For the 2022-2023 internship year, there will be five interns on the pediatric psychology track, and one intern on the neuropsychology track.
Overview: Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital is a rehabilitation and specialty hospital that is part of the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins Medical Systems.The major goal of our internship program is to contribute to the development of well-rounded and competent pediatric psychologists. This is accomplished by helping interns develop a solid base of skills in the areas of assessment, intervention, and consultation, as well as facilitating the acquisition of specialized skills with a wide range of pediatric populations.
All Interns: All interns, regardless of track, will participate in the core experiences of the internship. These experiences consist of psychological assessment, psychological consultation and psychological treament. All six interns receive training in inpatient consultation-liaison with patients with medical conditions, and participate as part of a multidisciplinary treatment team. All six interns also provide outpatient therapy to a wide spectrum of children and adolescents with a range of child clinical and pediatric presentations. Interns receive training in individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, parent training, and interdisciplinary team consultation. Interns work with patients in our inpatient, outpatient, and day treatment programs who present with a wide variety of medical, developmental and behavioral problems. Interns work with pediatric populations from infancy through adolescence, including some work with young adults, as well as extensive experience in parent training. A number of seminars provide interns with didactic experience in the broad core areas of training, as well as in a variety of specialized areas. Throughout the year, interns work with patients from many different backgrounds, and issues of diversity are addressed in didactic training and in supervision. Upon completion of our internship program, graduates are equipped to pursue positions in a variety of settings.
Pediatric Psychology Track (5 interns): Interns on the pediatric psychology track will spend twelve months engaged in psychological testing in order to meet their assessment competencies. They will spend six months engaged in inpatient consultation as described above. In addition, the interns participate in four six-month long rotations in the following specialty areas:
- Pediatric Primary Care - The intern participates in consultation within the MWPH Primary Care clinic with developmentally and medically complex children and adolescents.
- Pediatric Diabetes - The intern works in diabetes clinic with the child's endocrinologist as part of a multidisciplinary treatment team to help improve adherence and manage other aspects of diabetes management.
- Feeding Day Treatment - The intern works within MWPH's Feeding Day Treatment program, providing daily interventions to children as part of a multidisciplinary team, to children having difficulties with feeding.
- Autism Assessment program - The intern participates actively in the assessment to determine whether a child meets criteria for an Autism Spectrum Disorder during an evaluation including the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2.
Neuropsychology Track (1 intern): The neuropsychology track at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital is a 12 month training experience that, in addition to the core goals of the internship, provides training in clinical pediatric neuropsychology consistent with APA Division 40 and Houston Conference guidelines. The internship includes participation in the outpatient neuropsychological evaluation clinic and the Concussion Assessment and Management Program (CAMP). Interns will have exposure to a variety of presenting concerns including children with known neurological disorders (see our materials for a complete list),children for whom baseline and follow-up data would assist drug treatment, surgery, cranial radiation, or other treatment procedures. Interns are involved in all aspects of the evaluation, including intake, test administration, report writing, and feedback. Interns are also involved in consultation with other disciplines of the hospital, such as medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language, and social work. Participation in the neuropsychological outpatient testing, including dedicated writing time, is expected to encompass 50% of your internship time. The neuropsychology intern will spend 12 months on the inpatient rotation to full the consultation competency.