Provide description of Externship:The Children's Day Unit (CDU) is a specialty research clinic dedicated to improving the lives of children and adolescents suffering from mood and anxiety disorders. The CDU is part of the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University and is directed by Dr. Laura Mufson. At the CDU, we provide comprehensive evaluations, treatment with evidence-based psychotherapy and medications, and a day treatment program with academic services for youth requiring intensive care. Externs work within a multidisciplinary team in order to provide comprehensive care to both the patients and their families.
General information about externship site:
Director of the Program: Paula Yanes-Lukin, Ph.D.
Length of externship (in months): 12 months
Start Date: July 1, 2019
End Date: June 20, 2020
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 20 hours/week
Specialty tracks: Appropriate for Clinical, Child Clinical, and combined School/Child Clinical
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 2
Minimum level of readiness: Preference for those entering into their 4th year and above
Do you provide a stipend?: No
When do you expect to begin interviews? (Applications can be submitted no earlier than Jan 22): Week of February 4th
Interview process: We will accept applications until the end of the week (January 25th). Invitations for interviews will be sent the following week, the week of January 28. Interviews will begin the week of February 4th. On the day of the interview, you will spend a morning meeting with the training director, Dr. Yanes-Lukin, and other members of the CDU staff. Information will be provided as a group, with interviews conducted individually.
What application materials are required?: Please submit a cover letter, CV, 2 letters of recommendation, and 1 sample of written clinical material (psychological test report or case summary).
Intervention and Assessment:
Intervention training experiences offered: Externs will carry a caseload of 4 cases; 2 cases will be daypatient cases seen intensively (i.e., 2-3 sessions per week), and 2 will be outpatient cases seen weekly. Externs will also be responsible for co-leading a weekly CBT group for daypatients as well as conducting family therapy and school consultation as needed.
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe: Externs will complete bimonthly comprehensive diagnostic evaluations. Additionally, externs will complete 2 full neuropsychological testing batteries over the course of the training year. Dependent on the current research initiatives, externs may also be involved in study evaluations.
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): Externs will complete approximately 12-15 comprehensive psychiatric diagnostic evaluations.
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: Externs will complete 2 full neuropsychological testing batteries
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1-2
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1-2
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 2.5
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: Supervision/co-administration of evaluations, 20 hours for the year
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): Externs participate in biweekly inservice presentations and Grand Rounds
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: 2 hours/week
Describe direct supervision: Supervisor will sit in on, at minimum, one therapy session of extern's choice. Supervisor will also supervise initial diagnostic evaluations.
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 in treatment room
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"?: N/A
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