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Clinical Training Program at The Lourie Center

The Lourie Center for Social & Emotional Wellness offers training opportunities in clinical social work and clinical psychology to advanced students seeking experience in parent-child clinical services. We accept second year social work interns and third and fourth year (pre-internship) psychology externs. Applicants with some clinical child experience and testing (PhD/PsyD) are preferred. We welcome diversity and encourage students with multilingual skills to apply for placement.

We offer training and experience in the following areas:

  • Clinical practice in individual therapy with play, dyadic psychotherapy, parent guidance, family and group therapy modalities.
  • Opportunities to participate in forensic evaluations on the Child Placement Consultation Team using Attachment theory and methodology in consultation with courts and social services in permanency planning for children.
  • Opportunities to participate in the Therapeutic Nursery Program (TNP), preschool program for children with emotional and behavioral difficulties.
  • Opportunities to participate in the Parent Psychotherapy Program (PPP), a core multifamily group intervention for high risk families, and social skills groups.
  • Interdisciplinary student seminar, “integrating theory and practice”.
  • Psychological assessment of children 0-11 years of age, including assessment of developmental, psychoeducational, intellectual and emotional functioning (PsyD/PhD).
  • Individual treatment and testing supervision (two hours minimum/ weekly or one hour per three hours of client contact).

Core Training Experience

Students will gain experience in interventions with young children and their families from a relational, psychodynamic perspective with emphasis on understanding the child within an intergenerational family context. Clinical application of attachment theory is a central focus. Student caseloads will include individual therapy with play with children, parent work, dyadic psychotherapy, and group (PPP/ TNP) therapy. Additionally, student seminar offers a thoughtful integration of theory and ongoing clinical practice.

Time and Scheduling Expectations

A commitment of 20 hours per week from September through June of the calendar year is expected. Attendance at Student Seminar and Staff Meetings, held Wednesdays at 9:00 am and 12:00 pm, respectively, is mandatory. The center is open 5 days a week 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday thru Thursday, and 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Fridays. Students are expected to commit to one late evening (until 8pm) per week.

Application Process

The application process is open but we will close for Psychology Trainees on February 15th to conform with the consortium match dates. Applicants may apply through their school program’s online application procedures, if available, or send a letter of intent, CV, two references and examples of writing,(e.g. test reports, evaluations etc.) to Dr. Jessica Floyd Alexander, Psy.D., Training Coordinator, at jfloyd@louriecenter.org. For further information, please contact Dr. Floyd Alexander at 301-994-4444 ext. 127.

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