Adolescent Family Treatment Program, Bergen County, Division of Family Guidance

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Last Update

This listing was finalized on December 9, 2016. (There were no substantive changes from versions that were posted in the two months prior to December 9.)

Contact Information

Name of Externship:

Adolescent Family Treatment Program (AFT), Bergen County, Division of Family Guidance

Name of Director/Coordinator:

Jon N. Loveland, Ph.D.

Street Address:

One Bergen County Plaza
2nd Floor
Hackensack, New Jersey 07601

Telephone: (201) 336-7363

Fax: (201) 336-7370

Email: JLoveland@co.bergen.nj.us

Webpage: A description of the 26 programs and services offered by the Division of Family Guidance can be found at:

http://www.co.bergen.nj.us/bcdhs/divisions/family.htm

General Information

Start Date:

Beginning of September. We potentially could accommodate someone who wanted to start in the summer of 2017.

End Date:

End of June. There may be an opportunity to extend the externship through the summer of 2018.

Appropriate for:

Clinical
Combined School/Clinical

Scheduling (e.g., required/optional days of week, # hrs per day, total hours per week, flexibility in scheduling):

The usual commitment to the AFT externship program is 14-16 hours per week to be completed within a flexible schedule (M-F: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM). Monday attendance is mandatory in order to be available for the Team Meeting and group supervision which occurs between noon and 2:00 PM on Mondays. Some evening hours are also required in order to meet with adolescent clients. Flexibility in scheduling is a plus.

Required level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants):

Must have completed at least a one year externship and be entering the second year of a doctoral program. Students in a Clinical Psychology program or a combined School and Clinical program are best suited for this externship. The candidate is expected to have completed courses on intake assessment and basics of clinical treatment. Introductory courses in intellectual and personality assessment are required in addition to having some experience administering and interpreting psychological tests.
Must have a valid driver's license and a car as some clinical work will be done in Bergen County programs that are not located in Hackensack.

Preferred level of readiness(any prior experiences preferred for applicants):

Preference will be given to students who have completed their 2nd year or more. Advanced students with prior experience conducting psychotherapy and administering psychological, intellectual, and academic testing are usually selected. Clinical Psychology students are preferred.

Is there a stipend for externs?

No

Application Process

Additional dates for applications?

No. Applications will not be accepted before 9:00 am, Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

What materials need to be submitted?

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae. Please include the psychological, neuropsychological, intellectual, and academic achievement tests you have administered and those with which you are familiar. Also include the names and dates of assessment classes. This can be in an appendix.
  • At least one sample of a psychological and/or intellectual/cognitive test report with all identifying information removed. A full psychological assessment with intelligence testing is preferred. Please remember to remove information from the body of the report as well as headers and footers. One sample of a written clinical case summary is also requested.
  • Letter of readiness

How should it be submitted?

The complete application package can be mailed directly to:
Dr. Jon N. Loveland
County of Bergen
Division of Family Guidance
One Bergen County Plaza, 2nd Floor
Hackensack, New Jersey 07601
A hard copy of your complete application is preferred over an email application.

Any details of the application process (e.g., interviewing, time frame, how decisions are made):

All applications will be reviewed. From this pool a number of students will be asked to be interviewed at the Division of Family Guidance in Hackensack. Selection decisions will be based on the needs of the agency, the quality of the application, and the interview.
Preference will be given to students who have strong experience conducting psychotherapy in addition to experience conducting psychological projective testing (Rorschach, TAT) and an understanding of personality theory and diagnosis. It is also important to have competence administering academic and intellectual tests.

Description of Externship

The externship at the Division of Family Guidance offers an unparalleled number of training opportunities and responsibilities for an extern. Bergen County’s Division of Family Guidance is comprised of 26 separate programs. These programs provide a wide variety of clinical, residential, educational, correctional, case management, and monitoring services to at-risk children, adolescents, and families, particularly those who are otherwise unable to receive needed services. The extern will mostly work in three Family Guidance programs, AFT, TUTER, and TEACH, conducting psychotherapy and psychological testing. Occasionally externs may be able to provide services in other Family Guidance programs, such as the substance abuse program (ASAP) and the teen drop-in center (Youth Resource Center). All externs will have the opportunity to learn about and be exposed to the work done by other Family Guidance programs, thus helping them become aware of the diversity of services that psychologists can provide.

The Adolescent and Family Treatment Program (AFT) offers free psychological outpatient treatment services for Bergen County adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17½ who do not have medical insurance or the financial resources to pay for psychological or psychiatric treatment. AFT serves a diverse population. A wide range of psychological, psychiatric, and social issues are treated within this program. AFT is the main source for an extern’s psychotherapy cases.

The extern will also provide services in two newer programs, TUTER and TEACH. TUTER (Teens Using Technology Responsibly) is a structured, short-term psychoeducational program for teens who were involved in sexting. The TEACH Program (Teen Education About Cyber Harassment) is also a structured short-term psychoeducational program. It addresses a youth’s participation in cyber harassment.

