EVMS Psychology Internship - CHKD

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

Rotation Name: Pediatric Behavioral Medicine

Rotation Focus: Inpatient and Outpatient Services for Children, Adolescents and Families

Supervisor: James Paulson, Ph.D., Diana Schofield, 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.

This rotation provides interns with training in assessment, consultation and therapeutic interventions for children and adolescents and their families. Pediatric behavioral medicine is the focus. 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.

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.