July 24, 2013 at 3:40 pm EDT | by Staff reports
Northwestern teams with gay community center
The Center on Halsted, Chicago, Gay News, Washington Blade

The Center on Halsted, an LGBT community center in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, IL., teams up with Northwestern University this fall, for the country’s first clinical psychology internship track focused on LGBT health. (Photo via Wikimedia by Victory & Reseda)

CHICAGO — The country’s first clinical psychology internship track focused on LGBT health will launch this fall in Chicago, Chicagopride.com, an Illinois gay news outlet, reported last week.

Organizers called it a “historic collaboration” between multiple departments at Northwestern University and the Center on Halstead, a Chicago LGBT community center, the article said.

Training additional providers in the fields of LGBT health, research, education and services, the internship is meant to increase access of LGBT-identifying individuals to culturally competent and evidenced-based mental health care, the Go Pride article said.

A track within the psychiatry and behavioral sciences internship and postdoctoral fellowship program, interns will experience rotations that will integrate training in mental health care for LGBT clients in the community, gay and bisexual men living with HIV/AIDS in an infectious disease clinic, caring for low-income individuals with serious mental illness, and LGBT public health research and services, organizers told Chicagorpride.com staff.

The internship is funded by a grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration and will support three interns each year, the article said.

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