Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Metropolitan Regional Diagnostic and Treatment Center (RDTC) – General Track

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Contact Information

Name of Externship: Newark Beth Israel Medical Center's Metropolitan Regional Diagnostic and Treatment Center (RDTC) General Externship Track

Name of Director/Coordinator: Karyn Smarz, Ph.D.

Street Address:

Children's Hospital of New Jersey
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Metropolitan Regional Diagnostic and Treatment Center
201 Lyons Avenue, E4
Newark, NJ 07112

Telephone: (973) 926-6695



General Information

Start Date: 9/1
End Date: 5/31 (option to extend through end of August)

Appropriate for doctoral level psychology students in the fields of:

Child Clinical
School Clinical

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

  • 16 hours/week.
  • Some flexible scheduling days related to program and student needs. Thursdays between 1pm-3pm is required for all students.
  • Must commit to one late night (7:00 pm) on Tuesday or Thursday. The chosen late night will remain the same for the duration of the externship. In addition, students are unable to come in on Mondays. Please plan accordingly.

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

  • Applicants should have some knowledge of psychopathology, various treatment orientations, and have some experience working with children and families.
  • Applicants should have an interest in learning to perform forensic abuse evaluations and provide individual and group therapy to multiculturally and socioeconomically diverse families of children who have experienced maltreatment.
  • Applicants must have completed at least one prior practicum, as this is not an appropriate first practicum placement.
  • We are willing to interview applicants who are concurrently applying for internship.

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

Some child or trauma experience (coursework, clinical experience) is preferable but not necessary.

Is there a stipend for externs?


Application Process

Do you permit applications before January 19?

No. We adhere to the NYNJADOT guidelines.

What materials need to be submitted?

  • Letter of interest
  • CV
  • Two letters of recommendation - one must be a clinical recommendation
  • Upon application submission, you will be emailed a questionnaire to complete. Please return it promptly.
    • Please note, a writing sample no longer needs to be submitted.

How should it be submitted?

Applications should be emailed to Karyn Smarz, Ph.D., at
The subject line should read "RDTC General Track Externship Application 2018-2019."

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

Once applications are received in full (including the questionnaire), they will be reviewed and applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Description of Externship

Populations commonly served:

Ethnic Minorities

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

Not specified.

Training models offered:

Play therapy

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

Not specified.

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Individual Psychotherapy
Group Therapy
Forensic Abuse Evaluations

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

Not applicable.

Expected number of cases seen at any one time: 4 individual therapy cases/week, approximately 2-3 evaluations/month

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Psychoeducational Assessment
Assessment Report Writing
Personality/Psychopathology Assessment
Structured Interviewing
Mental Status Exam
Two types of assessment experience are provided to trainees:

(1) RDTC Psychosocial Evaluations: These are forensic assessments of children who have made allegations of abuse (sexual or physical) or neglect. Specialized training is provided in how to assess child abuse and trauma. These evaluations are used to provide recommendations to the parent/DCP&P. A Psychosocial Evaluation includes a review of records, interview with DCP&P worker, interview with caregiver, interview with child and self-report psychological measures for parent and child. You have the option of administering a brief IQ test in order to complete the clinical picture (therefore allowing you to count this evaluation towards your number of comprehensive assessments for your APPIC internship application). Students are typically scheduled for 1 RDTC eval per month and complete an average of 5-7 evaluations during the placement year.

(2) CHEC (Comprehensive Health Evaluations for Children) Evaluations: These assessments are conducted for children who are living in out-of-home placements (e.g., foster or relative care). The goal of the CHEC evaluation is to assess the children’s adjustment to their placement, screen them for developmental, behavioral, social, and emotional concerns and provide recommendations to the Division. The CHEC evals include a review of records, interview with DCP&P worker, interview with resource parent, interview with child, and self-report measures for caregiver/child (depending on the child’s age), a brief IQ test, and developmental screening for younger children (up to age 5). Students are typically scheduled for 2-3 CHEC evals per month and complete an average of 10-12 evaluations during the placement year.

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

Not applicable.

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

Approximately 15-20

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

Approximately 15-20


Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 1

Our supervisors reflect a range of theoretical orientation, from psychodynamic and interpersonal to cognitive-behavioral and integrative approaches.

Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1
Estimated hours/week of didactics: 1

Didactics focus on trauma-related issues in assessment and psychotherapy, developmental considerations in psychotherapy and assessment, and vicarious trauma and provider self-care. Didactics also include presentations from professionals who work in the field of child abuse and maltreatment.
Amichaelides 14:38, 4 Jan 2010 (EST)

Other Comments

Research opportunities, as well as opportunities for professional presentations and/or dissertation topics, are available for externs.