Arc of Monmouth Health Services
Name of Externship: Arc of Monmouth Health Services
Name of Director/Coordinator: Nancy J. Razza, Ph.D.
NJ Licensed Psychologist Adjunct Assistant Professor Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Start Date: September (flexible) End Date: June (flexible)
Scheduling: Student should be able to work on Wednesdays and Fridays, from approximately 9am to 4:30 pm. Some flexibility in this schedule will be considered.
First years are welcome to apply, though preference is given to advanced standing students.
Is there a stipend for externs?
Not at present.
Additional dates for applications?
Applications are considered throughout the year.
What materials need to be submitted?
How should it be submitted?
Note''': Applicants will be asked to come to the site, observe a one hour group therapy session, meet the department members, and complete an interview.
Description of Externship
Populations commonly served:
Site Description: The Arc of Monmouth Health Services is a medical and mental health outpatient facility uniquely devoted to the needs of people with intellectual disabilities (ID). Practicum students have the opportunity to develop clinical skill across a range of modalities and across a broad range of disabilities. Specifically, our clients range from mildly cognitively impaired persons, such as those with Borderline Intellectual Functioning to those with severely and profoundly disabling conditions, including multiple disabilities (e.g., hearing, vision, ambulation). We also provide psychotherapy for people without ID or other disabilities, such as family members of individuals with ID. In addition, we provide psychoeducation to family members, caregivers, professional and paraprofessional staff. The student will become skilled in developing therapeutic relationships with disabled as well as nondisabled persons, delivering psychotherapy, and consulting with the many personnel involved in the lives of people with ID. Students will have the opportunity to gain skill in the provision of group psychotherapy, individual psychotherapy, family, and in some cases, couples therapy. In addition, the student will have the opportunity to develop behavioral interventions and assist professional staff in the behavioral training of caregivers. Students are part of a multidisciplinary team consisting of clinical nurse practitioners, LPC's, other grad students, an MD, a psychiatrist, and a psychologist. Students will have the opportunity to learn to conduct intake interviews and initial assessments, then work with the team to triage cases in order to develop an intervention plan best suited to the client's needs. Clients may be offered individual, or group, or family therapy, or a behavioral intervention plan, or a referral to the psychiatrist to be evaluated for possible medications. In many cases, a multi-pronged intervention is developed, incorporating a number of modalities. The Arc of Monmouth Health Services is dedicated to the training of graduate students and committed to providing an experience that helps psychologists-in-training to develop clinical expertise that will serve them in treating a range of potential clients with and without disabilities. Student Schedule: Generally, Wednesdays and Fridays for Practicum Students.
Training models offered:
Intervention training experiences commonly offered:
Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 2 Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 2 Estimated hours/week of didactics: 2 hrs