The Child Elective:

Interns in the Child Elective spend approximately 50% of their direct clinic services time in the MGH Child Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic. This patient population is economically diverse and often includes children and family with multiple psychological, social, and medical problems. The interns obtain closely supervised experiences in individual child therapy, behavior therapy with parents and children, and family therapy. On average, the interns see approximately 6-7 patients (individuals or family) per week. Opportunities for child and adolescent outpatient group treatment experiences are available, depending upon the intern’s interests

Interns provide Psychological and Neuropsychological Evaluations through the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP).  Interns become familiar with basic approaches to pediatric neuropsychological functioning of children and adolescents.  Emphasis is placed upon the assessment of learning problems and developmental disabilities, but the interns also gain expertise in tests of emotional functioning and projective measures, as many of the referrals present with a mixture of learning, behavioral and emotional difficulties. On average, the interns perform 2 to 3 test batteries per month.

Interns gain experience throughout the year in school consultation and liaison.  More specifically, the intern gains experiences in extrapolating the consultation process to school environments, examines child and adolescent development within the context of schools, and helps patients and families obtain appropriate eductional services including 504 plans and Individual Educational Plans (IEPs).  In addition to this experience, interns are provided with numerous opportunities to consult with pediatricians, psychiatrists, and medical specialties within the hospital regarding psychological treatment and assessment of pediatric patients.

Child Interns integrate research literature into their ongoing clinical and assessment practices. In addition, there is a strong history of child interns participating in ongoing research projects within the Department of Psychiatry and within specialty areas of medicine (e.g., neurology, endocrinology, behavioral medicine).


  • Family Therapy Seminar (1.5 hours per week)
  • Advanced Psychological Assessment Seminar (1.5 hours per week)
  • Child Cognitive Behavioral Seminar (1 hour per week)
  • Child Psychology Seminar (1 hour per week)


  • Individual Psychotherapy Supervision: 2 hours per week
  • Family Therapy Supervision: 1 1/2 hours per week
  • Assessment/Testing Supervision: 1-2 hours per week


Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Learning & Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP)

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