Dr. Richard Walton has been providing services to children and adolescents in the Tulsa area since 1981. In 1994 he became a partner in Family Resource Group of Eastern Oklahoma, Inc., a group of psychotherapists providing services to children and adults. Recognizing the need for an increase in the number and scope of psychological services available to children, adolescents and their families, he founded the Tulsa Center for Child Psychology, PLLC in 2007.
Our current staff includes Clinical Child Psychologists Dr. Richard Walton, Dr. Sarah Jones, and Dr. Tara Pyle. Also on our staff are three pre-doctoral psychology interns: Carly Beckett, MA, Larissa Miller, MA and Kara Rudisill, MS. Janell Crow, MA is continuing to work at TCCP in the roll of Psych Tech. Sandy Howard serves as our Community Liaison and Internship Coordinator, Cindy Ivy is our Office Manager, and Kelsey Robertson and Sarah Conroy are our scheduling specialists.
The newest addition to our team is Physician Assistant Sarah Aafedt, who has a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Psychiatry. She provides psychiatric evaluation and medication management for children 5-16 years for various developmental, emotional, and behavioral concerns. She is working under the supervision of Dr. Hamilton. Meet our Team.
Dr. Don Hamilton, MD has his practice, Behavioral Pediatrics of Tulsa, located here at TCCP, and his patients check in through our front office. Dr. Hamilton is well known in the Tulsa area, having previously worked as a Pediatrician at OU-Tulsa. He completed a Fellowship in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at the Child Study Center in Oklahoma City, and returned to Tulsa in July, 2016. For more information, go to his website - http://bptulsa.com/about/.
Also, in an effort to provide a full range of services in one location, we are affiliated with Therapy 4 Kids, which offers occupational, physical and speech-language therapy services. You can learn more about their services at http://www.therapy4kidsinc.com. Therapy 4 Kids' office is located across the hall from TCCP.
Tulsa Center for Child Psychology frequently serves as a site for child psychologists to complete their second year of supervision required for licensure in Oklahoma. These psychologists serve as employees of the group and receive a full case load of assessment and treatment cases. 90 minutes a week of individual supervision is provided by the director of the clinic at no charge to the psychologist. Contracting for additional specific supervision, such as for developmental assessments or training in PCIT, can be done with the specific psychologist. If you are interested in learning more about our Postdoctoral Fellowships, please contact Sandy Howard at firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2010 TCCP became part of the Northeastern Oklahoma Psychology Internship Program (NOPIP). NOPIP is accredited by the American Psychological Association as a training site for predoctoral interns. NOPIP is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). Our goal in serving as a training site for these interns is to provide quality training in advanced assessment and treatment skills for children and adolescents. Interns carry a caseload of clients with varying presenting complaints. NOPIP interns gain experience in many types of experimentally supported treatment modalities, including Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT), Coping Cat, PEERS, and social skills training. In addition, interns gain a great deal of experience in assessment of children ages 2 to 18. Assessments provided include personality, neuropsychological, and developmental components.
More information about our predoctoral training program can be found in the NOPIP handbook (http://www.nopip.org/default.asp), or on the NOPIP website (http://www.nopip.org/). One unique aspect of the training program at TCCP is the opportunity to work with occupational, speech, and physical therapists at Therapy 4 Kids. TCCP also offers its interns the chance to experience the way in which a private practice functions on a daily basis and to learn about the differing components required to provide excellent client care. Students considering submitting an application for internship at TCCP should demonstrate strengths in the following areas: child assessment experience, time management skills, developmentally appropriate autonomy, strong work ethic, and an ability to manage multiple responsibilities.
Graduate Level Practicum Students
Students are an important component of the Tulsa Center for Child Psychology. TCCP is committed to participating in the training and socialization of the next generation of child psychologists and therapists. To this end, we serve as a practicum or internship site for doctoral level students in Clinical Psychology at the University of Tulsa and Oklahoma State University, and masters level students in Counseling programs at Southern Nazarene University, Oklahoma State University and Northeastern State University. Students typically participate at TCCP for 6 months to a year, during which time they will shadow a licensed clinician and observe the provision of clinical services. They will have opportunities to observe individual therapy (including ABA and other experimentally supported treatments), play therapy, family therapy (including PCIT), and psychological, neuropsychological and developmental assessments. Depending on the length of the practicum and the current level of training, the student may become more involved in the provision of services as a co-therapist or co-assessor. If you are attending a local university and are enrolled in a graduate counseling or psychology program and are interested in a practicum with us, please contact Sandy Howard at email@example.com. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide practicum or internship opportunities for undergraduate students.