Student Information

Student Name

Riordan D’Lasnow

Email

guitardude055@gmail.

Academy

Engineering

Internship Information

Company/Organization: West Bergen Mental Healthcare

Mentor(s):Amarjot S. Narula M.D.

Topic of Internship

Psychology/Psychiatry

Background Information

West Bergen Mental Healthcare was founded in 1963 as a Child Guidance Clinic. Today it is a full range community mental health center that serves over 2,000 people a year. West Bergen offers a full range of professional services designed to meet the needs of the individuals and families that they serve. They can help with problems of everyday life or more serious emotional disorders. West Bergen's specially trained group of licensed mental health professionals work together to deliver the most effective treatment approach for each individual. Treatment goals include management of symptoms, improving relationships and developing better life adjustment and coping skills.

Summary of Internship

My internship at West Bergen was an amazing experience. As an intern, I had the opportunity to observe the therapists and consumers. I regularly attended group therapy sessions and was able to see various therapy techniques. One of the most exciting opportunities that I was able to be a part of was a guitar group called “Strings and Beyond.” In this group session, I was able to teach the consumers a bit about the history and background of the guitar while allowing them to learn some basic skills and understand how they can pursue this interest in the future. Now that my time at West Bergen has finished, I feel much more strongly about pursuing psychology as a major in college and ultimately –a career. My internship has enabled me to gain insight into the field of psychology, and it has had a tremendous influence on my life.

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