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Behavioral Headache Program Externship
This externship is ideally suited for advanced practicum students seeking specialized training within a pediatric hospital setting. The Headache Program is a multidisciplinary team consisting of neurologists, psychologist, neurology fellows, medical students and nurses who collaborate as a team to evaluate, diagnose and treat children and adolescents with various headache conditions.
This position includes one day working within the interdisciplinary chronic headache team in the evaluation/diagnostic program along with neurologists, neurology fellows and nurse practitioners. The second day will focus on developing and executing pain-focused cognitive behavioral treatment to patients their families.
Theoretical orientations utilized within this clinic include an integrative rehabilitative approach involving pain focused cognitive and behavioral skills, acceptance and commitment therapy, and other mindfulness approaches necessary to restore functioning and prevent disability associated with chronic headache conditions.
Applicants must be in at least the third year of a doctoral program with experience in child and adolescent therapy and documented interest in gaining advanced experience in a medical/pediatric setting.
One to two externs will be recruited for this externship.
Please email your letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and two letters of reference directly from recommenders to:
Angela Fletcher, Psy.D. | Email
Interested applicants should also complete this survey one time, regardless of how many externships you are applying for.
Flexibility with location is important. This externship is at:
- Children's National Hospital, 111 Michigan Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010
- Children's National Northern Virginia, 3023 Hamaker Ct, Suite 300, 3rd Floor, Fairfax, VA 22031
*Note: Some clinical care may be provided through telehealth.
Externships are one year long and will occur from summer 2022 – spring/summer 2023. Ideally this is a two-day externship (16 hours/week) and is tentatively dedicated to Wednesdays and Thursdays at the main hospital in Washington, D.C., and/or the Northern Virginia location in Fairfax, VA.