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Clinical Training Facilities

The Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic of the Vanderbilt University Child Development Center is a resource for families with concerns about their children's behavior at home or school; a setting for training both pediatricians and psychologists in their shared responsibility for complementary perspectives and skills for this aspect of overall child health care; and a clinical research facility for investigators interested in child development, child psychopathology, family systems, and stress and coping with chronic illness. Trainees include psychology and pediatric postdoctoral fellows, psychology interns and graduate students, undergraduates, nursing students, and medical students.

The University Counseling Center serves students, faculty, staff, some dependents, and the University as an organization. Services available include individual, marital, and group counseling; vocational evaluations and counseling; reading and study skills training; consultation; and psychodiagnostic assessment.

The Affective Disorders Clinic, part of Vanderbilt's Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division, has three main functions: diagnosis, treatment, and research. The diagnostic aspect involves a thorough, semi-structured psychiatric interview of parents and their children suspected of having a mood disorder. The treatment involves a subset of children (primarily adolescents) with depression, who are treated with cognitive-behavioral therapy. Research focuses on classification, differential diagnosis, the social-cognitive, familial, and biological correlates of depression, and treatment outcomes. The clinic is a training site for graduate students and is linked with the Adolescent Depression Research Project that offers students research opportunities.

The Center for Child Development's mission is to serve children from birth to 21 who exhibit or are at risk for developmental, behavioral or learning problems - and their families - by providing exemplary and timely assessment, treatment, and follow-up services; conducting clinical research to address current issues in child development; and training and educating professionals, service providers and the community at large. Areas of concern include speech and language development, cognitive development, fine and gross motor development, behavior challenges, and learning problems.

The Nashville Psychotherapy Institute is a unique interdisciplinary organization that trains therapists, including post graduate students, in the Nashville community. The institute holds a monthly meeting on issues of professional ethics, and sponsors workshops by experts in a variety of specialty areas for mental health practitioners and graduate students. Recent workshops focused on Time-Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy, on treatment for abuse, managed care in mental health services, and sexual relations between therapist and client. The institute, through its members, also offers expertise in a variety of treatment modalities, such as family therapy, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, Rogerian person-centered therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

The Vanderbilt-Veterans Affairs Internship in Professional Psychology is an APA-accredited internship consortium which accepts twelve students annually. Placements are in a wide range of training settings including a university counseling center, two VA hospitals, a community mental health system, a university hospital, the psychiatry department, a child and adolescent treatment facility, the pain treatment center, and the behavioral pediatrics unit.

The opportunity to work in two or more of the participating agencies during the year provides both breadth and depth of experience. Stipend support is locally and federally funded. Traditional and innovative clinical and consultative experiences are available from the thirty-one supervising faculty members and eighteen interdisciplinary adjunctive supervisors.

Clinical students have other opportunities to pursue practicum training in a wide variety of clinical settings. These include several community mental health centers, a residential treatment program based on Nicholas Hobbs' Re-Ed model, a child and adolescent inpatient hospital and outpatient clinic, an adult inpatient and outpatient setting, and a rape and sexual abuse center. The VA medical centers and the Metropolitan Public Schools offer practicum training as well. Through these practica students are exposed to a variety of approaches to assessment and intervention and have the opportunity to work with culturally diverse clients.