Children’s Hospital of NY Presbyterian - General Outpatient Child and Adolescent Psychology Externship

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Last Update: December 5, 2016

GENERAL OUTPATIENT CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY EXTERNSHIP

Street Address: 3959 Broadway, 6th Floor North, NY, NY 10032

Site Description

This externship is located in Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Pediatric Outpatient Psychiatry Service. The Pediatric Outpatient Clinic primarily serves children ages 4 to 18, although children 0 to 3 and patients up to 21 can be seen as well. The externship provides clinical training in psychiatric interviewing, diagnosis, and treatment planning for various psychiatric disorders, conducting short- and long-term psychotherapy (psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and interpersonal) treatments for anxiety and depressive disorders, as well as externalizing disorders, and experience designing and running short-term parenting and/or socialization groups.

Externship Experience

All externs will see patients in the Disruptive Behavior Disorders (DBD) Clinic, working with patients with externalizing disorders such as ADHD and ODD, and serving as Incredible Years group leaders. Externs will participate once weekly, for at least 6 months, in the Diagnostic Intake Service as part of a diagnostic team, where they will interview and diagnose pediatric outpatients and make treatment recommendations. Externs may have the option of engaging in one additional elective rotation, which includes the following opportunities:

- Seeing patients in the Child Anxiety and Depression Clinic, thereby gaining experience with affective/internalizing disorders

- Participating in the adolescent Dialectical Behavior Therapy program

- Conducting initial emergency/crisis evaluations and treatment through the Pediatric Emergency Department and Immediate Treatment Clinic

- Gaining experience in the Toddler Infant Parent Program (TIPP), a program for pregnant women (under the age 21), as well as children ages 0-3 and their caregivers. Trainees would be provided supervision within a Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) framework. CPP is an evidence-based relationship-based intervention aimed to support and strengthen the relationship between child and caregiver to improve the child’s cognitive, behavioral, social, and affective functioning.

Supervision, Seminars and Meetings

Externs participate in weekly clinic case conferences and learn case presentation format and interviewing techniques from senior clinic members. Didactic instruction is provided on selected issues in psychiatry and psychology including DSM diagnoses, ethics, confidentiality, crisis intervention, psychopharmacology, current research issues, charting and maintenance of psychiatric records. Didactics are provided as part of the clinic meetings and in once monthly trainee didactic seminars. Externs will carry a weekly caseload of at least four individual psychotherapy patients, one diagnostic patient, one group and a minimum total of 8 hours per week of direct patient care. Supervision is provided directly by licensed psychologists and indirectly by the Directors of the Clinics, Diagnostic Intake Service team leaders and the Director of Training. Externs are provided with one to two hours of supervision for treatment cases, one hour for group, and one hour for diagnostic patients per week.

Requirements

This is a one-year externship from July to July (a later start date is not possible), with a weekly maximum of 20 hours per week, Monday through Friday. Wednesday is a required day throughout the year, without exception. For at least one half of the year, the other day will need to be a Tuesday or Thursday, depending upon elective rotations. Applicants must be currently enrolled in at least their second year in an APA-accredited doctoral program in clinical/school-clinical psychology, however given the number of hours required for this externship, it is strongly preferred that students are in their third or fourth year at the time they begin their externship. Moreover, a student’s specific hours of participation will be determined by the graduate year they are enrolled in at the beginning of externship. A prior hospital-based externship is preferable but not necessary, as are bilingual skills (English/Spanish). There will be two externship positions available in the 2017-2018 academic year.

To Apply

If you have questions about this externship, please contact:
Zachary K. Blumkin, Psy.D.
Phone: 212.305.7752
E-mail: blumkin@nyspi.columbia.edu

To apply, please email a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendation to: CHONY6externship@gmail.com (please do NOT email applications to blumkin@nyspi.columbia.edu)

In your letter of interest/cover letter please include the name of your program and your current year in the program, as well as Spanish proficiency, if applicable.

Applications should not be submitted prior to January 17, 2017 and please note that applications received after January 20, 2017 will not necessarily be reviewed. Applicants will likely be interviewed starting in the first week of February and going forward.

Please note, attending our externship program will not affect (positively or negatively) a student’s chances for interviewing for our site’s internship program (at Columbia University Medical Center) in subsequent years. It is unlikely that we will interview students who are also concurrently applying for internship.

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