Program Information: Dell Children's Medical Center/University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2110
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Texas Child Study Center
Department: Dell Children's Medical Center/University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School
Address: Texas Child Study Center
4900 Mueller Blvd. - DCMC 2 South
Austin, Texas 78723
Country: United States
Metro Area:
Distance from Major City: located in Austin, Texas
Phone: 512-324-0932x
Fax: 512-324-3314
Email: dfcurtis@austin.utexas.edu
Web Address: https://www.dellchildrens.net/services-and-programs/texas-child-study-center-mental-health-services/training-research-programs/
Brochure Website's Address: https://www.dellchildrens.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/60/2021/10/TCSC_Internship_Brochure_10.12.2021.pdf
Primary Agency Type: Child/Adolescent Psychiatric or Pediatrics
Additional Agency Types:
  • Academic Health Center
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric or Pediatrics
  • Medical School
  • Other
Member of APPIC since:
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Dave Curtis
Chief Psychologist: Puja Patel
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 28
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 07/01/2022
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 6
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 28352
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Interns are appointed as Visiting Scholars at the University of Texas at Austin and may purchase UT student/visiting scholar insurance. Although health insurance is not directly provided by UT-Austin as part of the internship; an additional $333 will be added to each monthly stipend payment to help offset the cost of health insurance, up to $4,000 for the year.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site The intern will have multiple rotations at once, and days will vary depending on (a) internship track and (b) rotation. Please see program brochure for rotation descriptions.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsNo
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, with additions
An onsite interview is:
  • Optional
  • Preferred
Interview notification date: 11/29/2021
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

Applicants will be invited for an interview by email on or before November 29, 2021. Virtual interviews will be conducted through January and in-person interview options will be considered. Each track will have 2-3 options for interview days, including options for interview days that cover multiple tracks. The interview day includes an informational session with the training director and supervisors, at least three 30-45 minute individual interviews with internship faculty, a faculty panel, a quetion and answer session with current interns, and a virtual tour of the site.  

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: We have matched with interns from many programs nationally. All are APA/CPA accredited and represent a mix of Clinical, Counseling, and School psychology programs.
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: Yes
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: Yes
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 500
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 500
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 4
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: 1) Minimum of 1,000 combined doctoral assessment and intervention hours. Please note that while the directory indicates a minimum of 500 assessment hours and 500 intervention hours, the proportion of these hours can be weighted in a manner that represents applicants' specific training background and interest (e.g. It would be acceptable for a pediatric neuropsychology track applicant to have 600 assessment and 400 intervention hours). 2) Dissertation proposal must be defended by the application due date. 3) Strong practicum experience working with children and adolescents, preferably within a medical setting. 4) Coursework in child development and/or developmental psychopathology. Coursework and practicum work in cognitive behavioral therapy is strongly preferred. 5) For neuropsychology track applicants, coursework that conforms to Houston conference guidelines is preferred. 6) Enrolled in an APA/CPA accredited doctoral program in Clinical, School, or Counseling Psychology
Program Description

The Texas Child Study Center (TCSC) is in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Division of Psychology at the University of Texas Dell Medical School. The internship program has been in existence since the fall of 2009. TCSC provides psychological services for Dell Children’s Medical Center (DCMC) of Central Texas.

 

Philosophy and Training Model

 

The goal of the TCSC doctoral internship is to prepare trainees to become skilled and ethical psychologists who provide effective treatment and assessment to diverse clinical populations. The program ascribes to the scientist-practitioner model and emphasizes the integration of research and clinical practice. The program aims to provide broad- and evidence-based clinical training in pediatric and child clinical psychology or neuropsychology. A developmental training model is employed that emphasizes bio-psycho-social approaches and focuses on building competencies in assessment and cognitive and behavioral methods. The TCSC program also teaches interns to work collaboratively with interdisciplinary teams across a variety of clinical settings. Significant consideration is placed on the developmental stage of the trainee with goals to increase autonomy, assist with emerging professional identity, and prepare the intern for postdoctoral specialization. 

 

Interns have rotations in assessment, outpatient therapy, integrated primary care, pediatric subspecialty services, and telemedicine. Assessment rotations include psychoeducational and neuropsychological testing, developmental assessments, and risk assessments in a pediatric emergency department. Outpatient therapy takes place in specialized clinics that provide evidence-based treatments. Pediatric rotations include consultation and liaison work with inpatient medical teams, integrated primary care, substance use disorder prevention/intervention/recovery, and embedded work within pediatric subspecialty clinics. Training in telemedicine is also provided within our state funded school (TCHATT) and pediatric primary care (CPAN) consultation programs.

 

Training Experiences:

 

The TCSC Internship has two training tracks: (1) Pediatric Integrated Care (4-interns) and (2) Pediatric Neuropsychology Track (2-interns).

 

Pediatric/Integrated Care Track (4-interns): Interns have rotations in integrated primary care, outpatient psychotherapy, substance use disorder prevention/treatment/recovery, embedded pediatric subspecialty clinics, and the Texas Child Health Access Through Telemedicine (TCHATT) Program. In primary care major rotations, interns are integrated with the medical team to promote well-child prevention of behavioral health issues, as well as screening, assessment, consultation, and brief intervention for psychological concerns. Settingsare community-based clinics serving a broad range of underserved youth and family needs. Outpatient therapy rotations teach interns to implement evidence-based practice principles for internalizing, externalizing, and neurodevelopmental disorders. Substance use disorder rotations take place within community field placements including primary care, community outreach program treatment, and peer recovery programs. DCMC pediatric subspecialty rotations include the Consultation-Liaison Service, Emergency Department, and embedded multidisciplinary care in clinics such as Pediatric Cancer, GI, Allergy, Dermatology, Cardiology, and Developmental Pediatrics. Lastly, TCHATT offers telemedicine training for providing virtual consultation to students and their families within preschool through high school settings throughout Central Texas.

 

Pediatric Neuropsychology Track (2-interns): Interns gain experiences in conducting neurocognitive assessments to address the complex medical and psychological needs of pediatric patients within medical and outpatient settings. Several major rotations are offered, including the Children’s Blood and Cancer Center (CBCC),the Children’s Comprehensive Care Clinic (CCCC), Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, and Outpatient Medical Neuropsychology. Neuro Track interns also have options for minor rotations  in pediatric subspecialty training within DCMC Epilepsy and Concussion/Cognitive Rehabilitation Clinics, as well as a minor rotation in Outpatient Psychotherapy. Additional neuropsychology focused case presentations and didactics are provided within this track to support interns’ pursuit of careers in pediatric neuropsychology, including plans for future board certification.

 

Accreditation:

 

The TCSC Internship is accredited by the American Psychological Association.

 

 

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: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other:

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Individual Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Group Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Other:

Experience

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

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.dellchildrens.net/services-and-programs/texas-child-study-center-mental-health-services/training-research-programs/  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: 160 208 188 135 130
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 44 43 38 44 63
Total number of interns: 6 6 6 6 6
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 6 6 6 6 6
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 5 4 5 4 5
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 2 1 2 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 5 5 5 5
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 2 1 1 1 1
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 12 21 10 21 7
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 65 60 130 65 86
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 5 6 6 5
Community Mental Health Center: 1 0 1 1 2
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 1 0 0
General Hospital: 0 2 2 3 2
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
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: 3 2 0 0 1
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 1 2 2 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 1 0 0 1
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0