Trinitas Regional Medical Center - Child/Adolescent Outpatient and Adolescent DBT Externship

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Contact Information

Name of Externship: Trinitas Regional Medical Center - Child/Adolescent Outpatient and Adolescent DBT Externship

Name of Director/Coordinator: Atara Hiller, PsyD

Street Address:

655 East Jersey Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07206

Telephone: 908-994-7378

Fax: 908-994-7354

Email: Atara Hiller

General Information

Start Date: July 2018
End Date: June 2019

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):

16 hours per week, usually spread over two half days in the afternoon/evening (Monday-Thursday). Externs must be available Monday afternoon for DBT consultation team and Monday or Wednesday evening for DBT multi-family skills group.

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

Externs must be entering their third year of training or above. It is required that applicants have prior experience conducting CBT, as well as an interest in DBT. Currently, this externship is available only for bilingual students who speak Spanish and English.

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

coursework or clinical experience providing DBT

Is there a stipend for externs?


Application Process

Additional dates for applications?

No, Applications not accepted before January 16, 2018

What materials need to be submitted?

  • cover letter
  • CV
  • Two letters of recommendation

How should it be submitted?

Please email application materials in a single email message to:
Atara Hiller, PsyD

The subject line should read: “COPU/DBT Externship Application.”

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

Applicants will be notified via email if they are selected for interviews, and will be notified of selection in compliance with externship consortium policies and standards.

Description of Externship

Populations commonly served:

Ethnic Minorities

Training models offered:


Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Individual Psychotherapy
Group Therapy
Family Therapy
Case management

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Psychological intakes
Mental Status Exam

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:

Externs have an option to complete psychological and psychoeducational batteries on this externship, and will receive supervision from a licensed psychologist. However, engaging in testing is not considered a required component of this externship, and may require additional hours at the COPU.


Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 1-2 hours; additional as needed
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1.5 hours
Estimated hours/week of didactics: Externs are required to read Dialectical behavior therapy with suicidal adolescents by Miller, A.L., Rathus, J.H., & Linehan, M.M. and Cognitive-behavioral treatment of borderline personality disorder by Linehan, M. before the start of externship. In the first few months of externship, externs will participate in weekly two-hour trainings on conducting DBT on Thursday and/or Friday mornings (depending on scheduling). Externs will also have the opportunity to participate in unit-wide treatment meetings (biweekly), as well as seminars (weekly or biweekly) offered to psychology interns participating in the APA-accredited predoctoral internship at Trinitas, depending on the days that externs are at the COPU

Other Comments

General Program Information

Trinitas Regional Medical Center (TRMC) is a major center for comprehensive health services for those who live and work in central New Jersey. Offering 531 beds, Trinitas is distinguished by no less than ten Centers of Excellence, which includes behavioral health services. The Department of Behavioral Health and Psychiatry offers one of the most comprehensive services in the state for the psychiatric treatment of children and adults, including every level of mental health and substance abuse care for both children and adults. TRMC is a Catholic teaching medical center sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth in partnership with Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation.
The Child and Adolescent Outpatient Unit (COPU) offers a full array of psychiatric and behavioral health services for children and adolescents (ages 3.5-18 years old) and their family members. The goals of the program are to improve communication; promote problem solving/crisis resolution; improve behavior; therapeutically stabilize significantly impaired youth; and collaborate with school, pediatricians, and outside collateral support systems to stabilize and facilitate family harmony. The COPU offers psychological evaluations, individual/family therapy, group therapy, and psychiatric evaluations and medication management. A multidisciplinary team of culturally competent professionals work together to provide services in English and Spanish: board certified psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, licensed psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, licensed social workers, and licensed professional counselors. The COPU includes a comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program that provides individual/family therapy, multi-family DBT skills groups, phone coaching, and DBT consultation team.

Externship Details

This placement offers two externs a range of clinical experiences at the COPU, including conducting intake evaluations; providing individual cognitive-behavioral and family therapy to children, adolescents, and families with anxiety, mood, and disruptive behavior disorders; and engaging in case management with schools, psychiatric providers, and outside case managers. There are also opportunities to provide group therapy services, in addition to individual/family treatment. Furthermore, externs will be trained in providing Dialectical Behavior Therapy to adolescents and their families, who exhibit symptoms of borderline personality disorder and comorbid conditions. They will be required to carry a caseload of 1-2 DBT cases and/or co-lead weekly multi-family DBT skills group, as well as provide phone coaching and participate in a weekly consultation team. Externs will receive 1-2 hours of supervision per week by licensed psychologists. Finally, externs will have the opportunity to participate in unit-wide treatment meetings, as well as seminars offered to psychology interns participating in the APA-accredited predoctoral internship at Trinitas.