Our training model is that of scholar-practitioner. All current staff members were trained in the scientist-practitioner model and see the inclusion of empirical work as necessary for the competent treatment of psychological problems. We strive to provide trainees with a breadth and depth of training experiences in the context of utilizing innovative scientific information to guide their treatment planning, conceptualization, and delivery. All staff members remain actively involved in scientific associations, continuing education, and reviewing the relevant literature, in order to constantly improve the quality of their work and supervision.
Licensure in the state of California requires 1500 Pre-doctoral and 1500 Postdoctoral hours of Supervised Practice, as well as successful completion of the national written exam and a written exam in Jurisprudence. Satisfactory completion of the post-doctoral fellowship at CHOC exceeds this requirement and provides at least 2000 hours of post-doctoral supervised practice. CHOC fellows in both tracks can anticipate that their weekly responsibilities will be approximately 45 - 50 hours per week. This time estimate includes clinical service, supervision, seminars, administration, scoring, and write-ups of psychological assessments.
Training Purpose and Objectives
The purpose of our Pediatric Psychology Training Program is to provide a training experience to post graduate psychology students within a multi-disciplinary setting that allows for the professional development of child and/or pediatric psychologists and meets the licensing requirements for the Board of Psychology of the State of California (as well as those of other states).
Through our program, you will further develop their expertise in assessing and intervening on the psychosocial impact of acute and chronic illness in children and their families., providing hospital consultation and liaison services, and through these experiences continue to grow and develop your own unique professional identify.
Our program is designed to provide more structure at the beginning of the year, and for you to play an increasingly independent role towards the end of the year. During this year of critical transition from an intern to a professional psychologist, we encourage you to coalesce your unique a professional identity, professional values, and a professional demeanor.
We fully anticipate that fellows graduating from our program will be prepared to function as an entry level pediatric psychologist in a medical setting. Many of our graduates go on to work in hospital based settings (both clinical and research), others go on to assistant professorship positions, and others become private practitioners.
Informal evaluations are conducted throughout the year; formal evaluations are conducted at 3 months, at mid-training year and at the end of the training year. These evaluations look at the trainees’ strengths in a variety of areas including diagnostic skills, interventions, testing, ethics, professional development, multicultural awareness and response to supervision. Evaluation results are shared with the Fellows so that goals can be defined and planned for and refinements in performance can occur. Fellows are also asked to evaluate their supervisors and the Training Program annually. Supervisor and Training Program evaluations are used to review and clarify rotation strengths and weaknesses, supervisor performance and program efficacy.
Fellows can use Burlew Medical Library, located on the CHOC/St. Joseph Hospital campus. A selection of professional books, journals, and audiovisual materials are available. Literature searches are free. Professional databases include the National Library of Medicine MEDLINE, HEALTH and CINAHL. Access can be accomplished remotely.
The Department of Pediatric Psychology has an assortment of professional books and journals, germane to professional work at CHOC.
Copying and multi-media services are available for presentations.