Provide description of Externship:
ATTENTION: EXTERNSHIP APPLICANTS MAY ONLY APPLY TO ONE SPECIALTY AREA AT BELLEVUE – NEW YORK CITY HEALTH + HOSPITALS. If you apply to more than one specialty area, then you will not be considered for any.
The Child and Adolescent Psychological Assessment and Therapy externship is a specific focus within the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Specialty. This externship position offers training for those interested in furthering their psychological assessment skills: administration, interpretation, and report-writing covering multiple domains of functioning (i.e. cognitive, academic, language, memory, executive functioning, motor skills, and psychological symptoms). Under supervision, the extern will conduct assessments with an ethnically and culturally diverse population referred from inpatient, outpatient, and the partial hospitalization program, presenting with a wide range of psychiatric, cognitive, and medical disorders.
The extern will be instructed in the administration and interpretation of empirically-validated neuropsychological test batteries. Focus is placed on learning correct test administration and interpretation of data, as well as integration of this information with patients’ unique history, self-report, behavioral observations, and collateral information, to form a thoughtful conceptualization with practical recommendations. The extern’s responsibilities include reviewing medical charts, scheduling appointments, selecting appropriate measures, co-leading intake and feedback sessions, and administering and scoring test batteries. The extern will also be responsible for preparing well-written and concise reports.
This externship also provides the opportunity to supplement assessment experience with therapy experience in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient clinic. The extern will provide weekly individual therapy to children and adolescents presenting with a range of psychiatric diagnoses. S/he will carry a therapy caseload of at least 3-4 patients. The extern can expect the experience to break down to approximately 70% assessment and 30% treatment.
Supervision is provided on an ongoing basis for both assessment and therapy in individual and group format. The extern will work with clinicians and trainees from a variety of disciplines and hospital staff. Didactic components include attendance at weekly extern seminars, case conferences, and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Grand Rounds if schedule permits.
General information about externship site:
Bellevue is a part of New York City Health and Hospitals (NYC H+H), and is affiliated with the New York University School of Medicine. Founded in 1736, Bellevue is the oldest public hospital in the nation. It is an acute-care municipal inpatient and outpatient facility whose mission includes the provision of comprehensive health services in an atmosphere of humane care, dignity, and respect, regardless of ability to pay. Bellevue has been a pioneer in defining standards of practice in treating psychiatric and medical illness, and is widely recognized for the excellence of its health care and its distinguished staff. A very diverse patient population is served by Bellevue, including patients from the Hispanic, African American, Asian, South Asian and West African communities, among others.
Director of the Program: Kathryn M. Rhindress, Ph.D.
Training Director, (degree): Kavita Tahilani, Ph.D.
URL for Externship Brochure: https://med.nyu.edu/bellevue_externships/home
Length of externship (in months): 12
Start Date: July 1, 2019
End Date: June 30, 2020
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 20
Specialty tracks: Not Applicable
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 2
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants): Open to graduate students enrolled in Ph.D. or Psy.D. programs in Clinical, Clinical-School, or Counseling Psychology who are applying for their third externship and/or will be in their fourth year of graduate school or beyond by the start of this externship. Prior experience in child and adolescent treatment is required. Attendance is mandatory on Fridays.
Preferences: Prior experience in child and adolescent testing is preferred.
Do you provide a stipend? If so how much?: A stipend is not provided.
Applications will be accepted from 9 AM on Tuesday 1/22/19 through 9 AM on Thursday 1/24/19.
Accepting an externship at Bellevue has no impact on one's chances of later attending Bellevue's internship program.
Staff are willing to consider the applications of externship candidates who are concurrently applying for Bellevue's internship program.
When do you expect to begin interviews? (Applications can be submitted no earlier than Jan 22): January 30, 2019
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?: Applications are reviewed by Bellevue staff to determine whether or not an interview should be offered. Interviews are expected to take place until mid-February. Interviewees will attend a group orientation to Bellevue’s externship program before meeting individually with the supervisor or supervisors of their selected specialty areas.
What application materials are required (i.e., cv, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other?: Please see the Bellevue Psychology Externship website (https://med.nyu.edu/bellevue_externships/home) for general application instructions and a list of the materials that need to be submitted. Use the website's link to a description of this specialty area in order to see if any additional application materials are required.
Intervention and Assessment:
Intervention training experiences offered: See description above.
Estimate average number of individual patients that students will carry; estimate number of groups and other types of interventions. Offer description: See description above.
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe: See description above.
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): Approximately 15-20 batteries across outpatient, inpatient, and partial hospitalization program referrals
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: 15-20 integrated reports
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: Not Applicable
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: Approximately 2
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 2
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: Approximately 2
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): Seminars, Grand Rounds, Case Conferences
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: “Curbside” supervision occurs as needed. Extern will work closely with supervising psychologist on all testing cases.
Describe direct supervision: Extern will meet with psychologist to review, practice and discuss various assessment tools. Will review referrals together and plan testing. Supervision will also include discussion of administration, review of scoring, and discussion of integration of scores. Psychologist will guide extern in learning how to conduct intake and feedback sessions with children and caregivers and also use supervision to edit and finalize integrated reports.
Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation [audio, video, live in person (in treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream)]: Observation occurs live in person, with the supervisor joining the extern in the treatment room.
If you have only one extern, would you be willing to have the extern participate in a peer support consortium with other sites- live or "SKYPE"?: Not Applicable
Is the agency readily accessible through public transportation?: Yes
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Are home visits required as part of the trainee's duties?: No
Is a transportation stipend provided?: No