Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Child Psychology

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Philosophy

The Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Child Psychology at Children's Medical Center Dallas provides training in clinical child psychology through the incorporation of specialized experiences in eating disorders, outpatient psychology/autism spectrum disorders, and pediatric health psychology in the pediatric setting. Fellows are trained as practitioner-scholars through a focus on direct clinical care and evidence-based practice. These skills are developed through multidisciplinary experiences in assessment, intervention, and consultation, including individual and group supervision, didactics, and a postdoctoral seminar. Supervision follows a developmental model. Multicultural competence and ethical practice are integral components of all areas of training. At the completion of the training year, fellows will be prepared for licensure and independent practice with children and adolescents and their families.

Overview of Training (PDF)

Clinical Concentrations

Eating Disorders

Outpatient Psychology/Autism Spectrum Disorders

Pediatric Health Psychology

Service Recipient Populations and Direct Service Delivery

Postdoctoral fellows at Children's Medical Center work with children, adolescents, and families presenting with a variety of mental health and medical diagnoses. Training at Children's also provides the opportunity to work with diverse and underserved populations, as a large number of families at CMC receive government subsidized health insurance, are of an ethnic minority population, and/or speak a language other than English as their primary language. The large majority of fellows' time is spent in direct service delivery.  In years that the training program includes bilingual trainees, a bilingual licensed psychologist at CMC offers group supervision in Spanish to facilitate trainees’ understanding and expression of psychological constructs and concepts in Spanish.

Opportunities Related to Diversity

Training at Children’s Medical Center offers postdoctoral fellows rich and varied training in cultural and individual diversity.  Fellows have the opportunity to work with patients and patient families of diverse backgrounds.  Diversity topics are also a focus of individual supervision, group supervision, and postdoc seminar.  Additionally, fellows at Children’s can participate in the following diversity-related training activities:

  • Bilingual group supervision (in Spanish)
  • Collaboration and mentorship with the Cultural Diversity Scholar, a first year graduate student in clinical psychology completing work at Children’s
  • Participation in the Diversity Club offered at UTSW’s Clinical Psychology program

Supervision

Each fellow receives of minimum of two hours of individual, scheduled, face-to-face supervision each week, plus an additional two hours of structured learning activities (e.g., didactics, seminars, group supervision).

Didactics

Fellows attend a minimum of two hours of structured learning activities each week.  Sample schedules from these learning activities are listed below.

Goals & Objectives

The goals and objectives of the Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Child Psychology at Children's Medical Center are outlined below. 

Goal 1: Produce competent clinicians who practice in the field of clinical child psychology.
- Objective 1: Produce clinicians who are competent in assessment and evaluation.
- Objective 2: Produce clinicians who are competent in intervention and psychotherapy.
- Objective 3: Produce clinicians who are competent in consultation.
- Objective 4: Produce clinicians with an expertise in an area of concentration (e.g., Eating Disorders, Outpatient Psychology, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Pediatric Health Psychology).

Goal 2: Produce clinicians with competence in ethical decision making and a sensitivity to individual differences.
- Objective 1:  Produce clinicians who can identify and resolve ethical dilemmas.
- Objective 2: Produce clinicians who identify and respect individual and cultural differences.
- Objective 3: Produce clinicians who integrate knowledge of ethical and diversity issues into all areas of clinical practice.

Goal 3: Produce clinicians with competence in professional development and scholarship.
- Objective 1: Produce clinicians who demonstrate overall professionalism and respect for others.
- Objective 2: Produce clinicians who are reflective of their own knowledge and professional development and know the limits of their competence.
- Objective 3:  Produce clinicians who understand, appreciate, and implement evidence-based practice.
- Objective 4: Produce clinicians who are life-long learners and appreciate the pursuit of knowledge.

Goal 4:  Produce competent clinicians who are prepared to function independently in the field of clinical child psychology.
- Objective 1:  Fellows will obtain licenses to practice psychology within 6 months of completion of fellowship training.
- Objective 2: Upon completion of training, fellows will obtain positions in the field of clinical child psychology.
- Objective 3: Fellows who choose to will continue to hold positions in the field of clinical child psychology long-term (i.e., > 5 years after completion of fellowship).

Duration of Program & Program Completion

The Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Child Psychology at Children's Medical Center is a full-time, 12 month program that begins in late August or early September each year.

To complete the training program successfully, postdoctoral fellows must achieve ratings of acceptable in all core competency areas. 

Additionally, by the end of the training year it is expected that:
a) Due process policy was either not implemented for the fellow, or if implemented, the fellow responded to feedback and successfully remediated areas of skill deficit,
b) The fellow has completed 12 months of supervised, full-time work during postdoctoral fellowship, and
c) Fellow is prepared to apply for licensure as a psychologist (i.e., all requirements are completed for licensure once hours are accrued). 

APA Accreditation Status

The Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program in Clinical Child Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). The contact information for the Office of Program Consultation & Accreditation at APA is:

Office of Program Consultation & Accreditation
750 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242

202-336-5979