Akron Children’s Hospital’s pediatric psychology fellow will receive 2 hours each week of additional learning experiences, including individual or group supervision (beyond minimum of 2 hours), clinical seminars, research seminars, case conferences, workshops or co-therapy/co-assessment with a supervisor and/or relevant hospital didactics.
Bimonthly mandatory seminars that are specific to fellowship core objectives are scheduled throughout the year.
Professional Development in a Postdoctoral Fellowship (2 hours)
Objective: Fellows will develop an understanding on guiding principles to advanced training in pediatric psychology and be able to articulate their personal objectives for this fellowship.
Psychological Assessment: Interviewing and Clinical Diagnosis (2 hours)
Objective: Fellows will develop an understanding of the purpose and method to effectively gather information, make informed diagnosis/working hypotheses, formulate a case conceptualization and outline recommendations/treatment plan.
Neuropsychological/Psychological Assessment: Testing (4 hours)
Objective: Fellows will develop an understanding of current standardized psychological and neuropsychological tests and measures. Fellows will develop an understanding of applications and limitations of these tests and measures. Fellows will further develop skill in how to select appropriate testing measures based on presenting problem.
Neurobehavioral Anatomy (8 hours)
Objective: Fellows will develop an understanding of the neurologic structures that underlie behavior, emotion and cognition. Fellows will demonstrate awareness of the tests and measures available to assess the integrity of the above noted neurological structures.
Evidence-based treatment in child/pediatric psychology (4 hours)
Objective: Fellows will be able to readily identify evidence-based methods of addressing common presenting problems in pediatric psychology. Fellows will be able to elucidate the theoretical background for the interventions and the strength of evidence supporting it.
Consultation/liaison services (2 hours)
Objective: Fellows will develop an understanding of the various methods of consultation/liaison services in a hospital setting, noting potential strengths and limits to varying approaches.
Research and other forms of scholarly inquiry (1 hour)
Objective: Fellows will develop an understanding of research as it applies to children in a medical setting and strategies to proceed with research/scholarly inquiry in this population.
Program Evaluation or Quality Improvement (1 hour)
Objective: Fellows will develop an understanding of the purpose and method of Lean Six Sigma as it applies to quality improvement programs throughout the hospital.
Organization, management and administration issues pertinent to psychological service delivery and practice, training and research
Objective: Fellows will develop an understanding of organization, management and administration issues in professional psychology.
Professional conduct; ethics and law; and other standards for providers of psychological services (3 hours)
Objective: Fellows will be able to demonstrate awareness and understanding of APA ethical guidelines and how these influence clinical and other professional practice.
Issues of cultural and individual diversity relevant to the field of psychology
Objective: Fellows will demonstrate awareness and understanding of issues in cultural diversity and demonstrate strategies to effectively address issues in a culturally sensitive manner in line with family-centered care at this institution.
Reflective Leadership and Practice
Objective: Fellows will take part in guided meeting reflecting on aspects of patient care, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, and professionalism as recommended by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
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