Externs are sought for the Anxiety and Mood Disorders service, which serves children with anxiety disorders (including Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Separation Anxiety Disorder, Social Phobia, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) as well as mood disorders (including Major Depression and Dysthymia). As children with anxiety and mood disorders also often display comorbidity with other disorders, our externs also have significant exposure to children with ADHD and other Externalizing Disorders, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Learning Disorders, Selective Mutism, and other conditions. Our Institute utilizes evidence-based treatments, primarily CBT, HRT, and DBT, to treat these conditions. The position is open to graduate students enrolled in a doctoral program with the terminal degree of Ph.D. or Psy.D.
The number of externships available: 1
Externship Clinical Responsibilities Individual psychotherapy: Responsibilities include carrying a caseload of approximately 6 individual therapy cases with children and adolescents presenting with a variety of anxiety and mood disorders, as well as assisting with in vivo exposures, school observations, and other "special projects" (e.g. intensive treatments, habit reversal therapy).
Training in, and delivery of, evidence-based treatments: Externs will be trained in evidence-based treatments, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for childhood anxiety, OCD, and depression. To address certain comorbidities, other evidence-based treatments may be implemented (e.g., habit reversal therapy to address tics).
Group therapy: Externs will participate as co-therapists in group treatments. Two groups that are routinely offered are a group for socially-anxious adolescents and a group for the parents of anxious youth.
Assessment: Externs will participate in psychiatric evaluations and feedback sessions. They will be expected first to shadow one or more evaluations conducted by an attending or post-doctoral fellow and then to be shadowed by an attending or post-doctoral fellow. They may then be able to conduct independent psychiatric evaluations.
Miscellaneous clinical tasks: Although building the externs’ clinical caseloads is our highest priority, we supplement with a variety of clinically-relevant activities as needed.
Didactic Requirements Anxiety and Mood Disorders Seminar (First Thursday of every month, 12:30-1:45 PM) AND/OR Anxiety and Mood Disorder Team Meeting (Tuesdays from 1-2 PM)
1:1 Supervision (twice weekly, TBD)
Optional Didactics Training seminars from other disciplines (Second, Third, and Fourth Thursdays, 12:30-1:45 PM)Selective Mutism Supervision Group/Think Tank (Wednesdays 10:15-11 AM) NYU Child Study Center Case Conference (Wednesdays 9:00-10:30 AM) NYU Child Study Center Grand Rounds (Wednesdays 11:00 AM-12:15 PM)
Presentations The extern will receive training in CBT case conceptualization. With the guidance and support of a staff psychologist, the extern will prepare a case presentation to present at a team meeting or at case conference. Case presentations usually consist of a conceptualization and overview of the treatment approach. This practice aims to help prepare students for advanced training requirements of internship. Externs can also assist in presentations given to the NYU academic community, as well as to local community organizations and professional groups.
Research Although this is primarily a clinical externship, the CSC is committed to training scientist-practitioners. Interested externs may also have opportunities to prepare clinical case studies for publication or presentation at a professional conference.
Time Requirement 16 hours per week, usually spread over 2 full days or 1 full & 2 half days (weekdays only) Tuesdays or Thursdays required August 2019-June 2020; however, there may be some training requirements in July 2019 (specific dates TBD)
Contact Information:Those interested in applying should submit a letter of interest, writing sample (intake report preferred), attestation letter from your graduate program stating your eligibility for externship, two to three letters of recommendation (from professors or clinical supervisors) and CV. 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 about this position should contact Aleta Angelosante, Ph.D., Director of Institute for Anxiety and Mood Disorders, at 646-754-4892, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Interviews will likely take place in February. Interviews are done individually and consist of the applicant meeting with the head of the service (Dr. Angelosante) and 1-2 additional faculty members.
Support and Accessibility:
While there is only 1 externship with the Anxiety and Mood Disorders service specifically, there are many other service lines at the Child Study Center which also have externships. As such, the extern will have ample opportunity for support and networking with other externs. The Child Study Center is easily accessible via public transportation, at the 33rd Street stop of the 6 train. The building is wheelchair accessible.