Kings County Hospital Center - Child Track

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Last Update

December 5, 2017

Contact Information

Name of Externship: NYC Health+Hospitals/Kings County- Child Track

Name of Director/Coordinator: Karen Forbes, Psy.D.

Street Address:

451 Clarkson Avenue
Department of Psychology - A Building, Room A-1116
Brooklyn, NY 11203

Telephone: 718-245-2204


Webpage: Not given.

General Information

Start Date: Beginning of September
End Date: Mid to end of May

Appropriate for:


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

2 1/2 days are required = 20 hours. There are no required days, however we ask that the 2 1/2 days are spaced; we do not allow 3 consecutive days. The time is typically two full days 9-5, and one half day 9-1.

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

This cannot be the applicant’s 1st externship placement. He/she must have had prior experience with patients on an externship. As per current externship guidelines, this externship is appropriate for doctoral students in their 2nd-4th externship and/or their 3rd-4th year of doctoral training.

Is there a stipend for externs? Externs receive $8 in meal tickets per day to be used at the Kings County cafeteria.

Other important information:

  • If accepted for externship, extern will not be eligible to apply for Child Track Internship at Kings County for the immediately following year. Extern may apply for internship if there is a year gap in between externship and internship.
  • Externs must be available for clearance process through Kings County volunteer office sometime May-July (expect 1-4 visits to complete on-boarding process)
  • Externs will be required to attend 2 full-day orientation training days in September, which may be in addition to a regularly scheduled externship hours
  • Externs will be required to receive the flu shot as per hospital policy

Application Process

To Receive a Brochure and Application

email request to:

Do you permit applications before January 16?

No. Applications will be accepted beginning 1/16/18.

What materials need to be submitted?

  • Application Form
  • CV
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Letter of readiness from DCT approving 20-hour/week externship
  • a clinical treatment summary of a child or adolescent patient (under age 18)
  • an integrated psychological testing report of a child or adolescent (under age 18)
  • unofficial transcript

How should it be submitted?

Email to Externship Director (preferred)

or via mail to the above address att: Dr. Forbes

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

Applicants will be notified by email of decision to interview.
Please note: Incomplete application packages may not be considered.
Applicants applying for internship at the same time will be considered, however this MUST be indicated in application materials (cover letter).

Description of Externship

The Child Track externship at Kings County Hospital Center is primarily an inpatient child and adolescent psychiatry training experience. Clinical training is centered on the inpatient child, adolescent, and young adult first break psychosis units in short-term individual therapy, family therapy, group therapy, milieu treatment, and psychodiagnostic assessment. There are three co-ed units: one for adolescents 14 - 17 years old, one for 16 - 23 year old patients with first break psychosis, and a unit for children under age 13 and under. There are two rotations: Externs move from one inpatient unit to another mid-year. Externs are responsible for individual psychotherapy of one inpatient child or adolescent at a time. This includes participation on a multidisciplinary team consisting of psychiatrists, nurses, psychologists, social workers, therapeutic rehabilitation therapists, dieticians, pediatricians. Externs conduct individual and family therapy for their assigned case, and contact agencies and schools related to patient care. Externs also participate in community meetings and behavioral level meetings with patients on each unit, and co-lead a once weekly therapeutic group. Externs are responsible for conducting full psychodiagnostic evaluations as well as brief screening assessments. Depending on interest and scheduling, the extern may request one to two outpatient psychotherapy cases in the Child & Adolescent Outpatient Department.

Populations commonly served:

Ethnic Minorities
Child & Adolescent Inpatient
Child & Adolescent Outpatient
Chilren and adolescents under 23 years of age

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

Not specified.

Training models offered:

CBT for Psychosis (CBTp)
Trauma Informed Care
Family Therapy
Group Therapy (options for group therapy training in DBT-informed, ARC or Seeking Safety, Mindfulness, CBT, CBTp)

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

Not specified.

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Individual Psychotherapy, inpatient and outpatient
Family Psychotherapy
Group psychotherapy, Inpatient
(specific rotation)

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:

Externs carry 1 inpatient therapy case at a time and may carry 1-2 outpatient therapy cases at a time.

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Cognitive Testing (WISC-V, WAIS-IV, WASI-II)
Academic Achievement Testing (WIAT-III, WJ-IV ACH, WRAT-4)
Personality/Projective Assessment (Rorschach, TAT, HTP, Sentence Completion)
Self-Report Measures (BASC-3, PAI-A, BYI-II, TSCC)
Trauma Assessments (PCL-5, TSCC)
Opportunities may be available for neuropsychological assessment or ASD assessment (NEPSY-II, CARS-2, GARS-3)
Assessment Report Writing
Brief cognitive, behavior, and trauma screenings
Structured Interviewing
Mental Status Exam

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 (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests):

At least 6.

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

At least 6.


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

  • 1 hour for the outpatient case, 1 hour per rotation, 1 hour per group and 1 hour for externship meeting
  • Supervision for testing arranged on case-by-case basis.
  • There are no specific externship didactics, however externs may choose to attend hospital-wide grand rounds or psychology department continuing education presentations, and/or internship didactics, with permission from Externship Director and if time allows


To Receive a Brochure and Application, please e-mail: