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Indian Health Care Resource Center

Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Mailing address: 550 S. Peoria Avenue, Tulsa, OK 74120
Funding: $20,000
Time on site: 36 hrs.
Primary on-site supervisor(s): Rachele Floyd, Psy.D.; Joanna Shadlow, Ph.D.
Contact person: Rachele Floyd, Psy.D., Director of Behavioral Health; Jason Menting, Psy.D., Director of Clinical Training

Indian Health Care Resource Center of Tulsa, Inc. (IHCRC) is a nonprofit comprehensive health care facility serving the Tulsa area American Indian community. IHCRC is located in a newly expanded facility (over 52,000 square feet) in an urban setting with views of downtown Tulsa and a new addition - Medicine Wheel Park, which welcomes visitors through a Native American themed walking trail. The mission of IHCRC is to provide quality, comprehensive health care to Tulsa area American Indian people in a culturally sensitive manner that promotes good health, well being, and harmony. IHCRC provides medical, health and wellness education, dental, optometry, substance abuse, pharmacy, and behavioral health services. IHCRC serves individuals across the life span with economically diverse backgrounds.

IHCRC has a multidisciplinary behavioral health department comprised of psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and substance abuse counselors. A developmental pediatrician consults when possible. The behavioral health department of IHCRC provides comprehensive outpatient services utilizing evidenced-based practices. Services include clinical interviews, diagnostic assessments, substance abuse treatment, medication management, and individual, family, and group therapy. Specialty group applications, such as culturally specific groups for at risk youth and wellness initiatives may be developed by motivated interns.

IHCRC provides three full-time placements for interns. The internship is focused on training interns to provide behavioral health services in an interdisciplinary medical facility while emphasizing cultural competency in providing service in the American Indian community. Interns are valued members of our multidisciplinary team. Interns work closely with a variety of mental health and medical professionals.

The general responsibilities of the interns include conducting psychological assessment, consulting with medical providers, and providing individual, family, and group therapy with children, adolescents, and adults. Assessments include child neuro-developmental, parenting capacity, and dementia screening in addition to more typical evaluations. Interns may participate in one or more ongoing groups, which may include substance abuse treatment, adult anxiety, adult depression, coping with chronic illness, adolescent depression, and behavioral parent training. Interns are encouraged to form new groups as needed to address patient needs and intern interests. Interns conduct substance abuse assessments and gain experience in substance abuse treatment. Interns work closely with our medical department, with opportunities for medical consultation, observation of medical and psychiatric appointments, and multidisciplinary team participation. Interns are involved with our Systems of Care program, which provides community-based wrap around services to children and adolescents experiencing behavioral or emotional difficulties. Interns participate in community activities, including attending Tulsa Indian Community Advisory Team meetings. Interns are also invited to be involved with any of our ongoing cultural activities, including a drum group, Native Nations Youth Council, and an annual powwow.

To learn more about Indian Health Care Resource Center, go to www.ihcrc.org

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