Internship Training Aims, Sequence, and Expected Outcomes
The major aspiration of the program is to provide an integrated, individually-tailored and balanced series of learning experiences that will serve the aspiring professional psychologist with opportunities to
- Practice and expand on previously held knowledge and learned skills
- Develop new skills and knowledge
- Experience personal and professional growth and development, thus contributing to the emergence of a competent, scientist/practitioner professional psychologist
- Gain a working knowledge of the pediatric medical community and skills to work as part of a multidisciplinary team
In order to support this aspiration and our program philosophy, the following represent the internship's training goals:
- Goal 1: Interns will engage in practices and behaviors that facilitate effective professional relationships.
- Goal 2: Interns will know how to assess and conceptualize psychological functioning in a diverse range of presenting problems with diverse pediatric populations.
- Goal 3: Interns will gain clinical experience in the provision of effective psychological intervention.
- Goal 4: Interns will gain clinical experience in the practice of consultation.
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 other settings.
Clinical Child Track Experiences:
1. A year long (two days per week) outpatient clinical child experience including assessment and intervention with children, from early childhood through adolescence, who are referred by community pediatric providers or pediatric subspecialists within the hospital with concerns of attention problems, disruptive behavior, anxiety, depression, autistic spectrum disorder, learning problems, developmental delay and associated behavioral concerns, feeding problems, elimination disorders and comorbid medical conditions.
2. The final two months of the clinical child experience will be dedicated to participation in the ADHD Summer Treatment Program, as it provides an opportunity for interns to apply the skills they have developed from the training experiences across the internship year. The STP is an 8-week manualized treatment that provides interns with an opportunity to supervise undergraduate counselors in the administration of behavioral management techniques, conduct daily treatment integrity and fidelity checks as a component of program evaluation, assist in gathering data for medication assessments, and develop individualized treatment plans for children that have not responded to the standard treatment within the STP. Interns will also gain experience in conducting behavioral assessments in a school-like setting and learn how to communicate the results with school personnel, as children spend 2 hours per day in a classroom setting with special education teachers and developmental aides.
3. Three, 4-month long (2 days per week) specialty rotations. Interns may choose to obtain concentrated experiences in 3 out of 5 rotation options:
- ADHD/Behavioral Pediatrics
- Childhood Traumatic Stress
- Eating Disorders
- Feeding and Elimination
- Special Needs
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 integrated 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 psychology fellowships and successful in careers as pediatric psychologists.
Pediatric Track Experiences:
1. A year long (3 half-days per week) inpatient consultation/liaison (CL) experience with consults originating from inpatient medical teams (e.g., GI, hem/onc, rehabilitation, neurology, surgery, general pediatrics) with consult questions including assessment of and recommendations for adjustment to medical diagnosis/treatment, barriers to medical adherence, and emotional/behavioral functioning, as well as implementation of behavioral interventions.
2. A year long (2 half-days per week) outpatient clinical child experience including assessment and intervention with referrals from pediatric subspecialists for youth with a chronic medical condition and emotional/behavioral, adjustment, and learning concerns including anxiety, depression, ADHD, learning difficulties, oppositional behavioral and adjustment to and non-adherence to medical regimens.
3. Three, four-month long (2 half-days per week) specialty rotations with concentrated experiences in the following areas:
- Pain Management
- Integration in a pediatric subspecialty clinic (e.g., endocrine/diabetes, GI, sleep clinic, etc.)
- Neuropsychological assessment
At the end of internship, we expect that our interns will 1) engage in practices and behaviors facilitating effective professional relationships at the requisite level for entry level into the field of psychology; 2) know how to assess and conceptualize psychological functioning in a diverse range of children and presenting problems; 3) gain clinical experience in the provision of effective psychological intervention; and 4) gain clinical experience in the practice of consultation.
We expected that our trainees will go on to demonstrating the minimal level of profession-wide competencies in the areas of Research; Ethical and Legal standards; Individual and Cultural Diversity; Professional Values, Attitudes, and Behaviors; Communication and Interpersonal Skills; Assessment; Intervention; Supervision and Consultation and Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary skills.
We expected that upon meeting these aims and competencies that our interns will go on to be successful in obtaining postdoctoral fellowships, state licensure, and/or careers within the broad field of psychology