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The Predoctoral Internship in Professional Psychology at Boston Children's Hospital

Boston Children's Hospital (CHB) is the primary pediatric teaching facility of the Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. It has consistently been a leader among children's hospitals in the United States. The internship program at Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts is completely contained within the large teaching and service facility. The mission of the Hospital and program is as follows:

“Children’s mission is to provide the highest quality health care, be the leading source of research and discovery, to educate the next generation of leaders in child health and to enhance the health and well-being of the children and families in our local community. 

The overall training mission for the predoctoral internship at Boston Children’s Hospital is to educate psychologists who will become the leaders in the field and to do so by facilitating their development of clinical skills and knowledge in child clinical and pediatric psychology for entry-level professional practice.”

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The current program continues to adhere to the tradition of providing an intensive high-quality training program of both breadth of experience and depth in teaching based on a scientist-practitioner model of professional development.

The predoctoral internship training program is based in the psychological science which underlies quality clinical care. Evidence-based practices, both assessment and treatment, are significant emphases of this program, as well, as the capacity to adapt these practices in a patient-centered manner and with regard to culture, gender, age, socioeconomic status, and developmental functioning of the youth and their caregivers.

The training program is graduated and sequential in nature. Interns learn through a competency-based process: Exposure to the specific objective and its associated competencies through readings; observation of staff members in that specific clinical activity; collaborative engagement in that clinical activity by intern and supervision; direct observation of intern by supervisor; and, intern undertaking the clinical activity with general oversight by supervisor. An intern will typically move forward to the next aspect of this training sequence when competency at the earlier phase of the training sequence in that clinical activity has been demonstrated.

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Application instructions

Please submit one copy of the completed AAPI Online application (which may be accessed at www.appic.org, click on "AAPI Online")along with your graduate transcripts, letters of reference and curriculum vitae.  We request at least three, but no more than four letters of recommendation. Ideally, three letters will come from psychologists or other mental health professionals familiar with your work.  At least one letter should come from a recent clinical supervisor.  

The completed, online application and documentation from your Director of Clinical Training must be received by Friday, November 9, 2012. It is your responsibility to see that your materials are submitted prior to this deadline.  Only applications that are completed and submitted online following the APPIC sponsored procedures by November 9, 2012 will be screened by our staff.  Applications that arrive after November 9 will not be considered.

Those applicants who are appropriate candidates by reason of training and experience will be invited to interview in person or by telephone from mid-December through mid-January. 

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Applicants should e-mail Ms. Carol Berne during the week of December 10th to see if they are invited for an interview, and if so, to make arrangements for an appointment.  We will be offering specific days for interviews which will consist of a group meeting with the Chief of Psychology and Training Director, two individual interviews with staff members, and lunch with our current interns. Local applicants are expected to interview in person. Although this is preferred in general, we realize that it may present a financial hardship for some candidates at distant universities. Telephone interviews and/or interviews with our alumni will be arranged for such candidates. 

Boston Children's Hospital is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  We place a strong emphasis on the values of equality and diversity.

General Qualifications for the Predoctoral Internship

The Predoctoral Internship at Children’s Hospital Boston prides itself on reviewing completed applications for individuals from a doctoral clinical, counseling, or school psychology program that is accredited by the American Psychological Association.  It is important to emphasize that we are essentially a professional psychology internship program.  As such, applicants are expected to have completed basic coursework in psychodiagnostics, psychopathology, and psychotherapeutic interventions prior to internship training and receive formal approval of their Director of Clinical Training as part of the application process.  Prior supervised training experiences and coursework in child clinical and/or pediatric psychology are preferred.

Boston Children's Hospital APPIC Program Code Number:  133011

Please refer to http://www.appic.org for APPIC Match Policies.

This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant.

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For more information

For more information, please contact:

Carol Berne
Department of Psychiatry
Children’s Hospital Boston
Fegan 8
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
phone: 617-355-4563
fax: 617-730-0319
e-mail: carol.berne@childrens.harvard.edu

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