Program Structure and Requirements
There are five clinical training tracks within a single and coherent clinical child internship program, described below. The tracks allow greater in-depth training within a clinical year designed to provide breadth of training in clinical child psychology. The overall requirements and clinical competencies expected of each intern are the same regardless of the program track. In addition, all interns participate in a common set of didactics and the LEND Program. Most rotations are open to all interns, with some exceptions.
- Autism Spectrum Disorders (1 position). This track is designed for interns wishing to pursue clinical and research careers related to the field of autism spectrum disorders. Interns in this track spend approximately 50 percent of clinical training in assessment and consultation rotations within the Center for Autism Research and the Regional Autism Center.
- Clinical Child Psychology (1 position). This track is designed for interns wishing to pursue clinical and research careers in more general clinical child psychology, with particular focus on outpatient behavioral health assessment and intervention with ADHD, anxiety and depression concerns.
- Community-Based Primary Care and School (2 positions). This track is designed for interns wishing to pursue clinical careers in providing integrated intervention and consultation services to children, families, medical providers and school personnel within underserved communities. Approximately 50 percent of clinical training occurs within pediatric primary care and school settings.
- Pediatric Neuropsychology (1 position). This track is designed for interns wishing to pursue careers in pediatric neuropsychology and follows Division 40 (Houston) guidelines for training. Approximately 60 percent of clinical training is centered within neuropsychology specific rotations.
- Pediatric Psychology (2 positions). This track is designed for interns wishing to pursue clinical and research careers in pediatric psychology within academic medical settings.
Structure and requirements of the Psychology Internship Program
Interns are required to select rotations that fulfill requirements in each of the three core areas in each half of the year. Interns select a year-long research leadership project through the LEND Program. In addition, interns participate in a planned series of didactic seminars, as well as clinical supervision and administrative responsibilities.
Core training areas and rotation options
Each semester, interns select an array of three to four rotations, including one rotation from each of our three core training areas.
Core Training Area I: Assessment
- Center for Management of ADHD
- Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) School Age
- Autism Spectrum Disorders Young Child
- Neonatal Follow-up Program
- Neuropsychology Service
- Psychological/Psycho-Educational Assessment
Core Training Area II: Consultation
- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
- Oncology Survivorship Clinic
- Rehabilitation Psychology
- Regional Autism Center
- Thoracic Organ Transplant Program
- Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Center
- Pediatric Sleep Center
- Stroke Clinic
Core Training Area III: Intervention and Prevention
- Amplified Muscoloskeletal Pain Syndrome (AMPS)
- Behavioral Health in Urban Schools Initiative
- Center for Management of ADHD
- Group Treatment for Families
- Individual Family
- School and Community Support Programs
- Child and Adolescent OCD, Tic, Trich, and Anxiety Group (CoTTAGe)
- Eating Disorders Program
- Community-Based Primary Care and School Psychology
- The Family Stress and Illness Program (FSIP)
- Gastroenterology and Nutrition
- Plastic Surgery: Facial Reconstruction Center
- Safe Place (child sexual abuse)
- Violence Prevention Program
Interns are involved in the following professional experiences throughout the training year and are expected to spend approximately four hours in each of these activities:
- LEND Research
- Clinical Supervision
Completion of the internship requires a minimum of 1,900 hours of supervised clinical experience and participation in our program on a full-time basis for one full year beginning on the Monday closest to July 1. Although interns may reach the maximum hour requirement prior to the official ending date (on or near June 30), interns are expected to continue clinical responsibilities until that date. If illness or some other circumstance makes it impossible to meet the 1,900-hour minimum definition of the internship by the official ending date, special arrangements will be made to ensure satisfactory completion of the Internship Training Program.
During the internship year at CHOP, interns will not be allowed to participate in any other outside professional activities without first being granted permission. Interns are also not allowed to provide clinical services to the public outside of the purview of the internship. Non-funded supervised clinical service of a training nature will be considered. All other activities will be considered for approval on an individual basis.