Clinical Child/Adolescent Psychology Track

The Clinical Child/Adolescent Psychology Training Track has been designed to offer the intern a well-balanced and comprehensive clinical experience, a formal curriculum covering major areas in child and adolescent psychology, and supervision in various clinical settings resulting in hands-on and graduated learning experience over the year.

The intern will conduct comprehensive evaluations of children, adolescents and families with a broad spectrum of psychopathology and varying sociocultural and ethnic backgrounds; gain competence in major treatment modalities; learn the knowledge and skills to practice within a variety of child and adolescent settings; have the opportunity to teach professionals in other disciplines (psychiatry, school, and pediatrics), parents, and members of other agencies; become familiar with research methodology and professional/scientific literature on child and adolescent psychology and clinical intervention; and learn to participate effectively in multidisciplinary team meetings.

Interns complete yearlong placements in (i) Child and Adolescent Anxiety Clinic; (ii) General Child and Adult Outpatient Psychotherapy; (iii) Child and Adolescent Psychological Assessment and (iv) Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic. They also complete minor rotations varying in length from two to six months.


Yearlong Placements

I. Child and Adolescent Anxiety Clinic
Faculty: Joanna Katsanis, PhD 

The intern provides comprehensive assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents, ages 0 to 18 years, and receives in-depth training on the assessment of childhood anxiety disorders and the delivery of psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy.


II.  General Child and Adult Outpatient Psychotherapy
Faculty: Joanna Katsanis, PhD

The intern serves as the primary therapist for two to three adult outpatient psychotherapy cases and six to eight child/adolescent/family therapy cases. The intern will have the opportunity to gain experience in psychotherapy with special interest groups (e.g., autism, sleep disorders). Medication coverage, if necessary, will be provided by a psychiatry resident assigned to the case. Although some cases may be seen for the entire year, brief psychotherapy is also encouraged. The intern will be encouraged to develop therapeutic skills in various modalities including cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, play therapy, group therapy, parent management training and family therapy.


III. Child and Adolescent Psychological Assessment
Faculty: Joanna Katsanis, PhD

The intern will have the opportunity to develop skills in psychological assessment and interpretation throughout their training. The intern will use these measures in various settings and to address interdisciplinary issues including diagnostic (autism, depression, sleep disorders), academic (learning disability), medical (presurgical evaluations) and legal (competency to stand trial, psychosexual evaluations).

IV. Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic
Faculty: Andrew Gardner, PhD

The primary goal of the rotation is to provide experience on assessment, treatment, and plan development targeting challenging and disruptive behavior of children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disabilities and other developmental disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorder. Interns will participate in an integrated and targeted application of behavioral methods through a data-based approach. Challenging behaviors range from self-injury, aggression, property destruction, elopement, and pica, to other forms of problem behavior such as noncompliance and tantrums. The intern will utilize the empirically validated science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to assess and treat challenging behaviors at the BPC clinic. The rotation offers a range of service delivery models consistent of interdisciplinary assessment/treatment, outpatient services, community collaboration, and brief consultation services.


Minor Rotations


I. Normal Child Development Observation Summer Course
Location: Tucson Jewish Community Center (July - August)
Faculty: Ann Lettes, PhD

The primary goal of this rotation is to provide the intern with exposure to normal development and behavior in children from birth to kindergarten age. The trainees observe the children and their interaction with teachers and peers at the Jewish Community Center (JCC). This summer experience concludes with the child and adolescent psychiatry residents and the child psychology intern giving an in-service seminar to the school teachers on various topics such as variations in child development, psychopathology, and tips for teachers on how to help the children in the classroom and when to refer for evaluation and treatment. 


II. Consultation-Liaison
Location: Banner University Medical Center Tucson (July - October)
Faculty: Gary Hellmann, MD

During this 4-month long rotation, interns join the Psychiatry Department’s Consultation-Liaison service. Along with a team of psychiatrists, psychiatry residents and fellows, and medical students, the intern participates in inpatient consults at the Banner-University Medical Center, with the goal of providing diagnostic input and treatment recommendations to medical teams.


III. School Psychology
Location: Sahuarita School District (November - February)
Faculty: Emery Mahoney, PhD

During this 4-month long rotation, interns observe Preschool, Elementary, Middle, and High School activities (including general and special education classes, individualized educational planning, speech language pathology, counseling and social work interventions, vocational planning), and conduct evaluations using a variety of assessment instruments under the supervision of a licensed school psychologist.

 

IV. Children's Clinic for Rehabilitative Services
Location: Children's Clinic for Rehabilitation Services (March - June)
Faculty: Andrew Gardner, PhD

In this rotation, interns have the opportunity to receive advanced training on assessment, plan development, and treatment of challenging and disruptive behavior of children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disabilities and other developmental and medical disorders in an integrative healthcare setting. In addition to training on assessment and treatment methods including Applied Behavior Analysis, the intern will be exposed to multidisciplinary teams, consultation services with schools and community professionals, and interactions with behavioral health agencies.