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Learn more about the training opportunities within the core rotation in prevention and intervention.
The AMPS Program consists of an interdisciplinary team including a physician, a nurse practitioner, psychologists (psychiatrist if needed), physical therapists, occupational therapists, a music therapist, an art therapist, a school coordinator/social worker, and support staff. We treat children and adolescents with amplified pain through intensive physical, occupational and psychological/creative arts therapy to restore function without pain medications. This is a daily program, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., that may take from one to seven weeks (average four weeks), and can be either inpatient or outpatient, depending on the need.
Our mission is to provide a comprehensive holistic interdisciplinary team approach to the individualized treatment and care of children with Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain/RND. We uphold this mission by empowering children and their families through instilling confidence and providing hope to restore overall healthy life function.
Interns participating in the AMPS Program will provide psychological services to patients including a minimum of two sessions per week, co-treatment with PT/OT and consultation with the interdisciplinary team to inform treatment planning. Interns will also work with parents and participate in family meetings, as appropriate. Additionally, interns will have the opportunity to consult with patients’ schools and outside mental health treatment providers, as appropriate. There are also opportunities to participate in patient and parent group psychotherapy.
The BUFFET Program (Building Up Food Flexibility and Exposure Treatment Program) is a newly developed CBT treatment for food selectivity in school-age (8-12 years old), cognitively higher functioning children with ASD (Kuschner et al., 2017). The treatment is designed as a 14-session group-based, parent-assisted program that targets decreasing anxiety and increasing flexibility in order to help children expand diet variety.
BUFFET builds on aspects of evidence-based CBT treatments for children with ASD (Facing Your Fears, Unstuck and On Target) as well as commonly used exposure strategies used in feeding treatment programs. Groups include four to six children with ASD and their parent(s), with 90-minute sessions each week.
Referrals on behalf of children 3 to 18 years of age are accepted for intervention services. Intervention models typically entail child and family behavior therapy, parent education and training (in individual or group formats), teacher and school consultation and, when indicated, closely monitored and evaluated medication trials conducted alone or in combination with cognitive-behavioral and psychoeducational strategies. You will develop skills pertinent to developmental psychopathology, school consultation, child and family behavior therapy, home-school collaboration, psychopharmacology, and outcome assessment.
For families coping with ADHD, challenges related to treatment utilization and adherence arise for a variety of reasons, including family beliefs and stress, and limited provider availability. Group treatment formats are one method by which barriers might be reduced. Also, through group discussion and shared problem solving, parents and children derive support from others coping with ADHD, potentially increasing utilization and adherence.
The ADHD Center’s parent group treatment programs (Boot Camp and Family-School Success [FSS]) are intended to support diagnosis acceptance and treatment initiation/adherence. Additionally, the groups focus on developing and maintaining parent management skills and collaborative family-school relationships to support educational success. Group participants are parents of elementary aged children with ADHD. Also, in spite of the availability of effective parent training programs, many children with ADHD experience significant organizational skills impairments. In addition, as children get older, they need to become more independent in completing these tasks. The Middle School Organizational Skills Training (MOST) program is a skills-training group intervention targeting middle school students with organization, time management and planning deficits. This group also helps parents and teachers support students’ implementation and practice of skills to promote generalization.
The Behavioral Parent Training Rotation provides training in evidence-based approaches to addressing disruptive behavior across childhood, from preschool through early-adolescence. Behavioral parent training seeks to alter the coercive cycle of negative parenting practices and negative child behavior, which is a principal underlying factor in the development of disruptive behavior disorders.
This rotation will offer training in the components of individual behavioral parent training and group-based behavioral parent training. The needs, characteristics, strengths, and challenges of each family are recognized through all stages of care, including case conceptualization, session planning, implementation of treatment skills, and maintenance of treatment gains. Children seen through this program are experiencing familial, academic, and relational challenges. In addressing the child’s immediate home environment through positive parenting practices, the clinician facilitates a transition to a more reinforcing environment in which the child may experience greater success across daily experiences and interactions, contributing to a more adaptive pattern of behavior.
