This unique externship features placement at the NYU Child Study Center (CSC) as well as the Gender and Family Project (GFP) with the Ackerman Institute for the Family, which both serves transgender and gender non-conforming children, teens, and young adults. Externs will have the opportunity to take part in a gender affirming clinical service at both sites through assessment, psychotherapy, and co-leading groups with expert supervision from both CSC and GFP faculty. As transgender and gender non-conforming youth also often display mental health vulnerabilities, our externs will also have significant exposure to individuals with anxiety disorders, mood disorders, ADHD and other Externalizing Disorders, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Learning Disorders, and other conditions. Our service utilizes evidence-based treatments, primarily CBT, to treat these conditions with particular sensitivity to the unique challenges that transgender and gender non-conforming youth experience. The position is open to graduate students enrolled in a doctoral program with the terminal degree of Ph.D. or Psy.D.
The number of externships available: New York Campus: 1 Externship at both CSC at 1 Park Avenue, 7th floor and GFP at 936 Broadway, 2nd Floor
Assessment: Externs will participate in gender evaluations and feedback sessions. They will be expected first to shadow one or more evaluations conducted by an attending and then to be shadowed by an attending. Then they will be able to conduct independent evaluations. These evaluations will occur both at the Ackerman Institute for the Family and The Child Study Center
Individual psychotherapy: Responsibilities include carrying a caseload of 2-4 individual therapy cases with children and adolescents presenting with gender dysphoria and other presenting concerns.
Training in, and delivery of, evidence-based treatments: Externs will be trained in gender affirmative care. This includes conducting gender assessments for medical interventions and providing weekly psychotherapy services. To address certain difficulties common in transgender and gender non-conforming youth, other evidence-based treatments may be implemented. Externs will be trained in evidence-based treatments, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for anxiety and depression.
Group therapy: Externs will participate as co-therapists and/or observers in group treatments. Two groups that are routinely offered are a group for socially-anxious adolescents who also meet criteria for gender dysphoria at the Child Study Center and support groups at the Ackerman Institute for the Family focusing on the family.
Miscellaneous clinical tasks: Building the externs’ clinical caseloads is the highest priority at CSC, while evaluations are the priority at GFP. Externs will be supplemented with a variety of clinically-relevant activities as needed.
Didactic Requirements at CSC
- Gender and Sexuality Service Team Meeting (Wednesdays from 3-4 PM)
- 1:1 Supervision (weekly, TBD)
- NYU Child Study Center Case Conference (Wednesdays 9:00-10:30 AM)
- NYU Child Study Center Grand Rounds (Wednesdays 11:00 AM-12:15 PM)
Didactic Requirements at Ackerman
- Foundations of Family Therapy (offered multiple times per week)
- 1:1 Supervision (weekly, TBD)
- Team Meeting Mondays 9-10
- Attend Gender Conference East
- (CSC) Training seminars from other disciplines (Thursdays, 12:30-1:45 PM)
The extern will receive training in gender evaluations and CBT case conceptualization. With the guidance and support of staff psychologists and psychiatrist, the extern will prepare two case presentations to present at a team meeting or at case conference. Case presentations usually consist of a conceptualization and overview of the treatment approach. This practice aims to help prepare students for advanced training requirements of internship. Externs can also assist in presentations given to the academic community, as well as to local community organizations and professional groups. Research Although this is primarily a clinical externship, the CSC and GFP is committed to training scientist-practitioners. Interested externs may also have opportunities to prepare clinical case studies for publication or presentation at a professional conference.
- 16-20 hours per week, usually spread over 2 full days, some additional hours of report writing may be required occasionally
- Wednesdays required at the Child Study Center
- Mondays required at Ackerman Institute
- August 2017-June 2018; however, there may be some training requirements in July 2017 (specific dates TBD)
Those interested in applying should submit a letter of interest, writing sample (intake report preferred), attestation letter from your graduate program stating your eligibility for externship, two to three letters of recommendation (from professors or clinical supervisors) and CV via email@example.com. Please note if you are interested in applying to more than one externship within the NYU Child Study Center you must submit an application to each externship separately. Applicants with further questions about this position should contact Aron Janssen, MD Director of the Gender and Sexuality Service, at 646-754-4885, or Aron.Janssen@nyumc.org or Samantha Busa, PsyD, psychologist on the Gender and Sexuality Service at 646-754-5071 or Samantha.Busa@nyumc.org and Randi Kaufman, PsyD, firstname.lastname@example.org from Gender and Family Project.