*Please see below for COVID-19 information*
Michigan Medicine: Division of Pediatric Psychology (Ann Arbor, MI)
The Division of Pediatric Psychology at the University of Michigan is a program within the Department of Pediatrics at the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital within the University of Michigan Health System. The program is composed of psychologists who are integrated within medical teams to maximize the overall health of children and their families using principles of behavioral science.
The Division has three primary missions: clinical care, research, and education. The Division of Pediatric Psychology provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment for children and adolescents who have problems with growth, development, behavior, or adaptation to illness.
The research mission of the Division is to advance knowledge of the interplay between development, behavior, and health. Faculty within the Division of Pediatric Psychology are engaged in innovative and collaborative clinical and health services research programs. Current research programs are related to eating/feeding behavior, obesity, sleep disorders, integrative behavioral health, adherence to chronic illness treatment regimens, transition from pediatric to adult centered care, and health-related quality of life.
The teaching mission of the Division encompasses undergraduate students, medical students, pediatric and family medicine residents, pre-doctoral psychology trainees, post-doctoral psychology fellows, and practicing pediatricians. The team includes many doctoral-level, licensed psychologists. The site supervisor, Dr. Lancaster, is a licensed psychologist who is on-site at least twenty hours per week. Dr. Lancaster provides at least two hours of individual supervision to each intern every week. Professional teaching occurs in clinical settings, in the classroom, and within the context of research. The Division is also committed to the education of patients, families, and members of the community.
The internship stipend for the Psychology Internship in Integrated Behavioral Health and Pediatric Psychology is $28,000. Interns for the Psychology Internship in Integrated Behavioral Health and Pediatric Psychology must be eligible to receive their Master’s Temporary Limited License in the State of Michigan for the internship year.
Site Primary Supervisor: Blake Lancaster, Ph.D.
Sunfield Center (Ann Arbor, MI)
Sunfield Center is a mental health center dedicated to transforming the lives of children, adolescents, and adults presenting with developmental, behavioral, and emotional difficulties in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Our mission is threefold and includes education, clinical care, and research.
We are dedicated to training the next generation of professionals through our practicum, internship, and postdoctoral training programs. Our center offers certified training on the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-Second Edition, the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised, and Parent Child Interaction Therapy. Additionally, we provide gold standard professional development training to mental health professionals in our community and around the world through our Sunfield Institute.
At Sunfield Center, a team of highly qualified professionals deliver evidence-based and research-informed evaluations and treatments within a cognitive behavioral and developmental therapy framework. We specialize in the delivery of state-of-the-art assessments and evidence-based treatments of individuals across the lifespan (from toddlers to adults) presenting with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We also specialize in diagnostic assessment and treatment of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity (ADHD) and Disruptive Behavior Disorders and Anxiety Disorders in children and adolescents. In addition to comprehensive assessment and treatment, we provide parent and school-based consultation services. Interns also have the opportunity to support families whose children receive services through our sister early intervention center, Sprouted Sage.
Our research mission is to advance knowledge and improve outcomes of mental health services to further develop evidence-based practices. We do this in collaboration with researchers from various academic institutions.
Our team at Sunfield includes many doctoral-level, licensed psychologists. The site supervisor is a licensed psychologist who is on-site at least twenty hours per week. Interns receive individual supervision for at least two hours per week.
The internship stipend for Sunfield Center is $28,000. Interns at Sunfield must be eligible to receive their Master’s Temporary Limited License in the State of Michigan for the internship year.
Site Primary Supervisor: Suzi Naguib, Psy.D.
Thriving Minds Behavioral Health Center (Brighton, MI)
Thriving Minds Behavioral Health Center (Thriving Minds) is a clinic specializing in the evaluation and treatment of anxiety, learning, and behavioral disorders. The clinic has four locations; three locations are in the greater Ann Arbor area (Brighton, Chelsea, and Livonia) with a fourth clinic in Grand Rapids. Interns are located in the greater Ann Arbor area (dependent on clinic space and intern preference). The clinic has central leadership and consistent procedures across the four locations.
