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Doctoral psychology internship overview

Mission:

Our mission is to provide excellence in pediatric psychology training to graduate students and interns.

Values:

  • Integrity – to exhibit high standards ethically and professionally within the practice of psychology.
  • Dignity – to show dignity and respect through our interactions with our advanced psychology students, our patients and all others, regardless of culture, race, religion, employment status or individual differences.
  • Nurturing – to support our advanced psychology students in a manner which nurtures mastery and excellence.

Our philosophy

Phoenix Children’s Hospital Internship in Clinical Psychology trains interns as practitioners by using evidence-based practices. There are research opportunities for motivated interns. The training faculty at Phoenix Children’s Hospital operates from a practitioner-scholar model. Consistent with this model and its emphasis on the mutuality of science and practice, the focus of our training program is on the practical application of scholarly knowledge in the provision of direct patient care, coupled with the evaluation of the efficacy of those interventions and continued planning to improve those services. Interns are trained to think critically in the delivery of services that take into account individual, cultural, and societal considerations. The majority of current staff members were trained in the scientist-practitioner model and see the inclusion of empirical work as a necessary component for the competent treatment of psychological problems. We strive to provide interns with a breadth and depth of training experiences in the context of utilizing innovative scientific information to guide their treatment planning, conceptualization and delivery.

We utilize a developmental process for the training of our interns. Learning is achieved through the observation and subsequent practice of professional activities while receiving support and feedback regarding their progress. Supervisors will work throughout the year to move the intern to a more autonomous role and prepare them to become early-career psychologists, ready for their post-doctoral fellowship by the end of the training year. Our goal is to train interns in the core competencies appropriate for an entry-level psychologist working with children, adolescents, and families in a medical center setting.

The internship program is administered by the Training Director with the assistance of the Internship Coordinator and the Internship Training Committee, consisting of the Behavioral Medicine staff psychologists at Phoenix Children's Hospital. 

Training is achieved through:

  • didactic learning across many areas of diversity issues, ethics, assessment, theory, clinical interventions and professional issues
  • observation of  supervisors with patients as well as in collaboration with interdisciplinary members of the patient's team
  • conducting assessments and interventions, with supervision, that promote psychological well-being.

Our goal is to train interns in the core competencies needed to be a skilled psychologist working with children and adolescents in a medical setting.

Core competencies include: 

  • assessment
  • intervention
  • consultation
  • professional development. 

Additionally, multicultural and diversity issues, ethical issues, interpersonal skills and professional behavior are addressed during the training year.

Supervision

Currently, six of the ten licensed psychologists are supervising interns. Our psychology staff view the role of quality supervision as paramount to intern training. Please review our handbook for more detailed information.Because of this, there are opportunities to:

  • observe your supervisors’ work
  • provide co-therapy with your supervisor
  • observe/be observed through a two-way mirror
  • review video recordings of sessions
  • have individual supervision

Our interns receive a minimum of four hours of supervision per week, including a minimum of two hours of individual supervision.  They will also have the opportunity for additional input with case presentations.  Our psychology practicum students will provide the opportunity to supervise a graduate student.

Our psychologists represent an eclectic mix of theoretical perspectives including: 

  • cognitive behavioral
  • family systems
  • interpersonal
  • solution-focused
  • behavioral

Consultation

Given that we work with physicians and other medical staff on a regular basis, both inpatient and outpatient, it is important to work in an interdisciplinary manner.  Interns will have the opportunity to gradually gain more experience and become more skilled in their consultation role.

Location

The Division of Behavioral Medicine is located on the fourth floor of the outpatient building, along with psychiatry and audiology.  Many other outpatient medical specialties are located in the floors below.  Inpatient hospital consultations occur throughout the hospital, across many disciplines.   

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