The Mood Disorders Program at Children's National Hospital provides outpatient services to children and adolescents with mood disorders (e.g. major depression, pediatric bipolar disorder, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder) and also to youth reporting trauma histories with PTSD symptomatology, and their families. Externs will gain experience in assessment and treatment of trauma using evidence-based treatment (Trauma-Focused CBT) models, and mood disorders through individual and family formats.
The psychology team in the Trauma/Burn Service at Children’s National provides inpatient and outpatient consultation, evaluation, and treatment for youth and their families following injuries. The majority of patients will be seen through the Ambulatory Burn Clinic. There will be opportunities given for inpatient consult/liaison with children hospitalized for medical trauma. Externs will gain experience in assessment and treatment of pediatric medical traumatic stress within the context of injuries using evidence-based pediatric psychology techniques such as TF-CBT and ACT-based principles.
In addition to formal, in-person supervision, externs within the both Mood/Trauma and Trauma/Burn Program will also have the opportunity participate in case conferences with child psychiatrists, attend behavioral health grand rounds, and clinical seminars (depending on the day of the externship).