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JFK Developmental Disabilities

University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Rotation


JFK Partners is a University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) for interdisciplinary training in developmental disabilities.  It offers training to graduate and postgraduate trainees from a number of health, mental health, and educational disciplines in the complex needs of children with developmental disabilities, particularly as their needs interact with family, school and community.

Professional disciplines represented at JFK include developmental pediatrics, child psychiatry, clinical psychology, social work, speech and language pathology, occupational therapy, and special education.  JFK is affiliated with both the activities of the Child Development Unit and Pediatric Rehabilitation at The Children’s Hospital.  JFK is also actively involved with community agencies to address the needs of persons with developmental disabilities.  Faculty at JFK hold appointments in the Department of Psychiatry and Pediatrics.

The Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic, a component of JFK Partners, provides a variety of interdisciplinary clinical services to persons of all ages.  The Clinic provides a full range of clinical services, including disciplinary and interdisciplinary evaluation, consultation, therapies, behavioral intervention, social skills groups, clinical research activities, parent guidance, and assistance with educational and vocational preparation.

 
Goals of the Developmental Disabilities Track
Objectives of the Developmental Disabilities Track
Required Training Activities

Psychological assessments: Each month, the intern will complete 2-4 (to be set with supervisor) comprehensive psychological assessments of children and/or adolescents referred to the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic of JFK Partners.

Psychotherapy: The intern will treat a number of therapy clients, ranging in age from young children to (occasionally) adulthood, presenting with a variety of problems and generally including persons with mild to severe developmental disabilities. The intern will also participate in group treatment and family treatment.

Educational activities: The intern is expected to attend clinic meetings, supervisory sessions, ongoing JFK seminars, and lectures, courses, and special workshops as scheduled.

Coping group (CBT approaches to treating anxiety): The intern will co-facilitate at least one CBT group.

Scholarly activity: Every intern has the opportunity to work with any faculty member or supervisor at JFK Partners on a research activity. The intern also has the opportunity to develop his or her own individual research project, the intern may have the opportunity to work with faculty on research, and may have the opportunity to develop their own research.

Educational activities: The intern is expected to attend clinic meetings, supervisory sessions, ongoing JFK seminars, and lectures, courses, and special workshops as scheduled.

 

Optional Training Activies
Additional Courses
Theoretical Approaches
Types of Clinical Approaches
Population of Clients
Supervision
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