Faculty member’s innovative internship program hopes to become model for Ronald McDonald House

CSPP Professor Susan Regas, Ph.D., received an $85,000 grant for expanding Alliant’s successful Family/child and Couple Clinical Psychology doctoral internship program at the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) in Los Angeles.

Dr. Regas’ training approach effectively brings emotional support out of the office and into the community. Interns support the families of children with serious illnesses at RMH who come from all over the world to receive treatment in local LA hospitals. They also provide training to the staff and volunteers about providing support and comfort while maintaining boundaries. Each intern receives one-on-one supervision, group supervision and didactic training from faculty in the Family/child and Couple Clinical Psychology program in Los Angeles throughout 49 weeks of the year.

During the first year of the program (2010-11), interns had contact with over 720 families (208 were Spanish speaking). They have also been instrumental in providing various services and programs that contribute to the supportive nature of the Ronald McDonald House. These programs help families relax, relieve stress and just have fun. This is just the beginning of a very important collaboration. The funder wants to see this internship program become the model for providing support to the 314 Ronald McDonald Houses around the world!

Learn more about the clinical psychology doctorate program.