Provide description of Externship:
The Therapeutic Educational Program (TEP), is an accredited K - 12 academic program that provides a flexible and supportive learning environment that can serve as an alternative to a traditional school setting. Academics West provides intensive support for children and adolescents who need a customized therapeutic educational program based on their learning profile and emotional needs.
The doctoral student may take part in a broad array of training experiences that areintegral to Academics West's Therapeutic Educational Program (TEP). The TEP program provides both comprehensive educational and clinical support to students as part of our wrap-around model. This milieu allows doctoral students to interact with clients as part of a therapeutic school setting. Activities involve delivering individual and group therapy, developing behavior plans, conducting initial clinical intakes and assessments, and attending weekly didactic sessions on evidence-based clinical practice as well as on our proprietary model of educational intervention Clinically Informed Academics (CIA). This experience is an excellent opportunity for doctoral students to gain experience with a broad range of psychological, behavioral and learning disorders in a school setting.
General information about externship site:
Director of the Program: Dr Cheray Harris
Training Director, (degree): Cheray Harris Psy.D
URL for Externship Brochure:
Length of externship (in months): 10 months
Start Date: September 3, 2019
End Date: June 2020
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 8-16 hours/week
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 4
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants: Candidates must be in their 2nd year or higher in their doctoral studies in psychology, have a strong background in behavioral theory and CBT, and have an interest in working with school age children.
Preferences: Preference will also be given to candidates with a strong background in treating and assessing learning disabilities and ADHD, as well as previous experience working with in schools
Do you provide a stipend? If so how much?: N/A
When do you expect to begin interviews? (Applications can be submitted no earlier than Jan 22): Early February
Interview process (provide information about interview process- time frame, how decisions are made) Also, do you conduct individual and/or group interviews; case presentation, other information?: We will be conducting interviews for a 3 week period. The first round will be with the director of the program, Dr Cheray Harris. Second round interviews will be offered to meet with clinical staff.
What application materials are required (i.e., cv, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other?: CV, 2 reference letters
Intervention and Assessment:
Intervention training experiences offered: Estimate average number of individual patients that students will carry; estimate number of groups and other types of interventions. Offer description: Externs can accrue a caseload of 2-4 students over the school year, they will also co-lead counseling groups throughout the school day, along with crisis management in the milieu.
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe: Weekly didactics are offered
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): Informal assessments only
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: N/A
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: N/A
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1 hr/week
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: as needed
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 1-2hrs/week
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: 2-4hrs/week
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): Evidence-based clinical practice (CBT based) as well as on our proprietary model of educational intervention Clinically Informed Academics (CIA)
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: as needed
Describe direct supervision: Externs will be supervised by doctoral level psychologists
Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation (audio, video, live in person (in treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream):
If you have only one extern, would you be to have the extern participate in a peer support consortium with other sites- live or "SKYPE"?: yes
Is the agency readily accessible through public transportation?: Yes, we are located in Lincoln Center, NYC
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Are home visits required as part of the trainee's duties?: No
Is a transportation stipend provided?: N/A