Child Clinical/Pediatric Psychology Training
Child Clinical and Pediatric Psychology Doctoral Internship Program
The Child Clinical and Pediatric Psychology Doctoral Internship Program at the University of Louisville School of Medicine offers a one year, intensive training program in clinical child and pediatric psychology. Our primary objective is to prepare psychology interns for entry into advanced postdoctoral training or professional practice in child clinical and pediatric psychology. The program is designed to equip interns with the skills required to provide clinical and psychological assessments, diagnosis, treatment, consultation, and other aspects of mental and behavioral health care with children, adolescents, and families on an increasingly independent basis. This includes developing expertise in the foundations of evidence based practices, cultural diversity, child development, and issues in professional development.
The internship adheres to a practitioner-scholar model and is structured to provide a breadth and depth of child clinical and pediatric training experiences with diverse populations of youth and families. Specifically, training is comprised of three four-month clinical service rotations, yearlong outpatient psychology services, and yearlong participation in didactics and supervision. The clinical rotations are in pediatric consultation/liaison, child and adolescent acute psychiatry, and child psychiatric day treatment. Outpatient services include treatment and psychological testing in a child and adolescent mental health clinic and emergency psychiatric evaluations in a pediatric emergency department. All work is performed under the supervision of licensed psychologists with expertise in child and adolescent psychology with the ultimate goal of preparing the intern for independent practice.
The internship is conducted within the Division of Child, Adolescent, and Family Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and is supported by personnel and facilities within the Bingham Clinic and Kosair Children’s Hospital. The child psychology faculty maintains primary responsibility for planning and conducting the program and supervising interns. Interns also receive instruction from the child psychiatry faculty and collaborate with professionals from other disciplines, resulting in extensive exposure to multidisciplinary approaches. Training is further enhanced by opportunities to work alongside other trainees in the department. The Division of Child, Adolescent, and Family Psychiatry also offers a child and pediatric psychology practicum, pediatric psychology postdoctoral fellowship, and child psychiatry residency. Additionally, the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences has a general psychiatry residency program and participates in the lectures and clerkships for medical students in the School of Medicine.