Interns serve in a primary placement for the entire year at either Children’s - Minneapolis or Children’s - St. Paul, where they will gain broad-based child clinical experience in assessment, intervention, and consultation-liaison to the medical services. Interns also will gain additional clinical experience in pediatric psychology and neuropsychology services in order to be competitive for postdoctoral fellowships in these areas. Within each hospital setting, interns will focus on experience with general outpatient psychological services (assessment and intervention), medical consultation, research-based practice, multicultural competence, and professional development/supervision. Clinical activity decisions are jointly made by the intern and training director to address both the interests and individual training needs of the intern, as well as competency expectations for a child clinical psychologist.

Interns have the opportunity to interact with staff members from many disciplines and to participate in institutional events that provide additional training opportunities. The growth of the intern’s individual and professional identity is a significant focus of training.

A number of activities are included to support the training program’s goals. In addition to direct clinical services (expectation of 10-15 hours each week), other training and educational opportunities include the following:

  • Didactic seminars weekly regarding topics on assessment, intervention, consultation-liaison, and multicultural diversity
  • Professional Development and Supervision Seminar (monthly)
  • Ethics Seminar (monthly)
  • Supervision (4 hours/week minimum)
  • Case conferences (interns have opportunity to present routinely)
  • Medical and Psychology Grand Rounds
  • Journal Club (monthly; interns have opportunity to lead)
  • Four formal presentations: psychology topic/case, data based research findings, multicultural case presentation, and a community presentation to parents, teachers, or medical providers
  • Two full-day workshops with all interns from Minnesota accredited internships (MAAPIC) on multicultural diversity and supervision

The specific combination of clinical activities for each intern is designed to assure completing the year with the ability to perform the essential functions of a clinical child psychologist, including cognitive and personality assessments at each developmental level and a variety of developmentally and contextually appropriate interventions including diagnostic assessments and therapy for emotional, health, and behavioral problems.

Children’s - Minneapolis:
The Psychology department provides both inpatient medical and outpatient mental health/behavioral medicine services to children and families. In addition, outpatient specialty opportunities available for intern training include Hematology-Oncology Clinic, Cystic Fibrosis Team, Cleft & Craniofacial Clinic, and Velocardiofacial (VCF) Clinic. Diagnostic, consultative, intervention, and liaison services for pediatric medical patients and their families are also provided through interdisciplinary teams.

Children’s - St. Paul:
The Psychology program in St. Paul provides a variety of mental health services for children, adolescents, and their families across a continuum of health care settings. This is a multi-disciplinary department including clinical psychologists, psychiatry, and pediatric nurse practitioners. Specific services provided include diagnostic assessment and therapy for emotional and behavioral problems, as well as school-related problems such as learning disabilities and ADHD. Consultation-liaison services are also provided to the inpatient medical units and a number of medical specialty services, including Hematology-Oncology and Diabetes.