Internship Goals & Objectives

Internship Goals & Objectives

Overview of the Internship/Residency

The twelve-month internship program in Pediatric Behavioral Health is designed to prepare advanced doctoral students for the practice of clinical psychology in integrated healthcare settings with child and adolescent populations. Particular attention is paid to training the intern to work with a variety of child clinical and pediatric populations and utilizing multiple treatment and assessment modalities.

The program is housed within the Center for Pediatric Behavioral Health with the Cleveland Clinic Children’s, although the physical location of training is spread out across multiple locations including Cleveland Clinic Children’s main campus, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation, and several regional Cleveland Clinic campuses serving families in convenient outpatient facilities.

Goals & Objectives

Specific rotations include training in inpatient consultation/liaison, outpatient treatment for behavioral medicine and child clinical populations, group treatment, and evaluation of common childhood disorders.

The internship program in pediatric behavioral health is designed to prepare advanced doctoral students for the practice of clinical psychology in integrated healthcare settings with child and adolescent populations.  The program is designed to build upon trainee's competencies in each of the following professional-wide competencies identified in the APA SoA:

A. Research
B. Ethical and legal standards
C. Individual and cultural diversity
D. Professional values, attitudes and behaviors
E. Communication and interpersonal skills
F. Assessment
G. Intervention
H. Supervision
I. Consultation and inter-professional/interdisciplinary skills

Below are the specific goals, objectives, and competencies of the internship, which expand and specify upon the above profession-wide competencies. 

Goal #1: Prepare interns to demonstrate knowledge and professional behavior in an integrated healthcare setting.

  • Objective #1.1: Interns will be competent to provide services that include single discipline, multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary service delivery.
  • Objective #1.2: Interns will demonstrate knowledge of the roles of other disciplines on child and adolescent healthcare service delivery.
  • Objective #1.3: Interns will be proficient in interacting and collaborating with professionals in diverse disciplines in patient service delivery.

Goal #2: Prepare intern with the requisite knowledge and skills for entry into the practice of professional psychology with a child and adolescent populations.

  • Objective #2.1: Interns will demonstrate competence in evidence-based psychological intervention for a variety of child and adolescent problems, including both traditional mental health and behavioral health challenges. 
  • Objective #2.2: Interns will demonstrate competence in psychological evaluation and psychological testing.
  • Objective #2.3: Interns will effectively use supervision to promote professional practice.

Goal #3: To prepare future psychologists that adhere to high standards of professional conduct, are sensitive and competent to interact with diverse populations, and continue the ongoing pursuit of knowledge and research-based practice. 

  • Objective #3.1: Interns will understand the principles and standards of ethical and legal practice and will provide professional services in accord with these standards. 
  • Objective #3.2: Interns will demonstrate understanding of the effects of cultural and individual differences on psychological functioning and clinical practice and will exhibit competence in relating effectively to patients and families of diverse background in the provision of services.
  • Objective #3.3: Interns will meet standards of competence in identifying appropriate professional literature, understanding the current research relevant to their practice, and integrating this research into their professional practice.
Clinical Training Rotations

Clinical Training Rotations

The Pediatric Behavioral Residency Program aims to train future health psychologists primarily through the provision of direct clinical experiences, associated clinical supervision, and supportive didactic and educational curriculum. The residency is a full-time, 12-month position and Residents can expect an average of 15-20 direct clinical contact per week. At the program completion, residents will have completed a minimum of 2,000 hours, including 800 hours of direct clinical work and 20 assessment batteries.

All residents rotate through each of the following rotations, with the exception of the Group Treatment Rotations. Residents will choose Group Treatment rotations to participate in throughout the year. The Outpatient Child Continuity Clinic is a year-long rotation where residents have the opportunity to establish longer-term therapeutic relationship. The remaining rotations are each 6 months in length.

Resident preference in which rotations they would prefer to begin with and with which primary Continuity Clinic supervisor they prefer to work with is taken into strong consideration but cannot be guaranteed.

Evaluation and Psychological Testing Rotations

Intensive and Interdisciplinary Treatment

Outpatient Behavioral Medicine

Outpatient Child Clinical

Group Treatment

Residents receive a minimum of two hours of individual supervision per week with an addition 1-2 hours of group supervision; however most weeks residents actually spend up to 4-5 hours in direct supervisory training.

Didactic Seminar & Educational Opportunities

Didactic Seminar & Educational Opportunities

In additional to direct clinical work, residents will engage in an average to 2-3 hours of didactic educational opportunities per week, designed to support the residents’ competencies in the practice of psychology within an integrated medical system. The following seminar series are scheduled throughout the year.

Evaluation and Evidence-Based Intervention and Inter-professional Education

This seminar series is held jointly with the Child Psychiatry Fellowship program to promote integrated learning opportunities. Psychology staff and psychiatry staff each lead the series once per month. A variety of specific presenting problems and evidence-based assessment techniques and treatment options will be highlighted throughout the year from respective specialists.

  • Psychology's role in the hospital setting (C/L psychology)
  • Pain Associated Disability Syndrome
  • Behavior Disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Suicide Risk Assessment
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Mood Disorders 
  • Specific Learning Disorders/Consulting with Schools
  • Gender Identity
  • Cultural Considerations in Evaluation and Treatment

Special Topics

This series will cover a variety of topics specific to the field of integrated psychology care and working within a medical setting. Past topics have included:

  • Biofeedback
  • Social Skills of ADHD
  • CBT for Anxiety and OCD
  • Mindfulness CBT Practice
  • ASD Social Skill Training
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Acceptance Commitment Therapy
  • Improving Medical Adherence
  • Treatment Plan for Headaches
  • Treatment of Selective Mutism
  • Multidisciplinary Obesity Treatment
  • Functional GI Disorders
  • Hypnosis Techniques
  • Coping with Chronic Illness
  • Elimination Disorders
  • Gender Identity
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Management of Suicidal Concerns
  • Behavioral Sleep Management
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Working with Refugees

Professional Development Series

Covers a range of ethical, legal, professional, regulatory, career, and internship-related issues. This conference is intended to contribute to interns’ professional development and increased awareness of issues related to professional practice. This is an opportunity for interns to discuss process issues and other areas of interest to them.

