Contact: Rick Weinberg

" Psychology Interns meet mayor Iorio"

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(Tampa, April 2005)

On April 20, 2005 the FMHI Psychology Interns and Internship Director, Dr. Rick Weinberg were invited to meet with Mayor Iorio at City Hall. The interns-- Inka Weissbecker, Stephanie Romney, and Nate Israel described their mental health policy research projects with the Mayor. Mayor Iorio and Dr. Weinberg discussed Community Policing, how it has been beneficial to Tampa, and how to access more federal funds to improve Tampa's Community Policing efforts. The mayor inspired the interns with stories about her own background as a USF graduate student (in history), and described her career trajectory as it took her from an undergrad at American University in Washington DC to the mayor of a major metropolitan area.

The FMHI predoctoral psychology internship specializes in preparing doctoral clinical psychology students by integrating training in direct behavioral health care service delivery with an understanding of mental health policy research and advocacy. The training philosophy is founded on the principle that clinical service delivery is improved when treatment providers understand larger systemic issues-- finances, economics, health care policy, etc. and that sound, compassionate policy is more likely when informed by a first-person understanding of the exigencies and life constraints that experience in clinical training can bring. Meeting with the mayor and discussing mental health and social service with her is one way that clinical and policy training can be combined.

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