The Child and Family Psychology concentration is one that stands out among other PsyD programs for its excellence in research opportunities, outstanding training in clinical assessment and evidenced-based treatments by faculty who are experts in the field, the state of the art clinic with advance technology at the Scott Center, and a multitude of both internal and external practicum placements in which to gain a wealth of clinical hours. Initial pre-requisites consist of three models courses including Child Disorders and Therapy, Family Approaches, and Marital and Sex Therapy.
Child and Family Psychology concentration students are also required to complete a least one Practicum in the area Child and Family Psychology treatment, although many students elect to take several by mixing and matching among a plethora of Child and Family Psychology practicum sites, which affords PsyD students the opportunity to specialize their clinical training. As such, our PsyD students leave our program with a wealth of hands on clinical training practicum experiences and practicum hours that serve them well to compete in a growingly limited number of highly competitive, and much sought after Child and Family Psychology pre-doctoral internship sites that are looking for applicants with a breath of experience in the latest and evidenced based treatment approaches.
In your first year you will hit the ground running in your training in intelligence, personality, and projective assessment under Dr. Krishnamurthy who is both nationally and internationally recognized. By your second year will begin your first two-semester practicum experience at the Community Psychological Services at the Scott Center, under the directorship of Dr. Paulillo. You will have the opportunity to more keenly hone your foundational assessment skills by conducting gifted evaluations and learning disability assessments, as well as receive introductory therapy experiences in a variety of Child and Family Psychology therapy modalities under the supervision of clinical faculty such as Dr. Chavez and Dr. Elmore.
While there are over ten advance practicum sites to choose from, among the more popular advance practicum sites in Child and Family Psychology are:
- Building Blocks
- The Family Learning Program (FLP)
- The Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Team
- The Scott Center for Autism Treatment
- Couples Practicum site
For starters, the Building Blocks @ Florida Tech program, under the directorship of Dr. Chavez, affords students the opportunity to receive hands on training in the treatment of behavioral problems of children ages 3-8 via in-vivo supervision by working with the children, their parents, and teachers in the various components of Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)/Teacher Child Interaction Therapy (TCIT).
However, if you are interested in sexual abuse treatment, The Family Learning Program, one Florida’s few State funded programs sexual abuse treatment programs supervised by Dr. Demara Bennett, will give you training in how to use Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) to treat child victims of sexual abuse, as well as their parents and siblings. As assessment driven interventions, both the Building Blocks and Family Learning Programs possess archival data offering excellent research opportunities to support the completion of students’ Doctoral Research Projects (DRP), a major research requirement for completion of the PsyD degree to be completed prior to internship.
If you prefer working with children suffering from developmental disorders, like Autism or Asperger’s, both the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Team and the Scott Center for Autism Treatment offer wonderful opportunities for you to engage in a multitude of different forms of assessment and treatment with young children, particularly in the area of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA).
If you find yourself leaning more towards working with couples, Dr. Richard Elmore supervises a practicum site, within his own private practice, where students have the chance to work directly with couples doing marriage and sex therapy.
No matter what site you pick within the Child and Family Psychology concentration, you can be assured that you will be getting the highest level of training and supervision from faculty, who are experts in the field and dedicated to teaching with specialized attention, while you enjoy the opportunity to really make a difference in the lives of those who need it the most.