ERIC Number: ED243013
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
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The School Psychologist in a Department of Pediatrics.
Pfeiffer, Steven I.
The field of pediatric psychology is a relatively new and emerging specialty, with medical center departments of pediatrics increasingly employing child-oriented psychologists. Since there are no doctoral programs in pediatric psychology, school psychologists with specialized internship training in pediatric psychology are well qualified for these positions. The most frequently seen clinical problems are learning disabilities, conduct disorders, mental retardation, developmental delays, medically-related disorders, neuroses, and adjustment reactions. Service priorities focus on assessment, treatment, consultation, and research, in that order. The assessment techniques stressed in pediatric psychology include intelligence, personality, and developmental measures; interviews; achievement tests; and neuropsychological measures. Intervention strategies focus on short term behavioral techniques, parent counseling, and play, group, and/or family therapy. In contrast to typical school psychologist roles, the pediatric psychologist is engaged in working with handicapped children, very young children, and chronically ill children, in the areas of behavioral medicine, and in collaboration with medical personnel. Employment opportunities are on the rise as new medical models involve psychology in health care. (A list of 20 medical facilities offering postdoctoral training in pediatric psychology is appended.) (BL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Identifiers: Pediatric Psychology