The Quad Preparatory School

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Contact Information

Name of Externship: The Quad Preparatory School

Name of Director/Coordinator: Melissa Malakoff, PsyD

Street Address:

25 Pine St., 4th Floor
New York, NY 10005

Telephone: Phone 646-649-3913, ext. 160

Email: Melissa Malakoff, PsyD


General Information

Start Date: September
End Date: June

Appropriate for:

Child clinical
Combined school/child clinical

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

P/T schedule requires 3 school days

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

Any year. Prior experience working with young children strongly preferred.

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

Experience working with special education children strongly preferred

Is there a stipend for externs?


Application Process

Additional dates for applications?


What materials need to be submitted?

  • Letter of application
  • CV
  • 3 letters of recommendation

How should it be submitted?

Email to Dr. Malakoff at the above address

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

Interview will be scheduled with Dr. Malakoff.

Description of Externship

Populations commonly served:

Grades K-12
Ethnic Minorities
Developmental Disabilities

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

Not specified

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Training models offered:

Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (formerly Collaborative Problem Solving)
Social Thinking Curriculum
Therapeutic Crisis Intervention
Teacher-Child Interaction Therapy

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

Not specified

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Individual Psychotherapy
Group Therapy
School Consultation
Quad Prep is an alternative college preparatory school dedicated to the education of Twice Exceptional Students with social learning differences. The vision is to allow Quad Prep students to experience education as the transformative experience every child deserves. At The Quad Preparatory School students rise to the level of talent, instead of being kept down to the level of disability in a completely alternative program that truly molds itself to each child. The founding principles underlying the Quad Preparatory School’s mission are specialized, individualized, whole-child education for twice exceptional students who do not thrive in traditional classroom settings. The unique model fully integrates explicit social and emotional learning with a rigorous academic curriculum, specially designed to engage and motivate our highly capable students to reach their potential—as independent thinkers, empowered and mindful adults, and innovators and contributors to communities of excellence.
The Intern will join a high level team consisting of trainees, mental health professionals, and educators.
  • 2 weeks of intensive training before school year begins
  • Weekly individual clinical supervision (1 hour)
  • Weekly group supervision (2 hours)
  • Weekly in-service training (2 hours)
  • Provide individual counseling to students (graduate students only)
  • Provide group counseling to students
  • Establish and continuously monitor students’ individual psychosocial goals and strategies
  • Assist instructors in psychosocial aspects of student interaction
  • Assist instructors with implementation of classroom activities
  • Assist children with special projects, homework and life skills as determined by their schedule
  • Prepare, arrange, and maintain group activities for students
  • Interact with children according to The Quad's Social and Emotional Learning Paradigms
  • Track and maintain program participation data and complete required daily reports
  • Participate in monthly conference calls with students’ parents and outside mental health providers
  • Write psychosocial portion of students’ mid-year and year-end progress reports

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

Not specified

Expected number of cases seen at any one time: 3 individual; 2 groups

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Treatment Plan development
Note: This is not an assessment-based externship

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

Not specified

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:

Extern completes comprehensive psychosocial progress reports for 3-5 students twice yearly


Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 1
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 2
Estimated hours/week of didactics: 2

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