Psychology Externship Positions

Specific externship opportunities

Externship opportunities available to graduate students in psychology span a variety of topics and specialties throughout The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Below you'll find expanded details about current externship opportunities and related positions within each area of focus.

For a quick overview of current positions, start dates and requirements, download the externship grid to get a side-by-side snapshot of all the experiences. Then read on below for additional detail about the programs of interest to you.

Autism Spectrum Disorders Externships

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Supervisors: Lisa Blaskey, PhD, Kathleen Davis, PhD, John Herrington, PhD, Emily Kuschner, PhD, Jennifer Maldarelli, PhD, Judith Miller, PhD, Juhi Pandey, PhD, or Benjamin Yerys, PhD

Positions: Psychology externships related to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are coordinated through the Center for Autism Research (CAR) and the Autism Integrated Care Program. Opportunities that provide a mix of both assessment and outpatient intervention can be tailored to meet the extern’s interests and level of previous experience. Specialized experiences with specific age ranges, from early childhood (infant/toddler/preschool) through adolescence is also possible.

Externship students work under the close supervision of licensed psychologists, and will have a primary supervisor and secondary supervisor if appropriate (e.g., a primary supervisor for assessment, with a secondary for intervention). Externs are also invited to our weekly group clinical discussions (Tuesdays at 3:30) and scientific research meetings (Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30).

Opportunities that can be integrated into the externship:

  • Administer, score and interpret measures of cognitive, academic, behavioral, and emotional functioning for toddlers, school-age children, and/or adolescents with concerns related to ASD or other related conditions (ADHD, anxiety, language disorder, intellectual disability).
  • Obtain training in the characterization and diagnosis of ASD and use of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2). Extent of ADOS training (e.g., observation vs administration) will vary based on previous experience and knowledge base.
  • Provide or participate in verbal feedback of testing results and recommendations to families.
  • Complete written reports of assessment results.
  • Participate in outpatient intervention, generally focused on behavioral and/or cognitive behavioral interventions for school-age youth and adolescents.
  • Attend our NextSteps workshops for parents and professionals. NextSteps workshops occur monthly, and rotate between workshops for families with newly diagnosed children, adolescents, adults and professionals.
  • Observe and/or participate in our interdisciplinary diagnostic clinic at the Regional Autism Center (disciplines include Psychology, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, Speech and Language Pathology, Occupational Therapy, and Social Work).
  • Observe and/or help youth participate in research-based hospital procedures such as EEG and neuroimaging (MRI, fMRI, and magnetoencephalography (MEG)).

Qualifications:

  • Enrollment in a graduate program in clinical or school psychology (second or third year)
  • Foundational experience in assessment of cognitive and behavioral functioning of children
  • Ability to complete documentation within a reasonable timeframe, including integrating edits and feedback from the supervisor
  • Ability to prepare for and be responsive to supervision in individual and group formats

How the externship activities are determined: After interviews, we will identify opportunities that meet the extern’s training goals and availability. Externs with a preference for training with a particular age group (e.g., early childhood) should indicate this preference in their application. The externship can be either one or two days per week.

Starting date: flexible between July 1 and September 1. 

Bullying Prevention Programming in Urban Schools

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Director: Stephen Leff, PhD

Position: School-based group facilitator

Primary duties: Practicum student will facilitate a comprehensive peer bullying program (PRAISE: PReventing Aggression In Schools Everyday) with third to fifth grade students in partnering elementary schools within the School District of Philadelphia. PRAISE is a manualized 20-session, classroom-based program run by a clinical team of two facilitators in partnership with the classroom teacher. PRAISE group sessions occur during a class period as part of the school district’s curriculum. The program uses a detective analogy to teach participants problem solving and conflict management skills. Other engaging modalities include cartoons, videos and role plays. Skills covered include:

  • Addressing multiple forms of bullying, including cyber-bullying
  • Interpreting ambiguous situations
  • Identifying internal cues in response to anger
  • Stopping and thinking before acting
  • Dealing with gossip, empathy, perspective taking, being a positive bystander 

Other opportunities:

  • Several weeks of didactic training and live weekly supervision from licensed psychologist
  • Involvement in students’ social skill generalization across school settings, including collaboration with school administrators, teachers, and lunch recess staff
  • Learning about the community-based participatory research approach to clinical research and programming
  • Learning  about program evaluation through pre-/post-assessments with students and teachers; potential involvement in other research projects or activities

Qualifications: Students in all years of a graduate program may apply. Candidates from psychology, social work, education and related fields will be considered. Experience in urban school settings and with group therapy is preferred. The position is for 12-16 hours/week, and students must have availability on two days per week (typically Tuesday and Thursday, although this can be flexible) between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. 

