YCS Institute for Infant and Preschool Mental Health

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Last Update

December 18, 2017

Contact Information

Name of Externship: YCS Institute for Infant and Preschool Mental Health

Name of Director/Coordinator: Dr. Amanda Poling-Tierney

Street Address:

60 Evergreen Place, 10th Floor
East Orange, New Jersey 07018

Telephone: 973-395-5500 ext. 309

Fax: 973-395-9916

Email: apoling@ycs.org

Webpage: http://www.ycs.org/index.php/infant-institute/

General Information

Start Date: September
End Date: June

Appropriate for:

School
Clinical
Counseling

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

Thursday mornings required (8:30-12)
In accordance with PSYDNYS-NYNJADOT Externship Guidelines, externs can complete NO MORE than:
 16 hours per week (1st or 2nd externship experience)
 20 hours per week (3rd or 4th externship experience or student in 4th year of doctoral training completing 2nd externship)

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

Must have completed cognitive and personality assessment courses

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

Prefer some child experience but not mandatory.

Is there a stipend for externs?

No

Application Process

Do you permit applications before January 15?

No. For the 2018-2019 externship year, the earliest that applications will be accepted is 9:00 AM on Tuesday, January 16, 2018.

What materials need to be submitted?

  • CV
  • Writing sample (preferably testing case)
  • Two letters of reference

How should it be submitted?

Online

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

Decisions are made based on experience and individual interview. We will begin accepting applications on January 16, 2018, and plan to interview in early February 2018. We will begin making externship offers on Monday, February 26, 2018, at 9 AM.

Description of Externship

Populations commonly served:

Infants
Children
Ethnic Minorities
Developmental Disabilities


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

not specified.

Training models offered:

Psychodynamic
Dyadic Therapy
Family Sytems
Dvelopmental


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
Family/couples Therapy
School Consultation
Mental Health Consultation


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: Externs can be involved in conducting intakes, testing assessments, treatment planning, and the full complement of treatment modalities (individual, dyadic, group and family). Institute externs carry a caseload of 3-5 cases with the opportunity for one dyadic case. They may also be able to co-lead a mother-baby group.


Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Intakes
Intake Report Writing
Assessment Report Writing

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):

3-4. More assessment experience may be provided based on extern interest and experience.

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

3-4. More assessment experience may be provided based on extern interest and experience.

Supervision:

Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 1
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1-3
Estimated hours/week of didactics: 2

Each extern has a primary supervisor for an hour of weekly individual supervision. If externs are conducting assessment batteries at the YCS Institute, they will also have weekly testing supervision, either in a group or individual format. Externs also have the opportunity to attend weekly mother-baby supervision if their schedule allows them to be present on that day. All of the externs at the YCS Institute participate in weekly didactics and case conference along with the interns in the YCS APA-accredited internship program. They also participate in monthly Cultural Competency and Lunch & Learn meetings.

Assessment Externship Position - NEW

The Youth Consultation Service (YCS) Institute for Infant and Preschool Mental Health is pleased to announce that there will be an additional externship track opening this year. This new position is for an assessment extern, who will have the opportunity to provide evaluations to community, outpatient, and residential referrals. The extern must be in their 3rd or 4th year of externship training and have completed their master’s degree by externship start date. The extern will receive group testing supervision with the interns in YCS’s APA-accredited internship track as well as weekly individual supervision in testing by a licensed psychologist. A minimum of 10-15 batteries will be completed during the externship. Opportunity for a small caseload of outpatient clinic clients (1-2) may be available if extern is able to participate in a mandatory case conference, which occurs on Thursday mornings. Additional clinical supervision will be provided if the extern is seeing outpatient clients. Our externs typically begin in September but the opportunity to start with our interns is also available (start date - 07/23/18).

Description of Assessments: YCS offers an evaluation service for individuals aged 0-21. Our community and outpatient referrals are typically psychoeducational or psychological batteries and can include cognitive, academic, personality, and social-emotional assessment. We do not provide a full neuropsychological battery but opportunity to administer the NEPSY-II is also available. For our residential clients, we provide both brief and comprehensive evaluations. Clients admitted to our Intensive Residential Treatment Services (IRTS) units receive a brief evaluation as part of their admissions process, including a cognitive assessment and social-emotional screener. We also provide more comprehensive evaluations to residential clients in order to clarify diagnoses and level of functioning and to determine eligibility for additional services (DDD, etc.). There may be opportunity for developmental assessment (ages 0-3) depending on the referral availability. The opportunity to conduct evaluations in Spanish is also available for bilingual applicants.

Application Information: We will begin accepting applications on January 16, 2018, and plan to interview in early February 2018. We will begin making externship offers on Monday, February 26, 2018, at 9 AM.

Required application materials include: CV, sample assessment report, and two letters of reference. Prior experience with Wechsler tests is mandatory (WAIS, WISC, and/or WPPSI). Experience with projective measures preferred. Materials should be submitted via e-mail to: Amanda Poling-Tierney, PsyD (apoling@ycs.org).


Youth Consultation Service (YCS) Institute for Infant and Preschool Mental Health 60 Evergreen Place, 10th Floor East Orange, NJ 07018 Webpage: http://www.ycs.org/index.php/infant-institute/