Child Development Center (CDC) at the Jewish Board of Family Services

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Last Update

November 16, 2017

Contact Information

Name of Externship: Jewish Board of Family & Children Services (JBFCS) - Child Development Center (CDC)

Name of Director/Coordinator: Kaitlin Luongo

Street Address:

34 West 139th Street
New York, New York 10019

Direct inquiries and email application materials to Kaitlin Luongo, Internship Coordinator

Telephone: (212) 582-9100

Email: []


General Information

Start Date: Early to Mid September
End Date: End of June

Appropriate for:


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

The externship is 20 hours per week, distributed over three days. Thursdays from 12 to 2 are required as these are seminar times. One late evening until 7:00 pm to see after school outpatients is required. Teams meet on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 2 to 4. Because of the large Spanish speaking population in our outpatient clinic, bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply. A minimum of two early mornings are required for participation in the nursery, classroom observation, and assessments.

Transportation: Take the # 2 or 3 train to 135th and Lenox Ave; the # 7 or #1 bus to West 139th St. and Lenox Ave; or the # 4 or 5 train to 138th St.

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

JBFCS offers externship training to graduate students matriculated in doctoral programs in clinical, school or combined clinical-school/child psychology. Externships at JBFCS are appropriate for students who will be in their third or fourth year of graduate study during the training year. Students whose training ends with a Master’s Degree or Professional Diploma will not be considered for the externship program.

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

Eligible students have completed at least one externship/placement prior to applying to JBFCS. They are expected to have completed course work in cognitive and projective testing and to have had some experience, even if only in a non-clinical setting, in administering a full test battery and preparing a written report. Course work on child development, psychopathology, Psychodynamic psychotherapy, and family therapy has generally been part of the externs’ graduate school experience, as well as some, often limited, therapeutic work with clients. All applicants must have the approval of their department chairperson or training director.

Is there a stipend for externs?


Application Process

Do you permit applications before January 17?


What materials need to be submitted?

For easy identification, please label all attached electronic documents with your first and last name, the title of the document (i.e. cover letter, writing sample, CV), and the name(s) of the JBFCS program(s) that you are applying to. Paper documents as well as applications received prior to January 21 will not be accepted. To apply, please submit the following documents:
  1. Cover letter indicating your choice of up to two agency settings
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. One psychological testing report (delete all personal or identifying information)
  4. Two letters of recommendation(*)
  5. Letter from department chairperson indicating approval for externship and the maximum number of days and hours that the student is approved to be at an externship site.* STUDENTS WILL NOT BE INTERVIEWED UNTIL THEIR TRAINING DIRECTOR HAS VERIFIED THAT THEY HAVE THEIR PROGRAM’S APPROVAL TO COMMIT TO THE HOURS AND DAYS AT THE EXTERNSHIP SITE(S) TO WHICH THEY ARE APPLYING.
(*)Letters of recommendation may be e-mailed directly from your supervisor or professor and Letters of departmental approval may be e-mailed directly from your training director or department chairperson. If e-mailed by students, these documents must be scanned or sent in PDF format and include the supervisor or chairperson’s signature.

How should it be submitted?


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

Applications will be accepted beginning January 17. We encourage prompt submission. Interviews will be scheduled by site supervisors after all of an applicant’s materials have been received and reviewed. Offers for externship positions are made on a rolling basis beginning February 27. JBFCS requests that students approach the application process professionally and respond to interview invitations and placement offers in a timely manner. Students may apply to up to two JBFCS settings. If you have questions about scheduling conflicts, please contact us for further information prior to applying.

Description of Externship

The Child Development Center offers outpatient evaluations and treatment for preschool and some latency age children as well as a center-based therapeutic nursery school for children three to five years of age. In addition, CDC offers early intervention, center-based services to children under the age of three. This is a parent-child interaction program. The children present with a range of symptoms including developmental disorders as well as regulatory, behavioral, and emotional difficulties. Externs observe children in the classrooms and take part in the classroom’s interdisciplinary weekly team meeting. Therapeutic Nursery cases are seen twice weekly for psychotherapy. Parent guidance is also stressed. Psychodiagnostic assessments are an important aspect of training. In addition to at least two hours of weekly supervision, CDC provides two weekly seminars. Topics include: preschool assessment, psychotherapy with preschoolers, and classroom consultation. Monthly case conferences, at which staff and all trainees present, are another valuable training experience.

Externs are expected to continue to work at their placements during school holiday periods since the agency offers full clinical services during these periods. Externs do take legal and religious holidays available to all staff members. There is no stipend or salary available for externs and Medical benefits are not provided. Agency requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, and computer proficiency testing must be completed before students begin their placements in September.

Populations commonly served:

Developmental Disabilities
Toddlers and Preschool

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

Not specified.

Training models offered:

Family Systems/Strategic

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

Not specified.

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Cognitive Remediation
Individual Psychotherapy
School Consultation
Family therapy
Parent-Child Interaction

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: 6 to 8

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Neuropsychological Testing
Psychoeducational Assessment
Personality/Psychopathology Assessment

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


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: Staff Meeting
Estimated hours/week of didactics: 1 hour

All externs receive two hours of case supervision each week. At least one hour of supervision is with a licensed psychologist. Additional supervision is provided for assessment. In most locations, supervision groups and/or workshops are available that include staff as well as other students.

Externs at the agency for two days per week generally have about 4 to 8 clinical contact hours per week with patients. Externs must complete the regular case recording requirements of the facility. They also must be able to be available for psychiatric conferences; this may occasionally involve a change of the externs’ regular work schedule. Externs who work more than two days a week will increase their treatment hours and will receive additional supervision accordingly.

Amichaelides 22:49, 29 Nov 2009 (EST)


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