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Clinical Experiences

Our faculty is committed to excellence in clinical care and training. In this spirit, we believe both evaluation and treatment rotations are fundamental to well-rounded training in ASD. At the same time, clinical training experiences are personalized to the fellow’s goals and interests. Training rotations include a combination of core and elective opportunities:

Elective

Other Specialized Opportunities

Assessment with medically complex and gender diverse populations.

Assessment with medically complex populations.

Spanish Training Emphasis Program (STEP) provides training with bilingual supervisors to increase trainees’ confidence, competence, and comfort in serving Spanish-speaking families with the aim of addressing disparities for Latinx patients and families.

Didactic and Professional Development Experiences

Our fellowship offers specialized ASD-focused didactics and professional development activities.

  • Monthly reliability trainings in gold-standard diagnostic measures (e.g., ADOS-2, etc.)
  • At least two hours of individual supervision weekly
  • Monthly group assessment supervision focusing on case formulation, report writing, feedbacks, DEI issues, neurodiversity and transition-age youth
  • Weekly didactic/professional development multidisciplinary meetings that include didactic presentations, guest speakers and case discussions.
  • The fellow will also participate in weekly didactics, case conferences, and individual and group supervision. Fellows will also have the option to participate in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Fellowship at Children’s National (LEND-CN). This interdisciplinary program includes didactics, interdisciplinary clinical practice, applied experiences, and opportunities for scholarship.
  • Additional opportunities through our division and the larger medical center include: neuropsychological seminar series, Hospital Grand Rounds, Behavioral Medicine Grand Rounds, Children’s Research Institute Seminars and IDDRC Seminars. Most of these meetings can be attended remotely via video teleconference.

Supervision and Teaching Opportunities

The fellow will develop teaching and supervisory skills to prepare themselves for independent practice within clinical and academic medical settings. Fellows develop their own supervisory skills with psychology externs and psychometrists. Fellows present topics within neuropsychology and CASD seminar series. Fellows have the opportunity to participate in community education and outreach at the local level and beyond.

Sample Postdoc Schedule

Applicants often wonder how all the above opportunities come together over the two-year period. The sample schedule below is an illustration. Actual schedules will vary depending on trainee goals and interests. Fellows participate in multiple rotations at any given time. Rotations vary in both length (6 months or 12 months) and intensity (e.g., cases weekly or twice a month).

    Fall

    • Research
    • Group therapy

    Spring 

    • Minimal verbal evaluations

     

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