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Devereux Pennsylvania - Community Psychological and Behavioral Services

Devereux Pennsylvania Community Services provides health psychology interns an opportunity to provide assessment, consultation and direct intervention in home, school, clinic-based and unique community settings. Programs are designed to narrow the research to practice gap by infusing evidence-based interventions into the delivery of services to both individuals on the autism spectrum and children and adolescents with emotional and/or behavioral disorders. Our autism treatment model emphasizes the use of evidence-based practices related to the principles of applied behavior analysis, including functional behavior assessment for challenging behavior, as well as skill acquisition programs to teach communication, social skills, and adaptive behaviors. For individuals with emotional and/or disruptive disorders, our model focuses on psychological assessment and the implementation of evidence-based interventions, including cognitive and behavioral therapies.

Given the diversity in clinical presentation of the individuals served in our programs, interns have the unique opportunity to participate in two, distinct clinical rotations. The outpatient clinical rotation includes providing assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with emotional behavioral disorders in a clinic setting, while an additional autism rotation focuses on the assessment and clinical consultation of individuals on the autism spectrum, and their families in home, school and community settings. In addition, interns will have the opportunity to participate in the supervision of master’s and bachelor’s level staff, and gain experience with systems-level tasks related to clinical operations, such as applied research, program development and program-wide treatment outcomes.

Successful Applicants:

  • Training in cognitive and behavioral therapies for children and adolescents
  • Training in applied behavior analysis (ABA) and functional behavior assessment
  • Training in assessment and intervention for individuals on the autism spectrum
  • Training in psychological evaluation and assessment of individuals with emotional and disruptive behavioral disorders
  • Training in individualized progress monitoring and data-based decision-making
  • Consultation skills across a variety of settings (e.g., school, outpatient clinics, community).

Intervention:

Interns will carry a caseload across the clinic-based and autism consultation programs in home and community programs. Treatment interventions for autism emphasize those based on ABA, including function-based intervention, functional communication training, and a comprehensive and individualized skill acquisition program.

Interns will have the opportunity to receive some training and exposure to cognitive and behavioral therapy models for individuals with emotional and/or disruptive behavior disorders. These may include: Parent Management Training, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Finally, interns will have the unique experience to provide behavioral consultation and cognitive behavioral therapy for adults living in the community with autism spectrum disorders.

Assessment:

Interns are provided an array of assessment opportunities including: psychological evaluation and assessments, functional behavior assessments, intellectual assessments and adaptive assessments. Additionally, there may be opportunities to conduct neuropsychological testing based on need.

Consultation:

Clinical consultation is widely used in the delivery of services across all settings. Interns will have the opportunity to work on interdisciplinary teams with school services teams, psychiatrists, case management and Board Certified Behavior Analysts. They will also have the opportunity to work closely with families across home, clinic school and community settings.

Hours:

Activity

Hours

Clinic-Based Therapy

3-5

Home-Based Therapy

4-6

Community-Based Consultation

8-10

Psychological Assessment

2-5

Didactics/Seminars

4-5

Individual Supervision

4-5

Research Project

1-2

Clinical Notes, paperwork, report writing

8-10

Hours Weekly

40+

*The Devereux Pennsylvania - Community Services intern works five days per week. Hours worked per week vary, but the average is 40-50 hours per week, depending on case load and interests. Daily schedule can also vary due to case load and interest, but generally consists of several early evenings per week.

Supervisors:

Richard Allen, Psy.D., BCBA-D (Primary Supervisor)
Lindsay Moreira, MS, LBS