Case Conference

Monthly Case Conferences allow residents to delve deeper into complex cases while practicing supervision skills, Each resident has the opportunity to present and receive feedback on a case and then take on the role of a peer-supervisor with immediate feedback on both the case and supervision skills from a moderating staff psychologist.

Journal Club

Journal Clubs are hosted monthly by each primary supervisor with the goal of delving deeper in specific relevant clinical or professional development topics in order to stay abreast with current research and professional themes.  Topics include both clinical areas as well as professional development such as Integrated Primary Care, Population Health and Ethical Transitioning of Care

Institute Grand Rounds and CCLAJournal

In addition to specific seminars topics, residents will be able to participate in a variety of courses and Grand Rounds offered by the Cleveland Clinic including:

  • Cleveland Clinic Learning Academy (e.g. Medical Research Ethics and Standard, Examining Cultural Characteristics of Healthcare)
  • Pediatric Grand Rounds
  • Psychiatry Grand Rounds
  • BioEthics Grand Rounds
  • Wellness Grand Rounds

Resident Research Presentations

Twice per year, Residents will also present their own research topics. Typically this will include the presentation of their dissertation project and a review of literature on a topic of expertise; however residents may also choose present on original research data that they optionally participate in during the internship year.



In addition to access of premiere training at one of the top ranked hospitals in the US, the following benefits are offered to psychology residents:

  • Annual Salary of $26,000
  • Six Recognized Holidays (New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Christmas Day)
  • Additional accrued paid-time-off amounting to 17 days over the 12-month period
  • Time for processional development, including meeting attendance and interviews approved with departmental permission
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance can be selected with modest employee contribution.
  • Access to Cleveland Clinic Alumni Library, including extensive online databases
  • Access to on-campus Fitness Center with indoor pool, weight and cardio equipment, and variety of classes

Cleveland, Ohio

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The Cleveland Museum of Art houses one of the most highly acclaimed art collections in the world.
The internationally renowned Cleveland Orchestra plays at Severance Hall during the fall, winter and spring and at Blossom Music Center, an outdoor amphitheater, during the summer.

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Admissions Process

Admissions Process

Admission Criteria

All successful candidates for admission to the program should meet the following criteria:

  • Current enrollment in an APA or CPA accredited doctoral program in Clinical, Counseling, or School Psychology
  • Have earned a Master’s degree in psychology or related field, likely as part of their doctoral training
  • Have completed at least 500 hours of formal, supervised practicum training in assessment and treatment
  • Satisfactory completion of comprehension examinations and adequate preparation for internship as indicated by the applicants graduate program director
  • Reliable transportation to participate in rotations across the Cleveland Clinic Health System (greater Cleveland area)

Individuals who do not meet the above admissions requirements will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

In addition to the above, successful applicants will likely demonstrate the following characteristics:

  • Extensive experience in the evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents
  • Research, clinical, and/or academic course experience within the field of pediatric psychology
  • Familiarity in the execution of evidence-based treatments
  • Experience administering, scoring, and interpreting standardized measures of intelligence and academic achievement as demonstrated by the completion of comprehensive psychological assessment reports
  • Evidence for passion and dedication to the field or pediatric and/or child-clinical psychology

Selection Process

Cleveland Clinic Children’s will be participating in the APPIC Match supported by the National Matching Service. The internship is designed to meet all requirements set forth by APA and abides by all Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) guidelines and requirements. Click here to review APPIC's match policies.

You may contact APPIC at:
APPIC Central Office
17225 El Camino Real
Onyx One – Suite #170
Houston, TX 77058-2748
Application for Psychology Internships (AAPI)

Our program utilizes the APPIC Application for Psychology Internships (AAPI) online. AAPI required materials include a cover letter/statement of interest, curriculum vitae, official graduate transcript(s), three reference letters, and Summary of Doctoral Training to be verified by your program's Director of Clinical Training/Training Director. We do not require any supplemental materials. We are listed in the NMS directory as Cleveland Clinic, with a program code of 237511.

The application deadline for the 2018-2019 internship year is November 20, 2017. After this date, applications may be accepted on a rolling basis until all interview positions are filled, but this not guaranteed. On-site interviews are preferred and will be conducted on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 and Wednesday, January 10, 2018. Invitations to interview will be given after a careful review of all application materials. Interviews will consist of an overview with the Training Director, meetings with the current Residents and a tour of the primary facility where residents are located, and individual interviews with 3-4 of the Primary Supervisors. Requests to interview with specific supervisors will be granted when scheduling the interviews, as specific supervisors will be present on specific interview days.

Accreditation Status

The Pediatric Behavioral Health Residency Program at Cleveland Clinic is not currently accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). The program has been designed according to APA Standards of Accreditation and is currently in the process of seeking accreditation beginning immediately after the inaugural class graduated in the summer of 2017.  The program was granted membership into the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) in 2016 and follows all standards and rules set forth by APPIC.

Questions about the training may be emailed to the Training Director, Dr. Katherine Lamparyk (; however questions specifically related to the program’s accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE,
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202.336.5979

Additional inquiries about the Residency Program can be made to Katherine Lamparyk, PsyD at