Henry Ittleson Center for Child Research at the Jewish Board of Family Services

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Last Update

January 9, 2017

Contact Information

Name of Externship: Jewish Board of Family & Children Services (JBFCS) - Henry Ittleson Center for Child Research

Name of Director/Coordinator: Ranelle Lewis-Beckford

Street Address:

5050 Iselin Avenue
Riverdale, New York 10471

  • Direct inquiries and email applications to Ranelle Lewis-Beckford, HR Generalist

Telephone: (212) 582-9100

Fax: 212-956-0526

Email: [internships@jbfcs.org]

Webpage: http://www.jbfcs.org/

General Information

Start Date: Early to Mid September
End Date: End of June

Appropriate for:


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

For maximum training experience, externs should commit a minimum of 21 hours per week spread over at least three days. Ittleson will consider students for fewer days/hours, though no less than 16 hours spread over two to three days. While there is some flexibility, Mondays are required as a full day along with certain hours on other days tailored to individual caseloads. Transportation: Take the #7 bus from Manhattan to West 252nd St. and Henry Hudson Parkway. By car, take the 254th St. exit off the Henry Hudson Parkway.

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

JBFCS offers externship training to graduate students matriculated in doctoral programs in clinical, school or combined clinical-school/child psychology. Externships at JBFCS are appropriate for students who will be in their third or fourth year of graduate study during the training year. Students whose training ends with a Master’s Degree or Professional Diploma will NOT be considered for the externship program.

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

Eligible students have completed at least one externship/placement prior to applying to JBFCS. They are expected to have completed course work in cognitive and projective testing and to have had some experience, even if only in a non-clinical setting, in administering a full test battery and preparing a written report. Course work on child development, psychopathology, Psychodynamic psychotherapy, and family therapy has generally been part of the externs’ graduate school experience, as well as some, often limited, therapeutic work with clients. All applicants must have the approval of their department chairperson or training director. Letter of Eligibility MUST state the number of hours and days that student is approved to participate in externship training.

Is there a stipend for externs?


Application Process

Do you permit applications before January 17?


What materials need to be submitted?

For easy identification, please label all attached electronic documents (e.g., Sarah Smith-Cover Letter). Paper documents as well as applications received prior to January 17 will not be accepted. To apply, please submit the following documents:
  1. Cover letter indicating your choice of up to two agency settings
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. One psychological testing report (delete all personal or identifying information)
  4. Two letters of recommendation*
  5. Letter from department chairperson/training director indicating approval for externship and the maximum number of days and hours that the student is approved to be at an externship site.* STUDENTS WILL NOT BE INTERVIEWED UNTIL THEIR TRAINING DIRECTOR HAS VERIFIED THAT THEY HAVE THEIR PROGRAM’S APPROVAL TO COMMIT TO THE HOURS AND DAYS AT THE EXTERNSHIP SITE(S) TO WHICH THEY ARE APPLYING.

(*)Letters of recommendation may be e-mailed directly from your supervisor or professor and Letters of departmental approval may be e-mailed directly from your training director or department chairperson. If e-mailed by students, these documents must be scanned or sent in PDF format and include the supervisor or chairperson’s signature. If you chose another format we may be unable to read your documents.

How should it be submitted?


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

Applications will be accepted beginning January 17. We encourage prompt submission. Interviews will be scheduled by site supervisors after all of an applicant’s materials have been received and reviewed. Offers for externship positions are made on a rolling basis beginning February 27. JBFCS requests that students approach the application process professionally and respond to interview invitations and placement offers in a timely manner. Students may apply to up to two JBFCS settings. If you have questions about scheduling conflicts, please contact us for further information prior to applying.

Description of Externship

The Henry Ittleson Center provides both day treatment and Residential treatment for boys and girls, 6-13 years old, with severe psychological disorders. This setting offers an opportunity for intensive child treatment as well as family therapy experience. Externs can carry up to four cases. Psychological assessment, psychoeducational remediation and consultation with school staff are part of the training experience. Externs obtain experience in the administration of cognitive, neuropsychological, and projective tests and in the preparation of integrated psychological reports. Group testing supervision is provided on an ongoing basis. Externs participate in multidisciplinary team conferences and may have the opportunity to co-lead a group on a Residential unit. Primary cases are a combination of both Residential and day treatment clients. Ittleson prefers applicants to have experience in child psychotherapy and/or the treatment of severe psychopathology due to the specific and intensive needs of their client populations.

Externs are expected to continue to work at their placements during school holiday periods since the agency offers full clinical services during these periods. Externs do take legal and religious holidays available to all staff members. There is no stipend or salary available for externs and Medical benefits are not provided. Agency requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting, and computer proficiency testing must be completed before students begin their placements in September.

Populations commonly served:

Developmental Disabilities
Parents (but depends on how )

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

Not specified.

Training models offered:

Family Systems/Strategic

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

Not specified.

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Cognitive Remediation
Individual Psychotherapy
Group Therapy
School Consultation
Parent-Child Interaction

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


Expected number of cases seen at any one time: 6 to 8

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Neuropsychological Testing
Psychoeducational Assessment
Assessment Report Writing
Personality/Psychopathology Assessment

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


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

4 (intensive assessments)

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

4 (intensive assessments)


All externs receive two hours of case supervision each week. At least one hour of supervision is with a licensed psychologist. Additional supervision is provided for assessment. In most locations, supervision groups and/or workshops are available that include staff as well as other students.

Externs at the agency for two days per week generally have about 4 to 8 clinical contact hours per week with patients. Externs must complete the regular case recording requirements of the facility. They also must be able to be available for psychiatric conferences; this may occasionally involve a change of the externs’ regular work schedule. Externs who work more than two days a week will increase their treatment hours and will receive additional supervision accordingly.

Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 2 hours
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1 hour
Estimated hours/week of didactics: 1 hour

Amichaelides 22:15, 3 Dec 2009 (EST)


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