Community Settings

Community settings for clinical interventions and research activities help fulfill the objectives of the CCPP--to provide a variety of training venues and to increase professional functioning in the public sector. The following is a brief description of each site, clientele and interventions, and the supervising clinicians in the Lawrence, Kansas City, and Topeka areas.  CCPP Students are eligible to apply for these external practicum placements after demonstrating basic clinical competencies in the KU Child and Family Services Clinic.

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center

The Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center runs a Child and Family Services unit for outpatient assessment and therapy as well as for family preservation interventions. This Center is a well-established licensed comprehensive facility with over 115 professionals and a wide array of services. Under supervision, CCPP trainees at the Center do assessment and therapeutic interventions for such diagnoses as Attention Deficit, Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and anxiety disorders. They also provide in-home family assessments, interventions for children at risk of being placed outside the home (e.g. Family Preservation, juvenile detention center), and ADHD groups for children and parents. Parent-child interaction therapy is a frequent therapeutic approach. The trainees consult with staff regarding other cases and provide individual, group, and family therapy for children in crises. Supervision is provided by licensed psychologists and social workers at the center (Julie Boydston, Ph.D.; Juliet Nelson, Ph.D.). Students and faculty in CCPP also conduct clinical research projects at this Center in psychotherapy process and outcomes in the Child and Family Services unit.

KU Medical Center - Pediatric Psychology Section

Practicum students at the KU Medical Center, Pediatric Psychology Section, may participate in a number of different clinics and services as indicated below. 

  • Behavioral Pediatrics Outpatient Clinic-- Orovides outpatient therapy for a range of presenting problems, including Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, school problems, autism, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
  • Telehealth/Telemedicine Clinic--  Uses televideo technology to deliver psychological evaluation and treatment services to families across Kansas.
  • Feeding Clinic--The Feeding Team is a multidisciplinary team that provides outpatient consultation services for children and families who have complicated feeding issues.
  • Elimination Disorders Clinic--This clinic provides assessment and treatment for children who present with elimination problems (e.g., encopresis, enuresis, rumination syndrome). Clinicians work directly with children and parents providing behavioral treatment, lifestyle and dietary recommendations, and patient education.
  • Behavioral Endocrinology Clinic--This clinic provides assessment and treatment for children and adolescents who present with an endocrinology-related disorder (.e.g., diabetes, idiopathic short stature, Turner’s syndrome).
  • Cystic Fibrosis Clinic-- A multidisciplinary clinic for children with cystic fibrosis. The treatment team consists of providers in medicine (physicians, nurses), social work, dietetics, respiratory therapy, and pediatric psychology.
  • Consultation-Liaison Service (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit [NICU])-- The NICU Consultation-Liaison Service (NICU C-L) provides psychological services to families with infants hospitalized in the NICU.

Licensed pediatric and clinical child psychologists affiliated with the CCPP provide supervision.  Supervisors include Martha Barnard, RN, PhD, Ann McGrath Davis, PhD, ABPP, Stephen Lassen, PhD, Eve-Lynn Nelson, PhD, Susana R. Patton, PhD, CDE, and Jane Sosland, PhD.

 

KU Medical Center - Child Development Unit

Students taking practicum experiences at the KU Medical Center in the Child Development Unit work on interdisciplinary teams (including social work, education specialists, speech and hearing specialists) providing evaluations of children referred for mental retardation, autism, and other developmental disabilities. These activities are supervised by licensed child and school psychologists (Leni Swails, PhD and Maura Wenland, PhD).

Children's Mercy Hospital - Developmental and Behavioral Sciences Section

The practicum at the Children's Mercy Hospital, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Sciences provides for advanced training experiences in a range of patient populations.  CCPP Students are eligible to apply for these external practicum placements after demonstrating basic clinical competencies in the KU Child and Family Services Clinic. Please see the Director of the CCPP for more information about student eligibility. 

  • Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic-- The behavioral pediatric practicum provides psychology trainees with the opportunity to see children and families for brief behavioral assessment and treatment addressing a variety of behavioral and developmental problems.
  • Developmental Neuropsychology--The developmental neuropsychology practicum provides psychology trainees with the opportunity to work with infants and young children who have experienced brain injuries or are at significant risk for neurodevelopmental differences due to underlying medical conditions.
  • Pediatric Psychology (C/L)-- Provides psychology trainees experiences in outpatient psychotherapy and assessment, solid organ pre-transplant evaluations, inpatient consultation/liaison, brief consultation in pediatric clinics, family-based support/intervention, and participation within medical multidisciplinary team meetings.  
  • Pediatric Chronic Pain Management Team-- Comprises a multi-specialty interdisciplinary team that provides comprehensive assessment and multimodal treatment of idiopathic and disease-related chronic pain for children and adolescents.
  • Pediatric Neuropsychology-- Provides psychology trainees with the opportunity to work with patients with a variety of medical conditions including epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, cardiac conditions, movement disorders and neurodevelopmental disorders.
  • Pediatric Obesity-- Provides the advanced graduate student with exposure to multidisciplinary team based treatment of youth with obesity and special needs such as autism spectrum disorders, Down Syndrome, physical disabilities, and developmental disabilities, as well as a young child family-based weight management intervention. 

Licensed pediatric and clinical child psychologists affiliated with the CCPP provide supervision.  Supervisors include Vincent Barone, PhD, Mark Connelly, PhD, Meredith Dreyer Gillette, PhD, Jami Gross-Toalson, PhD, Josh Hall, PhD, Rebecca Johnson, PhD, Klanci McCabe, PhD, Rachel Moore, PhD, Dustin Wallace, PhD, and Elizabeth Willen, PhD.

 


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