Provide description of Externship:
The externship program is designed for doctoral students in psychology who are interested in developing their clinical skills in neuropsychological assessment and building their knowledge of brain-behavior relationships. This externship is offered through the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Staten Island University Hospital, which provides services to infants through a geriatric population. It is an ideal setting for externs to gain experience working with a wide variety of presenting concerns and a broad range of neuropsychological and neurological diagnoses.
General information about externship site:
Director of the Program: Rosemarie Basile, PhD
Training Director: John B. Fechter, PsyD
Length of externship (in months): 12
Start Date: July 1st
End Date: June 30th
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 16
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: There will be two positions available on outpatient and two on inpatient.
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants): Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited psychology doctoral program and should have completed at least a testing theory class and be able to administer the WAIS-IV and WISC-V.
Preferences: Do you provide a stipend? No
When do you expect to begin interviews? (Applications can be submitted no earlier than Jan 22): Mid February
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 with 2-3 neuropsychologists.
What application materials are required (i.e., cv, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other?): CV, letters of recommendation, assessment 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: Approximately 1 neuropsychological evaluation weekly.
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe: Approximately 50-65% of the externs’ time is devoted to clinical work, which consists of a combination of general outpatient services and optional rotational activities.
Adult Outpatient Service: The majority of the externs experience is through the Outpatient Neuropsychology service. Outpatients come to us from a wide range of referral sources, including physicians with the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Pediatric and Adult Neurology, Developmental Pediatrics, Neurosurgery, professionals in the community, and VESID. Externs can gain further experience, if desired, in one of several areas with the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine.
Inpatient Rehabilitation and Brain Injury Unit: Externs can gain experience in performing bedside neurocognitive and behavioral assessments with acutely ill patients.
Developmental Neuropsychological Evaluation: Externs can observe and participated in multi-disciplinary evaluations of infants and toddlers to assess for developmental delay.
Pediatric Neuropsychology: Externs can focus a portion of their experience in pediatrics in order to develop skills in the evaluation and diagnosis of children with a wide range of conditions including epilepsy, ADHD, learning disability, and Autistic Spectrum Disorders.
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): Approximately one full evaluation per week
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: 20+
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: n/a
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 1-2
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: Dependent on level of interest
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): Didactics held weekly. Externs also have the opportunity to attend Neurology Grand Rounds.
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: 1 hour/week
Describe direct supervision: 1 hour scheduled weekly
Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation (audio, video, live in person (in treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream): Live in person
If you have only one extern, would you be able 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