Provide description of Externship:
This training position provides service at the Child Study Center, part of the Hassenfeld Children's Hospital at NYU Langone Health in Manhattan. Externs are sought for the Autism and Related Disorders Externship, which serves children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as well as those with a wide range of social communication difficulties. As children with ASD also often display comorbidity with other disorders, our externs also have significant exposure to children with ADHD and other Externalizing Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Learning Disorders, and other conditions. While the clinical focus is on ASD and comorbidities, there may be opportunities for treatment and evaluation of children who present to the Child Study Center with other psychiatric presentations.
General information about externship site:
Director of the Program: Richard Gallagher, Ph.D.
Training Director, (degree): Rebecca Doggett, Ph.D.
Length of externship (in months): 12
Start Date: July 1, 2019
End Date: June 30, 2020
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 16
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 2
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants: supervised clinical experience with children and preferably children with autism
Do you provide a stipend? If so how much?: no
Extern Responsibilities:Externs will focus on specialization of clinical intakes, implementation of evidence-based treatment for individual patients, and implementation of evidence-based PEERS® social skills group therapy treatment.
· Clinical Intakes: Externs are responsible for conducting clinical intakes for patients who have completed initial screening for the PEERS® social skills groups. Through these intakes, externs will gain exposure to a wide range of presenting problems related to social challenges. Intakes are conducted with a child and parent/guardian and involve documenting history, assessing the etiology of social challenges, and assessing goodness of fit for treatment. Externs administer and score standardized rating scales and report findings as part of clinical case presentation at group supervision. Externs are trained in risk assessment.
· Training in, and delivery of, evidence-based group therapy treatments: Externs will be trained in evidence-based PEERS® social skills group treatments for Adolescents and Young Adults. PEERS® is a parent-assisted cognitive behavioral social skills intervention for adolescents and young adults. Externs participate as coaches or leaders in one or two groups per semester. Each group consists of an adolescent/young adult and parent/caregiver group. Externs have the opportunity to be involved in child or parent groups depending on interest. Participants in the group treatment program range from 12-35 and present with a range of clinical disorders.
· Individual Treatment:Externs will also carry individual therapy cases with a child, adolescent, or young adult presenting with a primary diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. There may be opportunity for individual treatment cases for patients with other primary diagnoses.
· School Observations: Opportunities for classroom observations and school-based behavior consultations to supplement a clinical evaluation may also be available.
· Other Clinical Activities: Externs may participate as observers and co-therapists with experienced clinicians in assessment and treatment sessions or as co-therapists in group treatments. Externs may participate in psychiatric evaluations and feedback sessions.
Training and Supervision:
Externs will receive an hour weekly of individual supervision to discuss their individual patient caseloads. For training and supervision for thePEERS® groups, externs will complete a summerPEERS® training and receive weekly 30-minute group supervision following each group. Additionally, externs will work alongside and receive ongoing supervision from supervising faculty throughout the weekly PEERS® group sessions. Externs will have weekly group supervision (1 hour per week) to discuss group intakes and the PEERS® program.
· 16 hours per week, usually spread over two days including evenings. Applicants must be able to commit to Wednesday afternoon for group supervision and didactics. Groups run on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings; preference will be given to externs who are available these evenings until 8pm.
· July 2019-June 2020
· PEERS® Program Extern Group Supervision (Wednesday afternoon)
· Weekly individual supervision (TBD)
· Social Learning Program Group Case Conference (30 minutes after each PEERS® group with team)
· Autism Spectrum Disorder Seminar (Biweekly Wednesday afternoon)
· Child Study Center Case Conference (Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)
· Child Study Center Grand Rounds (Wednesdays 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.)
· Monthly school tours (Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.)
· The externs assist in presentations within the NYU academic community and external professional and community groups. The role will depend on the extern's level of experience and comfort in the subject area.
Although this is primarily a clinical externship, the CSC is committed to training scientist-practitioners. Interested externs may have the opportunity to be involved with clinical research being conducted at the Child Study Center on group treatment outcomes.
Those interested in applying should submit a letter of interest, writing sample (assessment report preferred), attestation letter from your graduate program stating your eligibility for externship, two 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 Child Study Center at NYU one Health you must submit an application to each externship separately. However, you can only apply to two of these externships. Applicants with further questions should contact Rebecca Doggett, Ph.D., at 646-754-5152, or .