The Trauma & Neuropsychology with an Emphasis on Deafness Track provides the intern with a blend of experiences in both trauma specific interventions and with neuropsychological assessment, with an emphasis on providing these services to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. The intern will participate in 2 outpatient evaluations per month during the training year in the Deafness Related Evaluations and More (DREAM) Clinic, a clinic designed to provide accessible evaluation services to children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and with additional disabilities or neurocognitive concerns. Communication modalities of the patients presenting for evaluation varies and may include American Sign Language (ASL), spoken language, cued speech or other communication systems. Children present for evaluation pre- and post-cochlear implant surgery and upon referral from a variety of medical and community providers. Interns will participate on multi-disciplinary teams, providing feedback and assessment results back to referral sources. Responsibilities will include conducting neuropsychological evaluations, providing education and recommendations to family and staff and providing consultation services to families and other providers. Recommendations from evaluations seek to ameliorate the impact of brain impairment on cognitive, social, emotional and educational functioning. The intern will be supervised for these neuropsychological assessments by Jennifer Reesman, PhD, ABPP.

In addition to training and service in other areas of the Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress, interns on this track will provide intervention and therapy within the Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress Unity Clinic, a clinic that provides therapy services to children and families who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and impacted by trauma. The intern will be supervised for therapy services within the Unity Clinic by Danielle Previ, PhD.

The objective of the training experience is to provide advanced training in outpatient neuropsychological assessment of children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, and training in evidence-based interventions with children impacted by trauma.

Interns receive training in assessment and treatment of children and families exposed to trauma. Following a 2-day didactic TF-CBT seminar, interns are assigned cases for treatment with TF-CBT, a central treatment model of the clinic, and interns attend bi-weekly TF-CBT supervision group. Interns will also receive training in PCIT and may receive training in family therapy, individual child and adolescent therapy, group therapy, and other treatment modalities.

Didactic and discussion based seminars include a journal club in trauma psychology, a trauma-treatment seminar series, a diagnostic assessment seminar, DREAM clinic rounds, and neuropsychology seminars.

The intern regularly performs intake evaluations to assess clients’ diagnoses and treatment needs. These diagnostic interview reports are then used to assign clients to evidence-based or other treatment modalities that are matched to the client’s presenting concerns.

For additional questions specifically about the Trauma & Neuropsychology with an Emphasis on Deafness track, please contact Jennifer Reesman, PhD, ABPP at: Reesman@KennedyKrieger.org.