LEND Practicum Training Program
The IDD Division of Psychology's Practicum training program emphasizes preparation for beginning to intermediate practice with youth with special health needs and their families. Training positions are designed to offer opportunities to establish competence in psychological assessment and treatment of youth with special health needs, including those with disabilities and those with chronic health conditions. Each year, approximately 10 full-time and 3 part-time year-long positions are available to students at four local graduate programs:
- Pacific University
- University of Oregon
- George Fox University
- Lewis and Clark College
- Neurodevelopmental Assessment Clinic: Initial or secondary evaluation of concerns with attention, hyperactivitity/impulsivity, and learning.
- Autism Clinic: Initial interdisciplinary diagnostic evaluation of concerns related to social engagement, repetitive behaviors, restricted interests and other indicators of a possible autism spectrum condition.
- Neuropsychology Clinic: Neuropsychological assessment for youth serviced by the Division of Pediatric Neurology; patients include those with post-trauma brain injury, seizure disorders, and other neurological conditions suspected of resulting in cognitive compromise.
- Diagnostic Intake Clinic: Focus is on conducting diagnostic intakes, including clinical interviews, in the context of a tertiary outpatient hospital setting (OHSU). Patient populations typically present with a variety of concerns, such as anxiety, behavioral problems (ODD, DBD) and ADHD.
- Fear and Anxiety Disorder Clinic: Delivering empirically supported treatment (ERP) for the anxiety disorders. Patient's present with a variety of anxiety related concerns including generalized separation and social anxiety disorders, OCD, phobias, selective mutism, PTSD and anxiety-related eating disorders (e.g., choking or vomiting phobias).
- Novel Intervention in Children's Healthcare (NICH): Implementation of intensive behavioral health that includes family-based problem solving, care coordination and case management.
Required before starting
- Health insurance (note, the trainee must be prepared to provide proof, if requested)
- Proof that trainee has passed a criminal background check (a letter stating this on the university's letterhead)
- Proof of immunizations
- Requirement that they demonstrate compliance with TB and influenza testing (the latter occurs in the fall, typically after the start of practicum training)
- Liability insurance by home university with limits of at least $1,000,000 per occurrence and $3,000,000 annual aggregate (note, the student must provide proof, if requested)