Provide description of Externship:
General information about externship site:
Director of the Program: Erin Rivelis, Ph.D.
Training Director, (degree): Ph.D.
URL for Externship Brochure:
Length of externship (in months): 10 months
Start Date: 9/3/19
End Date: 6/26/20
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 16 (>16 hours can be accommodated in accordance with program requirements)
Specialty tracks: n/a
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 4
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants): Second year students from school psychology, clinical psychology, school/clinical psychology, and counseling programs. Some prior assessment experience/exposure is required.
Preferences: Second year students will be considered, but third and fourth year students are preferred.
Do you provide a stipend? If so how much?: No. However, there is a LEND fellowship (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) with a stipend that externs are eligible to apply for. Tuesdays are a required day for LEND fellows.
When do you expect to begin interviews? (Applications can be submitted no earlier than Jan 22): Beginning February 3, 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?: Applicants will be scheduled for a 30 minute individual interview with externship coordinator.
What application materials are required (i.e., cv, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other?: Cover letter, curriculum vitae (CV), de-identified psychological/psychoeducational evaluation with descriptions of both intellectual and emotional functioning, 2 letters of reference
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:
- For 16 hour/week placements, externs will carry approximately 4 treatment cases.
- For 20+ hour/week placements, externs will carry approximately 6 treatment cases.
- Treatment typically consists of individual therapy with some opportunities for family and parenting work. Some additional opportunities for co-leading groups may also be available.
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe: Externs will conduct a variety of evaluations including assessment of patient's cognitive, academic, adaptive, and social-emotional functioning (through use of clinical interviews, rating scales, and projective measures). Assessments will be on patients approximately 7-21 years of age. Externs will participate in weekly team meetings where they will present the results of their evaluations and work with the team to conceptualize the case, formulate diagnoses, and make recommendations. These are multidisciplinary meetings comprised of Unit psychologists, social workers, speech/language pathologists, developmental behavioral pediatricians, and a psychiatrist.
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): 10-15
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: 10-15
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: RPAS and Exner (depending on how extern has been trained)
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1-2 hours/week
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1-2 hours every 4-6 weeks of formal group supervision + weekly didactics where externs have the opportunity to discuss their cases
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 1-2 hours/week of didactics
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: n/a
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds):
- Exerns will initially participate in a one-month orientation series which includes seminars by the different disciplines that comprise the Unit (e.g., psychology, social work, speech pathology, medicine).
- Externs on the Child and Adolescent Unit will also participate in weekly didactics on topics including, but not limited to, psychological assessment, psychoeducational assessment, family treatment, and therapeutic techniques (e.g., for anxiety, depression, emotional/behavioral dysregulation, oppositional behavior, executive functioning deficits).
- Externs will participate in group supervision sessions, led a clinical social worker, along with other trainees on the Unit once every 4-6 weeks.
- Externs will also have the opportunity, if interested, to attend monthly CERC grand rounds (Mondays 8:30-9:30am).
- Additional opportunities are available to attend a weekly core lecture (Tuesdays 12:00-1:00pm) along with externs/trainees from other CERC units. Externs can also apply for a LEND fellowship (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) which carries a stipend. Requirements for this fellowship are to attend the weekly Tuesday core lectures as well as to present to other LEND fellows a topic of their choosing at the end of the year.
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: Approximately 1 hour/week in addition to the hour of formal supevision. There is an open door policy; externs are welcome (and encouraged) to come by as needed.
Describe direct supervision: Externs will have a standing supervision appointment each week. This session will be used to discuss therapy cases as well as evaluations. Additional supervision appointments will be provided as needed.
Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation (audio, video, live in person (in treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream): Observations take place via live supervision during consultations and evaluation feedback sessions where externs will have the opportunity to provide feedback to the patients they evaluated and their families.
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
*Please note: Fridays are a required day as externs are required to attend weekly multidisciplinary team meetings (Fridays 10:00-12:00) as well as didactics (Fridays 1:00-2:30). Accommodations can be made for religious observance.