Articles by Lara Friedrich, PsyD

Dr. Friedrich is a licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice in Manhattan. She welcomes clients from all backgrounds, and often works with professionals, people in the arts, folks in the LGBTQ community, and college and graduate students. She is also an adjunct professor in the Mental Health Counseling program at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, part of the City University of New York. Dr. Friedrich loves her work, and she welcomes the opportunity to meet new people! Connect with her at <a href="https://drlarafriedrich.com/">DrLaraFriedrich.com</a>.

6 Insider Tips for Your Inpatient Training

6 Insider Tips for Your Inpatient Training

Hospitals are their own worlds, and psychiatric units even more so. Most of us don’t know much of what happens in these mysterious places, leaving us to pop culture and our own imaginations to try to figure it out.

For example, will these units be like Girl, Interrupted, or look like one of Carrie Mathison’s hospital stays on Homeland?

Psychiatric units are generally locked, but you, dear reader, have the keys – and you’re headed in. Here are six tips they don’t teach you in school.

Choosing a Hospital Training Site in Behavioral Health

Choosing a Hospital Training Site in Behavioral Health

I went to graduate school in a large city, and I was lucky to have over a dozen hospital sites to apply to once I knew I wanted inpatient experience. The problem was that I didn’t realize how much variation existed within the world of hospital training.

Knowing what kind of hospital you’re applying to will help you focus your cover letters, know what you’re walking into on interviews, and pick the site that best fits with the experiences you want.

While you’ll probably want to cast a wide hospital net when you apply for practicum, in the jumble of names that invariably include terms like “behavioral,” “psychiatric,” “center,” “health,” and “hospital,” it’s important to know what you’re headed for. Applying to the nearest Psychiatric Behavioral Health and Hospital Center is meaningless, unless you know what type of hospital it is.

So here’s a brief primer to help you find your way, along with some questions to guide you.