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Psychology Internship Program

Children's National Medical Center (Children’s National) offers a comprehensive internship program in child clinical and pediatric psychology to pre‐doctoral students in psychology. The internship is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association, initially earning accreditation in 1970.

The Institution

Children’s National is a non-profit institution incorporated in 1870. The mission of Children’s National is to be preeminent in providing pediatric healthcare services that enhance the health and well-being of children regionally, nationally, and internationally.  Through leadership and innovation, Children’s National strives to create solutions to pediatric healthcare problems. 

The hospital on the Sheikh Zayed Campus for Advanced Children’s Medicine is located in Washington DC, adjacent to the Washington Hospital Center, National Rehabilitation Hospital, the Washington V.A. Hospital, Catholic University and Howard University. It is easily accessible from suburban areas. In addition, Children's National has seven satellite outpatient clinics in Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia, and is part of a complex of healthcare facilities for the entire Washington metropolitan area. Further information about the hospital and its programs is available at our website (www.childrensnational.org).

Psychology and Neuropsychology are both Divisions within the Center for Neurosciences and Behavioral Medicine, which is directed by Dr. Roger Packer, a neurologist.  Other divisions in this center include Psychiatry, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Developmental Pediatrics, Genetics and Metabolism, Hearing and Speech, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  This Center for Excellence structure was designed to stimulate multidisciplinary collaboration, in terms of both patient care and research, among disciplines and specialties with common interests.   Psychology and Neuropsychology have particularly strong working relationships with Psychiatry, Developmental Pediatrics, and Neurology.
   
There are presently 32 faculty level psychologists at Children’s National who engage in training, clinical service, and research in a variety specialty areas, including Adolescent Medicine, Child Protection Services, Neonatology, Endocrinology, Hematology/Oncology, Pulmonary Medicine, Nephrology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, and Developmental Pediatrics. Psychology and Neuropsychology faculty are involved in virtually all of the other Centers of Excellence. Full time and adjunct faculty for the training program are listed later in this brochure. Facilities at the Hospital include outpatient clinics, child and adolescent inpatient units, library, auditorium, laboratories and research space. In addition, Psychology and Neuropsychology occupy outpatient offices in six suburban satellite clinics (Laurel, Maryland; Upper Marlboro, Maryland; Rockville, Maryland; Fairfax Virginia; Falls Church, Virginia; Spring Valley, D.C.)
   
Children’s National is the pediatric teaching hospital for the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Psychologists at Children’s National hold academic appointments in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Pediatrics at the medical school. Children’s National offers a variety of training programs in various medical specialties, all of which are overseen by the Department of Medical Education and the Graduate Medical Education Committee of the medical staff. The Division of Psychology and the Division of Neuropsychology conduct post‐doctoral, internship and practicum‐level training for psychology students. Psychology interns are highly regarded within the hospital, participating in a wide range of clinical and academic activities with other specialties.

Didactics
The program is rounded out with a variety of didactic seminars and conferences dealing with development, psychopathology, clinical techniques, medical conditions, health care delivery systems, and research. Didactics include the Psychology Seminar, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds and Pediatric Grand Rounds. Interns spend approximately 10% of their time in didactic seminars.

Research
Interns who have completed their dissertation research are able to become involved in research programs if they desire. Research opportunities are available with most faculty, depending on an intern’s special interests. Involvement in research is particularly appropriate for those interns who expect to stay in the D.C. area for post‐doctoral training.

Interns receive four to five hours of supervision per week, with one supervisor assigned for each rotation and/or location. The program strives to provide interns with a variety of supervisors in order to take advantage of the many roles, talents and theoretical viewpoints of the staff. Supervision is interdisciplinary, with psychology interns being supervised by psychiatrists and social workers, as well as psychologists, on the Inpatient units and the Pediatric Consultation service. Supervision is primarily case discussion. However, some clinics offer live supervision and role‐modeling by supervisors within multidisciplinary or vertical teams. Facilities include one‐way mirrors and videotaping capability, depending on the location.

At the start of the training year, each intern is assigned a faculty mentor, who does not serve as a supervisor, who is able to focus on the intern’s professional development (e.g., assist with time management issues, the development of self‐confidence, etc.). Along with the training director, mentors play a special role in helping interns with future career plans.

Accreditation

As mentioned previously, the Children’s National Internship program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association.  Applicants may contact the American Psychological Association’ Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation for additional information pertaining to our accreditation. 

Phone: 202 336-5979
Address: 750 First Street, N.E.
  Washington, DC 20002-4242

Stipend and Benefits
Interns receive a yearly stipend of $25,000.00 plus the fringe benefit package for all trainees at the Medical Center. Interns have four weeks of paid vacation, eight national holidays and twelve days of sick leave. Subsidized health insurance and parking are available.

Date
The pre‐doctoral internship is a full‐time experience for the calendar year, beginning July 1, 2014 and ending June 30, 2015.

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