SUNY Downstate Medical Center - Infant and Child Learning Center

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Last Update

12/28/2016

Contact Information

Name of Externship: Infant and Child Mental Health and Advocacy

Name of Director/Coordinator: Joan Hittelman, Ph.D.

Street Address:

SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Infant and Child Learning Center
450 Clarkson Avenue
MSC 1270
Brooklyn, NY 11203

Telephone: 718-270-2036

Fax: 718-270-3910

Email: Joan Hittelman

General Information

Start Date: July 1, 2017 (earlier for training if possible)
End Date: June 30, 2018

Appropriate for:

Clinical
Child clinical
Combined school/child clinical

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

Mondays and Fridays preferred, 2 to 3 days a week, 8 hrs per day, flexibility in scheduling

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

Any year with experience or training in testing

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

Child experience

Is there a stipend for externs?

Yes

Application Process

Additional dates for applications?

Applications not accepted before January 17, 2017

What materials need to be submitted?

  • Letter of application
  • CV
  • Two samples of written clinical material (psychological test report and/or case summary)
  • Letter of readiness

How should it be submitted?

Email to joan.hittelman@downstate.edu

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

After receiving the Application, the student will have an Interview with Dr. Hittelman to learn about the program

Description of Externship

Populations commonly served:

Infants
Children
Adolescents
Ethnic Minorities
Learning disabled
Autism Spectrum Disorder
NICU Graduates
Outpatient

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

All graduate students can work with any of the patient populations they are comfortable.

Training models offered:

CBT
Integrative
Solution Focused
Advocacy with the Schools and Department of Education
Neuropsychological Evaluations
Infant Developmental Assessments

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

All graduate students can work with any of these Training models they are comfortable.

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Individual Psychotherapy
Group Therapy
School Consultation
Family Therapy

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

All graduate students can work with any of the interventions they are comfortable.

Expected number of cases seen at any one time: 2-3 Therapy cases and 1-2 testing cases, depending on the experience level of the student


Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Neuropsychological Assessment
Psychoeducational Assessment
Report Writing
Mental Status Exam
Developmental Assessment

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

All graduate students can perform any of the assessment that they are comfortable.

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

Approx 10-12 full batteries

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

Approx 10-12 reports

Supervision:

Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 2
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1
Estimated hours/week of didactics: Depending on days of externship


Other Comments

The Infant and Child Learning Center's Mental Health Clinics provide Developmental,Neuropsychological, and Psychoeducational Evaluations as well as Individual and Family Therapy, and Advocacy. Many children are experiencing emotional, social and behavioral responses to their sense of failure at school, and they present as emotionally disturbed. The first step in evaluating school age children is to assess their ability to succeed in their current school placement. This includes reviewing Reports and IEPs. For school-age children (5 to 21 years of age), testing includes using the WJ IV ECAD, the W-J IV Cognitive, Oral, and Achievement Tests, NEPSY, WRAML, PPVT, etc. Graduates of the NICU and those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder are evaluated at 12 months, 18-22 months, 3 years and 5 years of age, using the Bayley Scales of Infant Development, the WPPSI, and the WJ IV ECAD.

Four externship positions are available, with stipends