Medical Family Therapy - Seattle Pacific University

Medical Placement Partners

Would you like a free on-site psychosocial provider for your outpatient medical clinic? If so, here is a description of the services our Medical Family Therapists provide and what you can expect from a SPU behavioral health intern:

Each Intern...

  • Is an experienced graduate or post-graduate level psychosocial provider who has worked extensively in mental health settings with individuals, couples and families dealing with a variety of psychosocial and psychiatric disorders.
  • Has studied the provision of psychosocial services in a medical setting, charting, medical culture, improving compliance, somatic conditions, doctor/patient relationship concerns, and how to successfully collaborate with attending providers.
  • Will receive 3 hours a week of case supervision with the director of their program at SPU – requiring very little time from the on-site clinic staff or provider.
  • Has his/her own liability insurance in addition to the liability insurance provided by SPU.

During Their Medical Rotation Interns Will:

  • Provide a range of psychosocial services, training and support for patient/family and medical team – 10 hours in clinic each week.
  • Develop and implement assessment and treatment plans addressing a broad range of psychosocial and psychiatric concerns. These treatment plans will round out and support the biomedical treatment being provided by the attending physician or ARNP.

The Goal of the Internship is To:

  • Expose the student to the spectrum of psychosocial patient needs in a medical setting
  • Explore the nature of collaboration between multidisciplinary providers
  • Provide on-site psychosocial intervention for patients whose presenting biomedical and psychosocial issues are complex and challenging
  • Establish sound on-site referral mechanisms for the medical team
  • Give psychosocial services free to patients and families of the medical practice in exchange for the internship experience

Length of internship is 9-12 months beginning in late summer or early fall.


For more information, contact:

Tina Schermer Sellers, Ph.D.
Director, Medical Family Therapy
Seattle Pacific University