June 03, 2014
CHOC Children’s has received a seven-year reaccreditation for the hospital’s pre-doctoral internship in pediatric psychology, ensuring future practicing psychologists receive the highest quality training to meet the unique needs of medically fragile children and their families.
The reaccreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA) is based on an 18-month national review that includes a 200-page report prepared by faculty members, students, staff and contributors, and an intensive, two-day site visit.
“The reaccreditation lets the public know that they are getting services from individuals who have a high level of training and meet certain training requirements before they even begin their time at CHOC,” said Heather Huszti, Ph.D., director of psychology training, CHOC.
Aside from traditional outpatient psychotherapy and assessment, interns also develop specialized skills for treating medically fragile children through four subspecialties: oncology, neurology, endocrinology and young child development.
CHOC’s seven-year accreditation, which is the highest amount of years granted by the APA, demonstrates the hospital’s adherence to quality training in the area of psychology intervention and assessment. It also recognizes the hard work and dedication of faculty, staff and students, and their passion for serving the clinical needs of CHOC’s patients, said Dr. Huszti.
Since 1992, CHOC has been one of the leading accredited internships in the state of California that provides specialized training to developing pediatric psychology students to serve the needs of medically fragile children in a hospital setting.
Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2014-2015) and a 2013 Leapfrog Top Hospital for the highest quality of care, Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's) is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach, education and research that brings advanced treatment to pediatric patients. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC’s regional health care network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, many primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four clinical centers of excellence - the CHOC Children’s Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes.. CHOC earned the Gold Level CAPE Award from the California Council of Excellence, the only children’s hospital in California to ever earn this distinction, and was awarded Magnet designation, the highest honor bestowed to hospitals for nursing excellence. Recognized for extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards, CHOC’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is the first in the United States to earn the Beacon Award for Pediatric Critical Care Excellence.
Denise Almazan, Director of Public Relations
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