New Alternatives for Children
Name of Externship: New Alternatives for Children
Name of Director/Coordinator: Laura Parsons, Psy.D.
Street Address: 37 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10010 Telephone: 212 696-1550
Fax: 212 696-1602
Email: Laura Parsons, Psy.D.
Start Date: Week of labor day
End Date: Mid-May
Appropriate for: Clinical/Counseling/Child/School Ph.D./Psy.D. students
Scheduling: 2 full days-16 hours (Days TBD)
Required level of readiness: At least one prior externship
Preferred level of readiness: 3rd or 4th year
Is there a stipend for externs: No
2016-17 PSYCHOLOGY EXTERNSHIP
New Alternatives for Children, Inc., announces a Psychology Externship training program for 2016-17. Third-year graduate students enrolled in the doctoral program of an accredited university in school, counseling, clinical, educational, or applied developmental psychology are eligible to apply.
New Alternatives for Children, Inc. (NAC) provides innovative services in support of birth, foster, and adoptive families in which there are children who have special medical needs, chronic illnesses, and developmental disabilities. Children served by NAC may have learning disabilities, mental retardation, cerebral palsy, cancer, respiratory or cardiac problems, sickle cell disease, asthma, HIV/AIDS, brain injury, prenatal problems, diabetes, birth defects, neurological impairment, genetic disorders, emotional or behavioral disorders, or other conditions. In addition to social services, NAC offers medical and mental health clinical services, educational support, recreation, children’s groups, special therapies, family and sibling services, and tutoring. The clinical staff includes professionals from Social Work, Nursing, Psychology, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Education, and Recreation.
Psychology externs can participate directly in several core activities under close supervision from licensed clinicians. These core activities include:
- Child and adult psychotherapy in the NAC Article 31 Mental Health Clinic
- Psychological consultation and assessment of children, adolescents, adults in the NAC Article 28 Diagnostic & Treatment Center
- Behavioral assessment, intervention, and parent-child counseling
- Multidisciplinary clinical case review
- Developmental evaluations (early intervention, preschool)
- Involvement in the Mental Health Discussion staff training series
It is expected that externs will have completed practica in psychological testing. Externs are expected to spend 2-3 days per week at NAC during the year, which will begin September 2016 and end May 2017.
Do you permit applications before January 15?
What materials need to be submitted?
- Cover letter
- 2 letters of recommendation
How should it be submitted? Electronically/snail mail
Any details of the application process: Applicants will receive email confirming receipt of materials and interviews will be offerred to candidates deemed best fit
Description of Externship: See above Populations commonly served: This is a child welfare agency which serves both children and their families. At least one member of the family must have a chronic illness or a disability. Training models offered: Eclectic with Psychodynamic emphasis
Expected number of cases seen at any one time: 4 to 6 therapy cases, 2 to 3 testing cases a month
Assessment training experiences commonly offered:
- Intake Report Writing
- Testing including IQ, academic and social-emotional
Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 2
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1
Estimated hours/week of didactics: 1 hour seminar