The Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology is housed within the Psychology and Neuropsychology department at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. The Psychology and Neuropsychology department is an integral part of the Center for Behavioral Health Division of the Institute for Brain Protection Sciences, and was officially formed in July 2015. The Psychology and Neuropsychology department is uniquely suited to provide broad-based clinical training in assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and their families. At Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, the Psychology and Neuropsychology department provides inpatient and outpatient psychological and neuropsychological clinical services to national and international patients ranging in age from infancy through young adulthood.
Clinical, education, and research activities are centered at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. Our internship training program offers students academically challenging, clinically relevant programs tailored to meet their unique needs within a rigorous curriculum.
Program Accreditation Status
The Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology program is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC-www.appic.org) and participates in the APPIC match process. The internship program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA-apa.org).
Questions related to the program’s accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979/Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
All other questions about the internship program at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital may be directed to the Psychology Internship Director, Lauren Gardner Ph.D. ABPP, at email@example.com or 727-767-7124.
In keeping with a Scientist-Practitioner model of education, interns are viewed as scholars, active consumers of research, and progressively, highly trained professional practitioners who apply knowledge and techniques in patient care. As such, interns are expected to gain competency in clinical assessment and intervention skills as well as in general research skills, and the ability to apply these skills to investigating problems of interest to child and adolescent psychologists, neuropsychologists, and/or pediatric psychologists. This emphasis on integrating research and clinical skills produces a scientist-practitioner who is able to incorporate these domains. It is the expectation that interns will become leaders and innovators in the field of child and adolescent psychology, neuropsychology, or pediatric psychology in clinical, research, and/or academic settings. Key training elements to achieve this aim include training with psychologists who integrate science and practice, and active learning from the presentation of didactic material that is informed by current research. Interns’ participation in practical clinical training, and didactic/seminar experiences will facilitate effective integration of science and practice, with increasing autonomy as the intern progresses, as appropriate to the intern’s developmental level.
Aims, Competencies, and Elements of the Training Program
The overall aim of the internship program is to prepare interns for entry level practice in health service psychology. This aim is accomplished by providing training in generalist clinical skills in psychology, diversity, collaborative skills for operating within an interprofessional and interdisciplinary team, and overall professional development as a psychologist. Training in our internship assumes interns have had exposure to and will gain additional experience with the major areas of assessment, intervention, consultation and advocacy in professional psychology. Our training program is designed so that interns gain experience in many areas of psychology, as well as develop some level of expertise in specific topic areas. Ethical, legal, professional, cultural and ethnic issues are addressed as they apply to assessment and intervention.
The Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology at JHACH provides education and training designed to promote intern development in the nine profession-wide competencies according to APA’S required Profession Wide Competencies for internship programs as listed in the Standards of Accreditation for Health Service Psychology. Areas of competencies include:
- Ethical and Legal Standards
- Individual and Cultural Diversity
- Professional Values and Attitudes
- Communication and Interpersonal Skills
- Consultation and Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary Skills
The Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology at JHACH is a full-time, 2000-hour program that is designed to be completed in 12 consecutive months of training. The training program strives to provide interns with the opportunity (in terms of setting, experience, and supervision) to begin assuming the professional role of a psychologist through a structured program of study. This entails the integration of interns’ previous training with further development of the knowledge, skills, abilities and attitudes related to the professional practice of psychology.
Each intern will obtain significant experience, spending approximately 24 hours weekly providing psychological services to children and adolescents with a wide variety of medical conditions. Each training track includes yearlong training opportunities, in addition to specialized training rotations that last 4 months in duration. Specialized training rotations are determined by an individualized training program tailored to meet the training needs and interests of each intern. For the duration of the training year, each intern will participate in the Psychology Intake Clinic and Outpatient Therapy Clinic. Interns will participate in Psychology Didactics weekly, as well as track-specific didactics. Psychology and track-specific didactic topics are selected to be appropriate for interns and cover issues with regard to assessment, treatment, ethics, professionalism, and diversity, equality, and inclusion issues. Interns may also choose to select from additional training experiences, which include a variety of medical specialty teams within the hospital depending on interest and the feasibility of scheduling. As part of the training requirements, interns will participate in weekly didactics, and attend Grand Rounds. Research collaboration with a faculty member is possible, depending on mutual interests and feasibility of scheduling.