Envisage Neuropsychology PC
November 10, 2014
Name of Externship: Envisage Neuropsychology Externship Training Program
Name of Director/Coordinator: Dominick Auciello, PsyD
Street Address: 200 Park Avenue South - Suite 1118A
I have trained students in doctoral programs for over 10 years. The main focus of the externship program is on neuropsychological testing. Externs start the year by observing evaluations, while at the same time performing practice administrations of those tests they have not yet been exposed to. Soon enough, externs are administering tests to clients while being observed, so as to ensure the proper standardized administration and scoring. Once externs are reliable in terms of their administration and scoring, they are assigned cases for which they conduct the evaluations more independently. There are also ample opportunities to observe and conduct parent intakes and feedback sessions. Externs will go to schools in order to perform classroom observations as part of many neuropsychological evaluations.
In addition to testing, externs may also be involved in writing remediation cases with children and teens with learning disabilities or ADHD. There are also opportunities to assist students with organizational skills and other executive functioning skills. Finally, externs may be involved in implementing the Cogmed Working Memory Training Program.
Aside from the aforementioned clinical responsibilities, externs will be exposed to a wide range of educational opportunities, including a seminar series about the neuropsychological domains and how to interpret and write about related test results, tours at a wide range of mainstream and special education schools, and detailed case discussions. Supervision is provided individually and in a group format. Generally, there is an open-door policy where ample supervision is provided to meet each externs’ needs as they progress through the process of observing, being observed, and conducting evaluations more independently.
Start Date: September 1, 2016
End Date: July 31, 2017
- Combined School/Clinical
Scheduling (e.g., required/optional days of week, # hrs per day, total hours per week, flexibility in scheduling):
- Fridays required, 2 days a week, 8 hrs per day, flexibility in scheduling
Required level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants):
- Applications accepted from any year, as long as introductory cognitive testing classes will have been taken
Preferred level of readiness(any prior experiences preferred for applicants):
- No specific requirement, but applicants should have a strong sense that they love testing.
Is there a stipend for externs?
- To be discussed at interview
Additional dates for applications?
- No, Applications not accepted before January 20
What materials need to be submitted?
- Letter of interest
- One sample of written clinical material (psychological test report and/or case summary)
- One letter of recommendation
- Letter of readiness
- Letter of interest
How should it be submitted?
- email to Dr. Auciello at email@example.com
Any details of the application process (e.g., interviewing, time frame, how decisions are made):
- Interviews will be conducted throughout the application time frame. Externs selected are those who are mature, personable, and have a strong interest and passion for testing. Applicants will be notified on notification day and in accordance with the PSIDNYS and NYNJADOT rules in place.
Description of Externship
Populations commonly served:
- Ages: Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults
- Diagnostic concerns: ADHD, LD, ASD, language disorders, intellectual disability, anxiety and mood disorders, neurological conditions affecting academic performance
Training models offered:
- Externs will be involved in comprehensive neuropsychological testing and psychoeducational testing. I have a flexible battery approach and generally follow the Boston process approach in my thinking.
- Externs will have the opportunity to help children and adolescence with ADHD and/or LD develop their writing skills using the Strategic Intervention Model published by the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning, a comprehensive intervention targeting sentence, paragraph, and essay writing.
Intervention training experiences commonly offered:
- Writing remediation as described above
- Developing comprehensive educational plans based on the assessments conducted, which include recommendations for placement, services, therapies, and/ror specific strategies to assist the student
Assessment training experiences commonly offered:
- Neuropsychological Testing
- Psychoeducational Assessment
- Assessment Report Writing
- Personality/Emotional Assessment
- Classroom observations
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests):
- Approximately 4-6 full batteries with exposure to approximately 25 other cases with which an extern will be involved in some way, including doing the classroom observation, conducting some of the testing for the case, etc.
Expected number of assessment reports completed during externship (defined as writing reports based on a battery of standardized tests:
- Approximately 4-6, though may be more or less based on how the extern's training is progressing. These are lengthy, comprehensive assessment report and therefore take time to gather the data and write it up. There are also opportunities during the initial training to write parts of a report (e.g., IQ, academic assessment, executive functioning skills) as externs learn about interpreting and writing up such results in the seminar series on test interpretation and write up that occurs at the beginning of the year.
Estimated hours/week of individual supervision:1
Estimated hours/week of group supervision:1
Estimated hours/week of didactics:1.5
Please note that supervision takes many forms. I work closely with students to help them learn the nuances of administration and working with children in this context, conducting evaluations side by side at the beginning of the year. Individual supervision time is flexible. When an extern is conducting an evaluation, I do not limit the supervision time as it is noted above, but rather provide whatever time is needed in order to help externs select tests, score, interpret, prepare to provide feedback to parents, and write the report.
Please feel free to be in touch with any questions about the externship or application process: firstname.lastname@example.org