Saint Peter's University Hospital - Dorothy B. Hersh Regional Child Protection Center
January 19, 2015
Name of Externship: _Externship name_
Dorothy B. Hersh Regional Child Protection Center at Saint Peter's University Hospital
Name of Director/Coordinator: _Director name_
Brett A. Biller, Psy.D.
123 How Lane
New Brunswick, NJ
The Dorothy B. Hersh Child Protection Center is a child maltreatment program associated with Saint Peter’s University Hospital, located in Middlesex County, New Jersey. The Dorothy B. Hersh Child Protection Center provides children and families with psychological and medical evaluations related to child abuse concerns, which includes medical, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. The staff at the Dorothy B. Hersh Child Protection Center is a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals including pediatricians, registered nurses, psychologists, social workers, and pediatricians. The program utilizes a team approach, which includes multidisciplinary case conferences and collaboration with community agencies including, child protection agencies and law enforcement. Many opportunities for further learning are available via supervision, weekly didactic presentations, in-services, and pediatric rounds.
The Dorothy B. Hersh is an APA Internship grant recipient and a member of the APPIC match program. Interns and Externs participate in training and educational seminars, as well as supervision with experienced psychologists, to enhance their skills related to the evaluation and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults. Various treatment group techniques are utilized, including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play therapy, and Attachment Theory. Intern and Extern duties include Psychosocial/Psychological Evaluations; psychological testing; and Group Therapy. Candidates must have experience providing psychotherapy and counseling to children, as well as be familiar with issues of physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and emotional abuse. Populations served include a wide cultural and SES exposure. Current supervisors are culturally diverse, as well as diverse in their theoretical orientations.
• Externship candidates must be in their fourth year of training, just prior to internship. Externships require 10 months of training, over a minimum 18 hour week. • In order to be considered for an internship or externship, please contact the Intern/Extern Coordinator and provide your C.V., transcripts, and two current letters of recommendation. Candidates will be interviewed by supervisory staff.
Start Date: August 1
End Date: June 30
- Child clinical
- Combined school/child clinical
Scheduling (e.g., required/optional days of week, # hrs per day, total hours per week, flexibility in scheduling):
- Scheduling is considerate of the student's availability. Students should be available at least one morning and one late afternoon each week. 18 hours each week.
Required level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants):
- Applicants should have knowledge of psychopathology, various treatment orientations, and experience working with children and families. Applicants should additionally have interest in learning concepts related to child maltreatment. Areas of interest should include performing forensic psychological evaluations, court testimony, community education/advocacy, and individual group psychotherapy. Applicant must have readiness to work with a multicultural and socioeconomically diverse population.
Preferred level of readiness(any prior experiences preferred for applicants):
- It is preferred that applicants begin training in their fourth year, prior to their formal internship year. Applicants should have experience working with children and families. Some knowledge of child maltreatment is preferred.
Is there a stipend for externs?
Additional dates for applications?
- Applications not accepted before January 19
What materials need to be submitted?
- Letter of intent and Interest
- 2 Letters of Recommendation
- Letter of intent and Interest
How should it be submitted?
- email preferred to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Letters of recommendation can be mailed directly to
- Brett A. Biller, Psy.D.
- Dorothy B. Hersh CPC
- 123 How Lane
- New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Any details of the application process (e.g., interviewing, time frame, how decisions are made):
- Applicants will be contacted for an interview after the complete application is received and reviewed
Description of Externship
Populations commonly served:
- Ethnic Minorities
- Child Abuse and Maltreatment
Training models offered:
Intervention training experiences commonly offered:
- Group Therapy
- Community Advocacy
- Forensic Evaluation
- Expert Testimony
Expected number of cases seen at any one time:
- Co-facilitate group therapy
- 2 Forensic Evaluations a month
- Coordinate Assessment Clinic
- Collaborate on Research Project
Assessment training experiences commonly offered:
- Forensic Evaluation with Children and Adults
- Psychoeducational Assessment
- Mental Health Screening Assessment with Child and Adolescents
- Assessment Report Writing
- Personality/Psychopathology Assessment
- Cognitive Assessment
If any of these assessment experiences are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:
- Students will have the opportunity to observe forensic evaluations prior to conducting the evaluations independently.
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests):
- Approximately 10
Expected number of assessment reports completed during externship (defined as writing reports based on a battery of standardized tests:
- Approximately 10
Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 2
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1
Estimated hours/week of didactics: 1-2