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Welcome to the Psychology Doctoral Internship Program

Welcome to the Psychology Doctoral Internship Program at the Audrey Hepburn Children’s House at Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center. This one year internship will provide specialized assessment and treatment for children and their families who have been referred to the center due to maltreatment concerns and Child Protection Services (CPS) involvement.

Ages range from infants to the geriatric population. Many of our patients have experienced significant exposure to ACEs, derived from various countries across the globe, vary in religious and cultural practices, and speak several languages. Interns will also be exposed to state-of-the art assessment and treatment intervention related to these experiences.

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Paula Iudica-Costa, Psy.D.
Training Coordinator

AHCH Training Manual 
AHCH Internship Evaluation

Goals of the Psychology Internship

  • Professional Values, Attitudes, and Behaviors -Overall, conduct oneself in a professional and ethical manner consistent with the values of the profession.
  • Ethics and Legal Standards - Engage in self-reflective practice and conduct him or herself with integrity and accountability to maintain ethical and professionalism in all activities.
  • Individual and Cultural Diversity - Interact with people from various backgrounds and experiences, who are often mandated to treatment or evaluation, in a culturally informed, ethical and appropriate fashion.
  • Communication, Consultation, and Interpersonal skills - Demonstrate an ability to be receptive to and expressive of thoughts, questions, and concerns.
  • Knowledge of Trauma and Maltreatment - Demonstrate knowledge of various types of trauma and child maltreatment.
  • Assessment (Forensic and Other) - Demonstrate knowledge of the rules, procedures, and techniques related to forensic report writing and expert witness testimony.
  • Intervention - Implement trauma-informed and culturally sensitive interventions to address both experiences related to child maltreatment and mitigate risk in those who have engaged in maltreatment.
  • Research - Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate research and theory, as well as to formulate and conduct research that is of sufficient quality and rigor to have the potential to contribute to the scientific, psychological, or professional knowledge base.
  • Child Maltreatment Trauma and related Forensic Practice -Demonstrate knowledge and skill in the diagnosis and treatment of the various form of Child Maltreatment and the ability to apply this to psychotherapy and forensic assessment of child maltreatment
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