Provide description of Externship:
Behavioral Associates is a private group practice located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. We specialize in the provision of cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical-behavior therapy, and the therapeutic technological interventions such as biofeedback, neurofeedback, and virtual reality exposure therapy.
Our services include individual, group, couples, and family therapy along with academic, forensic, and neuropsychological assessment.
The mission of the Behavioral Associates' training program is to prepare master and doctoral candidates for careers as clinical, counseling, and school psychologists and/or psychotherapists in a variety of academic, clinical, and research settings in both the private and public sectors.
The training program is a rooted in a practitioner-scholar model that consists of four tracks and aims to facilitate a smooth transition from academic to professional functioning. Although each track provides specialty training in that designated area, all trainees have the opportunity to work with a diverse set of patients and implement interventions that utilize the therapeutic technological equipment.
· Individual therapy with a diverse population (including children, adolescents, and adults) utilizing empirically supported interventions (CBT, CBT, PMT, ACT, etc).
· Implementation of biofeedback, neurofeedback, and virtual reality exposure therapy.
· Educational and neuropsychological testing.
· Group therapy programs such as the Parent Management Training Group, Teens Support Group, and/or Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Adolescent Group.
· Weekly individual and group supervision.
· Weekly technological intervention consult team.
· Participation in the didactic program.
· Weekly DBT consult group.
· Research projects with HITLAB and/or other academic universities throughout New York City.
· Conference, school, and other public speaking opportunities.
· Consultation/collaboration with other professionals and schools.
· Peer supervision.
General information about externship site:
Director of the Program: Heather Davidson, Psy.D., BCN
Training ector, (degree): Heather Davidson, Psy.D., BCN
URL for Externship Brochure: https://www.behavioralassociates.com/childrencenter/get-involved.asp
Length of externship (in months): 12 months
End Date: July/August
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 16-20
Specialty tracks: Child track, tech track, general track. Although there are specific tracks, each extern gains experience with a diverse set of patients including adults, children, and the technological interventions (biofeedback, neurofeedback, and virtual reality exposure therapy).
# of externs to be
accepted for 2019-20: 2 to 3
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants:
Preferences: Must have at least one year of prior clinical experience (minimum of 3rd year in their program).
Do you provide a
stipend? If so how much?: No, N/A
When do you expect to begin interviews? (Applications can be submitted no earlier than Jan 22): Usually interviews take place a week after application submissions and go until about a week before the match date. Should we not fill all our spots after the initial match, we will continue to interview until the position is filled.
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?: Interviews are approximately 30 minutes long with the ector of Clinical Training, Dr. Heather Davidson. It is an individual interview with preference given to those who have clinical knowledge in cognitive behavioral therapy, a strong work ethic, and are autonomous and personable.
What application materials are required (i.e., cv, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other?: Cover letter stating why Behavioral Associates fits their training goals and how they would fit into our practice, CV, 2 letters of recommendation, and a de-identified assessment report.
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: Average number of patients is anywhere from 8-12 depending on the other responsibilities. Behavioral Associates is a training site with many different opportunities and therefore each trainee may have a different experience based off what interests them the most. All trainees get training in biofeedback, neurofeedback, virtual reality exposure therapy, psychology as a business (or introduction to private practice), and intensive DBT training along with a DBT consult group. Trainees can join or create their own group therapy sessions and have the opportunity to present at conferences, speak locally, or participate in any research we are currently involved in.
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe: Behavioral Associates created the Community Testing Clinic where those in the community that need testing, but cannot afford it, have access. This allows trainees to leave their training year at Behavioral Associates with 12 assessment batteries should they chose.
Expected number of
full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration
of a battery of standardized tests):
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: Anywhere from 4-15. The Community Testing Clinic is not mandated, therefore trainees are able to choose what training aspects they are most interested in.
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: We don't usually use the Rorschach.
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1-2
hours/week of group supervision: 1-2
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 1
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: 5
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): Introduction to Biofeedback, Introduction to Neurofeedback, Introduction to Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy, Psychology as a Business, DBT Intensive Training Day 1, DBT Intensive Training Day 2, DBT Consult Group, Weekly Technological Supervision.
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: Trainees are encouraged to seek supervision whenever it is needed.
supervision: There are many different s of ect supervision available at
Behavioral Associates. Each extern conducts assessment feedback with a
supervisor and some assessment/intervention administration (including
neurofeedback, biofeedback, and VR).
Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation (audio, video, live in person (in treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream): Intervention and assessment.
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"?: We've only ever had 2 to 3 but if this somehow happened, yes.
Is the agency
readily accessible through public transportation?: Yes
Wheelchair accessible: No
Are home visits required as part of the trainee's duties?: No
Is a transportation stipend provided?: No