Child Psychology Fellowships
Children's Hospital Oakland Center offers psychology training to graduates of accredited PhD, EdD or PsyD clinical, school or counseling psychology doctoral programs. The Department of Psychiatry
has offered comprehensive postdoctoral training to doctoral-level psychology trainees for over 30 years.
Our Psychology Fellowship program offers trainees the opportunity to experience a broad range of didactic and experiential learning from our very talented team of child, family and pediatric psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and nurse practitioners while having the choice of three different primary training tracks.
Goals of Psychology Fellowship Training
To develop entry-level clinical professionals with a broad skill and knowledge base to treat a range of clinical problems in children from toddlerhood through young adulthood. Each intern will be able to:
- Perform comprehensive evaluation
- Provide appropriate evidence-based as well as local contextually-informed psychological treatments for children, adolescents and their families
- Function in a culturally-informed and culturally-responsive manner
- Approach his/her work with flexibility
- Approach clinical work in a self-reflective manner
To develop entry-level professionals with the knowledge and skills to collaborate effectively with other systems and professionals. Each fellow will be able to:
- Interact and advocate professionally, collegially and respectfully with other treating mental health professionals on behalf of one's patients
- Provide consultation to other professionals and other systems involved in the care and education of children and adolescents
- Learn to identify one's own professional needs for appropriate consultation and how to access/utilize the range of professional resources available to advance patient care
To provide entry-level psychologists with socialization into a positive professional identity as a psychologist and a commitment to serving the profession as well as the community. Each fellow will be able to:
- Articulate and meaningfully integrate the ethical principles and regulatory standards of psychologists into ongoing clinical practice
- Identify and utilize a variety of professional resources and understand their value in one's professional functioning
Trainees carry a full clinical caseload allowing them to provide approximately 20 to 30 hours per week of patient care including psychotherapy, assessment, community consultation, collateral work, emergency evaluations, etc. At least 25% of each Fellow's time is spent in face-to-face psychological services to patients.
The Fellowship entails:
- 12 months, September 2014 – August 2015
- 40 to 50 hours per week, with a minimum of 1800 supervised hours for the training year
- 4 weeks time-off (total including planned vacation, holidays and sick leave)
Each Fellow in the Dept. of Psychiatry is selected for one of three primary tracks:
- Out-patient Clinic Fellow. These Fellows focus on providing out-patient child and family evaluation and treatment in the clinic and/or the community. They will provide integrative care in collaboration with a number of our hospital’s medical clinics. Our Fellows also have a rotation experience in the Consultation-Liaison service, providing services to pediatric in-patients and their families as well.
- Consultation-Liaison Fellow. This Fellow focuses on providing evaluation and brief treatment services to hospitalized children and their families with psychological/psychiatric issues that interfere with their medical care. This Fellow will also have a rotation experience in the Out-patient clinic, following several long-term outpatients.
- BERT (Behavioral Emergency Response Team) Fellows. These Fellows focus on providing evaluation, brief treatment, consultation and aftercare services to children seen through our Behavioral Emergency Response service in the hospital’s emergency room. In addition, the BERT Fellows will have experience with consultation-liaison work and some longer-term out-patient treatment.
Clinical Supervision and Teaching
Psychology fellows receive at minimum:
- Two hours per week of individual supervision by two different licensed psychologists
- Three hours of group supervision/case conferences
- Two hours of didactic training
Supervision styles and theoretical orientations vary, but there is a common emphasis on developmental and family systems perspectives informing our conceptualizations and treatment approaches.
Clinical supervision is available in assessment and treatment seminars and group supervisions which utilize videotape and case conference methodology. Psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurse practitioners and pediatricians throughout the hospital are available for consultation and teaching in their areas of expertise. Trainees receive written evaluation of their clinical and nonclinical performance twice per year and we strive to provide timely, constructive feedback on an ongoing basis.
Core Seminar Required
A Core Seminar is required for all fellows. The Core Seminar provides didactic training in the core cluster areas of: Child Development, Trauma, Assessment and Diagnosis, Pharmacology, Community Systems and Services, and Professional Development. As our hospital serves a very diverse linguistic, ethnic and socioeconomic population, our programs also offer ongoing training in multicultural issues as they inform the work of the psychologist.
Children's Hospital also offers an extensive range of educational events including weekly Grand Rounds, daily noon conferences for residents, seminars at our research institute and in-service trainings for mental health professionals, all of which welcome our trainees. The hospital has an excellent medical library and the Family Resource & Information Center is available for use.
How to Apply
Our program is a member of the CAPIC, the California Association of Psychology Internship Centers.
Application to one or at more of the training tracks in the Department of Psychiatry at Children's Hospital Oakland will be accomplished through a single application to our program. Applicants should indicate their preferences in their cover letter, and will be asked to separately rank each track following their interview with us.
We require personal interviews with all finalist applicants. Our program is well respected in the Bay Area and our program graduates have an excellent record of obtaining licensure and employment.
*For more detailed information about our Psychology fellowship, please request our fellowship brochure via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To apply, please send the following materials by January 30, 2014
- Cover autobiographical letter about your personal history, work experiences and interest in child and family work. Please indicate which of tracks you are applying to and why. (You may apply to one, two or all three tracks, but be sure to specify your order of preferences.)
- Graduate transcripts
- Curriculum vitae
- Three letters of recommendation (which can be directly sent via email)
Send application materials or questions to:
Department of Psychiatry
Psychology Training, Jacquelyn Hernandez, Administrative Assistant
Dept., of Psychiatry
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland
747 52nd Street
Oakland, CA. 94609
Phone: (510) 428-3885 ext. 4871
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