Kurtz Psychology Consulting PC - Child Psychology Externship

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Last Update

March 1, 2018.

Applications for 2018-2019

Our externship positions for the 2018-2019 year are filled. We welcome your applications for the 2019-2020 Externship. Please look on this site in the fall 2018 for updated timeline and deadlines. We are proud to abide by the NYNJADOT Externship Guidelines.

Contact Information

Name of Externship: Kurtz Psychology Consulting PC - Child Psychology Externship

Name of Director of the Program: Steven M.S. Kurtz, PhD, ABPP

Name of Training Director/Coordinator: Shelley Avny, PhD

Street Address:

57 W 57 ST
Suite # 1007
New York City
NY 10019-2802

Telephone: 212.658.0110

Fax: 646.219.4619

Email: Dr. Avny

Webpage: www.kurtzpsychology.com

General Information

Start Date: Beginning of July, 2019
End Date: June 30, 2020

Appropriate for:

Child clinical
Combined school/child clinical

Scheduling: 2.5 days/week, including availability for evening appointments and Fridays. *Accommodations for religious observance could be made.

Required level of readiness: Must be at least 3rd year graduate student on externship year with us.

Preferences: Strong preference will be given to students who are able to participate in both of our summer selective mutism group intensive programs: Mighty Mouth Kids (ages 3-9) and WeSpeak (ages 10-14).

Is there a stipend for externs?


Application Process

Dates are those established by this Consortium.

What materials need to be submitted?

  • Letter of Interest
  • CV
  • Case Example (describe a case, including conceptualization, rationale for treatment, interventions provided, and treatment course - does not need to be one you've already written for your program); 1-2 pages
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Letter of readiness from DCT per Consortium guidelines

How should it be submitted? Email: Dr. Avny

Please only email application materials.

Description of Externship

Populations commonly served:

Adults: Rarely seen as individual patients but parents are heavily involved in their child's treatment.
Outpatient: Yes, exclusively.
Note: Although we are a group private practice, we are committed to a significant amount of pro bono work.

Training models offered:

Behavior Therapy (BT) and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT): We rely on evidence-based treatments for children and adolescents with anxiety and behavior disorders. This includes exposures, behavioral parent training, and live coaching in the office, school, home, and community settings.

Intervention training experiences offered:

Individual Psychotherapy: Older children and teens with anxiety disorders (although even this work involves parents).
Group Therapy: Intensive behavioral group treatment programs for children and adolescents with selective mutism. Each program (Mighty Mouth Kids for children 3-9 and WeSpeak for children 10-14) is offered twice a year (winter and summer).
School Consultation: Involved in almost all cases we see, including school trainings, regular phone consultations, exposures in the school, and live coaching teachers.
Family Therapy: Much of our work (especially for SM and PCIT) heavily involves parents, and therefore includes the child and parents together or parents only.
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT): Externs are formally trained in PCIT and eligible for PCIT certification.
Selective Mutism Specialty Training: Externs receive formal training in PCIT-informed SM treatment, are assigned SM cases, co-treat SM intensives with another clinician, and participate in SM intensive group treatments.

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Diagnostic Assessment: Externs are trained in conducting diagnostic assessments, and learn how to integrate information collected from structured and semi-structured interviews, questionnaires, behavioral observation, and school reports.
Behavioral Assessment: Externs are trained to conduct behavioral assessments in a variety of contexts: parent-child interactions, school based observations, and functional assessment.
School Observations: Conducted for a variety of problems including, but not limited to, ADHD, SM, participation, social skills, compliance, and anxiety-driven avoidance. Externs are also trained to objectively collect data on teacher-student interactions, which then informs behavioral interventions in the school.


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

Externs have a primary supervisor for their anxiety, SM, and behavioral parent training cases, and a Master Trainer or Level 1 Trainer as a co-therapist/supervisor for PCIT cases. We also have PCIT group supervisions, and weekly case conferences to review all new intakes. Finally, we have didactic seminars every Friday, with internal and external speakers, spanning a range of topics in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents.

Other Comments

Dr. Steven Kurtz is the founder and leader of Kurtz Psychology Consulting PC. Dr. Kurtz is a Board Certified Diplomate in Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABPP) and active in the professional development of mentees through KPCPC as well as through numerous national organizations, including ABCT, ADAA, and PCIT International. Dr. Kurtz is one of 21 Master Trainers of PCIT, a leader in TCIT work, and the founder of Brave Buddies and Mighty Mouth Kids.

Dr. Shelley Avny is the Director of Training, Director of Mighty Mouth Kids, and founder of WeSpeak at KCPCP. She supervises and mentors students at all levels in both clinical and professional development.

Please see [1]www.kurtzpsychology.com for further information.