Start Date: September 2018 - June 2019

Center for Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome: Pain Clinic Assessment Externship Rotation

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Supervisors: Whitney Rog, PsyD; Kim Miller, PhD

Position: The Center for Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome assesses and treats children and adolescents with various forms of amplified pain. Amplified pain is characterized by the development of an abnormal nerve pathway that causes significant amplification of pain and dysfunction. Amplified pain can be caused by injury, illness and/or stress, though stress very frequently plays a role. Amplified pain is treated at CHOP through a combination of physical and occupational therapy, and psychological intervention. Pain medications are not used, as amplified pain does not typically respond to pain medications.

Patients suspected of having amplified pain are initially referred for interdisciplinary pain clinic evaluation, which involves psychological evaluation. This psychological evaluation may include interpretation of measures assessing functional disability and quality of life. The evaluation also includes a review of records, focused clinical interview, and gathering of information from collateral resources, as appropriate.

The goals of this evaluation are to provide psychoeducation; to assess emotional functioning, coping and areas of stress; and to help determine appropriate treatment recommendations, including evaluation for readiness to participate in CHOP’s intensive Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome Program, if deemed medically appropriate.

Primary duties:

  • Conduct Pain Clinic Evaluations including:
    • Brief review of assessment measures (e.g., Peds-QL, FDI) when applicable
    • Clinical interview
    • Consultation with past/current mental health providers
  • Provide appropriate psychoeducation to patients and families
  • Make recommendations to the medical team and families
  • Complete written evaluations, including integration of any assessment data and information obtained from clinical interview

Start date: Summer 2018

Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Program (CHAMP)

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Supervisors: Jason Lewis, PhD, Cherie Gerstadt, PhD

Position: The Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Program (CHAMP) provides evaluation and intervention services for children and adolescents with depression and other mood disorders. The major focus of the externship placement is through the evaluation arm of the clinic, during which the student will have an opportunity to learn how to conduct a thorough semi-structured diagnostic interview, and will participate in a weekly diagnostic multidisciplinary team consensus meeting. The student will also have an opportunity, if desired, to get individual and/or group therapy experience. Potential group options include high-school or middle-school cognitive-behavioral therapy depression groups, parent management training groups, and DBT skills groups. Individual therapy includes Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy for Depressed Adolescents.

Primary duties:

  • Complete comprehensive diagnostic evaluation including K-SADS and suicide risk assessment
  • Obtain collateral information from schools, outside providers, etc., as needed
  • Present evaluation cases in weekly consensus meeting
  • Participate in diagnostic and treatment feedback sessions
  • Optional individual therapy experience
  • Optional duty of co-leading CBT for depression groups, parent management training groups, and/or DBT skills groups

Qualifications: third or fourth year graduate students in clinical child psychology doctoral programs with previous hospital-based externship/practicum experience

Start date: July 1, 2018

CHOP Family Care Center

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Supervisor: Nancy Silverman, PhD

Position: CHOP Family Care Clinic, a service specializing in the treatment of infants, children and adolescents with perinatally-acquired HIV infection. The clinic provides both primary and specialized care and consists of a multidisciplinary staff including medicine, nursing, social work, health education, nutrition and psychology.

The externship focuses primarily on psychological assessment and involves learning to administer, score, interpret and write up the results of cognitive, developmental, and academic evaluations across a wide age range (infancy to early adulthood). Instruments routinely used include: Bayley Scales of Infant Development (3rd edition), WPPSI-IV, WISC-V, WASI-II and WAIS-IV. Opportunities are also available to administer and write up comprehensive psychoeducational batteries utilizing tools to assess academic functioning (WIAT-III) as well as tests of other relevant areas such as memory and learning, phonological processing and executive functioning. Students are also responsible for and receive training in presenting test results and recommendations to both caregivers and clinic team members.

