Provide description of Externship:
A varied group of individuals age 4 to adult currently seek treatment at the center. Diagnoses include: ADHD, LD (reading, writing, math, nonverbal), OCD, Mood Disorders, ASD, Neurological Disorders, etc. Treatment is provided in a private office for 50 minute sessions. Individuals come once, twice and sometimes three times per week providing intensive learning experiences.
Within the lexicon of play therapy, family therapy, behavior therapy, etc., "homework therapy" describes the mix of interventions , and the framework used to understand case dynamics. Using homework as a starting point for treatment provides a non-threatening and extremely relevant activity through which to develop a therapeutic alliance. Many clients currently in treatment utilize sessions for "talk" therapy, although it is unlikely that they, and their parents, would ever have initiated treatment with a psychotherapist. Given that school is a primary responsibility for our clients (both children and adults), beginning treatment by focusing on homework provides a modality through which a client's internal conflicts and methods for coping can be examined. Often these conflicts and coping deficits are played out at home causing distress in the family. Sometimes the family dynamic needs to be assessed to understand a child's unwillingness to complete homework assignments e.g., a wish to have mother or father spend more time with them. Once understood, these conflicts and coping deficits can be treated through more traditional therapeutic techniques such as interpretations, reflections, self-talk strategies, etc...
In addition, externs complete full evaluations. Assessments include neuropsychological, cognitive, achievement, and social-emotional evaluation. Individuals age 4 to adult are seen.
Trainees receive supervision with a licensed Psychologist.
- One hour individual supervision
- One hour group supervision - with other trainees
- 90 minute group testing supervision
General information about externship site:
Director of the Program: Amy Margolis
Training Director, (degree): Geena Kuriakose, Ph.D.
URL for Externship Brochure:
Length of externship (in months): 10-12 months
Start Date: 7/2019 or 9/2019
End Date: 6/2019
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 16
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 2
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants: Have completed at least one placement
Do you provide a stipend? If so how much?: None
When do you expect to begin interviews? (Applications can be submitted no earlier than Jan 22): Feb 1st
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?: Generally, potential externs are invited in for a 30 minute individual interview and have opportunities to communicate with current trainees.
What application materials are required (i.e., cv, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other?: CV, 2 letters, transcipt
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: 4-5
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe: Full neuropsychological batteries
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): 12
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: 12
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: Exner
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 1.5
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: -
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): seminars
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: as much as needed
Describe direct supervision: Trainees meet with their assigned supervisor once per week as scheduled and communicate with them as needed. Supervision related to individual treatment cases and assessments incorporates neuropsychological, psychoanalytic, and family therapy theories
Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation (audio, video, live in person (in treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream): Observation varies depending on the opportunity . It may occur during an interventions session or during an assessment session.
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"?:
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