The Anxiety Disorders Center. This externship program is primarily designed for advanced graduate students (3rd year and above) in clinical, school-clinical, counseling, and school psychology programs. Training will focus on diagnostic evaluation and treatment with children, adolescents, young adults and their families using evidence-based treatments, for a variety of conditions including, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety, separation anxiety, phobias, trauma, and selective mutism (SM). offers psychology graduate students in doctoral programs a yearlong externship in clinical psychology in our
The Anxiety Disorders Center offers a specialized externship opportunity. The center offers innovative, unique treatments in both standard outpatient and intensive outpatient modalities for children, adolescents, and young adults suffering from anxiety disorders. The clinical externship program is a vital component to the Anxiety Disorders Center's success and provides the externs with a rich clinical experience.
Anxiety Disorders Externship Faculty:
- Rachel Busman, PsyD, Senior Director, Anxiety Disorders Center
- Jerry Bubrick, PhD, Clinical Psychologist; Director, Pediatric Intensive OCD Program
- Janine Domingues, PhD, Clinical Psychologist
- Jamie Howard, PhD, Clinical Psychologist; Director, Trauma and Resilience Service
- Amanda G. Mintzer, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist
Clinical and Didactic Experiences:
- Evaluation: Externs may observe and participate in structured and semi-structured diagnostic evaluations and learn about writing comprehensive evaluation reports. These evaluations will be conducted with Anxiety Disorders Center faculty.
- Evidence-based treatments: Patients and families will be treated using evidence-based interventions including CBT, Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Trauma- Focused CBT (TF-CBT) and group based and intensive interventions. Training in these interventions will be provided.
- Individual and family psychotherapy: Externs will be the primary therapist for cases, including individual therapy, family sessions, and parent training. Externs may also be involved in intensive treatment cases as they present. Intensive cases are generally treated by teams of clinicians and provide up to four hours per day, up to five days per week of treatment.
- Treatment Programs and Group Therapy: Externs will receive training and will participate in weekly SM groups, Brave Buddies and Social Anxiety Groups. In addition, externs will have the opportunity to provide a small group intervention to trauma-exposed children and teens in NYC Public Schools as part of the CMI Stress & Resilience Service.
- Supervision: Externs will receive one hour of individual supervision per week, as well as group supervision for our specialized programs. In-vivo supervision is also available.
- Didactics: Externs will have training didactics that will be weekly throughout the year, as well as more intensive training didactics during the summer.
- Presentations: Externs may assist in faculty presentations to professional and community groups. Externs may also have the opportunity to participate in research and conference presentations. Together we decide what role externs take, depending on the individual extern's level of experience and comfort in that subject area. It has varied from simply observing our presentations to taking the lead on them.
- Writing for our website: All faculty and trainees can have the opportunity to contribute short pieces to our website periodically.
Director of the Program: Rachel Busman, PsyD, Senior Director, Anxiety Disorders Center
Training Director: Kenneth Schuster, PsyD, Director of Clinical Training
URL for Externship Brochure: https://childmind.org/about-us/careers/open-positions/
Length of externship (in months): 12
many hours a week are expected of extern?: 20; ideally
spread over 3 days with two evening per week; Mondays and Thursdays are
preferred and Fridays are required.
tracks: No tracks; however, experience includes Selective Mutism, social
anxiety, CBITS (trauma work in schools).
externs to be accepted for 2019-20: Up to 3.
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants): At least one clinical experience in evidence-based treatment is preferred, including E/RP, CBT for anxiety, treatment of SM, TF-CBT.
Preferences: Familiarity with manualized treatment for anxiety, such as Coping Cat or Transdiagnostic model, beyond just reading
Do you provide a stipend? If so how much?: No
When do you expect to begin interviews? (Applications can be submitted no earlier than Jan 22): January 28, 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?: Individual interviews only, typically with 2 clinicians; interviewees should expect to spend about 30 min in the interview and then will have time to meet with current externs, ask question and take a tour. During the interview, the applicant, should be able to speak about their clinical experiences, discuss one case and demonstrate why they feel they are a good fit.
What application materials are required (i.e., CV, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other)?: To apply to the Anxiety Disorders externship, please electronically submit a cover letter, up-to-date CV, eligibility letter, and two letters of recommendation. Please note that the APA PsychPracticum Website will only allow six documents per application. Please address the cover letter to Rachel Busman, PsyD; Senior Director, Anxiety Disorders Center; and Kenneth Schuster, PsyD; Director of Clinical Training. If you have any questions regarding the Anxiety Disorders Externship, please contact Amanda Mintzer, PsyD (Amanda.Mintzer@childmind.org). For general Child Mind Institute psychology externship questions, please contact Kenneth Schuster, PsyD, Director of Clinical Training (Kenneth.Schuster@childmind.org).
Applicants may only apply to UP TO TWO externships at the Child Mind Institute. Applicants must indicate the externship or externships that they are applying to in their cover letters. Applications may be submitted beginning Tuesday, January 22, 2019 in accordance with Consortium Guidelines. Interviews will be held by invitation and scheduled on a rolling admission basis. Notification of acceptance will begin on Monday, March 4, 2019 at 9am. Please note that students that submit applications for two externships will receive only one offer during the first round. Information as to whether a second offer will follow will not be provided.
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 carry up to six individual cases, as well as co-lead weekly SM group and social anxiety groups (when they are offered several times a year). Externs also participate in CBITS (school based intervention, one group per week from Oct-June). Externs will sit in with faculty during diagnostic evaluations, and as they gain experience, will complete evaluations themselves.
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe: None.
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): None.
Estimate # of integrated assessment
reports per year: None.
offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: Rorschach training is not
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 2-3
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 1-2
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: Varies. Occurs more often with SM cases.
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): In addition to a year-round, Institute-wide training series, externs will participate in didactics focused on evidenced-based treatments and pediatric psychology. Case conferences will take place approximately 1-2 times per month. Additionally, externs attend lectures through our Visiting Professor Series, which are instructed by renowned experts in mental health, and externs have the opportunity to meet as a group with each visiting professor.
Estimated informal open door
"curbside" supervision: Very frequent. Supervisors make themselves available to
support the extern as needed.
Describe direct supervision: Supervision is face-to-face and collaborative with an emphasis on increasing the trainee's ability to function more independently within our setting across time.
Specify if observation occurs during
intervention, assessment, consultation (e.g., audio, video, live in person [in
treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream]): Supervision is face to face with supervisors and do not typically
involve direct observation in terms of recording. Live observation is common
within the SM team and when participating in groups.
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"?: No.
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.