The externship at Envisage Neuropsychology occurs within the context of a busy private practice. The main focus of the externship program is on neuropsychological testing with clients ranging in age from three through young (and even sometimes older) adults. A wide variety of clinical issues are evaluated, including learning disabilities, ADHD, autism spectrum, language delays, psychiatric issues, and other developmental delays. Cases range from very gifted students to those with intellectual disabilities, from mild concerns to those that are more profound, and include a diversity of families.
Externs are involved in parent intakes, testing sessions, and parent feedback sessions. Externs will go to schools in order to perform classroom observations as part of many neuropsychological evaluations. In addition to testing, externs may also be involved in writing remediation cases with children and teens with learning disabilities or ADHD, using the Strategic Instruction Model, an empirically supported writing intervention.
Aside from the aforementioned clinical responsibilities, externs will be exposed to a wide range of educational opportunities, including a seminar series about the neuropsychological domains and how to interpret and write about related test results, tours at a wide range of mainstream and special education schools, and detailed case discussions. Supervision is provided individually and in a group format. Generally, there is an open-door policy where ample supervision is provided to meet each externs' needs as they progress through the process of observing, being observed, and conducting evaluations more independently.
The externship runs from September through the end of July. Two days a week are required, Friday being a mandatory day. Hours are generally 9 to 5.
Dr. Auciello is the primary supervisor and has had extensive experience training graduate students, interns, and post-doctoral fellows over the course of his career as a neuropsychologist. He is committed to training, providing comprehensive evaluations for students and guidance to them and their families, and to offering a range of fee options to make such evaluations accesible to more families.
Director of the Program: Dominick Auciello, PsyD
Length of externship (in months): 11 months
Start Date: September 1
End Date: July 31
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 16 hours
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 4
Minimum level of readiness: Students at all levels of experience will be considered.
Do you provide a stipend? If so how much?: $500 travel stipend
When do you expect to begin interviews? (Applications can be submitted no earlier than Jan 22): Very soon after applications are submitted
Interview process: Interviews are done individually. I want to hear about a candidate's background and their ambitions. We will usually discuss a case that the candidate has seen. I am looking for a good fit with regard to personality, as well as trainees who are punctual and with a strong work ethic.
What application materials are required: Please include a letter of interest, one recommendations letter, your CV, and a sample of your writing in the of a diagnostic interview or testing case.
Intervention and Assessment:
Intervention training experiences offered: Intervention focuses on writing remediation with AD/HD and LD students.
Assessment training experiences commonly offered: The externship is focused on assessment training experiences. Externs will see a wide range of cases and be part of at least 25 different evaluations over the course of the year.
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): 5
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: 5
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1.5
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 1.5
Estimated co-assessment hours with supervisors: 3
Context of didactics: Seminars, school visits, relevant conferences and lectures in the community
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: Always available
Describe direct supervision: Varied, including direct supervision and via observational mirror.
Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation: During assessment, parent intakes, and feedbacks.
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, but classroom observations are required.
Is a transportation stipend provided?: Yes