Pride of Judea Community Services at the Jewish Board of Family Services: Queens Learning Center (QLC)

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Last Update

January 9, 2017

Contact Information

Name of Externship: Jewish Board of Family & Children Services (JBFCS) - Pride of Judea Community Services

Name of Director/Coordinator: Kaitlin Luongo

Street Address:

243-02 Northern Boulevard
Douglaston, [New York] 11362

Direct inquiries and email applications to Kaitlin Luongo, Internship Coordinator

Telephone: (212) 582-9100

Email: []


General Information

Start Date: Early to Mid September
End Date: End of June

Appropriate for:


The Queens‐based externship is offered as a clinic‐based placement at Pride of Judea Community Services. The Pride of Judea Community Services, another branch of the MBCS, provides mental health services to a full age range of individuals and families reflecting the rich diversity of the clinic’s local community. Presenting problems range from transient crises to persistent emotional disorders. Treatment modalities include crisis intervention, short‐term and long‐term individual therapy,family therapy, play therapy, and group therapy. The clinic currently has 10 groups serving a broad range of clients. The extern may arrange to co‐lead a group with a clinic therapist, time permitting. Psychodiagnostic testing is also a part of the extern’s experience. The extern participates in staff meetings and training seminars. Externs receive intensive supervision and training throughout the year and have the opportunity to collaborate with the postdoctoral psychology fellows who enrich the learning environment.
The externship is available at Pride of Judea Community Services exclusively, 16-20 hours per week, typically spread over two to three days. Hours must include one evening until 9 pm (Tuesday or Thursday).
Transportation: Pride of Judea is accessible by LIRR Port Washington Line (Douglaston station), Q12, N‐20, and N‐21 buses (to Douglaston Parkway). By car, take the Cross Island Parkway to Northern Blvd. East or LIE to exit 31 (Douglaston Parkway).
Required level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants):

JBFCS offers externship training to graduate students matriculated in doctoral programs in clinical, school or combined clinical-school/child psychology. Externships at JBFCS are appropriate for students who will be in their third or fourth year of graduate study during the training year. Students whose training ends with a Master’s Degree or Professional Diploma will not be considered for the externship program.

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

Eligible students have completed at least one externship/placement prior to applying to JBFCS. They are expected to have completed course work in cognitive and projective testing and to have had some experience, even if only in a non-clinical setting, in administering a full test battery and preparing a written report. Course work on child development, psychopathology, Psychodynamic psychotherapy, and family therapy has generally been part of the externs’ graduate school experience, as well as some, often limited, therapeutic work with clients. All applicants must have the approval of their department chairperson or training director.

Is there a stipend for externs?


Application Process

Do you permit applications before January 17?


What materials need to be submitted?

For easy identification, please label all attached electronic documents with your first and last name, the title of the document (i.e. cover letter, writing sample, CV), and the name(s) of the JBFCS program(s) that you are applying to.” Paper documents as well as applications received prior to January 17 will not be accepted. To apply, please submit the following documents:
  • Cover letter indicating your choice of up to two agency settings
  • Curriculum vitae
  • One psychological testing report (delete all personal or identifying information)
  • Two letters of recommendation (*)
  • Letter from department chairperson indicating approval for externship and the maximum number of days and hours that the student is approved to be at an externship site.(*) STUDENTS WILL NOT BE INTERVIEWED UNTIL THEIR TRAINING DIRECTOR HAS VERIFIED THAT THEY HAVE THEIR PROGRAM’S APPROVAL TO COMMIT TO THE HOURS AND DAYS AT THE EXTERNSHIP SITE(S) TO WHICH THEY ARE APPLYING.
(*)Letters of recommendation may be e-mailed directly from your supervisor or professor and Letters of departmental approval may be e-mailed directly from your training director or department chairperson. If e-mailed by students, these documents must be scanned or sent in PDF format and include the supervisor or chairperson’s signature.

How should it be submitted?


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

Applications will be accepted beginning January 17. We encourage prompt submission. Interviews will be scheduled by site supervisors after all of an applicant’s materials have been received and reviewed. Offers for externship positions are made on a rolling basis beginning February 27. JBFCS requests that students approach the application process professionally and respond to interview invitations and placement offers in a timely manner. Students may apply to up to two JBFCS settings. If you have questions about scheduling conflicts, please contact us for further information prior to applying.

Description of Externship

A traditional Outpatient mental health center. A broadband experience with Adults, Adolescents, and Children in therapy and assessment.

Populations commonly served:


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

Not specified.

Training models offered:

Family Systems/Strategic

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
Family/couples Therapy
Parent-Child Interaction

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


Expected number of cases seen at any one time: 8

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Very brief batteries

Psychoeducational Assessment
Assessment Report Writing
Personality/Psychopathology Assessment

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


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

1 to 3

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

1 to 3


All externs receive two hours of case supervision each week. At least one hour of supervision is with a licensed psychologist. Additional supervision is provided for assessment. In most locations, supervision groups and/or workshops are available that include staff as well as other students.

Externs at the agency for two days per week generally have about 4 to 8 clinical contact hours per week with patients. Externs must complete the regular case recording requirements of the facility. They also must be able to be available for psychiatric conferences; this may occasionally involve a change of the externs’ regular work schedule.
Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 1-2 hour
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1
Estimated hours/week of didactics: 1 hour

Amichaelides 22:05, 7 Jan 2010 (EST)


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