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Program structure

Each intern selects three supervised rotations during the year, one from each of three thematic areas of Paediatric Psychology:

  • Intervention: Paediatric Clinical and Health Psychology
  • Assessment
  1. Diagnostic/Learning and Academic Interventions or
  2. Neuropsychology: Assessment and Programming
  • Clinical Research.

Each rotation comprises 20 hours per week for 6 months. The intern will choose to emphasize either intervention or assessment by working in that rotation two days a week for the entire year. If the intern elects to emphasize intervention, they will work in the same rotation for the entire year. This will allow the intern to carry longer term cases and to attain a higher level of independence in their therapy skills over the course of the year. If the intern elects to emphasize assessment, they will be encouraged to change rotations at mid-year in order to gain experience with different populations, different assessment techniques and different supervisors.

Within each rotation, interns are offered an appropriate degree of independence in meeting the clinical demands so that their current skills will be broadened and enhanced and their knowledge base increased.

In addition to the three main rotations, attendance at relevant didactic and clinical rounds is required. Interns present at one Clinical Psychology Rounds during the year. They can choose to speak about a case study, their internship research project or dissertation research.

Interns meet with the Internship Coordinator on a regular basis. In this setting, there is an opportunity to share and discuss ethics, professional issues, and experiences within the context of specific rotations, and to deal with individual issues as they arise. Over the course of the internship year, the types of issues dealt with in these joint meetings will reflect the increasing autonomy and responsibilities expected of the developing intern. The goal of these meetings is to enhance the professional growth and development of the interns.