Thriving Minds serves children and youth and their families using a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) framework. Within that framework, the clinicians provide evidence-based intervention for mood and anxiety disorders as well as Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder, adjustment issues, trauma, health psychology, sleep, etc. The clinic also offers psychological assessments for learning issues, anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Specific services and programs offered by the practice include Confident Kids summer camp, individual treatment, problem-focused/short-term parent training, school-based intervention and consultation, and intensive treatment models.
Thriving Minds offers specialty tracks. First, all interns participate in the Selective Mutism specialty track. This track is required since the clinic serves as a local, national, and international resource on Selective Mutism treatment. The two optional specialty tracks are trauma and pediatric/adolescent sleep. These specialty tracks are run by experts in the field and provide not only training and supervision, but also hands-on experience and monthly peer consultation.
Thriving Minds is a multi-location clinic providing a team-based interdisciplinary experience. The clinic includes Licensed Psychologists, Licensed Social Workers, and clinicians with Limited or Temporary Limited Licenses in Psychology. Thriving Minds also helps to train developing practicum students (who are partially supervised by interns). The team frequently consults with school-based and medical professionals in supporting clients. The staff at Thriving Minds includes a doctoral level, licensed psychologist who is on-site at least twenty hours per week and who provides individual supervision for interns for at least two hours per week.
Intern training is essential for Thriving Minds. We believe in both self-care and continuing education, with high quality training across sites. The clinic values the diverse perspectives interns contribute as well as their passion and enthusiasm for the field.
The internship stipend for Thriving Minds is $28,000. Interns at Thriving Minds must be eligible to receive their Master’s Temporary Limited License in the State of Michigan for the internship year.
Site Primary Supervisor: Bryce Hella, Ph.D.
Response to COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the modality of the internship training experience at the Michigan Medicine site within the Mid-Michigan Psychology Internship Consortium, but it has not impacting the quality of the training. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, essentially all of the training experiences (face-to-face supervision, conducting co-therapy with patients, didactics, etc.) were conducted in person. Currently, all training experiences are being conducted through virtual video meetings. Supervisors conduct supervision with their interns via Skype for Business, a HIPAA secure product installed by Michigan Medicine on all the intern computers. Didactics, other research labs, and book/journal clubs are being conducted via Zoom or Bluejeans. Patient visits are being conducted via a special Zoom product that is integrated into the EPIC Electronic Health Record at Michigan Medicine. This platform allows the intern and supervisor to simultaneous be present with the patient during the video visit. The Zoom product is HIPAA compliant and also allows for clinicians to place patients in a virtual waiting room, so that the intern and supervisor can discuss the case and develop case conceptualizations. Though it is unclear how long the pandemic will last and when exactly interns and supervisors will return to clinic, it is likely that interns will begin to return to clinic in in some capacity during fall of 2020. Interns still have office space and clinic space reserved for their potential return to in person meetings and business, and Michigan Medicine has strict screening protocols for all individuals who enter any buildings. When interns do return to clinic they will be provided proper PPE and will follow all safety protocols to ensure both intern and patient safety.
The COVID-19 pandemic has allowed us to explore different ways in which to provide care to families who are unable to attend treatment in person. Currently, the majority of training experiences are being conducted in person, while some training and services are conducted virtually. Supervisors conduct supervision both in person as well as via Zoom Healthcare, a HIPAA secure product. All interns have a personal Zoom account. Training and staff meetings are conducted both in person and via Zoom. Assessment, intervention, and therapy are being conducted in person and via Zoom based on client preference. The Zoom platform allows the intern and supervisor to simultaneously be present with the patient during the session. The Zoom platform also allows clinicians to place patients in a virtual waiting room, so that the intern and supervisor can discuss the case and develop case conceptualization during the session. At Sunfield Center, interns and staff are fully vaccinated and are required to follow all safety protocols, including masking, to ensure both intern and patient safety.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led us to offer the option of online telehealth and online supervision/consultation services for Thriving Minds when appropriate and/or requested by families seeking services. Currently, the majority of services, trainings, and supervision sessions are held in person, while others are held via Zoom for Healthcare. Current interns, staff, and therapists at Thriving Minds are strongly encouraged to seek full vaccination. All staff hired after January 1, 2021 (including interns) are required to be vaccinated before beginning work. Thriving Minds also takes safety measures including recommending masks and hand sanitizer.