Primary duties: Administration, scoring, interpretation and writing reports of cognitive, developmental and psycho-educational assessments. Students are also involved in providing feedback on test results and recommendations to patients, families and multidisciplinary clinic staff. The externship also offers the opportunity to conduct individual and group psychotherapy. Students receive close individual supervision from a licensed psychologist on all assessment activities. For therapy activities, individual supervision with a trained social worker is provided. Externship students also participate in regular multidisciplinary patient care meetings that occur at the close of the clinic day.

Externship is for 8 hours (one day) per week. Students must be available on Wednesdays.

Qualifications: The externship is appropriate for students who are at least in their second year of graduate training as well as those who have had some exposure to administering cognitive/IQ tests.

Start Date: July 1, 2018

Diabetes Center for Children, Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes

Supervisor: Julie Gettings, PhD

Hours per week: 8

Position: The rotation is intended to provide the extern 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 extern 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.

Externs 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 extern 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.

Start date: July 2018

Division of Oncology – Intervention Externship

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Director: Lamia Barakat, PhD, Lynne Kaplan, PhD, Natalie Nageeb, PsyD

Position: The Division of Oncology at CHOP offers an intervention externship for advanced psychology graduate students with familiarity and/or previous experience with clinical intervention for children, adolescents and their families. The student works under the close supervision of a licensed psychologist in the CHOP Cancer Center at the Main and Voorhees sites. The externship position aims to build competencies in pediatric psychology psychoeducation, consultation and intervention.

Primary duties: The externship provides students with opportunities to participate in pediatric psychology programming activities in oncology. A primary activity is to meet with families of children newly diagnosed with cancer to review materials focused on psycho-education and coping strategies. Depending on the experience level of the externship student and current department needs, other activities will include co-leading a support group for parents of children with cancer, participating in psychology consultation for children with cancer and their families, and co-therapy intervention. Patients vary in age and cancer diagnoses.

Qualifications:

  • Enrolled in a doctoral program in school, clinical or counseling psychology at the fourth year level or beyond
  • Prior psychological intervention experience with children/adolescents and their families
  • Experience and/or familiarity with empirically based intervention approaches for children/adolescents and their families
  • Experience and/or familiarity with pediatric psychology theory and research
  • Availability of 8-12 hours a week at the Main and Voorhees sites

Requires some mobility and some bending and lifting.

Start date: July 2018

Early Head Start

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Director: Evelyn Brooks Ridgeway, PhD

Externship description: Children from low-income families often are not afforded a variety of necessary early experiences to promote positive development, consequently placing them at risk for developmental delays and poor educational and health outcomes. The Early Head Start Program was developed to respond to this issue for low-income pregnant women and families with children birth to age 3. Early Head Start aims to:

  1. Promote healthy prenatal outcomes for pregnant women
  2. Enhance the growth and development of very young children, and
  3. Promote healthy family functioning

In addition, Early Head Start is charged with ensuring that at least 10 percent of the services provided are for children who are eligible for Part C services under the state’s Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

The Early Head Start Program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (EHS at CHOP) uses a relationship-based approach with families to assess families’ needs, and jointly develop goals to address the areas of risk and/or need. Home visitors with training in early child development provide weekly home-based services to the 124 families participating in the home-based option, while the center-based option provides quality care in a group setting for 12 infants and toddlers. The home visitors and center-based liaison are supported by the EHS multidisciplinary team in providing quarterly Family Review case conferences, regular developmental screening and assessments, assisting families in accessing community based services and resources, and providing opportunities for families to connect with each other for education and support. EHS at CHOP is based at the CHOP Karabots Primary Care Center in West Philadelphia.

