SUNY Downstate Medical Center - Infant and Child Learning Center
Name of Externship: Infant and Child Mental Health and Advocacy
Name of Director/Coordinator: Joan Hittelman, Ph.D.
- SUNY Downstate Medical Center
- Infant and Child Learning Center
- 450 Clarkson Avenue
- MSC 1270
- Brooklyn, NY 11203
Email: Joan Hittelman
Start Date: July 1, 2017 (earlier for training if possible)
End Date: June 30, 2018
- 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?
Additional dates for applications?
- Applications not accepted before January 17, 2017
What materials need to be submitted?
- Letter of application
- Two samples of written clinical material (psychological test report and/or case summary)
- Letter of readiness
- Letter of application
How should it be submitted?
- Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
- Ethnic Minorities
- Learning disabled
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- NICU Graduates
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:
- 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
Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 2
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1
Estimated hours/week of didactics: Depending on days of externship
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