The Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics' Clinical Child/Pediatric Psychology Internship Training Program was first accredited by the American Psychological Association in December 1994. Its most recent site visit was in 2010 and the program was successfully re-accredited for an additional seven years.
The program is located within the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Sciences in the Department of Pediatrics. The clinic is an on-site, hospital-based multidisciplinary clinic. This location was chosen expressly because it would provide the intern with a wide variety of professional experiences in a major children's hospital that provides all of the subspecialty care currently recognized in the field of pediatrics, with patients from all socioeconomic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, as well as a wide variety of psychological services.
The Division of Developmental and Behavioral Sciences has included in its budget stipends for at least three pre-doctoral psychology interns and at least two post-doctoral fellows.
The internship training curriculum is individually designed according to the goals of the overall program and the entry skills and objectives of the interns. Each intern is required to meet overall program goals in terms of general didactic and clinical experience. The program at CMH is a 12 month, fulltime internship (2000 hours) consisting of two tracks: (1) Clinical Child Psychology and (2) Pediatric Psychology. Both tracks aim to provide interns with (A) a wide variety of depth and breadth of experience in clinical child psychology within a pediatric academic medical center; (B) opportunities for interprofessional development and collaboration through integration into pediatric subspecialty clinics; and (C) knowledge of successful integration of research into clinical practice.
The Clinical Child Psychology Track meets
the internship core competencies in professional development,
assessment, treatment, and consultation through a year long
outpatient clinical child experience and three 4-month long
rotations in ADHD/Behavioral Pediatrics, Special Needs, and Eating
Disorders, as well as through research and didactics. The
clinical child track emphasizes experiences that build skills that
will prepare interns to be competitive for fellowships in clinical
child psychology and for careers in academic medical centers,
primary care clinics, private practice, and a variety of
The Pediatric Psychology Track meets the
internship core competencies in professional development,
assessment, treatment, and consultation through year long
experiences in inpatient consultation/liaison and outpatient child
psychology clinic and three 4-month long rotations in medical
specialty clinics, neuropsychology, and pain management as well as
through research and didactics. The pediatric psychology
track emphasizes experiences that build skills that will promote
interns being competitive for pediatric fellowships and being
successful in careers as pediatric psychologists.
The internship program accepts
applications from doctoral candidates from APA-approved programs in
clinical or counseling psychology.
Successful applicants must establish a
match to the goals of the internship training program by submitting
evidence of prior coursework in child and family psychology and
experience in delivering services to children and their families.
The program only accepts students from APA-approved programs.
While it is not mandatory that
dissertations be completed, progress towards completion will be
taken into consideration when evaluating applicants.
For a brief overview of
the section, program, and hospital, see this document from APA Parade of Internships 2012.