Child & Adolescent Track

Child & Adolescent Clinical Psychology Track

Fellows in this track are offered training in developmental psychopathology and age-appropriate best practice interventions on the individual and system levels. Postdoctoral fellows receive training in ethics and diversity issues, integration of religion/spirituality into psychotherapy and building and maintaining therapeutic alliance throughout all stages of treatment for improved retention and treatment outcomes. Trainees engage in a variety of professional activities including individual, family and group therapy, psychological assessment, teaching and clinical research.

The postdoctoral fellowship is a two year program that emphasizes advanced training in clinical competency areas specific to the work with pediatric populations. Trainees are expected to work 40 hours per week, including time for weekly didactic trainings and individual supervision. Fellows spend 32 hours per week in clinical activities (with at least 70% of the time in face-to-face patient contact) and are expected to maintain a consistent caseload of individual and family therapy cases. In addition, advanced fellows in the Child & Adolescent track participate in a year-long rotation in psychological assessment.

The medical setting of the fellowship program affords rich opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and additional exposure to often complementary psychopharmacological treatment options. Throughout the program, fellows develop leadership, supervision, research, teaching and consulting skills and learn how to navigate a complex treatment setting.

Fellows spend 4 hours per week in didactic seminars throughout the two years of training. Two hours focus on assessment, diagnosis and treatment of specific disorders in children and adolescents and other topics relevant to pediatric populations. The other two hours focus on the development of more broad competencies within clinical psychology including diversity expertise, scientific expertise, supervision skills and self-awareness.

Fellows in this track will receive specialized training on topics including:

• Lifespan development
• Attachment theory
• Evidence-based treatment of disorders in children and adolescents
• Ethical and legal issues related to working with children, adolescents and families
• Parenting Theories
• Identity formation
• Children’s Sexual Behaviors
• Divorce, blended families and co-parenting
• School-based interventions
• Special Education
• Bullying
• Play Therapy
• Sand Tray therapy
• Terminating treatment with children
• Child abuse/neglect and mandated reporting