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.
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.
The TCSC Internship is accredited by the American Psychological Association.