Freedom Institute

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Last Update

Updated 1/24/2015

Contact Information

Name of Externship: Freedom Institute

Name of Director/Coordinator: A. Jordan Wright, Ph.D., ABAP

Street Address:

515 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022


Telephone: 212-838-0044

Fax: 212-838-2275

Email: Keisha Williams

Webpage: http://wwww.freedominstitute.org

General Information

Start Date: Flexible July - September
End Date: Flexible June - August

Appropriate for:

Clinical
Counseling
Child clinical
Combined school/child clinical
School

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

Required times/days: 16-20 hours/week with flexibility (depending on year in program)

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

Doctoral students (currently 2nd year or beyond)
Experience with adolescents
Education and training in research methods, multicultural issues. ethics, and assessment


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

Experience leading psychoeducational classes (skills training)
Short-term evidence-based therapies (CBT/DBT)
Experience working with affluent populations

Is there a stipend for externs?

No

Application Process

Additional dates for applications?

Applications not accepted before January 20

What materials need to be submitted?

  • Cover letter explaining how you are a good fit for this position
  • CV or resume
  • Brief writing sample (testing report, research report, can be a class assignment in research methods or assessment)
  • 2-3 Recommendations

How should it be submitted?

Email preferred (recommendations can come with your application or directly from the recommenders with your name in the subject heading)

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

Appropriate students will be invited for an interview

Description of Externship

The Freedom Institute Psychology Externship is housed within the Independent School Program. Based in a strategic substance abuse prevention framework, the program administers multimodal assessments of strengths and needs to the independent schools in New York City (including individual surveys, qualitative interviews, and school observations). After interpreting and integrating the data from these assessments, the program provides written and verbal feedback to the schools, including recommendations for prevention programming (which typically includes psychoeducational skills-based workshops for the students and some informational or skills-based workshops/meetings with faculty/staff and parents). The program then delivers these services to the schools, evaluates their effectiveness, and reports back to the schools with feedback for future programming.

In addition, externs may work individually with some clients in the adolescent treatment program at Freedom Institute, as available and appropriate.


Populations commonly served:

Independent/Private Schools
Adolescents
Parents and School Staff/Faculty

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

N/A

Training models offered:

Evidence-Based Drug and Alcohol Prevention
Psychoeducation Groups/Classes
Broad-Based Assessment
Evidence-Based Adolescent Psychotherapy
Substance Abuse Treatment

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

Adolescent psychotherapy, focused on drug and alcohol abuse and dependence, may or may not be available to externs.

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

School-Based Prevention Psychoeducation (skills-based groups/classes)
Triage for Substance Treatment
Individual Counseling

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

Adolescent psychotherapy, focused on drug and alcohol abuse and dependence, may or may not be available to externs.

Expected number of cases seen at any one time: Varied


Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

School-Based Assessment (assessment of groups of adolescents’ strengths and needs)

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

N/A

Supervision:

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


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