Near the start of each training year, all interns join other trainees and professional in the building to attend the Marcus Autism Center Annual Summer Symposium. This symposium includes three full days (18 hours) of presentations that provide an in-depth review of key issues related to research and clinical care for the populations served by the Center. Topics in recent years have included defining, detecting and diagnosis ASD, ethical issues in identification and diagnosis, intervention programming, family and community programming, translational research, cultural diversity, telemedicine, nutrition, clinical trials, and animal models.
Throughout the year, the Internship arranges presentations by faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, visiting scholars and staff clinicians from other Marcus Autism Center disciplines on subjects as diverse as behavioral assessment techniques, treatment design in applied behavior analysis, screening and diagnosis for developmental disabilities, ethics, manuscript review process, parent training, self-injurious behavior, pediatric feeding disorders, behavioral covariation, pediatric psychopharmacology, hyperactivity, neuromuscular disorders, and social acceptability of behavioral treatments.
Program-Wide Group Supervision
Interns meet monthly as a group to participate in a shared supervision experience. These sessions take a broader look at clinical activities, and their relationship with other areas of professional identify and activities. Often the discussions turn to the “soft skills,” which are trans-theoretical in their relevance for being an effective professional psychologist.
Professional & Career Development: Coffee Chat Series
In addition to the breadth of clinical and research experiences available, the internship provides instruction and training focusing specifically on the interns’ continued growth and development as professionals. The professional development component of the training program is designed to facilitate the interns’ acquisition of a postdoctoral fellowship or employment after the completion of the internship year. This series explores every aspect of the employment process and includes topics ranging from the development of a curriculum vita to contract negotiation. The discussions are intended to be responsive to the needs of the interns, so the topics can be tailored to address the changing concerns as expressed by the interns.
The training director also provides the interns with ongoing updates regarding job across the country. The interns have the opportunity to practice a job talk during weekly teaching rounds or in a similar forum. Although delivering a job talk is not mandatory, it is an excellent opportunity to perform a "dry run" of the talk and improve the content and delivery before the actual interview. Finally, the faculty members make themselves available to assist the interns further in acquiring employment by writing letters of reference and contacting colleagues in the field on behalf of the interns. Our commitment to the interns extends beyond the training year, and the professional development component of the program allows us to facilitate the interns’ continued success as they begin their careers. Over the years, many interns have stayed to pursue postdoctoral training opportunities in one or more of our clinical programs.
The Marcus Autism Center provides semi-monthly grand rounds that the interns are encouraged to attend. This series includes clinical and scientific lectures from Emory University and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta faculty and staff, as well as invited faculty from academic institutions from around the country. In addition, interns are eligible to attend departmental presentations and semi-monthly grand rounds that are sponsored by the Emory University School of Medicine, Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry in one of the nearby Emory-affiliated hospitals. Interns are expected to attend 5 grand rounds (or equivalent presentations) during the year.