Depending on the extern’s level of experience and interest, extern will work closely with the Child Development and Mental Health Manager (licensed psychologist) and participate in EHS activities which support and promote Infant Mental Health, including:

  • Participating on Monday Multidisciplinary Family Case Reviews
  • Assisting home visitors with completing developmental and other required screenings
  • Assisting with mental health consultations for both parents and children, including completing DECA I/T
  • Being trained in and then facilitating Together We Play Parent-Child Interaction Coaching
  • Facilitating staff and/or parent workshops on child development or mental health issues
  • Creating educational materials for parents
  • Supporting staff and parents in child development activities during socialization groups
  • Supporting families during Early Intervention or other developmental/behavioral evaluations and/or review meetings at external agencies

Past externs have:

  • Created and facilitated Positive Parenting workshop series for enrolled parents
  • Facilitated dialogic reading training for staff
  • Co-presented at the EHS National Conference in Washington, DC, with CHOP EHS staff
  • Assisted in consultation including completing biopsychosocial reports
  • Written articles for parent newsletter
  • Participated in various child and parent focused activities at EHS

Start Date: Flexible (June 1, 2018 – October 1, 2018)

Eating Disorder Assessment and Treatment Program

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Track 1: Outpatient Family Based Treatment (2 days/week)

Supervisors: Alix Timko, PhD, Rachel Millner, PsyD, Alison Kaufman, PsyD

Position: The psychology externship student works with an interdisciplinary team comprised of psychology, medicine, nutrition and social work to treat adolescents with an eating disorder (primarily anorexia) in a family-based outpatient setting.

The Eating Disorder Assessment and Treatment Program serves a range of children and their families. Children and adolescents are primarily 12-18 years of age, but it is possible to see children/adolescents outside this age range. The majority of adolescents present with anorexia, but there may be opportunities to treat adolescents with other eating disorders as well.

Students will be trained in Family-based Treatment (FBT) and Acceptance-based Separated Family Treatment (ASFT) as well as other family-based modalities. FBT is currently the gold standard of care, and ASFT is a family-based approach informed by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. 

In addition to seeing families as part of the outpatient program, there are opportunities available to see families as part of a research protocol comparing FBT to ASFT. As part of the research protocol, students will have the opportunity to conduct comprehensive assessments of the family. All students will be trained in the administration of the Eating Disorder Examination, a semi-structured interview used to diagnose eating disorders. For those interested, research opportunities are available.

Primary duties:

  • Provide treatment under supervision of psychologist
  • Develops treatment plan
  • Complete appropriate paperwork
  • Communicate with treatment team to coordinate care
  • Fulfill other assigned responsibilities as appropriate

Qualifications:

  • Enrolled in a doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology (third or fourth year)
  • Experience with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and/or eating disorders preferred
  • Clinical experience with families preferred but not necessary

Start date: July 2018

Track 2: Outpatient Family-based Treatment (1 day/week) and Consult/Liaison through the Behavioral Health Integrated Program-BHIP (1 day/week)

Supervisors: Outpatient: Alix Timko, PhD, Rachel Millner, PsyD, and Alison Kaufman, PsyD, Consult/Liaison through BHIP: Leela Jackson, PsyD

Position: The Eating Disorders Program is a joint collaboration with the Division of Adolescent Medicine and Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. The Eating Disorders Program provides inpatient and outpatient services to address the medical and psychological needs of children and adolescents experiencing symptoms of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and other eating issues.

Families are recognized as the tenets of supporting the child and adolescent through treatment.   The unique strengths of families are recognized through all phases of treatment.

Opportunities for the practicum student include attending inpatient rounds (i.e. consultation-liaison and adolescent medicine), inpatient consultation and follow-up, outpatient therapy sessions and working with the multidisciplinary clinic for assessment and treatment of eating disorders.

Primary duties:

  • Complete initial inpatient consultation and progress notes
  • Attend consultation-liaison (Behavioral Health Integrated Program) and adolescent medicine rounds
  • Prepare for and participate in weekly team-based as well as individual supervision
  • Observe and provide family therapy
  • Participate in multidisciplinary family meetings
  • Assist with quality improvement projects for eating disorder program

Qualifications: Preference for third or fourth year doctoral-level students in clinical child psychology

Start date: July 1, 2018

The Family Stress and Illness Program

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Supervisor: Paul M. Robins, PhD

Position: The Family Stress and Illness Program provides family-based outpatient services 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. Many children seen through this program are experiencing somatic symptom disorder concerns (e.g., recurrent abdominal pain, irritable bowel syndrome, and other pain presentations).

