New York Presbyterian Hospital - Ambulatory Care Network, Family PEACE Trauma Treatment Center

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February 27, 2017 2 of 2 positions full

Contact Information

Name of Externship: Family PEACE Trauma Treatment Center
New York Presbyterian Hospital
Ambulatory Care Network Community Programs

Name of Director: Erica Willheim, Ph.D.

Name of Externship Coordinator: Marni Fried, Psy.D.

Street Address: 99 Fort Washington Ave. New York, N.Y. 10032

Telephone: 646-317-5525

Fax: 646-317-5518


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General Information

Program Description:
The Family PEACE Trauma Treatment Center (FPTTC) is an outpatient mental health service whose primary mission is to provide high quality trauma treatment for infants, toddlers and pre-school age children with the goal of interrupting the intergenerational transmission of violence and trauma. Children ages zero to six are referred with their non-abusing caregivers where there has been exposure to domestic violence or child abuse and neglect.

Start Date: July 1, 2017
End Date: June 30, 2018

Appropriate for:

Child clinical

Applicants must be doctoral candidates enrolled in their 4th year of training in an APA-accredited clinical/school-clinical psychology program. There will be two externship positions available for the 2017-2018 academic year.

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

16-20 hours per week over 3 days, including Friday mornings

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

4th year graduate student and beyond

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

Some prior experience in one or more of the following areas is preferred: early childhood development and mental health, trauma treatment, play therapy, parent-child therapy, domestic violence, child abuse. Bilingual skills (English/Spanish) are preferred, but not required.

Is there a stipend for externs?

No stipend.

Application Process

Additional dates for applications?

Applications accepted after January 17th

What materials need to be submitted?

  • CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Two Letters of Reference

How should it be submitted?

Interested applicants should email their CV and Cover Letter as a single email, and forward 2 Letters of Reference to Externship Coordinator Marni Fried at

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

All applications will be reviewed and interviews scheduled expeditiously.
Offers will be made on match day.

Description of Externship

Populations commonly served:

Children 0-6 years of age and school-age siblings
Adult Caregivers
Underserved, Minority, Limited English Proficiency
Child Welfare involved
Trauma exposed (Domestic Violence / Child Abuse)

Training models offered:

Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP; Lieberman & Van Horn, 2005)

A one-year intensive relationship-based, evidence-based, attachment and trauma informed treatment for young children ages zero to six (0-6) and their non-abusing caregivers whose relationship has been impacted as a result of exposure to domestic violence or child abuse. Externs will be expected to carry at least 4 CPP cases.

Attachment, Self-Competency, and Regulation (ARC; Kinniburgh, Blaustein, Spinazzola, & van der Kolk, 2005)

The ARC framework was initially developed according to research evidence and clinical expertise defining the core components of complex trauma intervention for children. ARC is a relationship-based, attachment and trauma-informed model of treatment that seeks to re-establish safety, address the psychological impact of trauma, improve the quality of the parent-child attachment, improve parent and child capacity for self-regulation and conflict-resolution, and restore normative individual and relational developmental trajectories. Externs will be expected to carry at least one school age child ARC case.

Individual Trauma-Informed Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Non-abusing adult caregivers are seen for adjunctive individual trauma-informed psychodynamic psychotherapy as needed.

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:


Externs will additionally have the opportunity to attend community trainings on such topics as early childhood mental health, domestic violence, child welfare, and trauma treatment throughout the training year.

Expected number of cases seen at any one time: a minimum of 4 dyadic cases and 1 school age child case

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Externs will conduct initial evaluation screenings, comprehensive assessments of child and caregiver, provide CPP treatment to a minimum of 4 child-parent dyads, provide adjunctive trauma-informed individual psychodynamic therapy to adult caregivers, and provide ARC treatment to 1-2 latency age siblings of referred early childhood patients.


Externs will receive a minimum of 4 supervision hours per week and participate in weekly team disposition and case conference meetings. Licensed clinical psychologists will provide individual supervision, group supervision, and weekly didactic seminars. The Clinical Director, who is a nationally endorsed CPP trainer, will conduct training in CPP.

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