Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is seeking qualified doctoral level psychology students (PhD or PsyD clinical or counseling programs) to participate in our Pediatric Psychology Practicum Consortium. This training opportunity was created specifically for students who have a strong interest in pediatric psychology. We are looking for students who have an ability to work quickly and efficiently in a clinical setting. This opportunity is best suited for students who are comfortable with a high degree of autonomy and a fast-paced environment. A solid understanding of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) criteria and experience conducting interviews are mandatory.
Students will receive ongoing supervision of all work, with a minimum of one hour each week of individual supervision. Considerable additional training occurs in the context of multidisciplinary rounds, group supervision, supervision of students by postdoctoral fellows, in-service training, and child and adolescent psychiatry Grand Rounds.
Information for applicants:
- Trainees are required to be attending an APA accredited doctoral psychology program.
- Trainees are required to have completed a diagnostic practicum and a child development course prior to applying to the consortium. A diagnostic practicum is defined as a doctorate level academic year-long training experience that is a part of the doctoral training program in diagnostic interviewing and psychological assessment with integrated report writing with child and adolescent clients.
- A therapy practicum and a child or adolescent treatment course(s) is preferred.
- We do not accept first year doctoral students. Most of our experiences are appropriate for third or fourth-year students. Second-year students who meet all of the requirements may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Children's does not allow audio or video recording as a part of practicum requirements.
- We encourage trainees who are interested in pediatric psychology to apply for multiple opportunities to have the best chance of matching with a practicum experience.
How long is the training?The training year may follow the academic calendar. The start date is negotiable, but it typically begins around Aug. 1, with an expected length of 10 to 11 months. Time off for internship interviews will be given as needed. Vacation leave will be negotiated with the student’s supervisor, with an expected one-week vacation in December.
What are the preferred and/or required days and times?Students must be on-site at least one to two days each week, depending on their placement. Availability of practicum days depends on the specified site. Preferred days and times are to be negotiated with supervisors on each service.
Where will the training take place?
Practicum positions are located at all three of our campuses: Egleston Hospital, Scottish Rite Hospital and the Center for Advanced Pediatrics. A student’s specific location will depend on the clinical specialty area selected
Students in our Pediatric Psychology Practicum Consortium will gain experience working within various healthcare specialties, including:
Interested students should submit a cover letter and their curriculum vitae (CV) by the second Friday in February to the Pediatric Psychology Practicum Consortium Coordinators, Beth Thompson, PsyD, Pediatric Psychologist, and Kindell Schoffner, PsyD, Pediatric Psychologist. Students must also complete the interview request form to determine at which practicum sites they would like to be considered for an interview.
Beth Thompson, PsyD
Kindell Schoffner, PsyD