Harlem Children's Zone

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Last Update

As of 3/1/2017 we are still accepting applications

Contact Information

Name of Externship: Harlem Children' Zone

Name of Director/Coordinator: Randall Richardson, Ph.D., Director of Psychological Services

Street Address:

35 East 125th Street
New York, NY 10035

Telephone: 999-999-9999

Fax: 999-999-9999

Email: rrichardson@hcz.org [1]

Webpage: http://hcz.org

General Information

Start Date: Sep 5th.
End Date: June 30

Appropriate for:

Child clinical
School Psych

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

Externs are expected to be on site for 8 to 16 hours/week, between the hours of 8:30 am and 7pm, distributed over 2 or 3 days per week. Daytime activities include conducting psychological and psycho-educational assessments, consulting with caseworkers, didactic training, and supervision meetings. Late afternoon/ early evening activities include conducting assessments or co-leading group sessions. All externs are required to attend weekly Clinical Rounds at 10am on Wednesdays.

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

Completion of practicum course in psychological assessment, knowledge of psychological test administration and report writing, including measures of IQ, academic achievement, personality and psychosocial functioning, including projective testing, personality inventories, and adaptive functioning scales.

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

2nd, 3rd or 4th year doctoral students are welcome.

Is there a stipend for externs?

Yes, $2,000 per year.

Application Process

Additional dates for applications?

No, Applications not accepted before January 20

What materials need to be submitted?

  • Initial email detailing your interest in working with our population, and your specific strengths relevant to this externship opportunity. Please also describe your anticipated career trajectory, and indicate how this experience may be of benefit to your own development.
If encouraged to apply, please submit
  • CV including relevant academic courses taken in clinical psychology
  • Any prior clinical or school psychology experience.
  • Letter of readiness from Director of Clinical Training
  • 2 letters of recommendation

How should it be submitted?

If you are encouraged to apply, please submit all of your materials as one .pdf file via email to the Director of Psychological Services to rrichardson@hcz.org. Letters of recommendation may be included with the application, or directly emailed by recommenders to rrichardson@hcz.org.

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

  • Letters of interest will receive replies within 48 hrs.
  • Candidates encouraged to apply will be notified during the week of January 20th to 27th.
  • Interviews will be scheduled between January 20th and Feb 28th.
  • Externship offers will be extended on Feb 28th

Description of Externship

Populations commonly served:

  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Young adults
  • Ethnic Minorities
Harlem Children’s Zone provides comprehensive supports, offering exceptional education and social services, stabilizing families, preventing homelessness, and promoting healthy lifestyles for over 13,000 children throughout the 97 city block Zone in Central Harlem. In order to achieve long-term success, children need consistent, comprehensive support. Our pipeline begins at birth and helps kids every step of the way until college graduation through exceptional education, social services, family support, health, and community-building programs. Our goal is simple—to give our kids the individualized support they need to get to and through college and become productive, self-sustaining adults. (see webpage www.hcz.org)

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

  • Adolescents and young adult groups: Externs co-lead groups of up to 8 clients in weekly sessions. Groups may be organized thematically, as process groups, or support groups.
  • Diagnostic consultation and case referral. Psychology externs work with case managers to help make diagnostic and treatment considerations for children , adolescents, and young adults. This may include providing recommendations for treatment, ensuring linkage with outside services, or identifying sources for psychosocial support.

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Comprehensive Psychological Assessment. Externs provide psychodiagnostic assessments for children who are struggling with academic, emotional, or psychosocial, challenges. The range of assessments include measures of cognitive and intellectual functioning (IQ), personality and psychosocial functioning (including projective testing and personality inventories), and performance-based neuropsychological assessments. Externs are supervised throughout the process of conducting comprehensive psychological assessments to produce high-quality written reports. Externs may meet with the staff psychologist in groups of 2 or 3 for 1.5 hrs of weekly supervision of their assessment cases and guidance on report writing. (2-3 batteries/extern)
Brief Psycho-Educational Assessment: IQ and achievement assessments are often conducted for students who are experiencing academic challenges. These assessments are typically completed in a single 2-hour session, and are summarized in a brief standardized report format. (10 batteries/extern)
Assessment Report Writing
Personality/Psychopathology Assessment
Mental Status Exam
Cognitive Assessment

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

Approx 2-3 full batteries

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

Approx 10.


Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 1 hr
Estimated hours/week of didactics: 1 hr
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1 hr
Additional individual supervision provided as needed

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