Elective Program

Almost all of the services described as part of the core program are also available as elective rotations. Students already scheduled for these experiences may choose to spend more than the minimal time or take on more than the minimal number of cases.

In addition, electives are available in the following service areas:

  1. Autism Clinic: Interns may consult to child patients on the autism spectrum in need of brief psychological assessment and/or intervention, with doctors from the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics. This rotation requires one afternoon per week. Supervision provided by Tolga Taneli, M.D.
  1. Child Consultation/Liaison: Interns may consult to child hospital patients in need of brief psychological assessment and/or intervention in the ER and Crisis units of University Hospital, with doctors from the Department of Psychiatry. This rotation requires one afternoon per week. Supervision provided by Tolga Taneli, M.D.
  1. Child Group Therapy: Interns may co-lead a group in the Child Outpatient Services, either with a staff member or another intern. Groups may be focused on particular age ranges, particular diagnostic categories, particular skills, or particular content areas. Interns might also develop a group for a selected population of their interest. Supervision will be provided by the staff member who is the co-therapist, or by an assigned supervisor, if interns lead a group together.
  1. Children of Violence: Interns will carry one treatment case in this project. Children seen in this program are referred specifically because of histories of victimization by or witnessing violence. These include histories of sexual or physical abuse, witnessing domestic violence or community violence, or surviving the homicide of a family member. Group supervision includes a didactic componet and is provided by Dr. Paula Iudica, for 1.5 hours per week.
  1. Consultation/Liaison: Interns consult to diverse hospital patients in need of brief psychological assessment and/or intervention. This is a major elective and requires one full day per week. Supervision is provided by Dr. Rashi Aggarwal and Dr. Douglas Opler, both of the Division of Psychiatry.
  2. Correctional/ Forensic Elective: Interns may elect to perform psychotherapy or conduct assessments in one of the correctional facilities available (Edna Mahan, Northern State, Avenel), under the supervision of licensed UCHC psychologists.
  3. DBT Project: Interns may elect this program, within Child Outpatient Services, which provides both individual and group therapy, utilizing a Dialectical Behavior Therapy model,. Treatment typically involves adolescents presenting with self-harm behavior, suicidality, significant emotion dysregulation, low distress tolerance, and difficulty with interpersonal relationships. Supervision is provided by Dr. Rinku Arora, in a group supervision setting.
  4. FXB: The FXB Clinic provides medical services for children and adolesecents who are HIV+ through maternal transmission. Interns may see individual clients and co-lead groups for youth and young adults seen in this clinic. Supervision is provided by Heidi Haiken, LCSW.
  1. Jamesburg Juvenile Justice Center: Interns may elect to spend one day a week for the year seeing incarcerated juveniles at the New Jersey Training School for Boys, under the supervision of Dr. Jason Fleming.
  1. Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: Interns may elect to learn the empirically supported intervention Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. This is a dyadic therapy approach in which the therapist’s interventions are targeted at the caretaker’s behavior, and the treatment is conducted through a one-way mirror, utilizing bug-in-the-ear technology. There will be group supervision of this elective, that will include a didactic component. Dr. Rinku Arora will supervise.
  2. Primary Care Consultation: Working with Dr. Donald Ciccone, interns may assess and provide direct services to primary care clinics, and perform brief screening assessments, using an REBT treatment model.
  3. Student Wellness / Employee Assistance Program (EAP): Interns may elect to work with medical students and employees in advanced psychodynamic psychotherapy. Supervision provided by Dr. Mark Chernin.
  4. Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program: Interns carry 1-2 substance abuse outpatient cases and/or co-lead group treatments, working from a motivational interviewing perspective. Patients present with a range of alcohol and other substance use disorders and addictions. Supervision is one hour per week and will be provided by Dr. Frank Baffige.
  5. Violence Institute: Interns may elect to do some work on ongoing violence intervention research and programs in multiple settings. Past projects have included interventions in schools and assessment of trauma in partial hospital settings. Supervision is provided by Dr. Douglas Boyle.
  6. Youth Consultation Services: Child track interns participate in group and dyadic treatment of mothers and babies. This is an off-site placement, and use of a car is necessary. A didactic component is included. Dr. Diane Squadron supervises.

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