Primary duties:

  • Complete initial intake, progress notes, treatment plan and discharge summary
  • Prepare for and participate in weekly team-based as well as individual supervision
  • Schedule families
  • Provide individual and family therapy
  • Participate as team member in initial family intervention session

Qualifications: Preference for third or fourth year doctoral-level students in clinical child psychology

Start date: July 2018

Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Supervisors: Betsy Turner, PhD, Kari Baber, PhD, Kim Wesley, PsyD, Kelly Rodriguez, PhD

Position: The externship program in pediatric psychology with specialization in gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition is designed to provide the extern with exposure to and training in multidisciplinary care for pediatric patients with chronic GI illnesses.

Patients presenting to our program have diagnoses of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), constipation with or without encopresis, celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and other functional GI disorders, including adolescent rumination syndrome.

The extern will gain supervised experience in outpatient consultation, assessment (clinical interview, medical chart review) and intervention. Specific intervention strategies include behavioral treatment/parent training for toilet (re)training and treatment of encopresis, behavioral treatment for rumination syndrome, cognitive behavioral treatment to promote improved coping and functioning, and supportive intervention with children and families. The extern also may gain exposure to inpatient consultation, assessment and intervention with this population.

The extern will have the opportunity to participate in multidisciplinary rounds with colleagues from nursing, social work and child life, if his/her schedule allows. Psychologists working in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition practice in co-located clinics with our medical colleagues, including physicians, nurse practitioners and nurses, and the extern will have supervised experience participating in collaborative multidisciplinary care.

Start date: July 2018

Medical Behavioral Unit

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Supervisor: Dawn DeBrocco, PsyD

Position: The Medical Behavioral Unit (MBU) provides evaluation and intervention for acute inpatients ages 3 to 18 with a primary medical issues and behavioral needs that are impacting medical treatment. The MBU is a 10-bed unit with an interdisciplinary team of medical and behavioral supports.

Primary duties:

  • Complete diagnostic interview of child and parents.
  • Assess immediate needs of the child and recommend evidence-based interventions.
  • Implement evidence-based treatment for a variety of behavioral health issues such as anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicidality, feeding difficulties, psychosis, bipolar and other mood disorders, substance use, developmental and intellectual disabilities.
  • Administer and scoe child/adolescent versions of screening tools such as the BDI, YBOCS, etc.
  • Complete safety plans.
  • Document all assessments and interventions in the medical record, co-signed by supervisor.

Qualifications: third- or fourth-year graduate students in clinical child psychology doctoral programs with previous hospital-based externship/practicum experience

Hours: 20 hrs preferred per week, 16 hrs acceptable

Start date: July 1, 2018

Pediatric Headache Program  Part-time Position

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS (Shared training opportunity with AMPS or Epilepsy Program)

Supervisor: Dina Karvounides, PsyD

Position: The Pediatric Headache Program specializes in the care of children with disabling and hard-to-treat headaches (e.g., chronic migraine, new daily persistent headache, chronic post-traumatic headache). The multidisciplinary headache program team consists of board-certified neurologists, two nurses, a nurse practitioner, social worker and psychologist.  This externship will focus on both evaluation and treatment of psychological factors related to headaches. The initial evaluation consists of a joint multidisciplinary assessment conducted by the attending physician or nurse practitioner as well as the psychologist. The goals of this evaluation are to provide psychoeducation; to assess emotional functioning, coping and areas of stress; and to help determine appropriate treatment recommendations, which may include cognitive behavioral therapy within the headache program or with community providers if more appropriate.

Primary duties:

  • Conduct Headache Clinic evaluations including:
    • Brief review of headache questionnaire and assessment when applicable
    • Clinical interview
    • Consultation with past/current mental health providers
  • Provide appropriate psychoeducation to patients and families
  • Make recommendations to the medical team and families
  • Complete written evaluations, including assessment and recommendations from the clinical interview
  • Opportunity to provide cognitive behavioral therapy to 1-2 headache program patients when applicable (patient is motivated, agrees to engaging in services and is able to maintain consistent participation)

Qualifications: Preference for third or fourth year doctoral-level students in clinical child psychology with some experience of providing therapy to adolescents

Start date: July 16, 2018 preferred

Note: This position is offered part time and may be eligible for use in conjunction with another service (Epilepsy; AMPS) with the expectation of one day in Headache Program and one day in the other service per week (two days/week total).

Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Center

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Supervisors: Colleen Lukens, PhD, Loretta Martin-Halpine, PsyD, Nancy Silverman, PhD

Position: The psychology externship student works with a consultative, interdisciplinary team comprised of psychology, medicine, nutrition, speech therapy and occupational therapy to evaluate feeding disorders. The clinic serves a range of children, primarily from infancy through elementary ages, who demonstrate a variety of feeding problems, such as limited intake of food and/or fluids, limited variety of foods and failure to transition to advanced food textures. The student works under the close supervision of a licensed psychologist.

Primary duties:

  • Evaluates behavioral aspects of feeding as part of an interdisciplinary team
  • Develops clinical interview skills
  • Develops knowledge of when to refer for further evaluation of a feeding disorder
  • Completes written sections of evaluations
  • Participates in discussion of recommendations with caregivers
  • Fulfills other assigned responsibilities as appropriate

Qualifications:

  • Second year or above in a doctoral program in school, clinical, or counseling psychology
  • Experience with behavioral treatment models preferred
  • Clinical experience with young children preferred

Start date: July 1, 2018

Pediatric Regional Epilepsy Program Externship Rotation

Supervisor: Amanda Riisen, PsyD

Position: The training goal of this rotation is to provide the extern with opportunities in administering psychological services as a member of the interdisciplinary Pediatric Regional Epilepsy Program (PREP). Psychological services provided include:

  1. Assessment of patient and families coping with epilepsy and comorbid behavioral health diagnoses
  2. Individual and/or family CBT based therapy for children within a broad age range (ages 3 to 19)
  3. Consultation with medical team around patient/family coping with anti-epileptic drug side effects, epilepsy surgery, ketogenic diet, and any additional medical treatments.

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 comorbid psychiatric issues such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, and behavioral issues.

This rotation is an eight-hour single day rotation, taking place on Monday, Thursday or Friday.

Training objectives

  • To develop an understanding of epilepsy and the common psychiatric and educational issues children and families face when seizures are present
  • To develop skills in completing an initial outpatient evaluation and providing family with appropriate clinical recommendations
  • To develop skills in administering CBT based treatment targeting anxiety, depression, and issues related to coping with seizures
  • To develop skills in consultation with medical, nursing, social work, and school staff to support patient and family coping with complex medical issues

Training activities

Required training activities include:

  • Responding to requests for psychology evaluation, which typically come from physicians, nurses, or social work. The evaluation involves meeting with the family for an initial assessment, gathering information from the medical team/medical record review, providing feedback to the team about your assessment findings, and ongoing weekly intervention when warranted.
  • Attending the weekly EEG meetings (Mondays at noon) or PREP surgery meetings (Thursdays at 1 p.m.). These meetings are optional; however, attendance is especially encouraged if a patient you have previously evaluated or currently follow will be discussed.
  • Optional attendance at weekly Neuroscience Grand Rounds (Thursdays at 8 a.m.) and Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Thursdays at noon, once a month).
  • Weekly individual supervision.

Paperwork expectations

  • Two- to three-page report following all initial evaluations, to be completed within one week of conducting evaluation
  • Outpatient follow-up notes each time a patient is seen, within 48 hours of seeing the patient

Start Date: July 1, 2018

Safe Place Treatment and Support Program

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Supervisors: Nancy Braveman, MS, PsyD; Teresa Brieck, MSS, LCSW

PositionThe Safe Place Treatment and Support Program (SPTS) provides psychosocial support services and mental health treatment to children and families dealing with sexual abuse. The program typically treats children from 3 to 14 years of age who have been medically evaluated by a CHOP team for known or suspected sexual abuse. Externship students would work at CARE Clinic as part of an outpatient team that includes medicine, social work and psychology, and also provide ongoing psychoeducation, support and trauma treatment (TF-CBT). The externship is offered for 16 hours per week.

