Interns in the Child and Adolescent Track will complete four rotations of 3-month duration. There are five full-time positions.

Interns in the Child and Adolescent Psychology Track have the opportunity to pursue hospital based specialized training within the child and adolescent age groups. This program will combine inpatient and outpatient clinical training opportunities within the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department at Elmhurst Hospital Center. Upon the completion of this internship, interns will be proficient in providing individual, group, and family therapy to children of all ages as well as their family members. They will also have substantial opportunity to conduct assessments of children, adolescents, and adults using a wide variety of cognitive, achievement, and objective, projective and an assortment of other neuropsychological testing instruments.

The majority of the rotation work will be completed within the child and adolescent psychiatry service although at least one rotation will be completed within adult psychiatry. Depending on the intern’s preference, approximately 50-75% of rotations will be child/adolescent work. All Child and Adolescent Track interns are required to complete one rotation in either Adolescent Inpatient Unit or Child Partial Hospitalization Program. Interns are also required to complete two of the following three rotations: Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Room, Adolescent Collaborative Care, or Healthy Steps. The fourth and final rotation can be selected from among any of the other rotations offered.

In addition to the above-mentioned inpatient work, the intern will also carry a caseload of 5 outpatient hours per week, including individual, group and family work.  The majority of the intern’s caseload will include majority child and adolescent therapy, although the intern may be assigned some adult work in their outpatient caseload.  The intern will also be completing intakes throughout a portion of the year through the outpatient clinic.

In addition to individual and group supervision on rotation and for outpatient cases, the Child and Adolescent Track interns will attend a number of didactic training seminars from within the psychology and psychiatry divisions, which will include experiences with child psychiatry fellows.  The Child and Adolescent Track interns will also attend the majority of didactic programming with the Adult Track interns, including weekly staff meeting, testing seminar, case conference, and other specialty seminar series.

The ideal applicant for this program will have a range of previous clinical experiences with children and/or adolescents that include or are similar to the following: hospital inpatient work, clinic outpatient work, work with severely emotionally disturbed children and/or adolescents, and multiple assessment experiences resulting in several integrated assessment batteries.    Furthermore, applicants should be hard-working, have excellent time management and organizational skills, desire for work within a fast-paced urban hospital setting and be interested in gaining extensive knowledge in the treatment of severely disturbed patients from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds.

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