Typical work hours are approximately 40-50 hours/week with approximately 75% time in direct face-to-face psychological services and 25% in supervision, professional development, didactic and other related activities.

Areas of training include:

  • Diagnostic interviews, consultation, and brief interventions within outpatient medical subspecialty clinics;
  • Psychoeducational, developmental, neuropsychological, and behavioral assessment; outpatient psychotherapy; and inpatient hospital consultation-liaison.
  • Interprofessional developmental and collaboration.
  • Program development with possibilities for to work with faculty on Q/I and research projects.
  • Time allocated for additional conferences and training.

Direct Clinical Services

Fellows provide direct face-to-face clinical services in outpatient hospital clinics as well as inpatient consultations. Each clinic is scheduled for a half day and typically lasts 3-4 hours. Inpatient consults are completed as time is available throughout the day and after clinic. Clinical rotations last 3-4 months depending on Fellows’ training goals and clinic needs. Fellows’ work with the Training Director to choose the rotation schedule. Clinical activities include face-to-face psychological services, case conceptualization, targeted readings and report writing, scoring and interpretation.

Supervision

All supervision is conducted following the ASPPB Supervision Guidelines (ASPPB, 2015) and meets the APPIC-standard of a minimum of 2-3 hours per week. Fellows meet individually for at least 1 hour weekly with the Primary Supervisor with a focus on monitoring progress of all required activities, ethical and best practice skills, setting and tracking professional development goals and mentoring. Fellows spend 1-2 hours per week in individual supervision for direct clinical services with a licensed psychologist. Primary and scheduled clinical face-to-face supervision occurs during Fellows’ administrative time. Faculty are also available throughout the week as needed via phone, email and unscheduled face-to-face supervision. All supervision is more intensive during the first and second rotations with Fellows spending closer to 4 hours weekly in individual face-to-face supervision. As Fellows competence increases and they move toward independent licensure supervision is less intensive. Fellows meet weekly for 1 hour of group supervision where Fellows bring clinical, ethical and professional development questions for discussion with faculty.

Curriculum and Learning Activities 

Fellows begin the training year with a three-week orientation period where they have the opportunity to shadow faculty in clinical areas they will provide direct services, didactic lectures on specific medical populations and evidence-based behavioral interventions. In the fall, the Psychology Section conference offers opportunities for Fellows to learn from faculty peer-review case presentations and presentations. Over the course of the year Fellows transition to leading the peer-review cases and educational presentations to facilitate discussion in a collegial manner. Fellows also participate in Child Development and Behavioral Conference (CDBC) which focuses on clinical skills and developmental theories in the fall and progress toward specific clinical and ethical consideration in the spring. Samples of the Psychology Conference and CDBC calendars on the website.

Fellows spend 2-6 hours per week in direct learning activities. Fellows participate in a series of didactic and training activities (see below table for a description) including LEND training, presentations in pediatric psychology, pediatric grand rounds, a monthly administrative meeting, and a monthly peer review/case conference. Numerous additional presentations are also available in various specialty areas.

Training activities focus on:

  • Clinical experience in a variety of medical and developmental clinics
  • Participation in multidisciplinary team assessment and treatment planning
  • Direct observation of clinical skill
  • Core reading manual and supplemental readings
  • Case Presentation/Peer Review

Required presentation to the section with evaluation/feedback to trainee.

Additional Information: The Sample Rotation Schedule Psychology Noon Conference Schedule, and Child Development Behavioral Conference are available for your perusal.