Westchester Jewish Community Services

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Last Update

December 4, 2017

Contact Information

Name of Externship: Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS)

Name of Director/Coordinator: Marna Cohen, Ph. D., Coordinator, Psychology Externship

Street Address:

141 North Central Avenue
Hartsdale, NY 10530

Telephone: 914-949-6761, ext. 472

Fax: 914-949-3224

Email: mcohen@wjcs.com

Webpage: http://www.wjcs.com/

General Information

Start Date: September 4, 2018
End Date: June 28, 2017 (later end date may be arranged)

Appropriate for:

Child Clinical
Combined School/Clinical

Scheduling (e.g., required/optional days of week, # hrs per day, total hours per week, flexibility in scheduling): Two or three days per week, approximately 8 hours per day. Total hours per week are 16-24, depending on doctoral program requirements. One evening a week is required. There is some flexibility in externship days depending on WJCS site/program where student is placed.
Possible externship sites include our mental health clinics in Hartsdale and Yonkers.

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

Second-, third-, fourth-year (and higher) Doctoral candidates are considered.

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

Prior clinical/practicum experience in mental health or school setting is preferred.

Is there a stipend for externs?


Application Process

Do you permit applications before January 16th?

Last day to apply is Tues., February 20th.

What materials need to be submitted?

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Letter of readiness from doctoral program Training Director
  • Writing Sample - such as a psychological evaluation, case conceptualization, or treatment summary

How should it be submitted?

Application material should be mailed or e-mailed to the address above (If submitted electronically, letters of reference should be in PDF format on official letterhead)

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

WJCS follows the guidelines established by the Psychology Directors of NYS (PSYDNYS)and NY/NJ Association of Directors of Training (NYNJADOT). Applications will be accepted beginning Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Interviews will be scheduled upon receipt of the student's completed application. Offers of externship will be made between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. beginning Monday, February 26, 2018, in accordance with the timeframes agreed upon by PSYDNYS and NYNJADOT.

Description of Externship

Populations commonly served:

Ethnic Minorities
Developmental Disabilities
Autistic Spectrum
Serious Mental Illness (SMI)
Survivors of Trauma
Juvenile Sex Offenders

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


Training models offered:

WJCS is committed to utilizing evidence-based treatment models when available.
School-Based Interventions

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


Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Individual Psychotherapy
Group Therapy
Family/Couples Therapy

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


Expected number of cases seen at any one time: approximately 6-8 therapy cases, 1 group (based on Extern's # of placement hours).

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Psychoeducational assessment
Intake Report Writing
Assessment Report Writing
Personality/Psychopathology Assessment
Forensic Assessment
Juvenile Sex Offender Risk Assessment
Firesetting Risk Assessment

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

Personality/psychopathology assessments - as well as forensic, JSO and firesetting risk assessments - are assigned if available.

Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests):

2-3 minimum (based on Extern's # of placement hours and availability of assessment referrals). Assessments are generally completed through the WJCS Learning Center

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

2-3 minimum (based on Extern's # of placement hours and availability of assessment referrals)


Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 1-2 hours by a licensed psychologist. Supervisors with specialty training will provide additional supervision as needed. Externs will also be assigned a Pre-Doctoral Psychology Fellow supervisor/mentor during their externship year as well.
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: as needed over training year
Estimated hours/week of didactics: Approximately 1-2 hours per month, including training available through the WJCS Educational Institute, as student's schedule/time permits.

Amichaelides 23:11, 7 Jan 2010 (EST)

Other Comments

Externs are expected to assist in WJCS research projects.