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Psychology Externship in Adolescent Medicine and Eating Disorders Clinic

The deadline to apply for the 2019-2020 academic year is Feb. 1, 2019. Applications may be submitted in paper form (preferred) or electronically.

Our Program

The externship in Adolescent Medicine offers a range of didactic and practicum experiences, with a particular focus on eating disorder patients. The extern works as a multidisciplinary team member in the Eating Disorders Clinic located at Children's National Friendship Heights. The extern works closely with the department’s clinical psychologist, who provides weekly individual as well as group supervision. 

Our extern's specific activities include diagnostic evaluations, individual psychotherapy and some parent counseling. The extern gains experience in providing short-term diagnostic and treatment services as well as in conducting more intensive, long-term psychotherapy. Although all activities are supervised by the psychologist, the extern is encouraged to work autonomously and to be actively involved with other team members who share in each patient’s care. Most of the eating disorders patients present with comorbid problems such as mood and anxiety disorders.

This externship experience does not include formal psychological testing, other than diagnostic interviewing, self-report measures and parent questionnaires. The extern’s specific interests and training needs are considered as case assignments are made. Didactic opportunities include twice weekly Eating Disorders Team meetings and case conferences, weekly extern meetings and an optional weekly two-hour teaching conference covering broader topics in adolescent development and psychological/medical care.

The Department of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine is especially designed to meet the health care needs of adolescent patients ages 12-21. Outpatient referrals are received from schools, private physicians and the patients and parents themselves. Our department is an energetic and psychologically-minded department where mental health practitioners are highly valued. The atmosphere provides a rich training opportunity for any extern interested in understanding and treating the challenging population of adolescent patients, particularly those with eating disorders.

Qualifications: Clinical experience, particularly with children and adolescents, is highly desirable. Preference will be given to more advanced doctoral students.
Time requirement: 16 hours/week Sept-May. Summer externships are sometimes available as well.
Number of positions: Three externs will be recruited for this externship.
Location: Friendship Heights satellite of Children’s National at 5028 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016

How to Apply

Submissions by mail are preferred, although email submissions will also be accepted. Please include the following and send to Dr. Atkins at the address below by Feb. 1, 2019:

  • A letter of interest
  • Your CV/resume
  • At least two letters of recommendation
  • A stamped, self-addressed envelope

Darlene M. Atkins, Ph.D.
Director, Eating Disorders Clinic
Children’s National Medical Center
5028 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite 310, Washington, DC 20016

About Children's National

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 GW’s medical school. Children’s National offers a variety of training programs in various medical specialties, all of which are overseen by the medical staff. Learn more about Children's National.