Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at
NYU Langone Health
ADHD and Early Childhood Externship | 2019-20 Training Year
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Through the ADHD & Behavior Disorders Service, our externs will receive experience with ADHD and disruptive behavior disorders in children and teens. Our Service has a strong emphasis on evidence-based treatment including the provision of empirically supported treatments and reliance on clinically significant data to plan interventions and assess treatment gains. As our patients frequently present with comorbidity, our externs also have regular experience with Anxiety Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Learning Disorders, and other conditions.
Additionally, this combined externship offers experience in our Early Childhood Service, working with families of children age 5 and under with an array of social emotional and other developmental concerns. Our externs will gain experience using age-appropriate assessment and interviewing skills, laborating with other providers, observing children with their parents and in school, and providing treatments that frequently include parents and children together in session. Our service emphasizes a behavioral and developmentally sensitive approach to intervention.
The Number of Externships Available:
New York Campus (One Park Avenue, Manhattan): 2 Externs
• Individual psychotherapy: The extern will be the primary therapist for a number of individual therapy cases, with a caseload of up to 10 weekly patients. The extern will see patients with a variety of presenting problems which may include ADHD, disruptive behavior, ive mutism, other anxiety disorders, and other developmental concerns such as sleep, eating, and toileting.
· Parent consultations and diagnostic evaluations: The extern will learn how to assess parental concerns in the context of early childhood development. There will be training in screening for developmental milestones as well as using age-appropriate diagnostic measures.
• Training in evidence-based treatments: Externs will be trained in evidence-based treatments such as Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and other behavioral parent training programs. There is also exposure to other protocols including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Organizational Skills Training (OST), a program developed at the NYU Child Study Center.
• Structured school observations: The extern will conduct school observations using a functional behavioral analysis (FBA) protocol to assist in assessment, treatment planning, and implementation. There will also be opportunities for school-based behavioral consultations, such as construction and implementation of behavior intervention plans (BIP), and consultation on Individualized Education Programs (IEP).
• School outreach and training:Externs may be able to attend school visits with faculty members to learn about early childhood education programs in the city and learn how to laborative relationships within the community. There will be opportunities to give talks at schools and other areas in the community.
• Live supervision, co-therapy, and team consultation:Externs often participate as co-therapists and team members with experienced clinicians and other trainees in assessment and treatment sessions. Live supervision is offered as part of the training experience.
• Treatment outcomes monitoring: Externs will track patient treatment responses and will have an opportunity to help us develop state-of-the-art protocols and tools.
• Summer Program for Kids (Optional Experience): Externs who choose will have the opportunity to attend and observe our Summer Program for Kids (SPK). The SPK is an intensely structured, behaviorally robust, evidence-based day camp for children with ADHD. The NYU SPK is one of the few such programs in the nation, having its origins in federally funded treatment outcome research.
· Supervision, typically 2:1 and occasionally 2:1 (Tuesday afternoons)
· PCIT Family Teams (2:1 live supervision; Tuesdays 4:30-6:30 PM and Fridays 11:30 AM-12:30 PM)
Other Opportunities (Dependent on Extern Schedule)
• ADHD Training Seminar (Second Thursday of every month, 12:45-1:45 PM)
• Case Conference (Wednesdays 9:00-10:30 AM)
• Grand Rounds (Wednesdays 11:00 AM-12:15 PM)
The externs assist in presentations within the NYU academic community and external professional and community groups. The role will depend on the extern's interest, experience, and familiarity with the subject area.
Although this is a clinical externship, the CSC is committed to the scientist-practitioner model. We conduct dissemination and translational research as well as program development. Externs may have exposure to these endeavors. Interested externs may also have opportunities to prepare clinical case studies for publication or presentation at a professional conference.
• Up to 16 hours per week, usually spread over 2 workdays
• 2 evenings per week including Tuesdays 4:30-6:30 (PCIT Team Cases)
• Fridays from 11:30-12:30 PCIT Team Meeting
• Timeframe options:
o July 2018-June 2019or September 2018-August 2019 (the latter is preferred if the applicant is interested in attending SPK)
Those interested in applying for the ADHD & Early Childhood Externship should submit a letter of interest, writing sample (diagnostic evaluation preferred), attestation letter from your graduate program stating your eligibility for externship, 2 to 3 letters of recommendation (from professors or clinical supervisors) and CV via. Please note: if you are interested in applying to more than one externship within the NYU Child Study Center you must submit an application to each externship separately. Applicants with further questions should contact Stephanie Wagner, Ph.D., at or Stephanie.Wagner@nyulangone.org
General information about externship site:
Directors of the Program: Timothy L. Verduin (ADHD), Phd; Stephanie Wagner, PhD & Lauren Knickerbocker, PhD (Early Childhood)
Training Director, (degree): Richard Gallagher, PhD
Length of externship (in months): 12
Start Date: 7/1/2019 or 9/1/2019
End Date: 6/30/2020 or 8/31/2020
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 16
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 2 Externs
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants: Behavior therapy experience. 2nd year of graduate school and up.
Preferences: Behavior parent training experience. 3rd year of graduate school and up.
Do you provide a stipend? If so how much?: None.
Interviews will be conducted January 28-March 1, 2019.
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: 7-10 individual cases; 1-2 groups of 4-10 patients (cotherapy)
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe: School observation, diagnostic evaluation, live coding of parent-child interactions, early childhood mental health and development evaluation.
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): 4-5 of above assessments (no intellectual assessments will be conducted).
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: 4-5
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: n/a
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 3
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 2-3
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: 2/week (live supervision in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy; Cotherapy with group leader)
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): Case conference, Seminar, Grand Rounds.
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: ad hoc
Describe ect supervision: Live supervision as above; weekly dyadic supervision with both ADHD and Early Childhood faculty.
Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation (audio, video, live in person (in treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream): As above
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 (33rd/Park on 6 Train)
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Are home visits required as part of the trainee's duties?: No, but school visits are.
Is a transportation stipend provided?: As needed.