The Child and Adult Neurodevelopmental (CAN) Clinic provides multidisciplinary assessments and evidence-based treatment for children, adolescents, and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), developmental delays, and genetic conditions associated with social development impairments who present with a range of functioning levels from diverse cultural backgrounds. During this year-long practicum, trainees will receive training in comprehensive psychodiagnostic and treatment evaluation assessments, with an emphasis on differential diagnosis of co-occurring psychiatric disorders.
Trainees will be a part of a multidisciplinary team that consists of clinical psychologists, child and adolescent psychiatrists, a developmental pediatrician, a child neurologist, and a speech and language pathologist with additional professionals in the field to consult as necessary. Trainees will work closely with the lead psychologists on cases. Assessments are based on best practice standards and incorporate psychodiagnostic and treatment considerations drawn from current research in the field. As part of a comprehensive evaluation, the assessments include measures of cognitive and developmental functioning, psychodiagnostic interviews [this may include autism diagnostic measures such as the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule 2 (ADOS-2)], and supplemental measures of neurocognitive functioning, achievement, projective measures, and interpretation of informant report measures (approximately 6 hours regularly devoted to psychodiagnostic and cognitive measures, and approximately 1 hour of supplemental measures that can include neurocognitive, projective, or achievement measures depending on presenting issues).
In addition, training in treatments, both individual (1 hour each case) and group modalities (1. 5 hours per group), based on evidence-based intervention (e.g., CBT, social skills, and naturalistic behavioral interventions) may also be available to trainees. The primary presenting issues are co-occurring emotion and behavior regulation difficulties (e.g., comorbid anxiety, depression, behavioral concerns), ASD related symptoms (e.g., rigid thinking, social skills impairments), as well as the overlap between these two areas.
Trainees with some clinical experience with ASD or developmental delays are preferred, but this practicum is also available for those who would like to develop experience with this population. Trainees take part in weekly multidisciplinary meetings to discuss diagnoses and recommendations (Thursday afternoons).
Current position openings:We currently have two positions available. Trainees who are available for two half or full days at the clinic and Thursday afternoons for an hour-long multidisciplinary team meeting are preferred.
Resource allocation:Trainees will be provided with a computer and work space that will be shared with CAN Clinic team. (300 Medical Plaza, Rooms: 1251 & 1253 (office), clinic rooms--1260, 1264, 1221). Assessments and treatments will be conducted at the clinic.
Supervision:Individual (minimum of 1 hour per week) and/or group supervision (minimum of 1 hour per week) will be provided. Trainees will be directly observed and work alongside psychologists; therefore, supervision will be provided throughout the day as well. The licensed psychologist supervisors are: Christie Enjey Lin, PhD, BCBA-D, Mi Na Park, PhD, BCBA-D, & Amanda Gulsrud, PhD