Child Outpatient Track
The Child Outpatient Program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine consists of rotations in specialized outpatient clinics (Affective Disorders, Trauma), the Taghi Modarressi Center for Infant Study/Secure Starts, and the Maryland Psychological Assessment and Consultation Clinic. Patients seen during these rotations include children from birth to age18 and their families. Although we see families from diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds, over 75% of patients are of African-American descent.
Assessment & Intervention Training
The 701 Outpatient Rotation will allow the intern to participate two days a week in specialty clinics (the trauma clinic and the affective disorders clinic) for children ages 6 to 18. The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic serves children and adolescents (ages 5 through 18) with emotional, behavioral, developmental or learning problems. The Clinic offers a range of services: evaluation, psychological assessment, consultation, and brief or long-term therapy. Treatment includes individual, family and group therapy and parent counseling. Specialized group therapy and multi-family groups are offered for children, adolescents and parents. Specialty clinics include ADHD/Mood Clinic and PTSD/Trauma Clinic. There are approximately 5,000 patient visits per year in the Child Psychiatry clinic. Therapeutic modalities include family systems and cognitive behavioral approaches. These are combined with psycho pharmacological intervention when indicated. Family involvement is emphasized for both diagnostic and therapeutic services. In addition, collaborative working relationships are developed with schools, physicians and other programs and communities. The patient load will include 8 to 12 individual psychotherapy patients in addition to co-leading outpatient groups. Interns will receive a minimum of 90 minutes of weekly individual supervision with Dr. Kiser for work in the Trauma clinic and one hour per week with Dr. Donohue for work in the Mood Disorders Clinic in order to review cases, provide further intervention training, and establish concrete treatment plans. Additional supervision will be provided by other clinic staff.
The intern will be placed two days a week in the Secure Starts Clinic within the larger Taghi Modarressi Center for Infant Study (CIS). This placement will allow the intern to specialize in work with children from birth to age five. Secure Starts provides traditional outpatient therapy as well as consultation and more intensive work at the community level. Secure Starts provides multidisciplinary care in an outpatient setting for children from birth to age five with emotional and behavioral concerns. The program encourages active participation of parents and caregivers and works collaboratively with involved agencies. The CIS offers a range of services: diagnostic assessment, psychological testing, consultation, and brief and long-term psychotherapy. Treatment includes individual, family and group therapy, as well as play therapy and parent counseling. Interns will participate in an early childhood mental health consultation project in community settings such as a pre-school setting or a homeless or domestic violence shelter. Current research activities involve investigating parenting factors and parenting stress and a study of routines and other related behaviors in preschool children. The patient load will include 10 to 12individual psychotherapy patients in addition to co-leading outpatient groups. The intern will receive supervision at least one hour per week with Dr. Laurel Kiser in order to review cases, provide further intervention training, and establish concrete treatment plans for individual patients and their families. Additional supervision will be provided by other Secure Starts staff.
Outpatient child interns receive interdisciplinary training experiences and the opportunity to work as part of a team. Clinic and treatment team meetings in each setting include representation from a variety of professionals, including psychiatry, psychologists, social work, physician, nursing, as well trainees and interns within each field. Within the CIS and the Outpatient Rotation, there is opportunity available to be part of various research initiatives that are being conducted in the CIS and Outpatient settings. The research is primarily related to implementation science, development of family trauma assessment, and evaluation of interventions.
Applicants must be students in good standing in an APA - accredited doctoral program in clinical or counseling or psychology. In addition, the following is required prior to the application deadline:
- Successfully defend dissertation proposal
- Completion of more than 500 combined intervention and assessment hours (including both Masters and Doctoral level hours)
- Significant experience with writing integrated assessment reports of children and adolescents
Nancy Lever, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Associate Director of the VAMHCS/UMB Psychology Internship Consortium, and SMH Internship Track Director