Audrey Hepburn Childrens House Hackensack University Medical Center

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Last Update

February 27, 2018

Contact Information

Name of Externship: Audrey Hepburn Children's House, Hackensack University Medical Center

Name of Director/Coordinator: Michelle A. Mroz,LCSW Street Address:

30 Prospect Avenue
Hackensack, NJ 07601

Telephone: (551) 996-8057

Fax: (551) 996-8194

Email: [mailto:]

Webpage: or

General Information

The Audrey Hepburn Children’s House/Northern Regional Diagnostic Center for Child Abuse and Maltreatment is a child maltreatment program within Hackensack University Medical Center, located in Bergen County, New Jersey. The Audrey Hepburn Children’s House provides children and families with psychological and medical evaluations and treatment related to child abuse issues. The staff at the Audrey Hepburn Children’s House is comprised of psychologists, social workers, child life specialists, pediatricians and nurses. The program utilizes a team approach, which includes multidisciplinary case conferences and collaboration with child protection agencies and law enforcement. Many opportunities for further learning are available via supervision, diagnostic team discussion, in-services, and pediatric rounds.

Interns and Externs participate in training and educational seminars, as well as supervision with experienced psychologists, to enhance their skills related to the evaluation and treatment of children, adolescents and adults. Various treatment techniques are utilized, including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, and Attachment Theory. Intern and Extern duties include Psychosocial/Psychological Evaluations; psychological testing; and Individual, Family and Group Therapy. Candidates must have experience providing psychotherapy and counseling children, as well as be familiar with issues of physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and emotional abuse. Populations served include a wide cultural and SES exposure. Current supervisors are culturally diverse, as well as diverse in their theoretical orientations.

• Internship candidates must apply and be hired through the Hackensack University Medical Center Human Resources process. Internships require 12 months of training, over a 40 hour work week. Interns must also be available two evenings a week until 9pm. • Externship candidates must be in their final year of training, just prior to internship. Externships require 9 months of training, over an 18 hour work week. Externs must be available one evening a week until 9pm. • Internship and externship candidates must be available on Wednesdays for staff and team conferences. • Interns receive a stipend/ Externs will not receive a stipend. • In order to be considered for an internship or externship, please contact the Intern/Extern Coordinator and provide your C.V., transcripts, and two current letters of recommendation. Candidates will be interviewed by supervisory staff.

Start Date: September 1
End Date: May 31

Appropriate for:

Combined School/Clinical

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

18-20 hours for externs; 40 hours for interns

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

Final year prior to internship

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

Preferred therapy and experience with children; knowledge of child maltreatment issues

Is there a stipend for externs?


Application Process

Do you permit applications before January 15?


What materials need to be submitted?

  • Cover letter of intent and interest
  • Transcript and Letter from university stating student in good standing
  • CV
  • 2 letters of recommendation

How should it be submitted?

Email preferred with exception of letters of recommendation (unless emailed as PDF from writer)

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

Description of Externship

Populations commonly served:

Adults (Parent Counseling)
Ethnic Minorities

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

Nor specified.

Training models offered:


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

Nor specified.

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Individual and Family Psychotherapy
Group Therapy

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

Nor specified.

Expected number of cases seen at any one time: Therapy: 6-7, Psychosocial/Psychological Evaluation: 1 weekly;

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Assessment Report Writing

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

Nor specified.

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


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

Amichaelides 22:47, 7 Jan 2010 (EST)

Other Comments

Internship opportunities are also available on a full-time basis- applicants may apply through the same manner as externs; externship students at AHCH may also apply for internships at the same site

Post Doctoral Stipend-Fellowships in Forensic Psychology are also offered (one year)- For information, please contact Anthony V. D'Urso, Psy.D. at AD'