Provide description of Externship:We offer training in professional practice, with an emphasis on child/adolescent psychology. Externs develop skills in assessment, intervention, relationship, consultation/management, research and evaluation. The focus is on experiential learning in supervised practice, supplemented by didactic seminars and workshops. Our population is largely made up of minority, lower income adolescents and pre-adolescents who present with histories of trauma and a wide range of psychopathology, from adjustment disorders through psychotic disorders. Each extern has a full-year placement on a primary treatment unit. In addition, externs provide assessment services to our residents. Supervisors' orientations are generally CBT. Under supervision, externs perform individual, group and family therapy, crisis intervention, treatment team consultation, milieu treatment, mental status evaluation interviews, psychological testing, and other clinical duties. In addition to our regularly scheduled seminars, we offer colloquia by guest speaker.
General information about externship site:
Director of the Program: Dawn Besemer, PsyD
Training Director, (degree): Stephen Migden, PhD, ABPP
URL for Externship Brochure:
Length of externship (in months): 10
Start Date: Wednesday after Labor Day
End Date: Late June
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 21
Specialty tracks: Adolescents
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 1
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants: 3rd year doctoral student
Preferences: APA accredited clinical, school or counseling program
Do you provide a stipend? If so how much?: Yes, $3,000
When do you expect to begin interviews? (Applications can be submitted no earlier than Jan 22): Late January
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, about one hour each, usually with two interviewers. Decisions are made by the interviewers after all interviews have been completed.
What application materials are required (i.e., cv, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other?: CV, 2 letters of reference, test report, MercyFirst Practicum application (downloaded at MercyFirst website). Please bring graduate transcript to the interview.
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 generally carry 2-3 individual treatment cases and may co-lead one group. Informal milieu treatment is an important aspect of the MercyFirst experience.
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe: Intellectual assessment (mainly WISC, WASI or WASI), personality assessment (some combination of MACI, MMPI-A, BASC, and projective tests), and educational screening with the WRAT.
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): 7-10
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: 7-10
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: R-PAS
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 2
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 2
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: 2
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): Seminars and Colloquia with outside speakers
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: Extremely frequent - this is basic to our model of milieu treatment
Describe direct supervision: Formal individual supervision involves weekly meetings with a treatment supervisor and, separately, weekly meetings with an assessment supervisor.
Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation (audio, video, live in person (in treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream): Two live supervision-observation sessions per semester, one for treatment supervision and one for assessment 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"?: Not necessary - extern is well integrated into our APA accredited internship program, and benefits from the resources and peer support of the internship.
Is the agency readily accessible through public transportation?: About one mile from Syosset LIRR station.
Wheelchair accessible: Minimally.
Are home visits required as part of the trainee's duties?: No.
Is a transportation stipend provided?: If an extern has to travel from one MercyFirst site to another, transportation reimbursement is offered, but not for transportation to/from home.