Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic
The Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic is committed to providing psychotherapy and psychological evaluation to children ages 3 to 12 who are experiencing difficulties with behavioral regulation, attention, learning, emotional, and developmental issues. We work intensively with the child, providing individual play therapy, family therapy, group therapy, psychological testing, and school and community intervention. We serve a multicultural population of low-income families. When required, we work collaboratively with developmental pediatricians. A portion of our work is home or school based.
Internship Training Goals
In addition to the goals common to the Psychology Internship Program, a primary placement at the Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic incorporates the following goals:
- To provide training and experience in a broad range of psychological testing useful for diagnostic clarification and treatment planning in children.
- To develop competence in child, family and group therapy, particularly aimed at reducing acting-out behaviors in children.
- To develop competence in collaborating with a multi-disciplinary team regarding management of the child’s difficulties.
Training Methods and Supervision
Postdoctoral fellows work a 40-50 hour week during which they see approximately 10 therapy patients/families, conduct ongoing testing, and participate in parent and/or child therapy groups. They also have the opportunity to create their own summer group therapy curriculum, with staff support. Additionally, interns rotate through the Department of Psychiatry for one day each week.
In addition to 2 hours of individual supervision, group supervision is provided for 1½ hours weekly to provide support and discussion regarding psychological testing. Additional individualized supervision regarding test administration/interpretation, parent feedback and report writing is available as needed. Weekly staff meetings occur for the purposes of case collaboration, discussion of administrative issues, and training regarding community agencies of relevance to our clients.
Our staff is integrative in orientation with particular emphasis on family systems, developmental, object relations and cognitive behavioral theories. Case discussion, videotaping of sessions and one-way mirror supervision are utlilized.
A variety of testing instruments are available for didactic training and clinical purposes including measures of:
- Cognitive and adaptive functioning
- Academic success
- Processing areas
- Memory and language screens
- Formal and informal assessment of emotional functioning
- Autism Spectrum Disorder assessment
Spanish language testing is available. Postdoctoral fellows complete a minimum of 6-8 full batteries a year.
Additional Supervisors & Training Staff
How to Apply
Information for applicants can be found at: Child Psychology Internships
Additional information and questions can be directed to: Karla Sagramoso, PhD
, Clinical Psychologist and Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic Training Coordinator at KSagramoso@Mail.CHO.org
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