Fay J Lindner Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities

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NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2014-2015- Last Updated November 14, 2013

Contact Information

Name of Externship: Fay J Lindner Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities

Name of Director/Coordinator: Natalia Appenzeller, Ph.D.

Street Address:

189 Wheatley Rd.
Brookville, NY 11545

Telephone: 516-686-4440

Fax: 516-686-4439

Email: NAppenzeller@FayJLindnerCenter.org

Webpage: FayJLindnerCenter.org

General Information

Start Date: Flexible
End Date: Flexible
We offer academic year placements (Sept-June) and summer placements (June-Aug)

Appropriate for:

Doctoral level Psychology students: Clincial,School,Community,Counseling

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

We offer 2-3 day rotations (one day is equivalent to 8 hours). For a 2 or 3 day rotation, externs must be available on Tuesdays to participate in clinical team,

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


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

One assessment rotation

Is there a stipend for externs?


Application Process

Do you permit applications before January 15?


What materials need to be submitted?

  1. Letter of application indicating your interest in and goals for an externship.
  2. Current C.V.
  3. Current transcript
  4. Writing sample
  5. Two letters of Recommendation
  6. Letter of Eligibility
  7. Training Director's name and email address

How should it be submitted?


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

We follow the NY state suggested guidelines regarding receipt of applications and notification of acceptance into the program. In-person interviews are typically scheduled during the last two weeks of January and the first week of February, with offers made on the approved date.

Description of Externship

The Fay J. Lindner Center for Autism, located on AHRC’s Brookville campus in a newly renovated 5,100square-foot state-of-the-art facility, offers the opportunity to acquire skills specific for working with individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. Opportunities are available in the areas of assessment, psychotherapy, family therapy and group therapy (social skills, parent education). Services are provided to children, adolescents, adults and their family members. Mental health services focus upon treating co-morbid mental health diagnoses (e.g. depression, anxiety, OCD) through the lens of services for individuals with ASD.

The Fay J. Lindner Center follows a best practice, empirically based model of service delivery and actively engages in program development and evaluation. Faculty at the Lindner Center have particular expertise in comprehensive assessment of ASD, including diagnostic testing, differential diagnostic testing (e.g. neuropsychological testing, personality assessment, and other social-emotional testing), and Adult ASD (formerly Asperger's) Assessment. Faculty also have expertise in modifying Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy approaches for individuals with ASD as well as social skills training.

Populations commonly served:

Ethnic Minorities
Developmental Disabilities
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Variety of Mental Health Diagnoses including, Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, OCD, Personality Disorders

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

Not specified.

Training models offered:

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)- BCBA Psychologist on staff
CBT- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
Social Skills Training
Evaluations including: Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis (using gold standard tools such as the ADOS-2 and ADI-R), Cognitive abilities (Wechsler Scales, Leiter, Stanford-Binet-V), adaptive functioning, personality testing (including MMPI, Rorschach, TAT, Roberts Cards), Neuropsychological Testing, Memory and Attentional scales, Executive Functioning, and more
How to correctly document therapy sessions to meet Medicaid and Medicare standards (highest coding and documentation standards)
How to effectively use an Electronic Medical Record
How to effectively collaborate patient care amongst professionals

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

Not specified.

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Individual Psychotherapy
Group Therapy
Family/couples Therapy
Parent Training
Socialization Groups
Functional Behavioral Analysis (FBA) and Behavioral Intervention Plan (BIP)

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

v: School Consultation experience is sometimes available

Expected number of cases seen at any one time: depending on the number of days the extern is with us, 2-4 therapy cases are assigned

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Testing Consultation
ASD Diagnostic Testing using gold standard tools such as the ADOS-2 and ADR-I
Neuropsychological Assessments
Personality Assessments including the Rorschach, MMPI, TAT, Roberts Cards
Attentional and Memory Assessments
Cognitive Assessments using Wechsler Scales, Stanford-Binet V, and Leiter
Psychoeducational Assessment
Integrative Report Writing
Behavioral Assessment including how to create an FBA and BIP
Evaluation feedback sessions

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):

dependent on number of days and prior experience

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

dependent on number of days and prior experience


Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 1 hour
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1 hour
Estimated hours/week of didactics: 1 hour

Amichaelides 21:36, 3 Dec 2009 (EST)

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