The Ackerman Institute for the Family - Gender and Family Project Psychological Evaluation Externship

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Last Update

2/27/2017 the 2017-2018 externship position is filled.

Contact Information

Name of Externship: Gender and Family Project Psychological Evaluation for Children and Adolescents Externship

Name of Director/Coordinator:

Jean Malpas, JMalpas@ackerman.org, Program Director
Randi Kaufman, RKaufman@ackerman.org, Gender and Family Project Psychologist
Lizzie Glaeser, LGlaeser@ackerman.org,

Ben Davis BDavis@ackerman.org, Deputy Director

Street Address:

The Ackerman Institute for the Family
The Gender and Family Project
936 Broadway, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10010

Telephone: 212-879-4900 ext. 150

Fax: N/A

Email: Lizzie Glaeser

Webpage: http://www.ackerman.org/gfp/

General Information

Start Date: _e.g., September 2016
End Date: _e.g., June 2017

'About GFP's Externship

This is a highly unique, specialized experience to learn from an expert in transgender children's mental health and perform/assist with psychological evaluations prior to the recommendation of puberty blockers and/or hormones. The purpose of the Gender and Family Project at the Ackerman Institute is to provide affirmative mental health services for gender expansive young people and their families. These services include: support groups/parent groups in English and Spanish, Family Therapy, Gender Inclusivity school trainings, and when appropriate, psychological evaluation for children and adolescents who may be seeking puberty blockers and/or hormone treatment.


Appropriate for:

Clinical
Counseling
Child clinical
Combined school/child clinical

Scheduling:

Mondays required, 2 days a week, 8 hrs per day, there is some flexibility in scheduling on other days of the week i.e. half days on two days

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

Must have psychological evaluation experience. Prefer some experience with families and children

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

Some knowledge, experience, or demonstrated interest in transgender mental health needs for children and adolescents

Is there a stipend for externs?

No

Application Process

Additional dates for applications?

No, Applications not accepted before January 20

What materials need to be submitted?

  • 2 Letters of recommendation
  • CV
  • Two samples of written clinical material (psychological test report and/or case summary)
  • Letter of readiness
  • Brief statement on interest in gender expansive or transgender populations (~250 words)

How should it be submitted?

Email to Deputy Director, Ben Davis bdavis@ackerman.org and Lizzie Glaeser lglaeser@ackerman.org
Email inquiries about the position are welcome

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

Correspond to suggested guidelines

Description of Externship

Populations commonly served:

Extern will be primarily working kids/adolescents and their families who are seeking services related to trans* identity
Children
Adolescents
Families
Ethnic Minorities
School groups

Training models offered:

Systems
Relational
Family Therapy

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

Students will enroll in Foundations of Family Therapy Course as part of externship http://www.ackerman.org/foundations-in-family-therapy/

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Psychological Evaluation

Other opportunities may be available to students demonstrating specific interests or experience:

Family and Child Intake
Group Therapy/Support Groups
School Consultation and Training
Professional Consultation and Training
Family/Marital Therapy
Longitudinal Research
Parental Couching
Spanish Speaking Group Therapy/Support Groups
Spanish Speaking Family Therapy

Expected number of cases seen at any one time:Will depend on the candidate's experience and interests


Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Gender Identity Assessment (evaluation for puberty blockers and/or hormones)
Assessment Report Writing
Mental Status Exam
Cognitive Assessment

Student may elect to complete other types of evaluation given experience level, interest, and discussion in supervision


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

To be discussed with supervisor

Supervision:

Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 2
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1 hr every other week on Friday afternoons
Estimated hours/week of didactics: 3 hrs


Other Comments

This externship is geared toward an experienced student looking for specialized experience in the field of family therapy and LGBT mental health. A full caseload of ongoing one-on-one therapy is not offered. The priority for extern will be evaluations. Please email program manager with any questions/concerns, as there is some flexibility. GFP will be taking one student for 2017-2018.

Interview dates tentatively mid January to early February on Mondays