Our doctoral internship program is designed to provide interns with a broad range of inpatient and outpatient experiences in child and adolescent pediatric and child clinical psychology. It is expected that interns will benefit from this broad base of training and be well-positioned to specialize in a particular area of child or pediatric psychology during their postdoctoral fellowship year or to continue to enhance their general child clinical and pediatric psychology training.
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford(LPCH) is a specialized 312-bed hospital providing inpatient and outpatient care to infants, children, adolescents, and expectant mothers. At LPCH, interns spend three months on the Pediatric Psychiatry Consultation-Liaison Service (C/L) and three months on the Eating Disorders Team, which provides services to the Comprehensive Pediatric Care Program.During each 3-month rotation, interns provide individual and family therapy and consulting with the medical teams and school staff. The interns are part of a multidisciplinary team that includes psychiatry, psychology, medical services, nursing, social work, milieu counselors, child life specialists, rehabilitation therapists, and hospital school staff. Interns receive individual supervision by the attending psychologist on the service. In addition, they attend daily rounds and weekly seminars, where they present cases for discussion and review relevant literature. The Children's Health Council (CHC) is a private, nonprofit agency that offers outpatient mental health, educational, speech language, and occupational services to children with emotional, learning, and developmental problems. Multidisciplinary teams coordinate and provide most of the diagnostic and assessment services to children and adolescents referred to CHC. Interns typically complete 1-2 team evaluations per month and participate in team dispositions, where members of the team present their findings and integrate the data and perspectives offered by each discipline. CHC also strives to provide interns with a range of treatment cases requiring varying conceptual orientations and therapeutic interventions. Interns are typically responsible for a caseload of eight treatment cases (including individual, family and parent therapy) and co-leading a DBT-based group therapy in our Intensive Outpatient Program Program for teens.