The internship program in clinical psychology, accredited by the American Psychological Association*, has been offered by the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Lurie Children's since 1963.
Our program is designed to train competent psychologists to provide services to a highly diverse population of children and families in pediatric and mental health settings. Upon completing the program, interns will be skilled in the areas of diagnostic assessment, psychoeducational and developmental evaluation, behavioral analysis, short-term therapy, parent training, cognitive behavior treatment, individual child therapy, family therapy, consultation with school and agency personnel, and consultation in a medical setting.
During their internship, students will be exposed to a broad range of theoretical orientations, treatment settings, and interventions relevant to child, adolescent, and family treatment. While breadth of training is emphasized, the program is flexible enough to allow interns to pursue their particular interests within the department.
The internship program in clinical psychology in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Lurie Children's has a strong commitment to training students as scientist/practitioners. This is an ideal setting in which to teach students how to integrate research and clinical practice. In addition to allowing access to a number of populations (e.g., medically ill children) who are otherwise difficult to study, this setting provides students with a unique opportunity to study the effectiveness of a variety of treatment approaches with children and families.
As the field of psychology moves increasingly towards accountability and the use of empirically supported treatments, this becomes a critical component of training at the doctoral level. Once they have completed their dissertation work, all interns at Lurie Children's are encouraged to get involved in an ongoing research project in the department. They will be assigned a research mentor, based on their particular interest, to help guide them through this process. Interns are encouraged to spend approximately four hours per week working on their chosen research or program development project.
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