Child Mind Institute ADHD and Behavior Disorders Center

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All positions for this externship have been filled (02/26/2018).

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ADHD and Behavior Disorders Center Externship

Organizational Summary

The Child Mind Institute is an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Our teams work every day to deliver the highest standards of care, advance the science of the developing brain and empower parents, professionals and policymakers to support children when and where they need it most. Together with our supporters, we're helping children reach their full potential in school and in life. We share all of our resources freely and do not accept any funding from the pharmaceutical industry.

ADHD and Behavior Disorders Externship

The Child Mind Institute offers psychology graduate students in doctoral programs a yearlong externship in clinical psychology in the ADHD and Behavior Disorders Center. This externship program is primarily designed for advanced graduate students (3rd year and above) in clinical, school-clinical, counseling, and school psychology doctoral programs. Training will focus on behavioral and cognitive-behavioral approaches with children, adolescents, and their families. Presenting problems most commonly include externalizing disorders, e.g., ADHD and ODD, as well as anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and autism spectrum disorders.

The Child Mind Institute's ADHD and Behavior Disorders Center specializes in assessing children and teens with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other disruptive behavior disorders and in providing them with individualized, evidence-based treatments, which help children and caregivers effectively manage maladaptive behavior and reduce symptoms of distress and dysfunction. Further information on specific treatment approaches can be found here.

Our externship program seeks highly motivated individuals who demonstrate a particular interest in developing specialized skills in behavioral parent training interventions, cognitive-behavioral treatment, and school-based behavioral consultation. Our training model includes a range of within-center trainings and workshops on these topics, weekly supervision with senior clinicians, and frequent opportunities to observe senior clinicians implement interventions, provide school consultation, and engage in community outreach efforts.

Clinical & Didactic Experiences

  • Assessment: Externs may participate in conducting intake evaluations and gain experience writing comprehensive evaluation reports. These average two per month. Structured and semi-structured diagnostic evaluations will be conducted with Drs. Anderson, Carothers, Rouse, and Silverman on a rotation.
  • Evidence-based treatments: All patients and families will be treated using evidence-based, CBT interventions, and intensive training in these interventions will be provided.
  • Individual and family psychotherapy: Externs will be the primary therapist for a number of cases, including individual therapy, parent training, and school consultation.
  • Group therapy: The extern may co-lead a maximum of one group at a time. Prior groups have included an evidence-based ADHD social skills intervention, parent training, and family education workshops.
  • Vertical team and co-therapy: Externs will participate as co-therapists and observe more senior therapists in assessment and treatment sessions.
  • Structured school observations: Externs will conduct school observations and provide on-site intervention in real time, which includes consultation with teachers and live coaching in intervention implementation.
  • Supervision: 1.5 hours per week of extern supervision is provided 1:1 with either Dr. Rouse, Dr. Carothers, or Dr. Anderson, supplemented individually with other clinical faculty. Much of the extern’s supervision will also happen in-vivo in the co-therapy context.
  • Training Seminar: ADHD training seminar will take place weekly throughout the year.
  • Presentations: Externs may assist in faculty presentations to professional and community groups as well as monthly parent support/education groups. Together we will decide what role externs take, depending on the individual extern's level of experience and comfort in that subject area.
  • Miscellaneous clinical opportunities: While building the externs' clinical caseloads is our highest priority, we supplement with a variety of clinically relevant activities as needed, e.g., presenting community-based and professional workshops with the faculty. Some participation in research is likely. Externs will also provide school behavioral consultations as needed for certain clients and will have the opportunity to participate in Center programs providing large-scale consultation to area schools.

Other Training Opportunities

Although each externship at the Child Mind Institute offers a unique training experience, there are several training and educational programs that are available to all clinical psychology externs. These programs are required on days the externs are present (e.g., if an extern does not train on Thursdays, Clinical Case Conference is not required):

  • Clinical Didactics: A twice-monthly series of didactics seminars that include a wide range of clinical, ethical, and professional topics. Each didactic is led by a Child Mind Institute faculty member that provides a talk in their area of expertise. These didactics take place on Friday mornings.
  • Clinical Case Conference: A once- or twice-monthly clinical meeting where faculty and trainees discuss testing and treatment cases and related issues. These conferences take place on Thursday mornings.
  • Visiting Professor Lecture Series: A monthly continuing education “grand rounds” lecture series that invites leaders in the field of child and adolescent mental health to talk about the latest research and treatment protocols. These experts have all conducted important research and have extensive clinical experience. They share their findings and expertise on a broad range of topics from anxiety and depression to temper outbursts and the effectiveness of parent-based treatment. These lectures take place on Friday mornings.
  • Clinical Extern Group Meeting: A weekly meeting with the Director of Clinical Training. The purpose of this meeting is to provide an open forum discuss externship program-related and professional topics.

ADHD and Behavior Disorders Faculty

Application Process

To apply to the ADHD and Behavior Disorders Center externship, please electronically submit a cover letter, up-to-date CV, and two letters of recommendation to Please address the cover letter to:

Applicants must indicate the externship or externships that they are applying to in their cover letters. Applicants may only apply to UP TO TWO externships at the Child Mind Institute. Applications may be submitted beginning Tuesday, January 16, 2018 in accordance with Consortium Guidelines. Interviews will be held by invitation and scheduled on a rolling admission basis. Notification of acceptance will begin on Monday, February 26, 2018 at 9am. Please note that students that submit applications for two externships will receive only one offer during the first round. Information as to whether a second offer will follow will not be provided.

Again, our clinical psychology externships will run from July 2, 2018 through June 28, 2019, and there is a mandatory Extern Orientation on July, 2, 2018.

ADHD and Behavior Disorders Externship Requirement(s)

  • Half-time (20 hours per week), ideally spread over 3 days with two evenings per week.
  • Preferred available days are Thursdays and Friday mornings.


If you have any questions regarding specific information about the ADHD and Behavior Disorders externship, please contact Matthew H. Rouse, PhD, MSW, Clinical Psychologist, ADHD and Behavior Disorders Center.

For general Child Mind Institute clinical psychology externship questions, please contact Kenneth Schuster, PsyD, Director of Clinical Training.

For questions regarding application submission or to verify your application has been received, please contact

The Child Mind Institute abides by the guidelines established by the Externship Consortium. Those guidelines can be found here.

Externs must begin their training year by providing documentation of their Professional Liability Insurance for Graduate Students in Psychology.