Provide description of Externship:The Under Five Program at The RFK Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center serves children under the age of five and their families. Externs are trained to work with families who have experienced significant adverse experiences and continue to face numerous psychosocial stressors. Attachment-based and trauma-informed care is delivered via various interventions.
Psychotherapy experiences for externs include group therapy and individual therapy. The specific groups that are run at the Under Five Program are: (1) Group Attachment Based Intervention (GABI) - A two-hour parent-child intervention for children ages 0-3, involving a process group for parents, dyadic therapy, and play therapy; (2) GABI Three to Five: A one hour group for children ages 3-5, involving a child group addressing social emotional functioning and challenging behaviors as well as a parent support group; (3) Family Interaction Training: A didactic parent training about development and parenting skills that takes an attachment approach. The modalities of individual and family therapy that are offered in the Under Five Program are: (1) Parental Mental Health: individual psychotherapy with parents of children ages 0-5; (2) Play Therapy: Psychodynamic play therapy with children; (3) Trauma Informed Dyadic Therapy: Parent-child therapy with children ages 3-5 who have experienced recent trauma or acute stressors.
Weekly individual supervision as well as twice weekly reflective supervision (in a group) are provided.
Opportunities for child assessment are also available to externs.
General information about externship site:
Director of the Program: Anne Murphy, PhD
Training Director: Hannah Knafo, PhD and Dafne Milne, PhD
URL for Externship Brochure:
Length of externship (in months): 12 months
Start Date: 7/5/19
End Date: 6/30/20
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 16
Specialty tracks: N/A
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 8
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants): At least one year of prior clinical work is required; experience working with children and families is preferred but not required.
Preferences: Individuals who are interested in working with children and families; with particular interest in working with vulnerable populations.
Do you provide a stipend? If so how much?: There is no stipend for externs, however, externs are invited to apply for a competitive fellowship which requires them to attend a lecture once a week (on Tuesdays). This fellowship (the LEND fellowship) provides a stipend of $7,500.
When do you expect to begin interviews? (Applications can be submitted no earlier than Jan 22): We will begin scheduling interviews within a week of receiving applications.
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 are conducted with either Dr. Knafo or Dr. Milne. Interviews will focus on learning about your experiences, interests, and your approach to psychotherapy. You may be asked to speak about a particular case in the context of these discussions.
What application materials are required (i.e., cv, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other?: CV, transcript, 2 reference letters, case summary OR testing report (optional).
Intervention and Assessment:
Intervention training experiences offered: See summary above for more detailed descriptions of the interventions offered at our clinic. Group and individual therapies are provided to children (5 and under) and their parents.
Estimate average number of individual patients that students will carry: 2-3
estimate number of groups and other types of interventions: 2 groups per week
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Externs may be asked to do at least one psychological assessment in the course of their training year. This is not the main focus of the training experience at our site, however, it can provide a deeper level of insight and understanding into the patients we are serving and the systems they are involved in (e.g., school, board of education, courts). Opportunities for both child testing and adult testing may be available depending on need.
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): 1
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: 1
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: Exner
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 2
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 1
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: 2
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): Student seminars 3x/month, and grand rounds (interdisciplinary) monthly.
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision:
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): Externs will be asked to occasionally audio record or video tape their sessions to review in supervision.
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