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Curriculum

The curriculum consists of generalist training in assessment, treatment, consultation, knowledge of childhood disorders, and professional development. All students take part in both didactic and applied clinical experiences over the course of the two years. Courses vary in length, from an academic year to a few weeks. All intern’s clinical experiences are for the entire year, rather than rotations.

Required Seminars and Conferences

Summer Introductory Training Course

During the initial two months of training, interns are oriented to the program through a variety of topics tailored to meet the training needs of each internship class. introduced to a variety of topics that serve as an orientation to the program. Topics generally include psychological and neuropsychological instruments and assessment techniques, assessment of learning disorders, techniques in psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral intervention, crisis intervention, and ethical issues for clinical psychologists. Faculty: various affiliated members

Neuropsychology Seminar and Tutorial

This seminar offers both an introduction to theory and practice in the neuropsychological assessment of children and group supervision with a special emphasis on medical disorders of childhood. Faculty: Mary Best, PhD

Evidence-based Evaluation and Treatment Autism Seminar

This seminar focuses on the evaluation and treatment of autism spectrum disorder and other social disabilities. Faculty: Michael Powers, PsyD.

Administration and Interpretation of ADOS-2

This seminar focuses on the use of the ADOS-2 in the evaluation of suspected autism spectrum disorders. Faculty: Kelly Powell, PhD and Brianna Lewis, PhD

Family Therapy and Cultural Diversity Seminar

This seminar focuses on learning about family therapy within the context of culture and larger system considerations, grounded in an exploratory and communication-oriented approach. It develops family therapy clinical skills in working with diverse populations. Therapists’ development involves the understanding of the use of self as a primary tool for engagement, assessment, and treatment. Faculty: Maysa Akbar, PhD, Cecilia Singh, PhD, Howard Kahn, PhD

Evidence-based Treatment

Evidence-based Treatment is infused throughout the curriculum of the Child Study Center. All interns are trained in Trauma Focused CBT and CBT for Anxiety Disorders. In addition, other evidence-based treatments are incorporated into the clinical work in the outpatient clinic and/or in the areas of focus. Didactic content on evidence-based treatments is also presented through seminars, such as Departmental Conference and Autism Seminar. Faculty: Wendy Silverman, PhD, Eli Silverman, PhD, Megan Goslin, PhD, Kristen Kowats, LCSW

Psychoanalytic Principles of Evaluation and Treatment

The seminar explores psychodynamic perspectives on evaluation, diagnosis, treatment planning and psychotherapy with children and adolescents. Faculty: Steven Marans, PhD, Megan Goslin, PhD

Group Therapy

During the internship year, each intern has the opportunity to serve as a co-leader of a psychotherapy group with one of our faculty members. As a co-therapist, the intern focuses on theories related to group treatment and gains direct knowledge of therapeutic practice in the group context. Faculty: Julie Wolf, PhD, Nancy Moss, PhD

Multidisciplinary Seminars and Conferences

Seminar in Developmental Psychopathology (elective)

This elective multidisciplinary seminar provides interns with the opportunity to learn about diagnosis and treatment of a variety of childhood disorders through presentations by the Child Study Center's seminar faculty. Faculty: various affiliated faculty

Grand Rounds

Theoretical, research and clinical papers by faculty, trainees, and outside speakers. All Child Study Center faculty and fellows attend this weekly conference.

Psychopharmacology Seminar

This seminar covers the spectrum of childhood psychiatric disorders and the use of psychopharmacological agents as an adjunct to therapy. Didactic readings and case discussions are important components of the seminar. Faculty: Robert McWilliam, MD

Professional Development

Fellows Seminar

Interns meet weekly with the training director and other faculty to discuss a broad range of clinical and professional issues relevant to the practice of psychology. Professional development, advances in assessment and treatment, diversity, consultation, theories of supervision, and program evaluation are examples of topics recently covered in this seminar. Interns are provided with a teaching opportunity during the year in order to receive feedback on their presentations and prepare them for dissertation defense or job talks. This weekly meeting also serves as a forum to discuss issues related to training and the training program. Faculty: Michele Goyette-Ewing and affiliated faculty

Second year fellows attend selected meetings, and are invited to present and teach. Focus is placed on professional development issues.

Clinical Supervision

In keeping with the multidisciplinary orientation of training at the Child Study Center, trainees may receive supervision from professionals from varied disciplines. Currently, each intern receives approximately 3 hours of individual supervision each week. 

A psychologist supervises ongoing treatment and evaluation of children and families seen through the Outpatient Clinic. For psychological assessment, interns are assigned two clinical psychology supervisors. An additional supervisor is provided for each specialty area. 

Second year fellows electing to continue seeing a child or family in treatment through the outpatient clinic may do so. Additional supervisors are assigned for all of the second year clinical placements.

Internship Applied - Required General Clinical Settings

Psychological Assessment Service

Psychology fellows conduct comprehensive psychological evaluations of school-age children under the direction of Laurie Cardona, PsyD. Children are referred by schools, parents, pediatricians, and other practitioners, within and outside of Connecticut. Fellows receive intensive weekly supervision during each evaluation. A variety of referral questions are addressed including differential diagnosis, need for treatment, and educational planning. Interns become proficient in educational assessment.

Second year fellows participate in the PAS by providing administrative triage, supporting case assignment, and by completing comprehensive evaluations over the course of the second year. 

Children's Psychiatric Inpatient Service (CPIS)

In response to concern about the increasing need for services for high risk and complex children and adolescents, the Child Study Center and Yale-New Haven Hospital opened the Children's Psychiatric Inpatient Service in 1985. The 16-bed unit provides diagnostic evaluations and crisis intervention to children aged 4-14 whose severe psychiatric and developmental problems require 24-hour intensive care. An over-riding goal of the service is to maintain the child's ties with family and community during hospitalization and to assure close linkages between the inpatient service and the other professionals, agencies and schools with which the child and family are already engaged. 

Laurie Cardona, Psy.D. is the Chief Psychologist for this service and provides supervision for all work conducted on the unit by psychology interns and Second Year fellows. During the first year, interns provide occasional psychological assessments on an as needed rotating basis for hospitalized youth. 

During the second year, fellows placed at CPIS as their psychiatric inpatient placement serve as primary clinicians on the unit. As primary clinicians, fellows develop skills as case managers and behavior consultants and work with unit staff in designing interventions that will generalize to home, school, and community settings.

Outpatient Clinic

Funded in part by the State of Connecticut, Department of Children and Families (DCF), this clinic is one of the largest child outpatient services in the state. While its patient population is varied, a majority of the families served are publicly assisted, ethnic minorities. Under the direction of David Grodberg, M.D. and Director Michele Goyette-Ewing, PhD, multidisciplinary teams comprised of psychology, child psychiatry and social work provide therapeutic services to children and youth aged 5 to 18 within this clinic. 

During the internship year, primary experience in outpatient evaluation and treatment is gained in the Child Study Center Outpatient Clinic. Interns are members of a multidisciplinary clinic team. Typically, each intern carries approximately 5 cases concurrently, encompassing child, parent, and/or family therapy. Additionally, interns actively assist social work and psychiatry team members in determining the appropriateness of psychological evaluation. Continued outpatient work in this clinic is open as an elective in the second year.

Focus Area

During the first year, each intern is involved in the clinical activities of their area of focus 10-15 hours per week.

During the second year, each fellow continues their involvement in the clinical activities of their focus area for approximately 20 hours per week, continuing the clinical involvements of the first year and adding additional activities that meet the training goals of the fellow.