assigned at least one depressed and or anxious STAR patient and may also serve as co-leader for IOP skills group. Trainees are provided weekly supervision. Trainees may also opt to co-lead the 8-week group series, Survivors of Suicide (SOS) bereavement group for adults who have lost a loved one to a death by suicide.

Residents and research fellows will have the opportunity to train with Dr. Brent and other STAR attending psychiatrists on assessment and medication management of depressed, anxious, and/or suicidal teens and/or college students.