JCCA Pleasantville Cottage Campus

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Oct 19, 2017 at 9:00am

Contact Information

Name of Externship: JCCA - Pleasantville Cottage Campus

Name of Director/Coordinator: Lauren Coby, Psy.D.

Street Address:

JCCA - Pleasantville Cottage Campus
Attn: Dr. Lauren Coby, Edenwald Center
1075 Broadway
Pleasantville, New York 10570

For information regarding externship at JCCA's Bronx and Brooklyn sites please view that listing on this site.

Telephone: (914) 741-4519

Fax: (914) 769-8505

Email: cobyl@jccany.org

Webpage: http://www.jccany.org/

General Information

Start Date: Early September
End Date: End of May or June (possible option to stay through August).

Appropriate for:


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

The externship is 16 to 20 hours per week, distributed over two or three days.

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

Applicants should be at least in their third year of a doctoral program in clinical, counseling, or school psychology.

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

Applicants with at least one year of previous clincal experience, as well as experience administering, scoring, and writing psychological assessments, are preferred. In addition, coursework in child/adolescent and family therapy and developmental psychology is preferred.

Is there a stipend for externs?


Application Process

Do you permit applications before January 16?


What materials need to be submitted?

To apply, please submit the following documents:
  1. Cover letter indicating your choice of settings (Pleasantville, Bronx, or Brooklyn) [For information regarding Bronx and Brooklyn externships please view their separate listing on this site]
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Two letters of recommendation
  4. Letter from department chairperson indicating readiness for externship
  5. Psychological Evaluation including IQ testing and social/emotional section

How should it be submitted?

Applications can be sent electronically or by mail to Dr. Coby on the Pleasantville Campus.

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

Applications will be accepted beginning January 16, 2018 until January 29, 2018. Interviews will be scheduled by site supervisors after all of an applicant’s materials have been received and reviewed.

Description of Externship

The goal of the externship is to train psychologists to work with children and families involved in residential foster care. The program is founded on a model of training that emphasizes broad exposure to cases and in-depth clinical experience. Externs are trained through close clinical supervision, seminars and collaborative work with multi-disciplinary treatment teams. Externs work closely with staff psychologists who function as their clinical supervisors. The opportunity to work with supervisors who have different areas of expertise and theoretical orientations enables externs to develop their own professional approach to clinical work.

Externs are trained to provide theoretically sound clinical services, which are grounded in the latest research and literature in the field of psychology. They are continually evaluating the effectiveness of their clinical intervention and strengthening their skills by utilizing feedback from clients, supervisors and peers. Externs carry a caseload of 3-5 individual cases, as well as conduct psychological evaluations and more extensive diagnostic testing. Additionally, there are often opportunities for group therapy.

The Westchester campus houses four different residential programs: Edenwald Center, Pleasantville Cottage School, The Gateways Program and Pleasantville START. You can lean more about those programs on our website. The externs at our residential campus carry individual cases, conduct psychological evaluations, and often have opportunities to do group work. There are different types of psychological evaluation used in each of our Westchester sites including full diagnostic psychological assessments, psychological evaluations for treatment or discharge planning purposes, evaluations for the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), and other types of assessments, as needed.

Populations commonly served:

Developmental Disabilities
Families (foster and family of origin)

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

Not specified.

Training models offered:

Family Systems
Cognitive Behavioral

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

Not specified.

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Individual Psychotherapy
Group Psychotherapy
School Consultation

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

Not specified.

Expected number of cases seen at any one time: 3 to 5

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Neuropsychological Testing
Psychological Assessment
Personality/Projective Assessment

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

Not specified.

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

4 to 8

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

4 to 8


Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 1-2 hours
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1 hour
Estimated hours/week of didactics: none

Amichaelides 22:49, 29 Nov 2009 (EST)