Program Information: Department of Pediatric Psychology

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1146
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Children's Hospital of Orange County
Department: Department of Pediatric Psychology
Address: 1201 W La Veta St.
Orange, California 92868-3874
Country: United States
Metro Area: Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA MSA
Distance from Major City: 36 miles south of Los Angeles, CA
Phone: 714-532-8481x
Fax: 714-509-8756
Email: hhuszti@choc.org
Web Address: https://www.choc.org/careers/residency-training-programs/doctoral-internship-program-clinical-psychology/
Brochure Website's Address: https://www.choc.org/careers/residency-training-programs/doctoral-internship-program-clinical-psychology/
Primary Agency Type: Child/Adolescent Psychiatric or Pediatrics
Additional Agency Types:
  • Academic Health Center
  • Medical School
Member of APPIC since:
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Heather Huszti
Chief Psychologist: Heather Huszti
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 30
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 2
Position Information
Start Date: 08/29/2022
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 4
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 35880
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): free parking, 3 days paid educational leave, overtime for hours worked over 40 hours per week
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site All interns participate in 4 core rotations (1. outpatient therapy for 12 months, 2. medical consultation and liaison with medial inpatients for 6 months, 3. neuropsychological/neurodevelopmental/psychological assessment for 6 months, 4. emergency department for 6 months) and 2 specialty rotations (each for 6 months) which might include oncology, endocrinology, pulmonology, feeding program, integrated primary care, medical stabilization of eating disorders, mental health inpatient center, or neuropsychology. Depending on the specialty rotation, interns will participate in additional inpatient medical consultations, participation in medical outpatient clinics, outpatient psychotherapy, or neuropsychological assessment. Interns participate in consultation and liaison rounds, Child and Adolescent Assessment Seminar, Professional Development Seminar (includes Diversity, Supervision, and Ethics seminars), and Child and Adolescent Psychological Principles Seminar. Interns receive at least 4 hours a week of regularly scheduled supervision. Interns have the opportunity to supervise doctoral psychology practicum students.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum Students
Do Psychology Interns/Postdocs Have the Opportunity to Supervise Practicum Students?Yes
Is this program fully affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Is this program partially affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 11/01/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Optional
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/15/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/06/2022
Interview process description:

Due to considerations of COVID and travel restrictions, it is anticipated that interviews will be held virtually this year.  Virtual interviews will be held in January and are by invitation only. The January 2022 tentative dates are:  Jan 6, 7, 10, 14, 17, 20, and 21.  You will be informed whether you will be invited for an interview by December 15, 2021 (every effort will be made to inform applicants earlier). Information about interview status is sent out via email. We will make every effort to provide opportunities to learn about our site and program virtually. The interview process will include: an overview of our training program, a semi-structured interview with two faculty members, open ended discussions with Dr. Nagel and Dr. Huszti, as well as a discussion with current interns or fellows.  We will include a virtual tour of our site as well as information from one of the physicians who works closely with our interns. In the past, our in-person and virtual interview days generally lasted from 8:15 AM and went until 2 PM. A hosted lunch is included when in-person interviews are possible. For those applicants who indicate you speak Spanish, a portion of the interview will be conducted in Spanish. With your permission, we would like to take a picture at the interview in order to assist the memories of the selection committee. This is a totally voluntary process, and all applicants are welcome to opt out of the photograph. In the past we have had applicants bring a camera and take pictures of us as well. We invite you to do the same as we know how helpful that can be as a memory aide.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Univ of Oregon, Yeshiva University, Ohio University, Loyola University, American School of Professional Psychology – DC, University of Arizona, UCLA, Indianapolis University, Marquette University, University of Kansas, University of Miami, DePaul University, PGSP, Univ of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, University of Denver University of Southern California, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Illinois Institute of Technology, West Virginia University, Eastern Michigan University, University of Northern Colorado, Marquette University
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a U.S. Citizen, Authorization to Work or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in the US is Required: No
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a Canadian Citizen, Authorization to Work in Canada or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in Canada is Required: No
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 100
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 100
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited
Non-Accredited Not Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree Not Accepted
This institution, department, internship, or postdoctoral program requires trainees to sign a statement about personal behavior and/or religious beliefs as a condition of admission and/or retention in the program: No
How to obtain text of statement:
Other Requirements: Applicants matched to the internship should understand that prior to beginning the internship they will be required to successfully pass a required brief medical examination, which includes a drug test. TB testing will also be required. Applicants will also undergo a required background test which CHOC requires of all employees in order to ensure the safety of our pediatric patients.
Program Description

The goal of the internship program at Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) is to prepare individuals for their professional career as psychologists working with children and adolescents, with speciality training in a hospital setting. The focus of the training program is on clinical activities, but we believe these activities must be based on strong scientific evidence. Internship training at CHOC includes a strong practice component coupled with a variety of supervision and didactic seminar experiences. As much as possible training is individualized to allow interns the opportunity to develop additional skills in their areas of interest as well as the opportunity to learn skills in new areas. For those interns who speak Spanish, there is the opportunity to participate in a specialty seminar designed to increase comfort and competence in providing psychological services in Spanish as well as supervision in Spanish. During the year, all  interns participate in three six month long core rotations (1. consultation and liaison services in a medical setting, 2. child/ adolescent assessment (neurodevelopmental and neuropsychological), 3. emergency department). All interns will also provide outpatient therapy (both for traditional child outpatient referrals as well as medical conditions) for the full year. In addition, all interns will participate in two six month long specialty rotations. These rotations may include (oncology, feeding, pulmonology, endocrincology, integrated primary care, medical stabilization of eating disorders, or neurologypsychology). In these specialty rotations there is an opportunity to work with different medical teams. In all of these capacities interns are an integral part of the multi-disciplinary medical teams. Interns provide supervision for doctoral practicum students, have individual supervision and attend seminars. CHOC provides many opportunities for working with families from a wide range of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. CHOC welcomes applications from applicants with a special interest in working with children and families from diverse backgrounds.  For interns who speak Spanish, there are specialized training opportunities, including supervision in Spanish to help increase comfort and competence in providing psychological services in Spanish.  Specialized training opportunities in learning about Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) are also available through seminars.  

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults:
Family: Yes
Older Adults:
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
French-speaking:
Deaf/Hearing-impaired:
Students:
International Students:
Rural:
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness:
Other:

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Group Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Crisis Intervention: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Other:

Experience

Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health:
HIV/AIDS:
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Learning Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Adult:
Neuropsychology-Child: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Serious Mental Illness: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Anxiety Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Forensics/Corrections:
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology:
Pediatrics: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
School:
Counseling:
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Supervision: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration:
Integrated health care - primary: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Integrated health care - specialty: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Other:

Opportunities to work with DSD (Disorders of Sex Development) population, Behavioral emergencies (suicidal ideation, etc)

Additional information about training opportunities: Not all rotations or training experiences may be available as described in the APPIC Directory. Please consult the program's application materials or their website at: https://www.choc.org/careers/residency-training-programs/doctoral-internship-program-clinical-psychology/  for a complete description of the training opportunities available at this training site. IF the site has not updated their information by August 1, feel free to contact the Training Director for additional information.

Summary of the Characteristics of the Specified Internship Class
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Number of Completed Applications: 140 190 189 161 140
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 35 36 36 40 45
Total number of interns: 4 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 4 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 3 3 4 4
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 1 1 0 0
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs:
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 2 3 3 4
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 2 1 1 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 8 8 14 8 18
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 57 50 64 50 22
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 4 4 4 4 4
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 4 0 0 4 3
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 0 0 1
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0