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Psychology Internship Introduction and Background
Psychology Internship Introduction and Background

Program Location

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 to provide the intern with a variety of professional experiences in a major children's hospital with patients from all socioeconomic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, as well as a wide variety of psychological services.

Program Overview

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.

Clinical Child Psychology Track

This track meets the internship core competencies 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 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

This track meets the internship core competencies 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 builds skills to help interns compete for pediatric fellowships and have successful careers as pediatric psychologists.  

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