NY Office of Mental Health and Deans' Consortium Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Project

Award Internships in Evidence-Based Practice & Recovery treatment models are available in both the Buffalo and Rochester areas for advanced year students.

Students learn to implement evidence-based interventions with individuals diagnosed with major depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. They also learn how to evaluate the effectiveness of these interventions and programs.

Students receive a New York Office of Mental Health Certificate upon completion.

Evidence Based Project Colloquia

Participating students are required to enroll in the following online course:


Contact Brenda Wright, Project Director of the OMH-Deans Consortium Project
at 716-829-5865 orĀ 

Sample Field Opportunities

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)

ACT is a recovery based team approach to serving adult consumers with a diagnosis of mental illness. Evidence-based treatment practices (interventions that have demonstrated positive outcomes in multiple research studies) provide a framework for a model that focuses on individualized, flexible and supportive care in both clinic and community settings.

The intern will be part of multidisciplinary team that meets daily and typically includes social workers, nurses, psychiatrists and substance abuse, peer and vocational specialists. Rather than send the consumer to other programs that broker services, an ACT team provides a full array of services that can range from assisting with housing and employment to substance abuse treatment.

Members of the team typically do not have individual caseloads, rather the team as a whole is responsible for care. For example, assessment and treatment planning are done collaboratively in close consultation with each other.

This format provides a rich and supportive learning environment for students.

Other recovery-based placement opportunities may include

  • Integrated dual disorder treatment.
  • Supported employment.
  • Wellness management.
  • Forensic administrative placements.