Psychology Internship Training Program Structure and Requirements

Interns are required to select rotations that fulfill requirements in each of the three clinical core areas - assessment, consultation, and intervention and prevention — in each half of the year. See below for descriptions of each core rotation.

Interns are also involved in the following professional experiences throughout the training year and spend approximately four hours in each of these activities:

  • Didactics: participation in a planned series of didactic experiences
  • LEND Research: Interns select a year-long research project through the LEND Program.
  • Clinical supervision

Internship requirements

Completion of the Psychology Internship Program 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.

Restrictions

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.

Core training areas and clinical rotation options

Each semester, interns select an array of three to four rotations, including one rotation from each of our three functional competency areas.  Rotations vary year to year, but could include:

Assessment

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Center for Management of ADHD
  • Neonatal Follow-up Program
  • Pediatric Neuropsychology Service
  • Pediatric Neuropsychology – Focus in Oncology/Late Effects
  • Psychological/Psycho-Educational Assessment

Consultation

  • Behavioral Health Integrated Program (BHIP)
  • Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment (CFDT)
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation
  • Neuropsychology/Rehabilitation (Neuropsych Track only)
  • Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit
  • Oncology Survivorship
  • Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Center
  • Pediatric Primary Care (IBH Track only)
  • Pediatric Sleep Center
  • Pediatric Stroke Program
  • Plastic Surgery: Facial Reconstruction Center
  • Regional Autism Center (ASD Track only)
  • Solid Organ Transplant Program

Intervention and Prevention

  • ABC: The Anxiety Behaviors Clinic
  • The Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome Program (AMPS)
  • The ASD “BUFFET” Program
  • ASD Intervention
  • Behavioral Parent Training
  • Center for Management of ADHD – Group Treatment for Families
  • Depression Clinic
  • Diabetes Center for Children
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Stress and Illness Program (FSIP)
  • Gastroenterology and Nutrition
  • Pediatric Regional Epilepsy Program (PREP)

Didactic training

Numerous seminar series are available to Interns throughout the training year. Seminars are sequential, building upon previous knowledge and skills, and organized around achievement of the core competencies.

The following is a description of seminars attended by interns:

  • Behavioral Health Seminar. This required department-wide seminar series meets twice a month and is open to the entire Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, which is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Seminars are organized into training modules related to a unifying theme. Faculty, trainees, and outside presenters take responsibility for conducting seminars that are interactive and geared toward the professional development of all attendees.
  • Intern Research Series. One intern presents each month on a research topic of his or her choice (typically focused on the dissertation project) to the rest of the intern class.  Other trainees and faculty/staff members are also invited to attend.  The series provides presentation experience for the interns, and allows the CHOP community to learn about the trainees’ research interests. 
  • Professional Development Seminar. This required seminar series meets monthly and is designed to educate interns and fellows about professional issues pertaining to clinical practice, working with families of diverse backgrounds, collegial relationships, ethics, professional standards, professional development, and career development
  • LEND Seminar Series. Interns are required to attend weekly seminars (three to four hours total) on a variety of topics related to neurodevelopmental disabilities and the development of leadership skills within the healthcare environment.
  • Rotation Specific Seminars. Many clinical rotations sponsor ongoing seminars or staff meetings that are required or offered to interns on the rotation.
  • Supervision Seminar. This seminar meets monthly and is designed to assist interns with the development of supervisory skills. The seminar includes readings on the core competencies of supervision. It also includes opportunities for interns to provide supervised peer supervision on case presentations, written assessments, and therapy skills.
  • Interdisciplinary Seminar in Community-Based Practice. This required series of journal presentations is related to the care of medically underserved populations, and includes psychology interns as well as child and adolescent psychiatry fellows. The journal presentations are supplemented by case related discussion.
  • Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds and Teaching Rounds. This monthly rounds features nationally/internationally recognized experts in behavioral health and is open to the entire medical center community. Departmental trainees also participate in case-based teaching rounds with the invited speaker.
  • Additional multidisciplinary seminars may be scheduled.

Interdisciplinary training: The LEND Program

Psychology interns participate in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program, which provides training in an interdisciplinary forum.

As LEND fellows, CHOP interns devote three to four hours per week to a LEND Core Curriculum. The Psychology Internship Program research requirement is mentored through the LEND program. Psychology interns will spend approximately three additional hours per week on other LEND related activities, such as community-based programs regarding children with special needs, and work with families of children with special needs on improving the delivery of services and supports.

CHOP LEND also provides ASD specific training  in collaboration with the Center for Autism Research. For all LEND fellows, this includes additional coursework in ASD, options for ASD research and community projects, training in evidence-based ASD screening, diagnosis, and intervention, and opportunities to observe ASD assessments at the Regional Autism Clinic.

One internship position is reserved for an intern who has selected autism as their area of emphasis. This intern will participate in the LEND program, complete the Autism Assessment Rotations, focus on autism in their research, and will participate as a postdoctoral fellow through the Center for Autism Research following the internship year.

Learn more about the LEND Training Program.

Research

Interns, as LEND fellows, are required to participate in an interdisciplinary research project with LEND fellows from other disciplines (e.g. audiology, physical therapy, developmental pediatrics), resulting in a poster presentation in May. The Internship Program provides four hours per week support to allow interns time to develop their leadership research project. The goal of the research requirement is to support the development of research leadership skills. Interns can choose to participate on an existing project in collaboration with their discipline research mentor or develop a new project. It is expected that interns will engage in a research project separate from their dissertations.

Numerous resources are available to interns conducting research, including the extensive library system of the University of Pennsylvania as well as mentoring from numerous faculty at both the university and hospital.