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Emory Healthcare/Emory University Intern, SOM - Severe Behavior in Atlanta, Georgia

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The Severe Behavior Program provides a continuum of services for individuals with developmental disabilities between the ages of 2 and 21 years who display severe destructive behavior such as self-injurious behavior (SIB), aggression, property destruction, noncompliance, tantrums, elopement, pica and toileting deficits. The primary goals of the program are to:

  1. Serve as a model for the evaluation and treatment of destructive behavior displayed by persons with developmental disabilities.

  2. Foster the development of new therapeutic procedures through systematic research on the nature and management of destructive behaviors

  3. Promote the effective application of currently available treatments through training and consultation.

The goal for each child is to decrease the occurrence of his/her problem behavior and generalize gains made in treatment to the child’s home environment, community, and school. Social and ecological validity of interventions is a significant area of emphasis in all Severe Behavior treatment programs.

Four clinical services are available, with level of care matched to child and caregiver characteristics to provide the services warranted for each child. Interns in the full-year severe behavior program will lead at least one case at a time in our day treatment unit, working with the most severe and complex cases of problem behavior in the region. Clients are served 6-hours a day, 5-days a week, for an average of 3 months.

Individuals are referred to this program if their problem behavior is placing their family in a state of crisis (e.g., problem behavior is causing significant injuries or the family is considering residential placement for the individual) or if their problem behavior cannot safely be managed by the staffing ratio available in the intensive outpatient program.

Common treatment courses include detailed functional analysis, teaching of adaptive behaviors (e.g., functional communication training), reinforcement for appropriate behaviors on a dense schedule, schedule thinning, caregiver training, and generalization.

Interns in the full-year track will gain experiences providing short-term follow-up to clients after discharge from the day-treatment program to build skills in the area of maintenance of behavioral interventions and caregiver training. Interns in the full-year program will also have opportunities to increase the variety of clients they see through the minor rotation options in the severe behavior program. These minor severe behavior rotations will occur throughout the year, but with a heavier emphasis on in the second six months.

In addition to the severe behavior minor rotations, interns will also be given the opportunity to conduct a minor rotation (1/2 day a week) in a clinic outside of the severe behavior program throughout the entire year. Minor rotations may be available in the Clinical Assessment and Diagnostics Department or Feeding Department.


  • Enrolled in Doctoral Psychology Program.

  • Completion of all Doctoral Coursework with the exception of dissertation and internship.

NOTE: Position tasks are generally required to be performed in-person at an Emory University location. Remote work from home day options may be granted at department discretion. Emory reserves the right to change remote work status with notice to employee.

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Job Number 63798

Job Type Regular Full-Time

Division School Of Medicine

Department SOM: Peds: Marcus Center

This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues: Not Applicable

Job Category Business Operations

Location : Name Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor

Campus Location (For Posting) : Location US-GA-Atlanta