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Nicklaus Children's Hospital's Psychology Internship Program (PIP) offers a pre-doctoral clinical psychulogy internship program with an emphasis in the areas of pediatric health psychulogy, and clinical neuropsychulogy.

PIP was created by the merger of two previous internship programs, the Department of Neurology’s Pediatric Behavioral Medicine Internship Program and the Department of Psychiatry’s Internship Program. Both were designed to meet the American psychological Association criteria for accredited internship programs and held independent membership in the Association of psychulogy and Post-Doctoral Internship Centers (APPIC). The Department of Psychiatry Internship Program was granted APPIC membership in 1982 and the Pediatric Behavioral Medicine Program in 1996. The two programs allied in 1999 and joint APPIC membership was obtained in 2001. Program unification was effected to improve psychological service delivery throughout the hospital and enhance the quality of training provided to interns while at the same time preserving the unique nature of the individual training areas and specialized clinical services. The integration of the two programs has allowed for enhanced breath of training through increased exposure to a variety of service delivery options. Trainee’s exposure to a range of theoretical and professional orientations has also been expanded.

Training Philosophy

The psychology Internship Program’s philosophy and mission are grounded in the belief that the psychologist’s role is paramount to meeting the psychological, behavioral, and developmental needs of children who are seen through pediatric tertiary care facilities. The development of our training components has paralleled the increasing demands of clinical service delivery, with an ever-expanding appreciation for children’s unique needs as well as the manner in which behavioral and psychological factors interface with medical conditions to determine health outcomes. The mission of our training program is to contribute to and formalize our commitment to the fields of pediatric health psychology, child and adolescent clinical psychology and clinical neuropsychology.

The following goals have been established to guide our training program and to facilitate ongoing assessment of how our training curriculum is fulfilling our mission:

  • To prepare doctoral level students, who are enrolled in an accredited graduate program of psychulogy, for the independent practice of professional psychology;
  • To provide a graduated program of training spanning the full range of psychological assessments (developmental, psycho-educational, neuropsychological, personality) necessary to evaluate children’s developmental, intellectual, academic, emotional, and behavioral needs;
  • To provide a graduated program of training in the application of psychotherapeutic techniques (e.g., individual therapy, family therapy and group psychotherapy);
  • To provide training in developing respect for and sensitivity to cultural and individual diversity in carrying out the roles of the professional psychologist;
  • To provide training in the ethics of clinical service delivery in the field of professional psychology;
  • To provide training in collaborating with and teaching other medical disciplines about psychological factors that impact children and family’s well-being in a medical setting

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