Psychology Night Research Posters and Presentations

Faculty Sponsor, if applicable

Dr. Molly Brown

Project Abstract

This presentation will describe an internship experience at Lurie Children’s Hospital. The internship position described is a School Services Intern, completed on the Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatric unit. The psychiatry inpatient program is “a family-centered setting focusing on crisis stabilization, intensive evaluation and short-term treatment for problems affecting children and adolescents, ages 3 through 17 years” (Lurie Children’s Hospital, n.d.). The inpatient psychiatry program serves children with a variety of diagnoses including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, behavior disorders, ADHD, and developmental disorders such as autism (Lurie Children’s Hospital, n.d.). The inpatient program provides many services to adolescents, some of which include medication therapy, individual and group therapy, recreational and behavioral therapy, and classroom instruction with a specialized teacher. A School Services Intern on the inpatient psychiatry unit works directly with the specialized teacher on the unit who provides classroom instruction and support to patients who are hospitalized. Patients have the opportunity to complete classwork from school that they are missing while in the hospital or receive instruction with supplemental materials during a one hour group each weekday. Other educational materials, such as videos or games that aid instruction are also used. The specialized teacher on the unit serves as the liaison between the patient’s schools and the hospital and is able to advocate for school supports and services for the patient when they return to school. This presentation will conclude with application information for future interns.

Type of Research

Human Services Concentration


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