The Teen Re-Adjustment Program (TREAD, pronounced "Tree-Ad") is an outpatient program for juvenile sex offenders, focusing on eliminating further sexual misconduct. TREAD clients are always referred by the court system, and the adolescents are usually on probation. Due to the legal involvement of TREAD clients, externs are restricted from providing direct service within this specialized, long-term, sex-offender-specific outpatient treatment program. However, they will be able to sit in weekly staff meetings where cases from this program are discussed.

Connections is an all-day GED preparation program. The extern may provide psychological, intellectual, and academic testing and assessments for individuals participating in this program.

Externs will also conduct at least two psychoeducational groups during the year training parents. This is actually offered at a different site under the auspices of an affiliated agency.

There are many other programs with the Division of Family Guidance and externs sometimes are called upon to assist in delivering services within these affiliated programs, for example, ASAP, an outpatient teen substance abuse program.

Populations commonly served:

Children
Adolescents
Adults
Ethnic Minorities
Outpatient

If any of these populations are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:

Children 11 and younger - Opportunities are rare as the agency primarily works with youths who are 12 or older.
Adults - Only parents of active adolescent clients are eligible for treatment, and they are mainly seen for parent counseling.

Training models offered:

Integrative
CBT
Psychodynamic
Family Therapy
Problem Solving

If any of these models are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:

_Not specified_

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Individual Psychotherapy
Group Therapy
School Consultation
Family/Marital Therapy

If any of these intervention experiences are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:

_Not specified_

Expected number of cases seen at any one time: The case panel will vary depending on client availability and the mix between psychotherapy and testing responsibilities. Externs will see clients within the AFT, TUTER, and TEACH programs. Typically externs see approximately 6 psychotherapy cases per week. Externs will co-lead one to three short term parenting groups held at various points during the year.


Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Personality/Psychopathology Assessment
Psycho-educational Assessment
Cognitive Assessment
Mental Status Exam
Assessment Report Writing
Risk Assessment
Neuropsychological Testing

If any of these assessment experiences are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:

Testing and assessments offered to the extern are solely based on needs of the agency; Hence, it is hard to predict the number and mix in advance. There is not a required admission test battery for the AFT Program. Most requests for psychological testing are initiated by other therapists within the Adolescent Family Treatment Program (AFT). The specific psychological, cognitive, and academic tests used in any assessment are tailored to answer the referring therapist's questions.
The extern will conduct risk assessment evaluations of adolescents who were involved in misconduct involving cyber-harassment and/or sexting (TUTER and TEACH). The extern will perform a general clinical intake of clients entering these programs. In addition, they will administer one or more psychological tests as part of the admission evaluation. Students will present these cases in an intake meeting to the treatment team working within the TUTER and TEACH programs.
The Bergen County Division of Family Guidance also has a high school equivalency test preparation program for youths (the Connections Program). There may be a number of testing/assessment opportunities within this program. (See the "Other Comments" section for more details.)

Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests):

Approximately 3-6 full psychological, cognitive, and/or intellectual batteries. In addition the extern will conduct Risk Assessments of youth involved in cyber-harassment and/or sexting. The number of Risk Assessments may vary widely, from none to as many as four or more per month.

Expected number of assessment reports completed during externship (defined as writing reports based on a battery of standardized tests:

Every testing and assessment mentioned above will require a written report.

Supervision:

Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 1-2
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 2
Estimated hours/week of didactics: 0-3 hrs

Other Comments

The externship responsibilities will vary based on the needs of the agency and the experience level and training of the extern. The externship can be adjusted based upon whether the student is in a Clinical Psychology program or a School-Clinical Combined program, as detailed below.

For a Clinical Psychology doctoral extern it is likely there will be more of an emphasis on conducting psychotherapy, psychological testing, and risk assessments for youths involved in cyber-harassment and/or sexting.
For a School-Clinical student the focus probably will be placed on providing assessments for the high school equivalency program (Connections) in addition to providing counseling to adolescents. The current New Jersey test for earning a GED is the TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion). Many of the adolescents in the Connections Program have learning disabilities. Externs may be asked to assess learning issues, academic strengths and deficits, and the best teaching strategies for reaching individual students within this program. There will be opportunities for the extern to conduct assessments to determine whether someone qualifies for "Special Testing Accommodations" when taking the TASC, e.g., extra time, having a calculator, etc. The Connections Program also assists students in preparing for entering college. Depending on need, the extern may conduct testing to help them qualify for accommodations in their college program.

There are free in-service trainings offered to the staff and student volunteers at the Division of Family Guidance. About twice a month outside presenters with university backgrounds or other specializations conduct trainings on a wide variety of subjects. Workshops from the last two years covered topics such as Ethical Dilemmas, Personality Disorders in DSM-5, Adolescent Cognitive and Brain Development, Substance Abuse, Suicide Prevention, Electronic Cigarettes, Services for the Disabled, Teen Dating Violence, and Diversity Training. Free Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) can be earned for attending these trainings.