FamilyForward’s mission is to move vulnerable children in the direction of hope by delivering comprehensive therapeutic and educational services to support biological, foster, and adoptive families. We strive to be a leader in the community in providing innovative solutions, evidenced-based practices, and utilizing partnerships to provide services that lead to better outcomes for the families that we serve and the surrounding communities. Our Core Values include Out Front: We are leaders in the use of innovative tools and methods to get better results for the children and families we serve. We prefer to set the pace, testing new ideas and collecting data, always striving to make the biggest impact we can. Whole Hearted: We are tirelessly committed to the vision and mission of FamilyForward. We use our unique talents and expertise to serve our clients and community with compassion, acceptance, and respect. and Rock Solid: We are responsible stewards of an organization with a long and proud history of service. Reliable, trustworthy, and hard-working, we do whatever it takes to get the job done, even when no one is watching.
The primary focus of this doctoral internship in health service psychology is completing psychological evaluations for children and adolescents who have experienced developmental trauma before the age of 8 (e.g. abuse, neglect, exposure to trauma/war, etc.). Assessment batteries vary depending on the need of the client, including intellectual, academic, personality, social, and emotional functioning. The assessment team is housed within the Developmental Trauma Center, which provides services within the framework of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT), developed by Dr. Bruce Perry and the Child Trauma Academy. The interns would participate in training to fully learn, incorporate, and utilize this model in assessments and trauma-informed care. This focus also frames our approach to assessments, as we are careful to provide an experience that is thoughtful, attuned, and culturally responsive to the need of each client in regards to scheduling, approach to sessions, test selection, self-care, and feedback. We also utilize the Therapeutic Assessment model, developed by Dr. Stephen E. Finn, to direct our experience with clients to be more therapeutic, transparent, and client-centered.
A secondary focus of this doctoral internship is on intervention, where interns would have the opportunity to build their evidence-based therapeutic skills in individual, family, and group formats. Interns have further opportunities to grow in their trauma-informed practice by participating in trainings and workshops, research with the Child Trauma Academy, presentations, community engagement, and program development. We encourage collaboration, positive workplace culture, diversity, self-care, flexible scheduling, and professional development.
Our program aim is to prepare psychologists for entry level practice in health service psychology with an emphasis on psychological evaluations and trauma-informed care.
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