Title

Interning at the Martin Gipson Socialization Center

Poster Number

18A

Lead Author Major

Psychology

Lead Author Status

Junior

Format

Poster Presentation

Faculty Mentor Name

Scott Jensen

Faculty Mentor Email

sjensen@pacific.edu

Faculty Mentor Department

Psychology

Abstract/Artist Statement

This report outlines the duties of an intern at the Martin Gipson Socialization Center located in Stockton, California. The Gipson center is a place that helps individuals with mental illnesses reemerge into the community and become productive members of society. Individuals are provided with various health and wellness classes that help them become a better person. Such classes include: stress management, medication education, social skills, anger management, and symptom management to name a few. The center focuses on behavior analysis techniques to provide optimal service to the consumers. The Gipson center has over 3300 registered members, with approximately 80-90 consumers who attend daily. Given the large number of consumers, interns and volunteers are always welcomed. Over the course of the last three months I have been an intern at the Gipson center where my main role has been to teach the classes offered at the center. In addition to providing classes, I have also had to write progress notes at the end of each class for individuals who are billable. In these progress notes I state what class was taught and what topic was covered in the class. I also have to report whether the individual remained engaged and participated in the class. As a psychology student who wishes to pursue a career in mental health, I have found this experience very rewarding. My experience in this center has helped me gain a better understanding of the kind of work and assistance that individuals with mental illnesses require. Personally, I am satisfied with the internship, the staff offer a very welcoming environment and I would recommend the Gipson center to anyone who is interested in learning more about mental health.

Location

DeRosa University Center, Ballroom

Start Date

29-4-2017 10:00 AM

End Date

29-4-2017 12:00 PM

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Interning at the Martin Gipson Socialization Center

DeRosa University Center, Ballroom

This report outlines the duties of an intern at the Martin Gipson Socialization Center located in Stockton, California. The Gipson center is a place that helps individuals with mental illnesses reemerge into the community and become productive members of society. Individuals are provided with various health and wellness classes that help them become a better person. Such classes include: stress management, medication education, social skills, anger management, and symptom management to name a few. The center focuses on behavior analysis techniques to provide optimal service to the consumers. The Gipson center has over 3300 registered members, with approximately 80-90 consumers who attend daily. Given the large number of consumers, interns and volunteers are always welcomed. Over the course of the last three months I have been an intern at the Gipson center where my main role has been to teach the classes offered at the center. In addition to providing classes, I have also had to write progress notes at the end of each class for individuals who are billable. In these progress notes I state what class was taught and what topic was covered in the class. I also have to report whether the individual remained engaged and participated in the class. As a psychology student who wishes to pursue a career in mental health, I have found this experience very rewarding. My experience in this center has helped me gain a better understanding of the kind of work and assistance that individuals with mental illnesses require. Personally, I am satisfied with the internship, the staff offer a very welcoming environment and I would recommend the Gipson center to anyone who is interested in learning more about mental health.