The Tulane University School of Medicine internship in child and adolescent psychology has been an integral part of the training program since its initiation in 1984. The training program offers a broad range of experiences and opportunities. This track offers concentration in clinical child and adolescent settings throughout the year to three well-qualified applicants.
General Training Model
Each of the three Child Track interns will spend 2 days per week for the training year at the Metropolitan Children's Services Clinic, a community-based mental health clinic. This rotation provides a broad range of experiences, described under “Clinical Experiences and Training Opportunities,” below.
Depending upon the intern’s area of concentration, an additional training focus is provided. The Pediatric Psychology Service rotation at Tulane Children's Hospital allows the intern to conduct assessments and interventions with medically ill children and their families. Numerous other training experiences are provided on this rotation, described under “Clinical Experiences and Training Opportunities,” below. One Child Track intern will be selected in this area of concentration.
The Infant Mental Health area of concentration provides a rotation at the Tulane Infant Team Clinic. This rotation allows for training with abused and neglected young children, ages birth to five years, and their caregivers. Specific training opportunities are described under “Clinical Experiences and Training Opportunities,” below. Two Child Track interns will be selected in this area of concentration.
Training Goals: Child Track
To prepare the psychology intern to demonstrate knowledge regarding child and adolescent development and psychopathology.
To train the psychology intern to conduct comprehensive evaluations of children and adolescents and determine strengths and areas of concern regarding the child/adolescent's current functioning.
To train the psychology intern to develop and implement treatment plans to intervene with problematic functioning in children and adolescents, problematic parenting, and other issues that impede parents' ability to care for their children/adolescents in an effective manner.
To ensure that the psychology intern becomes proficient in documentation of services delivered to the child/adolescent, through comprehensive evaluations, treatment progress notes, and disposition and discharge/ transfer summaries.
To prepare the psychology intern to function as a member of an interdisciplinary team, and work with professionals from outside agencies in service delivery to children, adolescents, and their families.
To train the psychology intern to provide effective consultation to other professionals, and educate them about psychological methods and principles.
To ensure that the psychology intern maintains professional conduct, including with patients, colleagues, peers, and supervisors and to demonstrate that the intern obtains adequate knowledge of ethical principles and State law.
To engender sensitivity to cultural and individual diversity of patients, colleagues, peers, and supervisors, and to provide culturally sensitive and responsive care.
Faculty supervisors facilitate and monitor interns' acquisition of knowledge and skills through the following methods:
Two websites within the Tulane Health Sciences Center that might be of interest to individuals seeking the Child Track Internship are:
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