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

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Last Update

2/27/2018: Position has been filled

Contact Information

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

Name of Director/Coordinator:

Jean Malpas,, Program Director
Randi Kaufman,, Gender and Family Project Psychologist

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: Randi Kaufmanr


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:

Child clinical
Combined school/child clinical


16 hours total. Mondays required (9-5 workday). There is some flexibility in scheduling on other day/days of the week i.e. half days on two days or some writing from home. It is preferred but not required for the extern to have availability 1 Friday evening per month to observe groups

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?


Application Process

Additional dates for applications?


Applications will be accepted from Tuesday January 16, 2018 to Monday, January 22, 2018 Applications not accepted before January 16

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: Randi Kaufman

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
Ethnic Minorities
School groups

Training models offered:

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 Externs typically take this course Monday nights 5-8 PM, but other times are offered

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Psychological Evaluation

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

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

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


Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 2
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1 hr every other week
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 through assessment work. A full caseload of ongoing one-on-one therapy is not offered. The priority for extern will be evaluations. Please email Randi Kaufman with any questions/concerns, as there are opportunities to gain additional experience in English/Spanish. GFP will be taking one student for 2018-2019.

Interview dates tentatively mid January to early February on Mondays