ASPIRE Center for Learning and Development
Name of Externship: ASPIRE Center for Learning and Development
Name of Director/Coordinator: Alyson H. Sheehan, PhD
- 63 Old East Neck Rd
- Melville, NY 11747
Telephone: (631) 923-0923
Fax: (631) 923-0924
- Summer - June 6th; Fall - September 7th
- TBD (typically end of academic year with option to extend through summer if mutually desired)
- Child clinical
- Combined school/child clinical
- An externship placement at ASPIRE Center may range in structure from 2-3 days (16-24 hours) per week based on availability, training program requirements, and center needs. Due to the nature of outpatient clinical work and client scheduling, evening availability is essential at this placement; the majority of recurring therapy sessions are held between 4-8pm. For the 2016-2017 training year, individual supervision, group supervision, didactics, and evaluation scheduling may require that externs are present at the center on Wednesdays from 12-3pm. Additional hours Monday-Thursday is flexible will be determined in advance through collaborative discussion.
Required level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants):
- 2nd year+
Preferred level of readiness(any prior experiences preferred for applicants):
- 3rd year+
Is there a stipend for externs?
Additional dates for applications?
- No, application materials will only be accepted starting January 19, 2015, as per PSYDNYS-NYNJADOT externship guidelines.
What materials need to be submitted?
- Letter of application indicating *specific* interests, qualifications, and goals that align with the externship program at ASPIRE Center
- Curriculum vitae
- Current graduate transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
- Two de-identified writing samples
- One assessment report
- One case summary
- Three letters of recommendation
How should it be submitted?
- Please send full packet via email (preferred) or postal mail to the attention of:
- Alyson H. Sheehan, Ph.D.
- Director of Clinical Training
- ASPIRE Center for Learning and Development
- 63 Old East Neck Road
- Melville, NY 11747
Description of Externship
Populations commonly served:
- Developmental Disabilities
- Comorbid Diagnoses
Training models offered:
- CBT and other evidence-based approaches (e.g., ACT, DBT)
- Family Systems
Intervention training experiences commonly offered:
- Individual Psychotherapy
- Family Therapy
- Parent Training
- Group Therapy
Expected number of cases seen at any one time:
- Approximately 2-5 individual, 2-3 group (varies according to availability)
Assessment training experiences commonly offered:
- Comprehensive (Multidisciplinary) Evaluation
- Diagnostic Assessment
- Psychoeducational Testing
Evaluation formats may range from standard psychoeducational or diagnostic procedures to complex differential diagnosis (e.g., ASD, OCD, anxiety, ADHD, depression, language disorders). Administration of gold standard cognitive (WJ-IV Cog, WISC-V/WAIS-IV, Stanford Binet 5, Leiter-3), achievement (WJ-IV Ach, WRAT4), and diagnostic (ADOS-2, ADI-R) instruments is performed with increasing independence as the training year progresses. Assessment tasks include chart review, evaluation plan development, cognitive and diagnostic test administration, scoring, interpreting findings, attending team meetings, conducting parent feedback sessions, and generating comprehensive written reports.
Incoming trainees must possess strong conceptual and procedural understanding of psychological assessment prior to commencing an externship position at ASPIRE Center, since advanced psychological testing skills constitute a primary area of professional development at this placement.
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests):
Approximately 1-2 per month
Expected number of assessment reports completed during externship (defined as writing reports based on a battery of standardized tests:
Approximately 1-2 per month
Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 1-2
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1-2
ASPIRE Center for Learning and Development is a unique private outpatient clinic, serving clients ranging from preschool through adulthood who present with a variety of neurodevelopmental and mental health conditions. Areas of unique specialization include Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (trichotillomania and excoriation disorder), often in the context of co-occurring concerns (e.g., anxiety, depression, OCD, substance abuse). Training within this setting provides interested students with the opportunity to develop a diverse skillset in assessment, psychotherapy, group facilitation, and community programming within the context of a specialized clinical population.
In addition to the core training activities, externs may have the opportunity to engage in additional optional training opportunities in:
- Consultation with parents, schools, and community agencies
- Educational and treatment advocacy across ages and ability level
- Scholarly research
- Co-authorship of articles for newsletters, publications, and professional journals
- Co-presentation at local and national trainings and conferences
In addition to the formal externship program spanning the full academic year, “mini” rotations (3-4 hours per week) may be available for trainees specifically interested in group therapy facilitation (involves 8-10 week commitment) or assessment.
Detailed information can be found on the ASPIRE Center website at http://www.aspirecenterforlearning.com