PsychiatrySupervisor: Dr. Naomi Swiezy and Dr. Tiffany Neal
- Internship Location:
- Pre Professional Interests Preferred:
- Dress Code:
- Professional work attire
- Majors Preferred:
Biology, Computer and Information Science , Education, Health Sciences, Health Services Management, Psychology, Public Health, Social Work
- Hours per week:
- Flexible within regular work hours (Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm)
- The HANDS in Autism® Interdisciplinary Training and Resource Center is committed to providing innovative, research-based, and practical opportunities. These include services, trainings, resources and technical support relevant to a range of community stakeholders inclusive of school staff, medical and service providers, caregivers and individuals. Programming follows the HANDS in Autism® training model which is relevant not only to those affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but also those with other social, communication, neurodevelopmental and behavioral challenges across the lifespan. Our vision is to facilitate the building of capacity in serving individuals with ASD and related challenges within their local communities across Indiana. HANDS in Autism® continually works towards this vision through the following missions and ongoing efforts:
Providing unique learning opportunities to improve understanding of the process and skills needed to work with and provide individualized programming based on evidence-based practices and data-driven decision-making.
Bridging across multiple environments (educational, medical, clinical and home/community) to establish a common language and collaborate in creating comprehensive, proactive programming across multiple and complex systems and settings.
- Internship Duties:
- Students are provided with various options for actively participating in the vision and related missions by engaging in one of the following opportunities:
HANDS Program Assistant – The Program Assistant position provides the student with opportunities for hands-on involvement with staff in ongoing projects, preparation for programming and events, coordination of community events and awareness efforts (primarily at the Center; but also within the community). Students will also provide program-level support (e.g., data collection, scoring, representation; development of individualized training and programming supports) to HANDS staff working with children and adults with disabilities as well as various more specialized support for the large range of training, resource development and community support across HANDS programming.
HANDSmade™ Mentor – The Mentor position provides the student with opportunities to support HANDS staff in the HANDSmade™ program. The HANDSmade™ Program is a partnership between the HANDS in Autism® Center, Riley Hospital for Children, and IU Health, that facilitates training and skills development opportunities as it pertains to vocational, functional, behavioral, and social skills development for individuals with ASD or other social, communication, or behavioral challenges within a structured work environment. HANDS mentors will support the staff in direct work with transition-aged individuals (i.e., 14 years and older) who have a range of disabilities across community, post-secondary, and vocational settings and are participating in internships, individual services, small groups, and intensive multi-day workshops. Mentors will have opportunities to assist these consumers in strengthening their job skills and in learning how to become a productive and valued worker/employee.