Child Mind Institute Neuropsychology Externship
The Child Mind Institute is no longer accepting applications for the 2018-19 Externship Program.
- Matthew Cruger, PhD, Senior Director, Learning and Development Center
- Kenneth Schuster, PsyD, Director of Clinical Training
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.
The Child Mind Institute offers psychology graduate students a yearlong externship in neuropsychology in our Learning and Development Center. This neuropsychology externship program is designed for graduate students in clinical, school-clinical, neuropsychological, and clinical health psychology programs. Applicants should at least be entering their third year of training. Preference is given to clinical psychology students who are or will be taking neuropsychological assessment classes or who are enrolled in a specialized neuropsychology program or track.
The Learning and Development Center is dedicated to giving children the tools and support they need to manage their learning difficulties and succeed in school. Our dedicated team of clinicians, which includes two board certified neuropsychologists, provides diagnostic evaluations, neuropsychological testing, and personalized education plans that take into account a child's learning strengths and deficits. Most important, our clinicians write comprehensive, user-friendly reports that offer recommendations for families and schools that may serve as baselines from which to measure a child's future progress.
- Testing: The externship will primarily involve performing neuropsychological, psychodiagnostic, developmental and psychoeducational evaluations. Patient populations include various learning disabilities, ADHD with comorbid learning problems, and children with various neurological conditions affecting cognitive development and learning. The extern will be required to administer, score, and write reports based on test results obtained. Externs will also participate in intakes and feedback relevant to these testing cases. Our training approach is based on a mentorship or partnership model. Externs will be working closely with our neuropsychologists in the first phase of the externship, observing the different staff perform evaluations and seeing many different children for different portions of an evaluation. Later, you will administer tests with a supervisor present to guide you in the development of your professional clinical style and to help develop your mastery of many neuropsychological instruments. You will then also be assigned personal assessment cases that you will see through the entire evaluation: intake, assessment, and feedback. We aim to have you observe and participate with many different cases and to give you time to work independently on your own cases.
- Organizational Skills Training: There are opportunities to work individually with school-age students and young adults on organizational skills, planning, time management and related executive functioning skills.
- Supervision: Externs will receive 1 hour of individual supervision, 1 hour of group supervision, and 1-2 hours of didactics per week.
- Didactic: Externs in the Learning and Development Center will participate in a bi-weekly didactic series focused on neuropsychological assessment, neurodevelopmental disorders, and intervention.
- Presentations: Externs may assist in faculty presentations to professional and community groups as well as monthly parent support/education groups. Externs may also have the opportunity to participate in research and conference presentations. Together we decide what role externs take, depending on the individual extern's level of experience and comfort in that subject area. It has varied from simply observing our presentations to taking the lead on them.
- Additional: Opportunities may be available to be involved in research projects, which may be suitable to satisfy a Master's thesis or similar requirement.
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.
- Matthew Cruger, PhD, Senior Director, Learning and Development Center
- Kenneth Schuster, PsyD, Clinical Neuropsychologist; Director of Clinical Training
- Kelly Janke, PhD, ABPP-CN, Clinical Neuropsychologist
- Laura Phillips, PsyD, ABPdN, Clinical Neuropsychologist
- Adam Zamora, PsyD, Clinical Neuropsychologist
To apply to the Neuropsychology externship please electronically submit a cover letter a current CV, two letters of recommendation, a sample psychological or psychoeducational assessment report, and a list of test competencies (i.e., tests that can be administered proficiently, tests with some experience but in need of more training, and tests with no experience but desire to learn) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please address the cover letter to:
- Matthew Cruger, PhD, Senior Director, Learning and Development Center; and
- Kenneth Schuster, PsyD, Director of Clinical Training.
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.
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.
Neuropsychology 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 Neuropsychology externship, please contact Matthew Cruger, PhD, Senior Director, Learning and Development Center.
For questions regarding application submission or to verify your application has been received, please contact email@example.com.
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.