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, full time 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.
Clinical Child Psychology Track
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 picked from five options: ADHD/Behavioral Pediatrics, Eating Disorders, Feeding/Elimination Disorders, Special Needs, and Trauma 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 settings.
Pediatric Psychology Track
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 in clinical and counseling psychology.
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 division, program, and hospital, click here to see our slides from the APA Parade of Internships 2014.