Hackensack University Medical Center - Institute for Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders (Tomorrows Children's Institute)

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Last Update

January 11, 2017

Contact Information

Name of Externship: Institute for Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders (Tomorrows Children’s Institute), Hackensack University Medical Center

Name of Director/Coordinator: Anne R. Farrar-Anton, Ph.D., MSCP, Psychology Supervisor

Street Address:

30 Prospect Avenue
Hackensack, NJ 07601

Telephone: (551) 996-5255

Fax: (201) 487-7340

Email: [1] Anne.Farrar-Anton@hackensackmeridian.org

Webpage: http://www.hackensackumc.org/ or http://www.hackensackumc.org/our-services/pediatrics-joseph-m-sanzari-childrens-hospital/tomorrows-childrens-institute-for-cancer-blood/tomorrows-childrens-institute-tci/

General Information

The Institute for Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders (Tomorrow’s Children’s Institute) is a Medical and psychosocial program for Children with cancer and blood disorders. It provides both Outpatient and Inpatient therapy and neuropsychological experiences for doctoral students in psychology.

Start Date: July 1
End Date: June 30

Appropriate for:


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

16 to 20 hours – overall flexibility – although Friday morning is required (8am – 12pm) for training

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

3rd year or above

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

Preferred therapy and neuropsychology experience (neuropsychological testing is required as part of training experience)

Is there a stipend for externs?


Application Process

Do you permit applications before January 15?


What materials need to be submitted?

  • Cover letter of intent and interest
  • Letter from university stating student in standing
  • 2 work samples (i.e., deidentified testing report, treatment plan/conceptualization of therapy sample)
  • CV
  • 2 letters of recommendation

How should it be submitted?

Email preferred (Letters of recommendation should be sent directly from the writer)

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

Interviews typically take place in February

Description of Externship

Populations commonly served:

Adults (Parent Counseling)
Ethnic Minorities
Developmental Disabilities
Inpatient (Medical)

Training models offered:

Biopsychosocial approach with exposure to Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioral supervision
Pediatric Neuropsychology (Flexible Battery)
Integrated Primary Care

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Psychotherapy Patient and/or Family
School Consultation (meeting with school personnel regarding Medical conditions, neuropsychology testing, and related topics
Integrated Primary Care/Medical Consultation
Mental Health Consultation
Cognitive Remediation
Group Therapy (Support groups and/or cognitive remediation groups – if running)

Expected number of cases seen at any one time: Therapy: 3-5; Neuropsychological: 1-2

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Neuropsychological Testing which includes Psychoeducational Assessment
Personality/Psychopathology Assessment

Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests):

7-9 (full neuropsychological evaluations)

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

Variable – depends on previous experience with neuropsychological testing


Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 2 hours (all testing is conducted with supervisor in the room)
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1-2 hours
Estimated hours/week of didactics (i.e., testing seminar, Grand Rounds, Ethics Rounds, Schwartz Rounds): 2-3 hours

Amichaelides 22:47, 7 Jan 2010 (EST)

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