of service: CUCARD Westchester is an outpatient
treatment clinic in the Child and Adolescent Division of Columbia University's Psychiatry
Department and is located in Tarrytown, NY. CUCARD Westchester specializes in
the diagnostic assessment and evidence-based treatment of anxiety, OCD and
related disorders in children, adolescents and young adults. CUCARD
Westchester's staff is comprised of Columbia University faculty members and
postdoctoral fellows, all of whom have expertise in cognitive behavioral
treatment for anxiety and related disorders. We offer individual and group
treatment as well as accelerated treatment programs for youth exhibiting school
refusal behavior, severe OCD symptoms or marked interference caused by anxiety.
In these accelerated treatment programs, individuals receive treatment
intensively, up to five times per week, depending on clinical need.
Description of Externship: The psychology externship at CUCARD Westchester provides extensive training in cognitive behavioral treatment for anxiety disorders and OCD as well as training in the treatment of children and adolescents. Externs will learn exposure-based interventions in the treatment of anxiety disorders and will have opportunities to conduct exposure-based treatment in individual and group settings. Externship duties include:
•Individual cognitive behavioral treatment of children, adolescents and young adults with anxiety disorders and OCD
•Co-leading cognitive behavioral group treatment with staff clinician
•Assisting staff clinicians in providing accelerated treatment for school refusal, OCD and other difficulties.
•Diagnostic assessment of childhood psychiatric disorders, with focus on anxiety disorders and OCD
Educational Opportunities: Psychology externs will participate in regularly scheduled didactic seminars at CUCARD Westchester, in which staff clinicians and invited speakers will provide training in clinical interventions and other relevant topics. Externs will also have the opportunity to attend Columbia University's Psychiatry Department Grand Rounds on a weekly basis.
Supervision: Psychology externs will receive two hours of weekly supervision provided by licensed staff clinicians.
Application Requirements: Prior experience with child and/or adolescent populations and with cognitive behavioral treatment is required. Externs are expected to commit 16 hours per week over 2-3 days to the externship.
General information about externship site:
Director of the Program: Anthony Puliafico Ph.D.
Externship Coordinator: Nicholas Crimarco Ph.D.
Length of externship (in months): 12 months
Start Date: July 2019
End Date: June 2020
How many hours a week are expected of extern?:
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 2
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants: Prior experience with child and/or adolescent populations and with cognitive behavioral treatment is required. Externs are expected to commit 16 hours per week over 2-3 days to the externship.
Do you provide a stipend? If so how much?: No
Applicants will be invited to interviews by email. Interviews begin the first week in February and are typically held in the morning. They begin with a tour of the clinic and an introduction from the senior staff. Candidates will meet with approximately three staff members for brief interviews and have an opportunity to speak with current trainees.
What application materials are required?: CV, cover letter, and two letters of recommendation.
Intervention and Assessment:
Intervention training experiences offered: Up to 7 cases consisting of individual therapy and supplemental parent sessions. Evidence-based interventions include CBT, EXRP, ACT, PMT, PCIT, PCIT adaptations (CALM, SM). Opportunity to co-lead groups and assist with accelerated treatment sessions are also available.
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe: Trainees learn to administer the Anxiety Disorders Interview Schedule and utilize this semi structured interview during intakes.
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): N/A
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: N/A
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: N/A
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1-2
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1-2
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 1
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: 10-20
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): Weekly special topic series for trainees
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: Open door
Describe direct supervision: Trainees will be assigned a direct supervisor that will oversee their training and also receive supplemental supervision from other staff members. Supervisors and trainees will set goals to ensure that trainees are achieving their goals for the training year.
Trainees are observed live in person when learning the ADIS. Supervisors model new treatment approaches live in person and may deliver co-therapy in the case of PCIT, and group interventions.
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