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The University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School
Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital

Advanced Practicum in Clinical Psychology


 Requests for information and application materials may be sent to:

Michael Burke, PsyD

Advanced Practicum

361 Plantation Street    

Worcester, MA 01604

(774) 420-3129

Ariel Ingber, PsyD

Advanced Practicum

309 Belmont Street

Worcester, MA 01604

(508) 368-3865

Faith Therrien, PsyD  

Advanced Practicum

309 Belmont Street                  

Worcester, MA  01604 

(508) 368-3308                

Deadline:  Applications will be accepted from November 1, 2023, until January 8, 2024.

Prospective candidates should provide all of the following:

  •      Cover letter, detailing your relevant experiences and specific interest in the Advanced Practicum
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Three letters of reference, at least one from a field training supervisor
  • Fully redacted, HIPAA-compliant case formulation, including a comprehensive biopsychosocial history and mental status exam. 
  • If available, a fully redacted, HIPAA-compliant psychological or neuropsychological testing report


Thank you for your interest. As part of an integrated, multi-level training program, the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School (UMass Chan) and Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital (WRCH) are pleased to offer an advanced practicum in clinical psychology focused on intervention, assessment, and professional development in working with adults with serious and persistent mental illness.

Clinical training occurs at WRCH, a large, urban, state psychiatric facility for adult and adolescent patients located in a developing biotechnology park and on the site of the former Worcester State Hospital. The advanced practicum will offer four part-time positions. Trainees will be expected to be onsite 20 hours per week over a 10-month period between July and May. Trainees will also receive a $4,000 stipend.

Applicants must be in good academic standing in a doctoral program in psychology or counseling and be in at least their third year of clinical training. Preference will be given to applicants interested in supporting marginalized individuals, pursuing careers in the public sector, and with some experience working in inpatient settings, but all interested are encouraged to apply. Our program follows the guidelines of the Massachusetts Practicum Training Collaborative (PTC). Offer notifications will be made on the date selected by the PTC, to be determined and updated when available.

Additional important information for applicants:

As of August 10, 2021, all faculty and staff employees of UMass Chan Medical School must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment; this applies to psychology interns, who are considered UMass Chan employees. (Employees of WRCH are also required to be fully vaccinated). UMass Chan allows certain exemptions for individuals with approved medical or religious accommodations. If you have questions or would like to learn more about this policy, please contact the UMass Chan-WRCH Director of Intern Training. Further, UMass Chan requires all of their employees to receive the annual flu shot. All vaccines are provided free of charge by UMass. If you have received these vaccinations elsewhere, you will be asked to provide proof of vaccination to the Human Resource Department.


WRCH is the Department of Mental Health’s (DMH) newest facility. Built on the ground of the former Worcester State Hospital and rep

lacing three other state hospitals, the physical space was designed to promote the personal dignity of patients and promote dual-recovery-oriented, person-centered care. The recovery center is composed of two adult court evaluation units; nine adult continuing care units; two adolescent units; and a unit with a mixed acute/continuing care population of hearing and Deaf/hard-of-hearing adults. A forensic service (composed of evaluators from UMass Chan and DMH) provides forensic evaluation services to the hospital.

Beyond the wide range of clinical presentations, our patient population is composed of people diverse in ages, ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical ability, and language and communication needs. Consequently, we are committed to providing equitable, trauma-informed mental health treatment.


The training year begins during the first week of July with an approximately two-week orientation, much of which is completed alongside incoming interns and postdoctoral fellows. The orientation consists of a hospital orientation required for all new employees as well as an orientation to the Department of Psychology’s workflow, administrative procedures, and a range of foundational, clinically-focused seminar modules. 

Training opportunities throughout the year may include:

  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Group psychotherapy (e.g., Cognitive Enhancement Restructuring Treatment (CERT), CBT for Psychosis, DBT, Relapse Prevention Planning, Legal Education/Competency Restoration, Mentally Ill/Problematic Sexual Behavior (MIPSB))
  • Admission/Annual assessments
  • Violence, suicide, fire-setting, and problematic sexual behavior risk assessments
  • Cognitive and psychological assessment 
  •       Weekly individual supervision with staff psychologists and interns
  •       Year-long didactic program
  •       Hospital-wide consultation groups (e.g., CBT for Psychosis, DBT, MIPSB)
  •       Observation of recommitment hearings

For more information, please review the brochure, hyperlink provided above.

Advanced Practicum Directors:

Michael Burke, PsyD: Michael Burke is a licensed clinical psychologist, Designated Forensic Psychologist, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UMass Chan Medical School. He earned his doctorate degree, concentrating in forensic psychology, at William James College. He completed his internship at the New York University Langone-Bellevue Hospital Clinical Psychology Internship program on the forensic track. He then accepted a position in the Psychology Department at Bridgewater State Hospital, focusing on treating patients with complex clinical presentations and completing risk evaluations for civilly committed patients. He later transferred to the Forensic Psychology Department, where he was responsible for performing court-ordered mental health evaluations. In 2021, he accepted his current position on the Mobile Forensic Service at UMass Chan Medical School, where he continues to perform court-ordered mental health evaluations as well as enhanced risk assessments for the Department of Mental Health. His interests include forensic mental health assessment, the impact of social media on this task, and clinical interventions in forensic settings.

Ariel Ingber, PsyD: Ariel Ingber is a licensed clinical psychologist and Designated Forensic Psychologist. She earned her doctorate from William James College and completed pre-doctoral internship training at South Florida State Hospital and a postdoctoral fellowship at Bridgewater State Hospital. Dr. Ingber became a staff psychologist at WRCH in 2021 and joined the practicum training committee as a co-director in 2023. Her clinical interests include forensic assessment and treatment, assessment and treatment of Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals, risk assessment and mitigation, and cognitive and personality assessment.

Faith Therrien, PsyD: Faith Therrien is a licensed clinical psychologist in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology with a concentration in forensics from William James College in 2019.  As a former advanced practicum trainee at Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital, she returned to the facility to work in 2020 and assumed the role of advance practicum co-director in 2023.  Her clinical interests are individual and group therapy treatment for persons with severe and persistent mental illness, risk assessment, racial trauma, and positive behavior interventions and support (PBIS). 

 Thank you for your interest in the Advanced Practicum in Clinical Psychology at
Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital!