Teachers College, Columbia University, Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology, School Based Mental Health Collaboration (SBMHC)
Name of Externship: School Based Mental Health Collaboration (SBMHC), Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University
Name of Director: Nancy Eppler-Wolff, PhD.
Street Address: Teachers College, Columbia University Program in Clinical Psychology/The Dean Hope Center 525 West 120th Street NYC 10027 Box 102 Telephone: 212 595 5070 Email: Nancy Eppler-Wolff, PhD. firstname.lastname@example.org Webpage: in progress
General Information Start Date: July 2017 End Date: June 2018
Appropriate for: • Child clinical • Child counseling • School/child
Scheduling (e.g., required/optional days of week, # hrs per day, total hours per week, flexibility in scheduling): Tuesdays required, total hours/week = 16, flexibility in scheduling
Required level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants): 3rd year +
• Has completed child psychotherapy/child therapy practicum course (or equivalent) • Prior experience treating children in individual treatment.
Is there a stipend for externs? No
Application Process Applications not accepted before January 20
Other application information: • SBMHC abides by the guidelines established by the externship consortium. Please refer to the link below for details: http://psychpracticum.fdu.edu/index.php/Externship_Recommendations • It is expected that externs will provide documentation of their professional liability for graduate students in psychology prior to working in the School.
What materials need to be submitted? ▪ Letter of application ▪ Curriculum vitae ▪ Two (de-identified) samples of written clinical material: A psychoeducational or psychological test report (child) A case summary (child) ▪ Two letters of reference
Please send full packet via email (preferred) or postal mail to:
Nancy Eppler-Wolff, Ph.D. Nje12@tc.columbia.edu
Box 102 Teachers College, Columbia University 525 West 120th Street New York, NY 10017
Description of Externship
SBMHC (Program in Clinical Psychology and The Dean Hope Center for Psychological Services, and NYC Public Schools) is a unique interdisciplinary clinical program. It is an evidence-based consultative and preventative mental health project in which externs, from clinical, counseling and child/school psychology programs, can broaden and deepen their clinical skills by working and consulting with children, parents, teachers and administrators in an underserved community setting.
Research has validated that a substantial number of children experience mental health issues that severely impact school performance and can lead to social dysfunction. School mental health professionals are often overworked and may not be prepared to address the vast scope and variability of the mental health needs of their students. In addition, there is little opportunity for them to create thoughtful and effective preventative care services school wide. Teachers usually have little specific training in social and emotional education, and do not feel qualified to handle the inevitable everyday behavioral crises in their classrooms. Finally, parents’ needs, especially in underserved schools, are often unmet and most schools offer few preventive services for parents (i.e. parenting groups, psychological educational workshops). Also, children and their parents do not always utilize the mental health services that are available via local hospitals or agencies due to scheduling demands, poverty, lack of access, or fear of stigma. All of this negatively impacts a child's mental health and impedes their ability to receive treatment to alleviate emotional and behavioral problems.
SBMHC, launched in September 2016, addresses social and emotional health issues of community constituents through preventative SEL (social and emotional learning) curricula, consultative, psychoeducational, and early intervention services.
Primary responsibilities of externs:
1. Work in classrooms as “clinical educational consultant” doing on-going clinical observations and informal assessments of children. All observations and assessments are made in the classroom (and in special activities such as gym, music and lunch). Extern keeps logs of all children’s behavior over time. When externalizing or internalizing behaviors are observed (i.e., behaviors that interfere with the child’s ability to attend/participate/self-regulate in the classroom), extern makes an intervention to help mitigate the behavior (i.e., self-regulatory techniques, mindfulness, other therapeutic techniques). On-going logs of behavioral interventions are kept; extern and supervisor meet weekly to assess effectiveness of interventions. Additionally, extern and supervisor confer weekly with classroom teachers to discuss these findings, and to help the teacher understand, and implement his/her own effective behavioral strategies and interventions. 2. Design and co-teach an SEL curriculum (based on PATHS -Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies, - Channing Bête,) with classroom teacher. SEL curriculum is tailored to meet the specific needs of the children in each classroom. 3. Co-lead an on-going parenting group. 4. Co-lead an on-going teacher group. 5. Create and lead psychoeducational workshops for faculty and/or parents. 6. Help triage referrals for off-site psychotherapy and psychiatric referrals; Work collaboratively with psychologists and psychiatrists. 7. Opportunity to collaborate on on-going scholarly research, and co-authorship of articles/presentations (if interested).
Populations served: • Children – ages 5-11 • Parents • Teachers • School Administrators
Training models offered: • Integrative Psychodynamic • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) and other evidence-based modalities • Mindfulness training (for individuals and groups) • PATHS (social and emotional learning program) - addresses student behavior difficulties, promotes empathy, good decision-making behavior, and self-regulation • Community consultation and Advocacy Training
Intervention training experiences commonly offered: • School/community consultation in underserved community • Group Therapy • Program Development
Expected number of cases seen at any one time: no individual/pull-out therapy caseload
Assessment training experiences commonly offered: • Informal assessment of children in classroom • Work with Team (and off-site collaborators) to develop new measure to track child’s behavior in the classroom.
Supervision of externs: Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 1 Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1 Estimated hours/week of didactics: 2 (extensive didactics on community consultative work; Team meeting - Tuesday evenings.)