We provide a well-rounded psychology training experience and offer two year-long simultaneous tracks in which the interns participate. The activities in these tracks include assessment, outpatient individual, family, and group therapies, and inpatient consultation/liaison.
Interns are expected to participate in assessment, inpatient consultation/liaison, and outpatient therapy options each week. Interns may select to spend more time each week in certain tracks over others to learn new skills and fine tune previously experienced skills. All interns are expected to conduct at least two therapy groups during their internship year.
Interns will have approximately 14-18 clinical contact hours per week.
The consultation/liaison track emphasizes working with hospitalized patients, their families, and treatment teams. Patients that are frequently seen on this service include those with acute or chronic pain, severe problems in adjustments to a medical condition, and/or significant non-adherence. Other consults involve pre- and post bone marrow or heart transplant or problems after motor vehicle accident or other traumatic brain injury. Interventions with these patients often involve training in skills for coping with complex medical conditions, pain management strategies, and the brief assessment and treatment of anxiety and/or depression. Interns attend care conferences in which psychosocial impressions are presented and treatment recommendations are made. Interns in this track are also required to conduct outpatient therapy (with individuals, families, and groups) and psychological evaluations (usually regarding possible ADHD and/or LDs).
The pediatric neuropsychology track emphasizes outpatient neuropsychological assessment and is designed to meet Houston Conference guidelines. Thus, interns in this track will spend 50% of their time in neuropsychology training working with a diverse population. Patient diagnoses range from those with tumor resections and concussions/TBIs to the obscure cases “that you only read about in textbooks” (tuberous sclerosis and vela-cardio-facial syndrome). Patients range in age from one to 18+. Interns may also participate in evaluations conducted in Spanish. Assessments also occur in the hospital, and interns may evaluate patients prior to bone marrow transplant or neurosurgery. Interns will learn the full array of tests used in neuropsychological evaluation. Outstanding didactic training is available from the options listed below. Interns in this track are also required to participate in the consultation/liaison service and to conduct outpatient therapy and group programs.
Outpatient therapy opportunities include working with the Liver Disease Clinic, the CARE Clinic (a multi-disciplinary clinic directed towards reducing children’s risk for cardiac and endocrine disease), the Cystic Fibrosis Clinic, and providing outpatient follow-up to patients discharged from the hospital. Patients from the dialysis or hematology/oncology clinics can be followed long-term. Other patients are seen for a variety of behavioral health issues, such as conduct problems, anxiety, or depression. Interns lead psychoeducational group programs for parents and/or teens. These programs are usually provided for parents of children with ADHD and teens with chronic pain and their parents. We hope to add a program to help prevent depression in patients with liver disease.
Other training experiences:
- Bi-weekly one-hour case seminar discussion/presentation *
- Weekly one-hour Intern Training Seminars with staff and outside professionals on clinical/ethical/assessment/medical/professional issues *
- Weekly one-hour Grand Rounds presentations for all medical staff
- Weekly one-hour Pediatric Neuroscience Grand Rounds
- Weekly Epilepsy Conference
- Monthly meetings with the Training Director *
- Monthly Diversity Seminar *
- Monthly Trauma Rounds
- Monthly Hematology/Oncology Psychosocial Rounds
- Continuing education seminars and conferences held by/for PCH staff and residents throughout the year
- Additional Didactic Training specific to tracks *
- Monthly assessment case conference *
- Monthly CARE team conference
* attendance is expected