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Psychology Internship Placement 1
Child/Family Therapy Program
The USC UCEDD Community Mental Health Service
The Community Mental Health Service provides individual and family psychotherapy services to children and their families from culturally diverse backgrounds in the Hollywood/Los Angeles community. Psychology interns are trained and supervised in psychological intake and assessment, treatment planning and intervention with a particular focus upon applications of Evidence-Based Practice. Interns gain experience in individual and family psychotherapy, group therapy, consultation, and community involvement.
The program is structured so that each psychology intern provides treatment/intervention in the form of outpatient psychotherapy to children, adolescents and their families who represent diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. These clinical services accommodate children exhibiting a broad range of emotional, behavioral, cognitive and/or neurodevelopmental problems. Typically, each intern will have a caseload of four to six child/adolescent patients within the Community Mental Health Service Placement depending on caseload in the specialty placement. Outpatient therapy can include individual child/adolescent therapy, family therapy, and group therapy. Services to children and families within this program are typically conducted in an outpatient clinic-based setting; however, some community-based service opportunities are available.
The intern will develop the ability to conceptualize treatment and intervention from a variety of methodological and theoretical perspectives; however, all interns will be exposed to a variety of Evidence-Based Practice approaches. To meet this goal, faculty and supervisors from the Child/Family Therapy Program facilitate a weekly didactic series covering child/adolescent intervention strategies, family assessment and therapy, and psychological assessment. In addition to the weekly didactic series, interns will also participate in supervised case conferences and staff meetings to cultivate an understanding of appropriate professional roles. Issues such as coordination of services, treatment planning, and referral and termination will be discussed during these assemblies. Methods for supervision within this program may include the review of videotaped sessions and face-to-face or co-therapy supervision. The intern will be required to develop familiarity with essential APA sources such as the Ethical Standards for Psychologists, Standards of Professional Practice for Psychology, and other prescribed readings in psychology.
An additional component of the Child/Family Therapy Program placement is participation in the Leadership in Education of Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) lectures, a weekly interdisciplinary didactics program. The faculty of the LEND program represents a wide range of disciplines including but not limited to the following: Social Work, Communications Disorders, Psychiatry, Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Developmental Pediatrics, Nutrition, Health Administration, Audiology, Dentistry, and Family Resources. Interns also participate in both a policy and research project during the LEND training year. This may include a literature review relevant to a treatment intervention, a single subject design research project linked to concurrent treatment, or research associated with existing data from client files. Interns in placements other than Neurodevelopmental Disabilities are not required to complete the policy or research assignments.