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Pediatric Anxiety and Mood Disorders
This externship is ideally suited for advanced practicum students seeking further training in outpatient psychology from childhood to adolescence. The extern will spend one day each (per week) providing outpatient services through the Anxiety Disorders Program and the Mood Disorders Program at Children’s National Hospital, under the direct clinical supervision of Lilia Mucka, Ph.D., and Erin Sadler, Psy.D., respectively.
The Mood Disorders Program at Children's National provides outpatient services to children and adolescents with mood disorders (e.g. major depression, pediatric bipolar disorder, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder) and their families. Externs will gain experience in assessment and treatment of mood disorders through individual, family and group therapy (optional). Additional externship opportunities include working with children with medical illnesses and histories of trauma.
The Anxiety Disorders Program at Children's National Hospital provides care to children and adolescents with anxiety disorders (e.g. generalized anxiety, OCD, tics, separation and social anxiety) and their families. The majority of youth treated are school-aged children (6-18 years), though younger children are sometimes seen as well. Externs will gain experience in assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents. Experience with group therapy and working with children and adolescents with medical illness may be a possibility as well. In addition to formal, in-person supervision, externs within both the Anxiety Disorders Program and Mood Disorders Program will also have the opportunity to participate in case conferences with child psychiatrists, attend behavioral health grand rounds and clinical seminars (depending on the day of the externship).
Applicants must be in at least the third year of a doctoral program, have completed formal coursework in child development and treatment and have had prior practicum experience with child and adolescent assessment and therapy. Preference will be given to advanced doctoral students.
One extern will be recruited for this externship.
Please email a letter of interest, a CV/resume and two letters of recommendation to:
Lilia Mucka, Ph.D. | Email
Erin M. Sadler, Psy.D. | Email
Children’s National Hospital
111 Michigan Ave NW
Washington, DC 20010
Children’s National Takoma Theatre — 6833 4th St. NW, Washington, DC 20012 (Metro accessible)
Sixteen hours (two days) per week. Tuesdays and Thursdays preferred. Services are provided via telehealth and in person at the Takoma Theatre clinic. It is anticipated that this externship will run through June 2022.