J.W. Beatman Community Counseling Center at the Jewish Board of Family Services
March 3, 2015
Name of Externship: Jewish Board of Family & Children Services (JBFCS) - J.W. Beatman Community Counseling Center
Name of Director/Coordinator: Ranelle Lewis-Beckford
- 521 West 239th Street
- Riverdale, New York 10463
- Direct inquiries and email applications to Ranelle Lewis-Beckford, HR Generalist
Telephone: (212) 582-9100
Start Date: Early to Mid September
End Date: End of June
The J.W. Beatman Center is part of the Madeleine Borg Community Services (MBCS), the agency’s network of mental health clinics serving a full age range of individuals and families reflecting the rich diversity of each clinic’s local community. The Beatman Center serves a diverse group of individuals and families from the Riverdale/Kingsbridge community and its environs.
Presenting problems range from transient crises to persistent emotional disorders. Services for adults and children consist of evaluation and assessment, crisis intervention, short‐term, and ongoing therapy. Modalities utilized include: individual, family and group psychotherapy, and play therapy. Supervisors formulate clinical material using psychodynamic, cognitive‐behavioral and family systems orientations. There are also opportunities for psychodiagnostic testing. The extern participates in staff meetings and training seminars.
The externship is 16 hours per week, which can be spread over two or three days. Hours must include one evening until 9 pm (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday). The extern must also be available on Tuesdays between 1‐2 pm for staff meetings.
Fourth year students preferred. Spanish a plus.
Transportation: Take the MTA express from Manhattan’s east side (BxM1) or west side (BxM2) to West 239th St. By car, take the southbound service road at the 246th St. exit off the Henry Hudson Parkway. The site is also accessible by the IRT #1and 7 subway and local bus combination.
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.
Is there a stipend for externs?
Do you permit applications before January 21?
What materials need to be submitted?
- For easy identification, please label all attached electronic documents with your first and last name, the title of the document (i.e. cover letter, writing sample, CV), and the name(s) of the JBFCS program(s) that you are applying to. Paper documents as well as applications received prior to January 21 will not be accepted. To apply, please submit the following documents:
- Cover letter indicating your choice of up to two agency settings
- Curriculum vitae
- One psychological testing report (delete all personal or identifying information)
- Two letters of recommendation (*)
- Letter from department chairperson 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. (*)
- Cover letter indicating your choice of up to two agency settings
- (*)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.
How should it be submitted?
- ALL APPICATION MATERIALS MUST BE SENT ELECTRONICALLY
Any details of the application process (e.g., interviewing, time frame, how decisions are made):
- Applications will be accepted beginning January 21. 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 March 10. 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
Traditional Outpatient mental health center. A broadband experience with Children, Adolescents, Adults, couples, and families.
The J.W. Beatman Center is part of the Madeleine Borg Community Services (MBCS), the agency’s network of outpatient mental health clinics serving a full age range of individuals and families reflecting the rich diversity of each clinic’s local community. The Beatman Center serves a diverse group of individuals and families from the Riverdale/Kingsbridge community and its environs. Presenting problems range from transient crises to persistent emotional disorders. Services for adults and children consist of evaluation and assessment, crisis intervention, short- term, and ongoing therapy. Modalities utilized include: individual, family and group psychotherapy, and play therapy. Supervisors formulate clinical material using psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral and family systems orientations. There are also opportunities for psychodiagnostic testing. The extern participates in staff meetings and training seminars.
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:
If any of these populations are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:
Training models offered:
If any of these models are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:
Intervention training experiences commonly offered:
- Individual Psychotherapy
- Group Therapy
- Family/couples 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:
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):
Expected number of assessment reports completed during externship (defined as writing reports based on a battery of standardized tests:
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 hour weekly
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: varies
Estimated hours/week of didactics: varies
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