The O’Grady Residency in Psychology aims to prepare future leaders in psychology through excellent training in evidence-based clinical care, research, and advocacy. DEI initiatives are integrated into all levels of training and is integral to our commitment to promote cultural competence in training and clinical care. Throughout the training year, trainees are provided ongoing opportunities to enhance cultural competence through direct clinical care with patients from diverse backgrounds, didactic trainings, a monthly seminar series dedicated to diversity, and allotted time to study areas of DEI interest. As part of our on-going commitment to improve our curriculum and our clinical services, we invite residents to share their feedback about their experience as an O’Grady Resident. Trainee feedback is welcomed throughout the program and also more formally solicited at the end of the program.
Successful internship completion is evidenced by intern ability to achieve and demonstrate competency (i.e., knowledge, skill not requiring supervision) in all profession-wide competencies:
- Ethical and Legal Standards
- Individual and Cultural Diversity
- Professional Values, Attitudes, and Behaviors
- Communication and Interpersonal Skills
- Consultation and Inter-Professional/Interdisciplinary Skills
Graduates will be prepared for entry-level independent, health service psychology practice. Evaluation of intern competencies occurs four times a year formally and in written form and supervisors discuss intern performance with interns. Evaluation ratings implement a Minimal Level of Achievement (MLA) on all nine competencies in order to assess intern progress throughout the training year.
Midyear, an intern is expected to have received a rating of “3” (intern is progressing/should remain a consistent focus of supervision) on all nine competencies. At internship completion, an intern is expected to have received a rating of 4 (competent/comparable to autonomous practice at the licensure level) on 90% of all elements and no longer than one rating of 3 in any of the 9 competencies.
Interns have the opportunity to train with world-class clinicians and researchers who treat the full spectrum of pediatric diseases, child clinical disorders and advance health policy. Through supervised clinical, research and didactic experiences, we prepare advanced doctoral students to enter the field as elite psychology professionals.
Training During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Our program is committed to continuing to provide high quality, evidence-based training during 2022-2023 academic year. The Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology has made changes to support trainees during this pandemic, including providing training in conducting psychotherapy via telemedicine as well as supervised telemedicine experiences to substitute in-person clinical interventions, as needed.
Cincinnati Children's has implemented safety precautions which facilitate a safe return to work including daily self-screening for symptoms, same-day COVID-19 testing, asymptomatic COVID-19 testing and requiring all employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine. We also provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to use throughout the hospital (masks for general use, and masks and protective eyewear for use with patients). Thus, as COVID-19 restrictions are loosened and in-person visits become an option, we are confident we have resources conducive to creating a safe and effective training environment.