Child HELP Partnership Externship

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October 30, 2017

Contact Information

Name of Externship: Child HELP Partnership Externship

Name of Director/Coordinator: Dr. Elissa Brown

Street Address:

Center for Psychological Services
152-11 Union Turnpike
Flushing, NY 11367

Telephone: (718) 990-2355

Fax: (718) 990-1586

Email: browne@stjohns.edu

Webpage: http://www.stjohns.edu/academics/centers/community_services/psychology/partners
http://www.childhelppartnership.org/

Child HELP Partnership Externship in Trauma-Specific Mental Health Services

The year-long externship at the Child HELP Partnership (previous known as PARTNERS) provides a unique opportunity for graduate students in clinical, counseling, and school psychology to gain specialized expertise in empirically-supported assessment and therapy for traumatized, multi-cultural preschoolers, children, adolescents, and young adults, and their caregivers in traditional and non-traditional outpatient settings.


Child HELP Partnership

Twenty-five percent of youth are exposed to traumatic events, including sexual abuse, physical abuse, and bereavement due to traumatic circumstances (such as domestic or community violence). This rate is as high as 90% for youth in inner-city communities. Trauma-related mental health problems include: posttraumatic stress disorder and other forms of anxiety, depression, aggression and oppositionality, conduct problems, and social skills deficits. In the long term and without mental health interventions, traumatized children may experience substance abuse, personality disorders, and vocational and interpersonal difficulties. Exposure to these traumatic events and mental health consequences is more common among economically-disadvantaged families of color, who are less likely to seek mental health services.

Child HELP Partnership at St. John’s University is a clinical research program designed to serve traumatized, multi-cultural preschoolers, children, adolescents, and young adults, and their families. Program staff includes licensed psychologists, post-doctoral fellows, licensed social workers, graduate students, and undergraduate volunteers. Under the leadership of Dr. Elissa Brown, licensed clinical psychologist, we provide outreach, assessment, psychotherapy, and case management services in both our clinic and community-based sites. Services are provided in multiple languages. We also conduct community building efforts to disseminate these trauma-informed, evidence-based services. Our community partnerships include: Child Protective Services, Legal Aid, Queens Family Court, local schools, Queens Library branches, and Queens Child Advocacy Center. As a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the Child HELP Partnership also collaborates with national experts.

As a clinical research program, the Child HELP Partnership is committed to evaluating every component of treatment and service delivery. Dr. Brown and her team have received funding from federal, state, and private agencies to develop, test, and disseminate assessment and treatment techniques for traumatized children and their families. For example, we have compared trauma-specific cognitive behavioral therapies to other forms of psychotherapy for physically abused children and their families, and children and their mothers bereaved due to September 11th.


Child HELP Partnership Externship Opportunities:

Primary Site:

PARTNERS Clinic: PARTNERS is an outpatient mental health clinic located at the St. John’s University Center for Psychological Services. The program is a specialized program for preschoolers, children, and adolescents who have been traumatized, mostly through interpersonal violence, and their caregivers. We provide outreach, assessment, psychotherapy, and case management services in an outpatient setting. Therapies used are empirically-supported, including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT; for youth exposed to sexual abuse, domestic violence, and bereavement due to traumatic circumstances, and their non-offending caregivers) and Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT; for physical abuse and other forms of family violence).

Potential responsibilities for externs include: recruitment and engagement of families of culturally-diverse communities; trauma-informed psychosocial assessment using standardized measures and diagnostic interviews; case management; trauma-specific individual- and family-based cognitive behavioral therapy; and participation in ongoing research projects. Training includes: literature reviews, web-based courses, review of audiotapes of sessions, and didactic presentation of treatment protocols. Supervision is conducted in groups on a weekly basis with a licensed psychologist. Services are provided primarily during after-school hours (e.g., 3:30-9:00pm).