Primary duties:

  • Participate in CARE Clinic on Thursdays from 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Provide time-limited outpatient interventions, including psychoeducation/support and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Treatment on a weekly basis
  • Complete progress notes of treatment sessions
  • Complete initial assessments of new patients
  • Receive at least two hours per week of individual supervision
  • Participate in direct observation of and by clinical supervisors
  • Participate in additional research and didactic activities as appropriate

Qualifications:

  • Enrolled in a graduate program in clinical psychology, counseling psychology or clinical social work
  • Preferably has had at least one year of supervised clinical experience
  • Experience and interest in doing trauma-related work with children and families

Start date: July 1, 2018

The Center for Management of ADHD Externships

Group Treatment Externship

Supervisors: Jennifer Betkowski, PhD, Jenelle Nissley-Tsiopinis, PhD, and Tom Power, PhD, ABPP

Position: Group Intervention for Parents (approx. four to six hours per week; at least 60 percent of time is face-to-face or phone-based clinical contact).

This position can be paired with the Behavioral Health in Urban Schools Program for qualified advanced graduate students seeking additional hours or with the ADHD Assessment Externship for less advanced graduate students seeking additional hours.

Primary duties:

  • Participate in the delivery of multi-family group sessions using program manuals.
    • Option 1: Run parent training group interventions (ADHD Bootcamp, Family School Success)
    • Option 2: Run organizational skills training group intervention for middle and early high school students
      For students wishing to get at least 12 hours of group intervention experience, Options 1 and 2 can be combined
  • Respond to family needs via between-session phone contacts
  • Provide school consultation services over the phone with teachers for some participants
  • Prepare paperwork for group treatment sessions
  • Complete progress notes and discharge summaries
  • Prepare for and participate in weekly supervision

Qualifications: This Externship is designed for advanced graduate students who have some experience in providing behavioral treatment, family-behavior therapy or school consultation and who would like to gain additional experience providing such interventions in a group setting. Foundational knowledge of ADHD is preferred.

Start date: July 2018. FSS and Bootcamp groups will meet on Tuesdays at 3440 Market St. Outpatient Clinic location in Philadelphia or on Wednesday evenings at the King of Prussia Specialty Care Center. Middle School Organizational Skills Groups will meet on Mondays at the Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care. All groups meet from 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Neuropsychology Externship Placements

Program 1: Pediatric Neuropsychology - Broad Neuropsychology Focus

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Supervisors: Lauren Krivitzky, PhD, ABPP-Cn, Training Director; Thomas Flynn, PhD, ABPP-Cn Program Director,

Additional supervisors: Nina Thomas, PhD, ABPP-Cn; Sarah Murphy-Bowman, PsyD; Lisa Blaskey, PhD; Juhi Pandey, PhD; Lyla Hampton, PhD; Katherine Baum, PhD; and Arianna Stefanatos, PhD

Position: The Pediatric Neuropsychology program provides neuropsychological assessment and consultation services for children/adolescents from a wide age range and with varying presenting concerns. The program receives referrals from many different medical services, including neurology, neurosurgery, hematology/oncology and physical medicine and rehabilitation, and from a variety of clinics for neurodevelopmental disorders.

The neuropsychology externship student has the opportunity to work with one of our neuropsychology faculty on outpatient neuropsychological assessments and may also gain exposure to inpatients and the various multidisciplinary teams with whom the neuropsychologists collaborate.

Primary duties:

  • Administer/score neuropsychological tests for a range of ages from preschool through adolescent/young adult.
  • Participate in parent/child interview and feedback sessions.
  • Prepare for and participate in weekly individual supervision.
  • Opportunity to participate in didactics through the neuropsychology program and other Hospital/program specific didactics.
  • Potential opportunity for observing interdisciplinary team meetings or clinic.

Qualifications: Preference for students with prior exposure to neuropsychology through either course work and/or clinical experience. Also preference for third or fourth year doctoral-level students

Start date: July 2018

Program 2: Division of Oncology – Focus in Pediatric Oncology/Late Effects of Treatment

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Supervisor: Iris Paltin, PhD, Hannah Schofield, PhD, ABPP-Cn

Position: The Division of Oncology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia offers a neuropsychological assessment externship for psychology graduate students with previous experience conducting neuropsychological assessments with children and adolescents. The student works under the close supervision of Dr. Iris Paltin and Dr. Hannah Schofield, pediatric neuropsychologists in the Division of Oncology.

