At any given time, RBHA has approximately 20 student interns working for the agency under supervision. Our agency partners with many different institutions, such as Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia State University, the University of Virginia, and the Virginia Treatment Center for Children. Under weekly supervision, students will be provided education and guidance to practice the highest professional standards as they deliver services to consumers, conduct agency and/or organizational tasks, and participate in policy analysis and/or application.
A student’s role is not to cover gaps in staffing shortages. Some of the learning assignments will include, but are not limited to: Conducting bio-psychosocial-spiritual assessments; differentiating diagnostic categories; providing clinical case management services to a small caseload and collaborating with their families and/or other providers as permitted by the consumer; documenting all rendered services according to regulatory standards; attending unit/division meetings and in-service trainings; completing process recordings and using as a tool to critique practice; and actively utilizing supervision to communicate learning needs, thoughts, feelings, and linking theory with practice by translating concepts into specific action.
The RBHA also offers volunteer opportunities on a limited basis. Volunteering for the RBHA is a less structured activity compared to a student internship; however, supervision is still required commensurate with volunteer experience and length of placement.
Once a student/volunteer has been offered a placement, a criminal history check at the expense of the student/volunteer must be provided to RBHA prior to the start date. Other trainings will be required based on the service area in which the intern/volunteer is placed.
- Click here to see a list of RBHA programs with qualified field instructors for student interns.
- For further information, please contact the Quality Assurance Coordinator at 804-819-4024, or complete the application and email it or mail it to RBHA. RBHA's mailing address is 107 South Fifth Street,
Richmond, VA 23219.