Provide description of Externship:
RSM Psychology Center, LLC (with the Sports Concussion Center of NJ at RSM) is a long-standing private practice that specializes in comprehensive psychological and neuropsychological services for school-age children through older adults. We believe in a treatment approach which is eclectic, problem-oriented, and solution-focused, and which can be individual and/or family oriented.
We are nationally recognized for our expertise in neuropsychology, assessment of learning disorders, attention deficit disorder, brain trauma, dementia, and concussions. We are educators and researchers who are committed to important public health issues, such as youth violence, concussion in athletes, and care of our wounded military veterans. We work with individuals who are coping with a variety of psychological and neuropsychological disorders.
Graduate school psychology students who are seeking practicum placements will be exposed to high quality, state of the art neuropsychology assessment, treatment, and research as a part of the training program. We encourage applicants to explore both our websites: RSM Psychology.com and SportsConcussionNJ.com. On the About page, you will be able to learn more about our current staff members and their expertise.
Students have to opportunity to work with a patients from diverse referring entities such as universities, public and private schools, sports groups, attorneys/legal cases, neurologists, PCPs, pediatricians, and others. The experience focuses on logical, evidence based assessment and treatment, honing diagnostic conceptualization, treatment recommendations, and report writing. A variety of experiences will include participation in research, sports group baseline testing sessions, and community fairs and exhibits.
General information about externship site:
Director of the Program: Rosemarie Scolaro Moser, PhD, ABN, ABPP-RP,
Training Director, (degree): PHD, UPenn (board certified in Neuropsychology, Rehab Psychology, school psychology certified)
Website: www.rsmpsychology.com and www.SportsConcussionNJ.com
URL for Externship Brochure:
Length of externship (in months): as dictated by your academic program ( for example, Sept-June or more)
Start Date: No later than September.
End Date: No earlier than end of May.
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 2 days (16 hours)
Specialty tracks: Neuropsychology, School Psychology, Clinical Psychology
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 2
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants: students should have had exposure to psychological assessment.
Preferences: Prefer students who have completed basic testing courses and have experience in test administration. Students must have an interest in neuropsychology, testing, and report writing.
Do you provide a stipend? If so how much?: No
When do you expect to begin interviews? (Applications can be submitted no earlier than Jan 22): Dec. 1
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?: Interviews are scheduled for a minimum of one hour. Applicants will be interviewed the Director and other staff members.
What application materials are required (i.e., cv, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other?: CV, transcript, 2 letters of references, if available, a de-identified report, list of tests with which the student is familiar.
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: This is primarily a neuropsychological practicum. Students will work closely with the doctors on the majority of cases that come to the practice. Interventions include testing, possible cog rehab, possible academic coaching, and possible psychotherapy. The goal is for students to learn to administer the full range of neuropsychological tests and be able to write a high quality complete report, from interview to recommendations. Basically, senior and doctoral staff work side-by-side with graduate students on cases.
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe: see above.
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): anywhere from 2- 6 or so depending on skill level and expertise of the student.
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: see above
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: Not applicable.
Supervision: (based on a two day week)
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1-3 depending on case load
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 4
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 1
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: 2
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): webinars, attendance at local workshops, formal presentations by director who is an internationally renowned expert.
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: "unlimited"- we work closely together in our practice environment.
Describe direct supervision: Review of cases, review of observed patient interaction. Discussions with Director and other doctoral level staff.
Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation (audio, video, live in person (in treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream): Students will be observed live in their test administration as well as during intake/examination process.
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 applicable but yes if that were the case.
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