New York Foundling Queens and Bronx Externship

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Last Update

January 17, 2017

Contact Information

Name of Externship: New York Foundling Queens and Bronx Externships

Name of Director/Coordinator: Dr. Deborah Ostrov (Queens); Dr. Deborah Elkind (Bronx)

Street Address:

Queens Office
33-00 Northern Blvd.
Long Island City, NY 11101

Telephone: 1-917-485-7581

Email: Deborah Ostrov

Street Address:

Bronx Community Services
170 Brown Place
Bronx, NY 10454

Telephone: 1-718-772-0161

Email: Deborah Elkind

Webpage: http://www.nyfoundling.org

General Information

Start Date: September 2017
End Date: May 2018

Appropriate for:

Clinical
Counseling
Child clinical
Combined school/child clinical

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

2 days a week, 8 hrs per day, flexibility in scheduling
Availability on Wednesday mornings is recommended but not required in order to attend periodic Mental Health Staff Meetings

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

2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year

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

Same as above

Is there a stipend for externs?

No

Application Process

Additional dates for applications?

No

What materials need to be submitted?

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Two Letters of recommendation
  • A letter from the Department Chairperson indicating approval for externship
  • One psychological test report with all personal or identifying information deleted
  • One treatment case summary with all personal or identifying information deleted

How should it be submitted?

Bronx Office:
  • All application materials must be submitted by email
  • Letters of recommendation must be emailed directly from your supervisor or professor
  • Letter from Department Chairperson must be emailed directly from your training director or department chairperson
  • If Letters of Recommendation or Departmental Approval are emailed by students, these documents MUST be scanned or sent as a PDF file that includes the supervisor/chairperson’s signature
Queens Office:
  • All application materials must be submitted by hard copy, except the following:
  • Letters of recommendation must be emailed directly from your supervisor or professor
  • Letter from Department Chairperson may be either hard copy or emailed directly from your training director or department chairperson
  • If Letters of Recommendation or Departmental Approval are emailed by students, these documents MUST be scanned or sent as a PDF file that includes the supervisor/chairperson’s signature


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

Applications are accepted beginning January 20th. Interviews are scheduled by supervising psychologist at each site after all of the applicant’s materials have been received and reviewed

Description of Externship

Populations commonly served:

Foster children, Ages newborn to 21
Ethnic Minorities
Developmental Disabilities
Outpatient

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

None

Training models offered:

CBT
Integrative
Psychodynamic

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

None

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Individual Psychotherapy
Group Therapy
Play Therapy
Parental Counseling
Liaison and Consultation with Interdisciplinary Staff


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

None

Expected number of cases seen at any one time: Variable


Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Screenings
Psychological Assessment
Assessment Report Writing
Personality/Psychopathology Assessment
Cognitive Assessment
Developmental Assessment
Behavioral Assessment

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

None

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

At least 6 full batteries

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

At least 6 reports

Supervision:

Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 1-2
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: Not applicable
Estimated hours/week of didactics: 1


Other Comments

New York Foundling

Founded as a home for abandoned children, The New York Foundling has been saving children, preserving families and building communities since 1869. The agency helps children, youth and adults in need through advocacy and through preventive and in-care services that help each individual reach his or her potential. In the tradition of openness and compassion of its sponsors, the Sisters of Charity, the agency touches the lives of more than 13,000 people each year in the New York City area and in Puerto Rico as it upholds its guiding principle: Abandon No One.


