The fellow typically begins the training year with a two-day didactic workshop in TF-CBT directed by certified instructors. The fellow can also choose to attend a weekly seminar for trainees, taught by staff members, that covers a wide variety of trauma-related topics.
Within-department didactic sessions include lectures on:
- Chronic Trauma & Its Psychobiology
- Vicarious Traumatization
- Adapting Treatment for Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
- Sexual Abuse Treatment
- SMART Training: Children With Sexual Behavior Problems
Psychology staff also present a 19-week seminar entitled “Diagnostic and Personality Assessment of Children and Adolescents.”
Fellows attend the bi-weekly Journal Club in Psychological Trauma: Neurobiology to Social Policy.
Throughout the year, the fellow can choose from a number of other educational offerings, depending on interest, such as the LEND Core Course through KKI Training and Media Services Department, grand rounds at KKI and Johns Hopkins, and seminars in professional development, assessment, and behavioral intervention through the KKI departments of Neuropsychology and Behavior Psychology. All of these programs are in locations that are immediately adjacent to the Center.
Training in Evidence-Based Practices and Other Treatment Approaches
Following a two-day didactic seminar in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy led by nationally certified trainers, assignment is made to a supervision group consisting of staff level clinicians who practice TF-CBT in their daily work. This bi-weekly group is attended throughout the fellowship year and provides important opportunities to share cases, expand knowledge and fidelity to the model, and gain support with difficult clinical situations. The fellow also receives didactic training in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) by nationally certified trainers near the beginning of the training year. The fellow is provided continued training, supervision and case observation to prepare for certification as a PCIT practitioner.
Depending on the fellow’s interest and background with other evidence based treatments, opportunities exist for further training in other models and practices at the Center. The fellow may choose to join group supervision meetings in any of the specialty areas practiced at the Center, depending on the fellow’s interest and time in core training/practice activities. The fellow may also choose to co-lead with an experienced clinician, a variety of group therapy interventions, depending on clinical need and availability, which may include Yoga-Based Psychotherapy, SPARCS, and multi-family group programs for youth and families.
The fellow receives a minimum of 2 hours per week of individual supervision by doctoral-level, licensed psychologists. One hour (or more as needed), is dedicated to discussion of therapy cases currently seen by the fellow. Another hour is for supervision of psychological evaluations and diagnostic intake assessments. The fellow also meets weekly with the training director to support the fellow’s plan for professional development, to supervise their supervision of pre-doctoral externs at the clinic, and to facilitate progress on individual goals, i.e., research, plans for licensure, etc.
Provision of supervision. The fellow obtains supervisory experience by supervising doctoral interns who have full-time training appointments at the Center. The fellow meets regularly with externs to review psychological evaluation materials, including selecting measures, scoring, and interpreting tests. As mentioned above, the fellow is supervised in this work by the training director. The fellow also attends a monthly staff supervisors’ training seminar to increase knowledge of theory and supervisory approaches.
Fellows are encouraged to participate in research activities for which they are provided 4 hours per week of protected time. The specific research agenda varies by fellows’ interest but may involve writing and publishing previously collected data, participating in projects conducted by Kennedy Krieger faculty members, or developing new projects.