Patient population: Patient population consists of children, adolescents, and young adults with brain tumors, leukemia, lymphoma, and other pediatric cancer conditions. Patients are referred for assessment at various points after diagnosis, ranging from recent diagnosis to long-term survivors. Patients range in age from 3 through 30+.

Primary duties: During this 16-hour per week placement the externship student will gain extensive experience conducting family and patient interviews, administering a wide range of measures, scoring, interpreting and integrating results, writing comprehensive reports with targeted recommendations, and providing feedback. Multiple hours of individual supervision provided per case.

Qualifications: Enrolled in a graduate program (third year or above) in school, clinical or counseling psychology. Prior experience conducting assessments with children/adolescents. Familiarity with neuropsychological measures.

Optional meetings/activities: Neuropsychology seminar, oncology psychosocial team meetings, grand rounds

Start date: Beginning July 2018

Sleep Externship Positions

Position 1: Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Program

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Supervisor: Melissa Xanthopoulos, PhD

Position: This position provides externship students the opportunity to work within an interdisciplinary team from pulmonary, neurology, nursing, respiratory therapy, psychiatry and psychology.

Externship students will:

  • Gain knowledge of the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric obstructive sleep apnea (OSAS), with a special emphasis on adherence to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), a primary treatment of OSAS.
  • Obtain a general understanding of pediatric sleep and sleep disorders.
  • Provide assessment and treatment in clinic, as well as follow up over the phone.

This is an excellent opportunity for students to learn general behavioral principles and techniques for patients ranging in age from 3 months to 21 years.

Primary duties: Students are responsible for interviewing patients, formulating a treatment plan, and providing follow-up by phone and in-person.

  • Hours for both Wednesday and Thursdays are to be determined. Students can participate in morning and/or afternoon clinics depending on availability and hours needed
  • Wednesday clinics includes a required weekly didactic from noon to 1 p.m.
  • Students are required to complete all reports by the end of each clinic and note all patient telephone contacts in the electronic medical record and QI database
  • Throughout the week, externship students will provide telephone follow-up with their cases. This typically adds up to one hour per week
  • Individual supervision occurs during and after each clinic

Qualifications: Experience and/or coursework related to children and adolescents. Third or fourth year doctoral students preferred.

Start date: July 1, 2018

Position 2: Sleep Center Externship

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Supervisors: Jodi Mindell, PhD; Melisa Moore, PhD, Jocelyn Thomas, PhD

Position: This rotation provides externship students the opportunity to work with an interdisciplinary team from pulmonary, neurology, psychiatry and psychology. Externship students will gain knowledge of the diagnosis and treatment of both physical and behavioral sleep disorders, with a special emphasis on the behavioral treatment of bedtime problems and night wakings. In addition to learning skills relevant to sleep disorders, this is an excellent opportunity for students to learn general behavioral principles and techniques.

During 2017-2018, we will offer three clinics, Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays, where we see patients from ages 3 months to 21 years with a variety of sleep disorders.

Primary duties: Students are responsible for interviewing patients, formulating diagnoses, creating treatment plans and providing follow-up care.

  • Hours for all clinics are to be determined. Students can participate in morning and/or afternoon clinics depending on availability and hours needed.
  • Monday clinic will take place at Virtua in Voorhees, NJ
  • Wednesday clinic will take place at CHOP Main
  • Thursday clinics take place at CHOP Main and King of Prussia
  • For all clinics, an orientation period is provided during the Wednesday clinic for the first eight weeks of the externship (through August). Students typically attend this clinic in place of Thursday clinic during this training period.
  • The Wednesday clinic includes a required weekly didactic from 12 to 1 p.m.
  • Externship students are required to complete all reports by the end of each clinic and to note all patient-telephone contacts by the end of the week.
  • Throughout the week, externship students may provide telephone follow-up with their behavioral cases. This typically adds up to one hour per week.
  • Supervision (typically group) occurs after clinic

Qualifications: Third or fourth year doctoral students preferred.

Start date: July 1, 2018