Internships, Clinical Rotations and Practica Opportunities

A variety of internships, clinical rotation, and practica opportunities are available at BSDC. These opportunities are provided through affiliation with Nebraska’s universities, colleges and technical schools. Opportunities are available at BSDC in:


Dentistry
A program of rotations, in affiliation with the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry, is available for senior dental and dental hygiene students. Students have the opportunity to observe, assist, and treat patients within a developmental disability setting.
Students are provided with eight blocks, or three-week rotation periods, during the school year. The rotation may be split between BSDC and another site. One-week student rotations for dental hygiene are also available.

For more information, contact: Dennis.Pestal@nebraska.gov

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Nutrition
In cooperation with the University of Nebraska Medical Center, dietetic interns may perform part of their clinical practica at BSDC. Special training experiences available include:

  • Completing nutritional assessment for pediatric, adult and geriatric populations.
  • Working with therapeutic diets, dysphagia evaluation and treatment.
  • Identifying drug-nutrient interactions.
  • Participating within an Interdisciplinary Team.

For more information, contact: Patti.Marshall@nebraska.gov

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Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy
Clinical rotation opportunities are provided for physical therapy and occupational therapy doctoral candidates from Creighton University in Omaha, physical therapy students from University of Nebraska Medical Center, physical therapist assistant students from Northeast Community College in Norfolk, and occupational therapy assistant students from Casper Junior College in Casper, Wyoming.

Clinical experience in the areas of adaptive equipment, functional positioning, and upper and lower extremity orthotics and working with pediatric, adolescent, and/or adult persons is available. The following clinical experiences are also provided:

  • Conducting evaluation
  • Providing direct treatment
  • Completing wheelchair evaluations
  • Participating in wheelchair clinics
  • Developing and providing in-services for staff
  • Working with orthopedics to working with orthopedic surgeon
  • Providing consultative services
  • Interacting with other health care professionals within an Interdisciplinary Team.

For more information contact: Rudy.Vazquez@nebraska.gov.

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Psychology/Behavioral Support Team

Member of the Nebraska Internship Consortium in Professional Psychology (NICPPP).

Clinical training experiences for doctoral level interns include:

  • Clinical consultation
  • Psychological, behavioral and functional assessments
  • Behavioral intervention design and implementation
  • Group and individual therapy

Internships may involve two to four major rotations in addition to a yearlong case assignment. Areas of emphasis may include working with medically fragile individuals, the elderly, those with dual diagnoses, and those receiving short-term, intensive treatment. Involvement in independent research activities, administrative aspects of the department, or with off-site consultation with families, schools, and community-based service providers is also available.

For more information contact: Shawn.Bryant@nebraska.gov

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Speech/Language Pathology and Audiology
BSDC offers practicum hours for graduate students associated with the Department of Speech/Language Pathology and Audiology of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Specialty areas in which experience may be gained include:

  • Diagnostics
  • Individual and group therapy
  • Provision of in-service to paraprofessional and professional staff
  • Augmented communication
  • Working within an Interdisciplinary Team approach
  • Hearing aids
  • Hearing conservation
  • Dysphasia evaluation and follow-up

Additionally, for the Master’s level professional, Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY) supervision is available.

For information contact: Amy.vrbas@nebraska.gov

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Therapeutic Recreation
BSDC provides internship experiences for Therapeutic Recreation (TR) students that are in compliance with the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) requirements. This includes:

  • The total minimum number of required hours is 480. The minimum number of hours and weeks must be accomplished at one agency site over a consecutive period of time. No fewer than 20 hours per week nor more than 45 hours per week will be accepted for the field placement experience. Additionally, the field placement experience must be completed for no fewer than twelve consecutive full weeks. The total minimum number of required hours is 480. For students completing only 20 hours a week, the total number of weeks will be 24 to meet the minimum 480-hour requirements. The field placement experience should be continuous and uninterrupted and must take place at one agency site. Total hours may not be split between two or more sites or accumulated over multiple sites.

  • Supervision by an on-site field placement supervisor who is certified by NCTRC at the Therapeutic Recreation Specialist professional level. Full-time, on-site, agency supervisor must be "actively" certified at the professional level with NCTRC. The CTRS supervisor must be employed full-time by the agency. Full-time involvement also indicates that the supervisor will be working directly with the student.

  • An acceptable internship must be based on the therapeutic recreation process as defined by the knowledge and tasks in the current NCTRC Job Analysis Study. This means the student will have experience in all areas of the NCTRC National Job Analysis Skills, including: agency and TR service planning, assessment for TR intervention, individual intervention planning, implementation of TR services, evaluation of the intervention plan, documentation, working with treatment/service teams, organizing and managing services, outreach/advocacy, public relations, and professional development.

For information contact: Julie.Belding@nebraska.gov

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