EVMS Psychology Internship - CHKD

Rotation Site: Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters (CHKD)

Rotation Name: Pediatric Behavioral Medicine

Supervisors: James Paulson, Ph.D., Diana Schofield, Psy.D.


Rotation Name: Child Abuse Assessment and Treatment

Supervisors: Alicia Meyer, Ph.D., Kristina Krakowski, Psy.D.


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Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters

Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters is a full-service general pediatric hospital located in the Eastern Virginia Medical Center. It is a freestanding tertiary-care pediatric referral center that also includes a large on-campus ambulatory care center, as well as numerous satellites throughout the region.

These rotations provide interns with training in assessment, consultation and therapeutic interventions for children and adolescents and their families.

On the Pediatric Behavioral Medicine rotation, interns will provide both outpatient and inpatient services, with the bulk of outpatient therapy and assessment services offered through CHKD outpatient services. Inpatients will be referred by unit for acute services and follow-up planning in a manner consistent with a relatively short length of stay.  Inpatient training focuses on preparing the intern to work effectively in a medical/hospital culture and to provide short-term services by consulting on an ongoing basis with diverse parts of the hospital community. Outpatient training affords the intern more longitudinal experiences with pediatric patients and also provides the opportunity to work with families towards primary care and/or prevention goals. Assessment ranging from brief to comprehensive will also be carried out in the outpatient setting, along with individual and group-based interventions with children, adolescents and their families.

On the Child Abuse Assessment and Treatment rotation, interns can expect to work at the Child Abuse Program four days per week for a full 12 months.  Those who are accepted at our program would be responsible for the assessment and treatment of traumatized children.  Primary responsibilities include conducting TF-CBT to a case load of approximately 8-10 clients.  Interns will also have assessment opportunities including administering our Brief Clinical Assessments (BCAs), which are screening tools that help us to decide which modality of therapy would be the best fit for a given client.  Interns would also be able to administer full psychological testing batteries as well as participate in the administration of forensic evaluations.  Interns are required to participate in at least two hours of face-to-face supervision each week with a licensed psychologist.  They typically receive one hour of individual supervision for therapy and one hour for assessment.  They also participate in one hour of group supervision each week.  Interns will also have the opportunity to learn how to supervise our program’s psychology practicum students and will receive supervision of supervision.  Didactics are provided through EVMS, although interns will also be required to undergo formal training in our evidence-based treatment modalities.  Interns will also have the opportunity to do a minor rotation in research through our program (1 day per week).

In addition to the provision of inpatient and outpatient psychological services, psychology interns on this rotation have the opportunity to participate in a range of other related activities. These include education of pediatric residents and CHKD staff about mental health related topics; community-based programming, intervention, and prevention; and research with an applied clinical, public health and/or population-based epidemiologic focus.