The Mood 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 assessment and treatment with children, adolescents, young adults and their families using evidence-based treatments. Presenting problems most commonly include various mood disorders and symptoms, self-injury and suicidality, mood dysregulation, trauma, and comorbid diagnoses, such as anxiety disorders, ADHD, and ODD. offers psychology graduate students in doctoral programs a yearlong externship in clinical psychology in our
The Mood Disorders Center offers a specialized externship opportunity. The Center provides innovative, unique treatments for children, adolescents, and young adults suffering from mood disorders, and includes the Trauma and Resilience Service of our Anxiety Disorders Center. The clinical externship program is a vital component to the Mood Disorder Center's success and provides the externs with a rich clinical experience. (DBT) program. Externs also participate in school-based trauma interventions with youth through the
Mood Disorders Faculty:
- Jill Emanuele, PhD, Senior Director, Mood Disorders Center
- Lindsey Giller, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist
- Alexandra Hamlet, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist
- Lindsay Macchia, PhD, Clinical Psychologist
- Stephanie Samar, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist
- Joanna Stern, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist, Director, DBT Program
- Jamie Howard, PhD, Clinical Psychologist; Director, Trauma and Resilience Service
Clinical & Didactic Experiences:
- Assessment: Externs will participate in conducting structured and semi-structured intake evaluations and gain experience writing comprehensive evaluation reports, after beginning the year observing Mood Disorders Center faculty.
- Evidence-based treatments: Patients and families will be treated using evidence-based interventions including CBT, DBT, Parent Management Training (PMT) and mindfulness-based interventions. Training in these interventions will be provided.
- Individual and family psychotherapy: Externs will be the primary therapist for cases, including individual therapy, family therapy, and parent training. Externs will have the opportunity to provide individual DBT treatment for children and preadolescents, adolescents, and young adults. Externs may be involved in intensive treatment cases as they present. Intensive cases are generally treated by a team 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 in our adherent Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program for children and preadolescents, adolescents, and young adults, and will co-lead DBT groups for various age levels. 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 Trauma & Resilience Service.
- Additional Experiences: Externs will receive training in behavioral treatment for selective mutism and will participate in our Brave Buddies program.
- Supervision: Externs will receive at least one hour of individual supervision per week, as well as group supervision for our specialized programs. In-vivo supervision is also available.
- Presentations: Externs may assist in faculty presentations to parents, professionals, and community groups. Externs may also have the opportunity to participate in research and conference presentations. Together we decide what role externs will take, depending on the individual extern's level of experience and comfort in that subject area. In the past, this has varied from 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:Jill Emanuele, PhD, Senior Director, Mood 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
Start Date: July 1, 2019
End Date: June 26, 2020
How many hours a week are expected of extern?:Half-time (20 hours per week), ideally spread over 3 days with two evenings per week. Preferred available days are Thursdays and Friday mornings. Fridays are required to participate in all didactic activities.
Specialty tracks: None.
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: Up to 3.
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants): Open to 3rd-year graduate students and above.
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?:Follows the externship guidelines. Decisions made by Senior Director and externship coordinator for Mood Disorders Center. Individual interviews. Case presentations required upon interview.
What application materials are required (i.e., CV, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other)?:To apply to the Mood 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 Jill Emanuele, PhD, Senior Director, Mood Disorders Center; and Kenneth Schuster, PsyD; Director of Clinical Training. If you have any questions about the Mood Disorders Externship, please contact Jill Emanuele, PhD (Jill.Emanuele@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:4-6 individual/family or parenting cases, 1-2 DBT groups, DBT individual therapy and phone coaching available. Potential for one trauma group in NYC schools. Training and experience in selective mutism interventions. Observe attendings doing diagnostic evaluations earlier in year and later in the year, conduct independent diagnostic assessments.
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe: Diagnostic evaluation training offered only. Didactic seminars will cover further assessment training, as well.
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.
Rorschach, which scoring systems used: Rorschach
training is not offered.
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1-2
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 2-3
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 3-4. Extensive summer didactics.
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: 1-2
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): In addition to a year-round, Institute-wide training series, externs will participate in MDC-specific didactics. Case conferences will take place approximately 1-2 times per month. Additionally, externs attend lectures through our Visiting Professor Series (Grand Rounds), 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: Always available.
Describe direct supervision: Potential for audio, video, co-treating, co-leading groups.
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. Live observation takes place during group
interventions. Potential for observation
during intervention or evaluation. Audio
or Video recordings are used for individual cases (pending the family's
consent) and reviewed with individual supervisors.
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"?: 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?: Rarely.
Is a transportation stipend provided?: No.