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Devereux Pennsylvania - Children’s Behavioral Health Services

Devereux Pennsylvania CBHS provides 24-hour, residential services to male and female children and adolescents with a variety of behavioral health diagnoses, including, but not limited to, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant and conduct disorders, depression and anxiety disorders.

Interns will work as part of a team of interdisciplinary professionals providing individualized assessments and interventions within a multi-tiered framework of positive behavior support (e.g., Devereux Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports [D-PBIS]). Intern activities are focused on developing program-wide interventions across the residence and school programs, as well as implementing individual- and group-based interventions. Given that many of our admitted youth have significant histories of personal trauma, our milieus and classrooms are developed to also support trauma-informed care.

Successful Applicants:

  • The ideal candidate will have experience providing evidence-based practices to children and adolescents, the ability to conceptualize a case from a cognitive-behavioral framework, and experience in administering a variety of assessments to children and adolescents.
  • The ideal candidate will be trained in behavioral principles and have the ability to apply behavioral interventions.
  • Intern candidates should have strong consultation skills and be able to work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team.
  • Intern candidates will be able to conduct independent research (e.g., conceptualization, methodology and analysis).

Intervention:

Interns will carry a caseload of three clients. Interventions include group, individual and family therapy. Group therapy sessions occur weekly. Specific clinical interventions include: trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy (TF-CBT), self-regulatory training, other cognitive behavior therapies (CBT), behavioral intervention-based on positive behavior support (PBS), and parent training. Supervision on clinical formulation, treatment planning, intervention delivery and progress monitoring is provided. Interns also will have opportunities to observe supervisors or senior clinical staff as they conduct interventions.

Assessment:

Interns are required to demonstrate competency in assessment during the training year. Interns are expected to develop competence in the administration of psychological tests prior to the internship. Assessment assignments provide an opportunity for the intern to develop competency in:

  • tailoring assessment batteries to address referral questions;
  • mastering resolution of discrepant results;
  • developing clear conclusions that are responsive to the referral question(s); and
  • writing individualized recommendations that follow rationally from the results, and provide user-friendly guidance to the clinical team.

Assessment opportunities include: assessment of cognitive functioning, academic skills, functional skills, diagnostic evaluations, functional behavioral assessments, intake evaluations and personality functioning.

Consultation:

Consultation may include: assessment, observation, and/or interviews to formulate hypotheses. From the hypotheses, interns will formulate both informal and formal recommendations. Interns provide consultation during team meetings and on an individual basis with all disciplines within the therapeutic milieu, including teachers, direct care professionals and program managers, among others. In cases where a specific training or a behavior support plan may be recommended, interns will provide training and follow-up to ensure treatment integrity. Interns will be provided with training in the implementation of Devereux-Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (D-PBIS) and can assist with staff training and integrity checks on the implementation of this approach.

Sample Schedule:

Activity

Hours

Intervention / Direct Treatment

6

Data Analysis

4

Assessments

5

Report Writing/Clinical Notes/Phone Calls

10

Trainings/Consultation

4

Supervision

4

Didactic Seminar

6

Administration/Staff Meetings

2

Hours Weekly

40+

*The CBHS intern will work five days per week with an expectation of one evening per week. There is no “on call” coverage. The CBHS interns will typically work 40-45 hours per week.

Supervisors:

Kristen Bielecki, Ph.D. (Primary Supervisor)
Alexandra Gallagher, Psy.D.