Provide description of Externship:
General Training Program Description: The Kingsbrook externship program consists of supervised training experiences with inpatient and outpatient populations. Externs perform neuropsychological and psychological evaluations and offer individual psychotherapy. The primary focus of the externship is neuropsychological evaluation and treatment on the acute rehabilitation inpatient TBI Unit and on the General Rehabilitation Unit. They also evaluate patients on the inpatient pediatric rehabilitation unit and on the inpatient adult and geriatric psychiatric units. Externs primarily work with multicultural patients who have survived acquired brain injuries (traumatic injuries as well as vascular and neurological conditions). Externs will learn to conduct neuropsychology screens and battery assessments on adults ranging from young adults through the geriatric population. They will also acquire and use cognitive retraining skills. The Kingsbrook externship program emphasizes the extern’s achieving the skills to perform basic neuropsychological and psychological diagnostics, and provide basic psychotherapeutic and cognitive remediation interventions. Supervision of externs is provided individually by Thomas Mayer, Psy.D., Director of Training and staff neuropsychologist, Pavel Fadeev, Psy.D.
General information about externship site:
Director of the Program: Thomas Mayer
Training Director, (degree): Psy.D.
URL for Externship Brochure: no URL for brochure
Length of externship (in months): 12
Start Date: 9/3/19
End Date: 8/31/20
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 16
Specialty tracks: Neuropsychology
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 2
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants: 2nd year
Preferences: Interest in evaluating and treating individuals with acquired brain injuries
Do you provide a stipend? If so how much?: no stipend
When do you expect to begin interviews? (Applications can be submitted no earlier than Jan 22): Jan 28
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?: Individual interviews
What application materials are required (i.e., cv, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other?:application materials include: cover letter, cv, transcript, 2 reference letters, and a test report
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: 3 inpatients (mental status evaluations, cognitive and supportive treatment) and 3 outpatients (neuropsychological evaluations and treatment)
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe: Externs gain experience conducting outpatient basic and comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations. Outpatients (geriatric, adult and children), mostly referred by psychiatrists, neurologists, and physicians, have some type of acquired brain injury. Evaluations address a variety of questions: measuring and describing cognitive and psychological concerns, SSD/SSI evaluations, capacity evaluations, psychoeducational evaluations, etc. Inpatient evaluations privarily involve mental status examinations. Externs get experience administering a variety of neuropsychological and psychological tests including projective tests.
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): 12
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: 20
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: Exner
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 1
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: 1 hour/week. Supervisors are present to observe externs conduct outpatient intakes and feedback sessions.
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): seminars and Grand Rounds when appropriate and available
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: We have an open door policy for supervision.
Describe direct supervision: For inpatients, all notes are reviewed and co-signed electronically. Challenging cases and conditions unknown to students are discussed when needed. For outpatient evaluations, supervisors discuss test selection following the intake session. Test results are discussed prior to report writing. Lastly, reports are discussed and edited. Therapy cases are discussed as needed.
Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation (audio, video, live in person (in treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream):
Externs are observed during outpatient intake evaluations and feedback sessions. They are also observed when administering tests for the first time: mental status exams, neuropsychological tests and projective tests.
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"?: We have 2 externs, but if for some reason we had only one, we would arrange for outside peer support.
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