Provide description of Externship:
The School-Based Mental Health Program (SBMHP) is an outpatient mental health service that is part of the Department of Pediatric Psychiatry in Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian. SBMHP works in collaboration with the New York City Department of Education and state and city public mental health authorities to provide school-based mental health services in public schools throughout Northern Manhattan, currently serving 11 elementary school and 3 middle school sites. The School-Based Mental Health Program provides on-site clinical, psychiatric, case management, and school consultation services to children from Pre-Kindergarten to 8th grade and their families. Patients have a variety of externalizing and internalizing disorders. The majority of families are bi-cultural and bi-lingual (Spanish/English).
Externs will provide individual therapy, family therapy, parenting support, group therapy, school consultation, diagnostic evaluations, neuropsychological testing, and linkage to appropriate community-based services. Most services are provided on-site at the school with the exception of neuropsychological testing, which will take place at the hospital with the Promise Program. The extern is expected to carry approximately 4-5 individual therapy cases, co-lead at least one group in the summer and at least one group during school year with their supervisor or another staff member, and complete at least 1 partial or full neuropsychological evaluation over the course of the year. Externs will also complete 3-4 initial diagnostic evaluations over the year.
Externs will be supervised by New York State Licensed Psychologists and Board Certified Child Psychiatrists. A supervisor will be on-site at all times when externs are seeing patients, and an attending psychiatrist will be available by phone. Supervision will be broken down accordingly: one hour per week with their primary clinical supervisor regarding evaluation and therapy cases; one hour per week with their Promise Program supervisor regarding neuropsychological testing cases; and one and a half hours per week of group supervision in multidisciplinary team meetings. Additional supervision will be provided as needed. Externs will also be expected to attend a one hour monthly didactic seminar with other externs, and a one and a half hour Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Grand Rounds presentation at the New York State Psychiatric Institute at least twice a month.
The externship will run from July 1st through the end of June. Externs are expected to complete 16 hours per week over 3 days. Wednesday is a required day for externs to be on-site at the hospital to attend multidisciplinary team meetings, Grand Rounds, didactic seminar, and supervision. Doctoral candidates must be enrolled in at least their 3rd year in an APA-accredited clinical or school psychology program, have prior therapy and assessment experience with children, and have a working knowledge of the DSM-V. Fluency in Spanish is preferred, but not required.
General information about externship site:
Director of the Program: Jennifer Cruz, Ph.D.
Training Director: Krista Gwon, Ph.D.
Program Website: https://childadolescentpsych.cumc.columbia.edu/school-based-mental-health-program
Length of externship: 12 months
Start Date: July 1, 2019
End Date: June 30, 2020
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 16
Specialty tracks: N/A
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 2
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants: Doctoral candidates must be enrolled in at least their 3rd year in an APA-accredited clinical or school psychology program, have a working knowledge of DSM-V, and have prior therapy and assessment experience with children.
Preferences: Fluency in Spanish is preferred, but not required.
Do you provide a stipend? If so, how much?: Volunteer office provides a small stipend for lunch.
When do you expect to begin interviews? (Applications can be submitted no earlier than Jan 22): February
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 will be scheduled on Wednesdays in February (2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26)
What application materials are required (i.e., cv, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other?: cover letter, CV, DCT letter of readiness, 2 letters of recommendation, psychological testing 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: 4-5 individual therapy cases, 2 groups, 3-4 diagnostic evaluations
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe: neuropsychological assessment
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): 1 full assessment battery, several partial batteries
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: 1 full neuropsychological assessment report, several partial reports
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: N/A
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 2
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 1 hour biweekly
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: 1 hour/week co-leading group; supervisor always present during crisis assessment
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): biweekly didactic seminar, Grand Rounds
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: open door policy, supervisor always on-site and available for informal supervision as needed
Describe direct supervision: live observation of initial evaluations and neuropsychological testing; group co-led with supervisor; supervisor always present during crisis assessment
Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation (audio, video, live in person (in treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream): live in person observation occurs in treatment room during 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"?: externs participate in a didactic seminar with other externs from SBMH and other child externship programs within the hospital
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