Montefiore Medical Center Rose F Kennedy Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center - Adult Literacy Program

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Last Update

October 24, 2017

Contact Information

Name of Externship: Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC) at Montefiore (formerly AECOM), Adult Literacy Program

Fisher Landau Center for the Treatment of Learning Disabilities

Name of Director/Coordinator: Monica McQuaid, PhD

Street Address:

1225 Morris Park Avenue
Bronx, New York 10461

Telephone: (718) 430-3908

Fax: (718) 829-2931

Email: monmcqua@montefiore.org

Webpage: http://www.einstein.yu.edu/centers/childrens-evaluation-rehabilitation/clinical-services/specialized-centers.aspx

General Information

Start Date: July or September, 2018
End Date: June, 2018

Appropriate for:

This externship is open to students in clinical or school psychology programs and students pursuing a master's degree in mental health counseling.

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

Able to develop individual schedules, but must work at least two non-consecutive days. Typically externs spend 16 hours per week at the center.

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

The applicant must be in a doctoral level psychology program or a master's program in mental health counseling. Only doctoral students will be permitted to perform assessments.

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

Applicants must have at least one year of testing experience in order to perform assessments.

Is there a stipend for externs?

No. There is a LEND fellowship that Externs may apply for. If they receive the LEND fellowship attendance at Core Lectures on Tuesdays 12-1 is required.

Application Process

What materials need to be submitted?

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover letter
  • Two Letters of Reference
  • Sample Report (for students wishing to perform assessments):


How should it be submitted?

Email CV, cover letter, and sample report. Please have writers e-mail letters of reference


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

Applications will be reviewed in January and interviews will be scheduled in January/February. Applications from students concurrently applying to internships are welcome. We will take on three externs. Decisions will not be announced until February 26, 2018.

Description of Externship

Populations commonly served:

Adults
Ethnic Minorities
Learning Disabilities
Developmental Disabilities
Outpatient

The ALP serves a majority of low literacy adults from low income, urban areas who seek out evaluation and treatment for a variety of reasons. Some hope to improve their skills so they can earn their high school equivalency, some hope to improve their vocational options, some want to be able to help their children with their homework, or read a book to their grandchildren. Some simply want to be more independent in their daily activities, such as reading a menu, street signs, or the newspaper.The Adult Literacy Program (ALP) at the Fisher Landau Center provides evaluation and treatment services for individuals age 18 and over who are concerned about their reading and writing skills.

• Psychoeducational evaluation assesses a person’s individual strengths and weaknesses to determine level of skills and areas of need. Results are used to guide treatment and educational planning. If indicated, results will guide recommendations for accommodations and modifications within the academic setting.

• Psychoeducational intervention to address reading and writing difficulties is designed around an individual’s needs and is provided in a 1:1 setting using multi-sensory, evidence-based methods. Technology is also utilized to promote functional literacy skills and compensatory strategies. Psychoeducational intervention also includes supportive counseling and behavior modification techniques to address issues related to self-esteem/self-confidence and understanding of their disability, as well as symptoms of anxiety and depression that often stem from long-term struggle and shame.

Training models offered:

Evidence-based assessment models
Evidence-based treatment models


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

Not specified.

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Adult Psychoeducational Therapy

• Psychoeducational intervention to address reading and writing difficulties is designed around an individual’s needs and is provided in a 1:1 setting using multi-sensory, evidence-based methods. Technology is also utilized to promote functional literacy skills and compensatory strategies. Psychoeducational intervention also includes supportive counseling and behavior modification techniques to address issues related to self-esteem/self-confidence and understanding of their disability, as well as symptoms of anxiety and depression that often stem from long-term struggle and shame.

Externs will carry an average psychoeducational therapy case load of five patients who are seen twice weekly for one hour sessions.

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Psychological and Psychoeducational Assessment and Report Writing

Psychoeducational evaluation assesses a person’s individual strengths and weaknesses to determine level of skills and areas of need. Results are used to guide treatment and educational planning. If indicated, results will guide recommendations for accommodations and modifications within the academic setting.

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

As previously stated, only doctoral level students will be permitted to perform assessments. There will be no exceptions to this requirement. At least one year of prior assessment experience is preferred.

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

 Externs will be expected to complete one full assessment each month, which typically includes a two hour session for psychological evaluation and a two hour session for psychoeducational evaluation. 

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

Externs will complete approximately 8-10 assessment reports.

Supervision:

Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 1 hour
Estimated hours/week of group supervision:
Estimated hours/week of didactics: Not required, but weekly core lectures are given by the unit directors every Tuesday and monthly grand rounds are held on Mondays. All externs are invited and encouraged to attend.

Amichaelides 22:30, 7 Jan 2010 (EST)



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