White Plains Hospital

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Last Update

December, 2016

Contact Information

Caren Ruzza, Ph.D.

Name of Externship White Plains Hospital, Child and Adolescent Service, Department of Behavioral Health
Name of Director:Dr. John Gregory
Name of Coordinator: Dr. Caren Ruzza
White Plains Hospital
Dept. of Behavioral Health, Child and Adolescent Service
41 East Post Road
White Plains, NY 10601
Telephone:(914) 681-2209
Fax:(914) 681-2284
Email: Caren Ruzza, Ph.D.

General Information

Start Date:Early September or during the summer if desired.
End Date:Middle or late June
Appropriate for:Clinical doctoral students
Students interested in working with children, adolescents, families, and collaborating with schools and community agencies.
Scheduling:The only required time are Tuesdays from 1:00-2:00 when we have staff meetings. (The time may be adjusted to an extent.)

The days of week are flexible, but either Monday or Tuesday afternoons are preferred because the clinic is open late on those days. # hrs per day are flexible. The total hours per week reflects students' requirements--generally 16.

Required level of readiness: Prefer 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year students, but exceptions are made depending on background and experience.

Preferred level of readiness: Prior experiences are considered but not required.

Is there a stipend for externs?

Unfortunately, No.

Application Process

Do you permit applications before January 17?


What materials need to be submitted?

  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • One recommendation if possible, but not required

How should it be submitted?

Preferred via email.
Regular mail
Interviews will be set up at a mutually convenient time. Decisions are made based on level of interest and qualification.

Description of Externship

Our externs take Requests for Service on the telephone, conduct Intake Interviews, provide individual therapy, family therapy, family consultations, and have contacts with schools and community agencies. Interns work collaboratively with all individuals invested in client's treatment. We try to give our externs the experiences that they want to help prepare them for their future careers as psychologists.

Populations commonly served:

We serve a very diverse population, with regard to age,SES levels, and culture. We see children from 2-19 years of age, and there is opportunity to work with an adult patient, if there is interest.
Ethnic Minorities
Medical setting so involves emergency psychiatric population on occasion
Some co-morbidity patients

Training models offered:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:CBT
Play therapy

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Individual therapeutic techniques
Family interventions
Working with schools, CPS, and Social Services
Expected number of cases seen at any one time: Generally externs work with 6-9 cases at a time.

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Intake Report Writing
Mental Status Exam(rarely)
Diagnostic Criteria and practice


Estimated Individual Supervision:One scheduled hour per week, but almost any time with questions or concerns.
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: One scheduled hour per week when cases are discussed in staff meeting. More often with clinical staff as indicated.
Some psychopharmacology discussed in staff meeting and individually with our psychiatrist.

Other Comments

We have a very congenial department and a pleasant work environment. We are like a "family" working together. Our externs become fully integrated as professionals in the department.