The combination of clinical and didactic work provides the in-depth biopsychosocial knowledge necessary to understand and treat child and adolescent psychopathology, considering both internal (cognitive, affective, dynamic and biologic) and external (familial, school, peers, community) factors. Intensive supervision is provided for the fellow's clinical work, including a minimum of two hours of weekly individual supervision from licensed clinical psychologists plus group supervision as appropriate.
An individualized learning plan is developed early in the fellowship to address each fellow’s interests and professional career plans. Fellows may be involved with one or more projects based on these goals. Fellows may also move into a teaching/supervisory role with trainees during the latter half of the program. These teaching experiences are supervised by the Child and Adolescent training faculty and may include: diagnostic evaluations, psychological testing, individual and group psychotherapy, and parent consultation.
Fellows may receive specialized training in pediatric psychology. This is achieved by supervised experiences in primary care and specialty care pediatric settings, with outpatient populations, and in collaboration and consultations with other health care providers.
Select Core Clinical Experiences of the Child and Adolescent Track
Strong Behavioral Health: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Services
Neuromedicine and Behavioral Health Center on East River Road
All fellows on this track participate in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Services, caring for children from infancy through age 18 with a variety of psychopathology. Outpatient Services accepts a wide range of insurance, but a sliding fee schedule exists to enable families with no insurance, or limited financial resources, to access our services. All therapy rooms are equipped with audio-visual equipment to allow trainees to videotape patient contacts for intensive supervision.
Department of Pediatrics, Ambulatory Services of Golisano Children's Hospital, University of Rochester Medical Center
Golisano Children’s Hospital Pediatric Practice
Fellows receive training in multiple settings, with various populations in the Department of Pediatrics. Fellows are supervised on-site and in a pediatric group supervision format by a faculty member. Fellows work collaboratively with faculty and trainees within the Department of Pediatrics to provide integrated health and mental health care to both primary care and specialty care populations of children and adolescents and their families. Specialty clinics include: pulmonary, endocrine, adolescent medicine, gastroenterology, infectious diseases (HIV), hematology-oncology, gastroenterology, and cranio-facial.
Pediatric Behavioral Health & Wellness: School-Based Initiatives
This rotation offers opportunities to advance skills in training, practice, and research related to comprehensive school-based behavioral health services. Clinical training opportunities provide the fellow with experience in behavioral health prevention and promotion for youth, including classroom presentations and teacher in-services, consultation with educators and school staff, as well as individual, group and family therapy for youth and families within a school-based setting. Professional and research opportunities include specialized training in program development and evaluation, evidence-based practice implementation, prevention and intervention programming in schools, mental health workforce development initiatives for school staff and school mental health clinicians, Systems of Care, and family engagement.
The Villa of HopeTM Youth and family Services
One fellow will train half time at this residential treatment and community-based agency in Rochester, New York offering a range of specialized services for youth and families challenged by mental illness, substance abuse, and/or specialized education difficulties. All staff and providers at the Villa are highly trained in The Sanctuary Model, trauma-informed care, and Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, which at its core, promotes safety and recovery from adversity through the active creation of a trauma-responsive community.
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Child and Adolescent Fellows conduct a scholarly project. Past scholarly projects have included an evaluation of iMATTER (Improve Mindful Attention Enhance Relaxation) for inpatient adolescents, evaluation of an evidence-based components approach to assessment and treatment, and a project to educate teachers and school personnel about managing students in crisis. Fellows are also able to collaborate with faculty on existing projects and to develop their own lines of scholarly inquiry in the context of those projects.