Provide description of Externship: Kurtz Psychology Consulting is an outpatient group clinical psychology practice located in midtown Manhattan - 57th & 6th. We serve children and adolescents, and their families, with a variety of complex psychological presentations. We provide graduate externs, in their third year or higher, with a high quality externship steeped in developmentally-sensitive behavioral approaches to assessment and treatment. The founder and chief psychologist of the practice is Steven Kurtz, PhD, ABPP. Dr. Kurtz is ABPP certified as a Diplomate in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology, and volunteers as an ABPP examiner. He is also one of only 21 Master Trainers in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), a gold-standard treatment for disruptive behaviors. Dr. Kurtz is also the developer of PCIT for Selective Mutism, a validated treatment for SM that he pioneered while at the NYU Child Study Center. Externs will be well-trained in empirically supported treatments for internalizing disorders and externalizing disorders.
Externs see a caseload of approximately six patients on their two full days with us, and have opportunities to participate in our group and individual intensive programs as their schedules allow. This 12-month training program has a very high ratio of supervision, both individual and group, didactics in two weekly seminars, including participation in our renowned Lunch 'n' Learn webinar series, https://www.kurtzpsychology.com/employment-training/lunch-n-learn-webinar-series/ that brings world class presenters to us on a wide variety of topics. We also pride ourselves in an extraordinary amount of co-therapy with Dr. Kurtz and the other psychologists, as well as a high rate of live, contemporaneous supervision with our two one-way mirror suites. Externs have the opportunity to participate in clinical research and to present with us at national conferences, as past externs have consistently done. Last year's externs and other trainees are co-presenting with us at ABCT, ADAA, PCIT and the SM Association conferences. Externs will consult with and train collaterals, such as teachers, and do in vivo therapy in school and community settings.
General information about externship site:
Director of the Program: Steven Kurtz
Training Director, (degree): PhD, ABPP
URL for Externship Brochure: https://www.kurtzpsychology.com/professionals/employment-training/
Length of externship (in months): 12 months (July-June)
Start Date: July 1, 2019
End Date: June 30, 2020
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 16
Specialty tracks: Child/adolescent
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 1-2
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants): Must have some child clinical work experience at the graduate level.
Preferences: Strong preference to those with child behavioral therapy experience.
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): Week of February 4, 2019
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?: We hold individual interviews after a small group orientation. Applicants are expected to discuss a treatment case and should be prepared to write a response to a case scenario.
What application materials are required (i.e., cv, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other?: We require CV, two reference letters, and a clinical treatment summary.
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: Externs are expected to carry six patients and participate in a weekly group as a co-leader. The nature of child clinical work requires considerable collateral contacts as well. Our SM specialty programs, a weeklong each, run in the summer and usually in February during President's week. All externs will be trained in PCIT and our SM approaches, as well as other interventions including Coping Cat and Exposure and Response Prevention.
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe: Assessments will include an ADIS semi-structured interview with each new evaluation, learning how to administer behavioral approach tasks, including the SM-Behavioral Observation Task developed by Dr. Kurtz and the DPICS, which is integral to PCIT.
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): n/a
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: n/a
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: n/a
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1.5
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1.5
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 2.5
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: 1-2 per week
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): small group seminars and Lunch 'n' Learn weekly seminar featuring many outside speakers.
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: This definitely occurs each and every week.
Describe direct supervision: Extern presents certain cases to certain supervisors based on sub-specialty and on making sure externs have exposure to multiple supervisors.
Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation (audio, video, live in person (in treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream): In the course of the year, externs are guaranteed to have co-therapy supervision, live observation, video review, as well as non-observed supervision.
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"?: Yes
Is the agency readily accessible through public transportation?: Yes
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Are home visits required as part of the trainee's duties?: Not required, but school visits are and community exposures are typical.
Is a transportation stipend provided?: No.