Potential responsibilities include: recruitment and engagement of families of culturally-diverse communities; trauma-informed psychosocial assessment using standardized measures and diagnostic interviews; case management; consultation with library staff; trauma-specific, individual- and family-based cognitive behavioral therapy; and participation in ongoing research projects. Training includes: literature reviews, review of audiotapes of sessions, and didactic presentation of treatment protocols. Supervision is conducted in groups on a weekly basis with a licensed psychologist.

Potential responsibilities include: comprehensive psychosocial assessment of trauma history, substance abuse, and mental health correlates; psychoeducational assessment; systems-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy; and consultation with other community agency staff members. Supervision consists of didactic training, feedback on audiotaped sessions, weekly consultation with agency staff, and ad hoc supervision for psychoeducational evaluations.


Externship Requirements:

The Child HELP Partnership externship is a one-year commitment, from July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019. The externship requires a commitment of 16 hours per week, including two evenings. Clinical, counseling, and school psychology graduate students are welcome to apply. Priority will be given to students with relevant prior experience. Students with multi-cultural backgrounds and fluency in a second language are encouraged to apply.


Application Requirements:

• Letter of interest that summarizes previous experience and goals for training • Curriculum vita • Two letters of recommendation


Interested students should send applications to: Dr. Elissa Brown Child HELP Partnership Center for Psychological Services, Seton Complex St. John’s University 152-11 Union Turnpike Queens, NY 11367 or browne@stjohns.edu

We will begin reading applications on January date allowed by consortium of externship programs


Child HELP Partnership faculty: .

Elissa J. Brown, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, is the Executive Director of the Child HELP Partnership Program at St. John’s University. Her primary clinical and research interests include the prevention and treatment of child trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder. She has participated in research on the assessment and treatment of sexual assault, child physical abuse, and bereavement related to traumatic circumstances (such as September 11th, 2001). Dr. Brown has received funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, New York State Office of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Department of Justice, and Private Foundations to evaluate treatments for traumatized children and adolescents, many of whom are from culturally diverse and economically disadvantaged populations. She is the Director of a Category III affiliate site of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Dr. Brown is a member of several national and international organizations dedicated to improving mental health services for traumatized children and is on the Board of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.

Komal Sharma-Patel, Ph.D., is the Assistant Director at the Child HELP Partnership. Additionally, she provides licensed clinical supervision to graduate students including externs. Her clinical and research endeavors have focused on understanding and treating traumatic reactions in children, adolescents and adults who have experienced interpersonal violence. She is interested in continuing her professional development by focusing her activities on investigating clinical interventions for multiply traumatized adolescents in urban settings. Her publications include a chapter in the Handbook of Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents.

General Information

Start Date: July 1st
End Date: June 30th

Appropriate for:

Clinical
Child clinical
School/Clinical


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

2 evenings/week (3:30pm to 8pm) + 2 mornings/week = a total of 16 hours/week

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

Doctoral student

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

Prior experience working with Children and trauma survivors

Is there a stipend for externs?

No

Application Process

Do you permit applications before January 15?

Yes

What materials need to be submitted?

  • Letter
  • CV


How should it be submitted?

E-mail, fax, or regular mail (no specific preference)


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

The call for an interview is made fairly quickly after reviewing the student’s application.

Description of Externship

Populations commonly served:

Children
Adolescents
Adults
Ethnic Minorities
LGBTQ
Outpatient (some school-based)
Substance Abuse


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

Not specified.

Training models offered:

CBT

TF-CBT, AF-CBT

Systems/Strategic
Motivational Interviewing
DBT coping skills (as needed per case)


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

Not specified.

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Individual Psychotherapy
Family 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: Not specified.


Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Behavioral Assessment
Structured Interviewing
Motivational Interviewing
Mental Status Exam

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

Not specified.

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

None

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

None

Supervision:

Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: No individual supervision
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 3 hours/week
Estimated hours/week of didactics: 1 didactic/month

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