Provide description of Externship:
Externs carry a caseload of 3-5 individual therapy cases, conduct initial psychological evaluations as well as more extensive diagnostic testing, and provide yearly behavioral assessments of children in JCCA's care. Furthermore, there are opportunities for group work, family interventions, and foster parent trainings.
Prior to starting externship, externs must receive clearance from HR, which entails a background check and drug screening. This process is typically initiated in mid to late June.
General information about externship site:
Director of the Program: Amy Morgenstern, Ph.D.
Training Director, (degree): Amy Morgenstern, Ph.D.
URL for Externship Brochure: n/a
Length of externship (in months): 9 months
Start Date: Early to mid September
End Date: Early to mid June
The externship is 16-20 hours per week, spread out over the course of 2-3 days. Evening hours, until 7pm, are expected, in order to accommodate clients who come after school.
How many hours a week are expected of extern?:
Specialty tracks: n/a
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 4
Applicants should be at least entering their third year of a doctoral program in clinical, counseling or school psychology.
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants:
Applicants with at least one year of previous clinical experience, as well as experience administering, scoring and writing psychological assessments, are preferred. In addition, coursework in child/ adolescent and family therapy and developmental psychology is preferred.
Applications will be accepted beginning January 22, 2019. Interviews will be scheduled by site supervisors after all of an applicant's materials have been received and reviewed.
Do you provide a stipend? If so how much?: No
When do you expect to begin interviews? (Applications can be submitted no earlier than Jan 22):
Applicants who are selected to interview will be contacted by the Director of Externship or staff psychologist via email. Interviews generally take place from late January to late February, and are conducted individually. Applicants who apply to more than one JCCA site (i.e. Brooklyn and Bronx) may be interviewed once, and will have the opportunity to indicate their order of preference, if any, during the interview.
Interview process (provide information about interview process- time frame, how decisions are made) Also, do you conduct individual and/or group interviews; case presentation, other information?:
To apply, please submit the following documents:
• Cover letter
• Curriculum Vitae
• Two letters of recommendation
• Letter from department chairperson indicating readiness for externship
• Case summary or psychological report
What application materials are required (i.e., cv, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other?:
Externs carry a caseload of 3-5 individual therapy cases, with opportunities for collateral sessions. Externs also conduct approximately two groups during the course of the training year. Other common training experiences include consultation, foster parent training, and participation in interdisciplinary team meetings.
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:
Psychological evaluations comprise a significant portion of the training opportunities offered during the training year. Through assessment, externs gain exporuse to a wide array of clients with a variety of diagnostic presentations. The following types of psychological assessment are typically conducted:
• Mental Status/ Behavioral Assessment
• Neuropsychological/ Cognitive Assessment
• Psychoeducational Assessment
• Personality/ Projective Assessment
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe:
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): 10-12
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: 10-12
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: Exner Comprehensive Scoring System
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1-2
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 2
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 1-2
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: n/a
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): Group supervision, assigned readings, agency-wide trainings
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: As needed
Describe direct supervision: Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation (audio, video, live in person (in treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream):
Direct supervision is provided at least once per semester. This may take the form of in person supervision, audio recording, or the use of a one-way mirror.
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