The ABC provides training in the cognitive behavioral approaches to primary anxiety disorders and other disorders that commonly present with anxiety (i.e., selective eating). The CBT provided to patients is consistent with existing manuals and treatments supported by the scientific literature. Patients are seen in an outpatient context and range in age from 4 to 18 years. There is typically a strong focus on exposures in treatment sessions, as well as family involvement in treatment.
The training model consists of participation in supervisors’ ongoing cases, ongoing weekly supervision, and live observation by a supervisor. Participation in a CB group treatment is may also be required.
The Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Outpatient Clinic provides training in Cognitive Behavioral Treatments (CBT) and Interpersonal Therapy for Adolescents (IPT-A) to address the needs of youth presenting with depressive disorders and depressive symptoms in response to episodic or chronic stressors. The types of treatment modalities include individual and group psychotherapy. Parents are often involved in the treatment depending on the age of the patient, and behavioral management or behavioral family therapy techniques may be employed. The youth will range in age from 8 to 18 years. The training model utilizes the intern as the primary clinician conducting individual treatment sessions, with the supervising clinician present in the treatment room for live supervision. For group interventions, the intern co-leads along with the supervising clinician.
The Family Stress and Illness Program provides training in family systems therapy approaches to address the psychological needs of children and families experiencing acute or chronic illnesses, as well as more general child clinical concerns. The unique strengths of families are recognized through all aspects of care, in particular the essential impact families have on illness management and health outcomes. Priority is assigned to providing care for children and families who have recently experienced inpatient medical hospitalization and require ongoing psychological care to optimize healthy adjustments. Clinical presentations often focus on issues related to pain management, adherence, disease management, adjustment and coping, and trauma, with attention paid to the impact on family functioning and development. Many children seen through this program are experiencing somatic symptoms and related disorders (e.g., conversions, recurrent abdominal pain, irritable bowel syndrome, and other pain presentations). The training model utilizes a consulting team (psychology externs and interns), and includes live/in-the room as well as group and individual supervision.
This rotation offers an opportunity to be part of an outpatient interdisciplinary team comprised of medicine, nursing, nutrition, social work and psychology. Our patient population includes children and adolescents with a range of presenting gastrointestinal conditions that include Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Celiac Disease, as well as Defecation Disorders.
This rotation is generally completed as a four-hour rotation. However, other arrangements may be made to accommodate needs of a particular intern’s training interests/schedule.
The Pediatric Epilepsy Program rotation provides the intern with opportunities in administering psychological services as a member of the interdisciplinary Pediatric Epilepsy Program. Psychological services provided include:
Common referral issues include adjustment to illness, treatment adherence, managing medication side effects, child/parent coping with anxiety directly related to seizures, and assessment/treatment for co-morbid psychiatric issues such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, and behavioral issues.
This rotation is intended to provide the intern with training in motivational interviewing (MI) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) while working with youth with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in the outpatient diabetes clinic.
Common reasons patients present for treatment are: difficulties with adherence to the medical regimen, problems coping with chronic illness, and parent-child discord surrounding disease management. The intern will gain supervised experience in outpatient consultation, assessment (clinical interview, medical chart review), and intervention. Specific intervention strategies include: use of MI strategies to promote adherence to the medical regimen, CBT to improve coping and functioning, and psychoeducation about the relationship between uncontrolled diabetes and mood and anxiety symptoms.
Interns will be expected to practice within a multidisciplinary care model, including endocrinologists, nurse practitioners, diabetes educators, dieticians, social workers, and a child life specialist. If schedules allow, the intern may gain exposure to inpatient consultation, assessment, and intervention with this population as well as the opportunity to participate in multidisciplinary rounds with colleagues in the Diabetes Center.