St. Vincent's Behavioral Health Services

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Last Update

November 14, 2014

Contact Information

Name of Externship: St. Vincent's Child and Adolescent Psychology Externship

Name of Director/Coordinator: Debra Dorfman Botens, Ph.D.

Street Address:

St. Vincent's Behavioral Health Services
1 Lois Street
Norwalk, CT 06851

Telephone: 203-341-4508

Fax: 203-229-0499


Website: Currently being updated

General Information

St. Vincent's Behavioral Health is one of the largest providers of Child/Adolescent Services in the State of Connecticut. We offer an integrated continuum of behavioral health and addiction services for individuals and families in southern Connecticut, with various sites located near New York City. We have outpatient facilities in Norwalk and Bridgeport and an inpatient facility and Developmental/Autism services program in Westport. St. Vincent's Behavioral Health is a service of St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport, CT and a member of Ascension Health. We have the distinction of serving as the primary clinical partner of the new Frank H. Netter M.D. School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University. St. Vincent's mission is committed to providing Exceptional Care for the Mind, Body, and Spirit.

Start Date: September 2015
End Date: May 2016

Appropriate for:

Clinical Psychology
Clinical/School Psychology
Counseling Psychology

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

  • Tuesdays 1 to 3 pm for weekly multi-disciplinary team meeting - Required
  • Thursdays 9:30 am to 12:30 pm for Grand Rounds, Symposia, Intake and Psychiatric Evaluations - Required
  • Two time blocks Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and/or Thursday 1 to 6 pm for clinical programming at Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program
  • Individual Supervision and other clinical placements to be determined

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

Master's Degree required

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

Not specified

Is there a stipend for externs?


Application Process

Additional dates for applications?

Applications accepted as of Tuesday, January 20th, 2015. If you are outside the New York/New Jersey area, please contact us for additional information regarding application deadlines.

What materials need to be submitted?

  • Cover letter with a personal statement describing your clinical experience and interests
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official transcripts from your current Graduate Program
  • Two written Letters of Recommendation, in sealed envelopes with signature/date across seal
  • Letter of Eligibility, in sealed envelope with signature/date across seal

How should it be submitted?

Please mail to -
Debra Dorfman Botens, Ph.D.
Clinical Program Manager Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program/Psychology Externship
St. Vincent’s Behavioral Health Services
1 Lois Street
Norwalk, CT 06851

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

Applications for externship are accepted as of January 20th, 2015. Interviews will take place January and February 2015. If you are outside the New York/New Jersey area, please contact us for additional information regarding the interview process.

Description of Externship

Populations commonly served:

Adolescents ages 13 to 18 - intensive outpatient, required placement
Child/Adolescent ages 5 to 17 - inpatient, possible rotation
Child/Adolescent ages 5 to 17 - Autism and Developmental Services, possible rotation
Adult - inpatient, possible rotation
We serve a diverse population from a wide variety of ethnic, racial, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Training models offered:

Family Systems

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Group Therapy
Intake Evaluations
Differential Diagnosis
Crisis Management
Individual and Family Meetings
Case Coordination
Other training experiences available depending on rotation
Externs will have the opportunity to work with adolescents with a broad array of diagnoses

Expected number of cases seen at any one time: 8 to 12

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Intake Evaluations involving Mental Status Exams, Suicide Risk Assessments, and Diagnostic and Case Formulations

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


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

Not applicable


Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 1 hour
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1.5 hours
Estimated hours/month of didactics: 3.5 hours

Other Comments

Please contact Dr. Botens at for further information.