New York Foundling’s Mental Health Services

New York Foundling’s Mental Health Services has a long and distinguished history of providing therapeutic interventions consistent with the specialized mental health needs of abused and neglected children living in foster homes and congregate care. Mental Health Services at New York Foundling are integrated with social and medical services to ensure the effective delivery of treatment interventions and assessment procedures.
Our mental health clinicians who include psychiatrists, psychologists, creative art therapists and clinical social workers view themselves as partners in safeguarding children and strengthening families. Mental Health Services adopts a developmental ecological approach to service delivery that considers all environmental influences before, during and after placement and which views the family social system as the primary environmental influence on the health and well-being of the child. The overall treatment philosophy is based upon a multi-system, trauma specific perspective and takes into account factors that make a child or family vulnerable to child maltreatment.
The purpose and therapeutic goals of the Mental Health Services is to help the child and family heal from the effects of abuse, separation or a traumatic event. Work focuses on facilitating the restructuring of the family system in such a way as to provide protection and safety for the child, promote non-exploitative relationships within the family and developmentally appropriate role functioning. Our goal is to empower children who have been victimized, promote better cognitive coping, problem solving and affect regulation skills and to facilitate the healing from the emotional and psychological impact that abuse or trauma and separation has had on the child and family.

Opportunities Available for Psychology Externs

The Foundling’s Mental Health Services’ range of clinical services spans health promotion, prevention and treatment.
  • Psychotherapeutic work including individual, dyad, and family therapy with children and adolescents ages 4-21 as well as their families and foster parents.
  • An appreciation of the functional theories of trauma on the one hand, and attachment on the other, is essential in providing services which are specialized and specific to the needs of the “at risk” population of children and families in child welfare services.
  • Participate in treatment conferences on therapy cases
  • Conduct brief psycho-diagnostic assessments (initial and annual mental health screenings) with children and adolescents ages 0-21 and their caregivers
  • Conduct full psychological assessments (cognitive, academic, and behavioral/emotional) utilizing both objective and projective instruments.
  • Consult with staff
  • Participate in the clinical planning conferences at which psycho-diagnostic assessments and psychological and psychiatric evaluations, medical reports, and social service updates are presented. These conferences provide exposure to an interdisciplinary approach in working with children in foster care.
  • Participate in psychiatric emergency follow-up conferences.
  • Participate in agency-wide Mental Health Services meetings, which are a venue for discussion of all matters relevant to the provision of mental health services for the children in this agency, including: regulations, policies, etc. impacting the delivery of mental health services to children in the child welfare system.
  • Participate in Mental Health Service trainings targeting the specialized mental health needs of children in foster care and in student intern/extern specific trainings organized by NYF Training Department.
  • Participate in research activities (see under externship sites).

Externship Sites

Bronx Community Services, 170 Brown Place, Bronx, NY 10454 – Dr. Deborah Elkind (deborahe@nyfoundling.org)

The Bronx Community Services site for the psychology externship is located in a new building designed specifically to accommodate the Bronx Regional Office of the New York Foundling as well as the New York Foundling Charter School, Haven Academy.
The location is only two stops from Manhattan on the 6 train. This site has a vibrant interdisciplinary staff of 100 with programs including Foster Care, Treatment Family Foster Care, Health Care Homes, and Mother-Child Programs and serves approximately 500 clients.
The Mental Health Services team consists of an art therapist, a dance/ movement and family therapist, a psychologist, a psychiatrist and several full-time clinical social workers. In this creative environment, there are many opportunities to work collaboratively with the various clinicians. The mental health staff works closely with the on-site medical clinic staff including a pediatrician, nurse practitioner, and nurses. The Bronx Community Services’ diverse clients, programs and staff provide a dynamic and enriching psychology externship experience. There is also the possibility of facilitating groups for young women in the maternity or mother child residences at the Foundling’s main office in Chelsea Area of Manhattan.

Queens Office, 33-00 Northern Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101 – Dr. Deborah Ostrov (deborah.ostrov@nyfoundling.org)

The New York Foundling (NYF) Queens Office is located in Long Island City. It is conveniently located near the N,Q,M, and R lines. The Queens Office houses regular Foster Care, Treatment Family Foster Care, and Prevention Programs. The office has approximately 100 employees.
There are approximately 300 children and youth (age 0 to 21) in care with the NYF who are served through the Queens site. Mental health services for these clients are provided at this location by several full time clinical social workers, a 4/5 time psychologist, and two part-time psychiatrists. In addition, there may be an MSW Intern working under the supervision of a clinical social worker at site three days a week. There is a full medical clinic located at the Queens site and Mental Health and Medical practitioners work closely together with the social service staff to meet the needs of children and youth in care.