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HIV Services Mental Health Program
The HIV Services Mental Health Program provides psychological services to children, adolescents, young adults and families living with HIV/AIDS. The program is currently open to patients between ages 4 and 24 and their families. Our services are integrated with other medical care provided for patients and families to ensure that they receive comprehensive care in our outpatient clinic, Special Immunology Service.
Patients living with HIV/AIDS often experience a variety of mental health issues including: anxiety, depression, bereavement, post-traumatic stress symptoms, substance abuse, relationship problems, difficulties with adjustment and behavioral problems. Patients are routinely screened for areas of concern and possible recommendations are discussed with families.
Mental health services are provided on an outpatient and medical inpatient basis. Patients and families may be referred for a number of pediatric issues including: medication adherence, pill swallowing, adjustment to illness, adjustment to hospitalization and diagnosis disclosure/education. Treatment may include individual therapy, family therapy, parent training and/or group therapy depending on the presenting problem. Psychiatry consultation and medication management are also available. Lastly, children and adolescents living with HIV undergo routine developmental and neuropsychological evaluations to monitor cognitive development and signs of HIV-related problems.
Extern experiences include:
- Mental health and substance use screening
- Consultation (outpatient and inpatient)
- Outpatient therapy (individual and possibly group)
- Psychological evaluation
This is a complex service requiring previous direct experience with children and adolescents. Preference will be given to advanced doctoral students with a strong knowledge of psychopathology and appropriate interventions. Formal course work and previous experience in child/adolescent assessment and therapy is required.
One extern will be recruited for this externship.
Please email a letter of interest, CV/resume and two letters of reference to:
Yaphet Bryant, Ph.D.
Director of HIV Services Mental Health Program, Ryan White Program
Gretchen Cruz Figueroa, Psy.D.
Interested applicants should also complete this survey one time, regardless of how many externships you are applying for.
Children’s National Hospital — 111 Michigan Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010
Eight to 16 hours per week from September to May. Specific days on-site will be coordinated with supervising psychologist.