Clinic Provides Training for Students, Help for Those in Need
Hands-on training in a clinical setting is a key to success for doctoral candidates in clinical psychology. Stephen Lisman has shaped the Psychological Clinic and Binghamton University’s clinical psychology program.
Stephen Lisman, professor of psychology and director of clinical training at Binghamton University, centers his research on alcoholism, alcohol and behavior, behavior therapy, and psychopathology. But he’s much more than a researcher.
Lisman has guided the University’s clinical program since its inception in 1973, first as founder and director of the Psychological Clinic, and now as director of clinical training. Under his leadership, the clinical program earned an award for program excellence from the American Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy.
The Psychological Clinic, an outpatient facility run by the Psychology Department, offers psychotherapy and behavior therapy for adults, children, adolescents, couples, families and groups for a broad range of behavioral and psychological problems. Generally, the clinic focuses on short-term interventions, but longer treatment programs are sometimes undertaken.
In addition, the clinic provides neuropsychological assessments for children, adolescents and adults.
Highly collaborative and hands-on, the clinic is staffed by advanced graduate students in the clinical psychology doctoral training program, working with PhD-level clinical psychologists.
This approach provides more than a necessary service to the community; it provides the opportunity for doctoral students to learn and apply a rigorous, scientific knowledge base to helping people. Graduates of the program, which Lisman says emphasizes “prevention, rehabilitation and community intervention, in addition to the more traditional level of individual psychotherapy,” pursue careers in the public mental health system, academia, medical schools and teaching hospitals, private practice and social policy.