Provide description of Externship:
Spectrum Services is a cooperative of independent practices and organizations that provides comprehensive clinical services to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and their families in Manhattan, NY. Spectrum Services has been offering care to individuals with ASD since 2010. We aspire to provide excellent services in the areas of:
- Specialized psychotherapy
- Social skills and pragmatic usage services
- Psychiatric services
- College coaching
- Executive functioning services
- Social skills seminars
- Neuropsychological evaluations
- Adult and family support groups
Spectrum Services follows a best practice, evidence-based model of service delivery. Team members have expertise in comprehensive assessment of ASDs, including diagnostic testing, differential diagnostic testing (e.g. neuropsychological testing, personality assessment, and other social-emotional testing), and Adult Asperger's Assessment.
Spectrum Services' pre-doctoral externship is designed to prepare students for professional practice in psychology. The training experience follows the Scholar-Practitioner model of training. Externs are encouraged to develop "local clinical scientist" skills as defined by Stricker & Trierweiler (1995)*. Over the course of the year, students develop skills to learn how to apply evidence-based models and interventions to a clinical population and to make modifications to those evidence-based approaches to meet the needs for individual cases. Training in ethical and professional standards will be incorporated into supervision and seminar presentations to prepare the intern for the highest standards of professional conduct.
*Stricker, G. & Trierweiler, S. (1995). The Local Clinical Scientist: A Bridge Between Science and Practice. American Psychologist, 50, 995-1002.
The program trains students in the following domains:
- Psychotherapeutic interventions (CBT, Behavioral Interventions, Family Systems, etc.)
- Psychodiagnostic Assessment (with a focus upon differential diagnostic skills pertaining to the population of individuals with ASDs)
- Support Group (CBT and other social skills curricula for adolescents and adults with ASDs as well as CBT for parents of children with ASDs)
- Social Skills Group (community-based recreational group for adults with ASDs to receive in vivo training on social skills)
- The integration of evidence-based approaches with clinical practice
Specific goals for the training include:
- Improving CBT skills
- Improving group skills
- Improving understanding of ASD and other developmental disabilities
- Learning diagnostic assessment measures
- Improving report writing
- Improving differential diagnosis skills
- Publishing a local article
- Presenting to a local group
Pre-Doctoral Externship Experience: Our training experience offers the opportunity to acquire skills specific for working with individuals with ASDs and other related social learning needs (children, adolescents, adults and their family members).
- Assessment: Psychology externs participate in chart reviews, consultations, assessments (testing and integrative report writing), team meetings, and feedback sessions. Trainees receive training in gold standard diagnostic assessment methods (e.g., ADOS-2 and ADI-R) and complex differential diagnosis (e.g., Anxiety disorders, Depressive disorders, ADHD and learning disorders, tic disorders, uage disorders, cognitive impairment, and other related mental health diagnoses), using a wide range of testing measures (cognitive, social-emotional, adaptive, educational, executive functions, and neuropsychological).
- Outpatient Treatment: Psychology externs participate in the provision of individual psychotherapy, family therapy and group therapy (social skills, parent education). Mental health services focus upon treating co-morbid mental health diagnoses (e.g. depression, anxiety, OCD) through the lens of services for individuals with ASDs. Externs also receive training in providing therapy to a range of clients (e.g., behavior management, CBT for anxiety), across a range of ages and ability levels.
The training and didactic hours needed to meet externship requirements will be fulfilled via professional development seminars within Spectrum Services and community throughout the course of the year. Externs are sent to these additional trainings based upon their interests in addition to meeting center needs. Externs will work with their supervisor to participate in internal and external trainings to meet a minimum of 1 didactic hour/week throughout the course of the training year.
Supervision & Professional Development
Supervision: Externs receive at least one hour a week of individual supervision and one hour a week of group supervision with a psychologist licensed in New York. Additional supervision with other licensed professionals is also provided.
Professional Development: Professional development is emphasized including development of the student's curriculum vitae, presenting center-based workshops, and the opportunity to write articles and book reviews for newsletters.
General information about externship site:
Director of the Program: Katherine Cody
Training Director, (degree): PsyD
URL for Externship Brochure: N/A
Length of externship (in months): 12 months
Start Date: September 2019
End Date: August 2020
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 16-20 contingent upon year in program
Specialty tracks: N/A
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 2
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants: Prior experience working with individuals with ASD in some capacity a plus, not required
Preferences: Prior assessment experience preferred
Do you provide a stipend? If so how much?: No stipend
When do you expect to begin interviews? (Applications can be submitted no earlier than Jan 22): 1/28/2019
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?: Interviews consist of a 30 minute individual interview with training director; review of externship is provided; request for case presentation and review of prior experience as a part of interview.
What application materials are required (i.e., cv, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other?:
To apply, submit:
1. Cover letter indicating your interest in and goals for an internship.
2. Current C.V.
3. Current transcript.
4. 2 Letters of recommendation.
5. Sample of written evaluation with identifying information removed.
Intervention and Assessment:
Intervention training experiences offered: Externs are expected to carry a caseload of approximately 6-8 individual therapy cases. Externs will participate in one therapeutic group experience with co-facilitating licensed clinician (i.e. social skills, social recreational, etc.).
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Description: Assessment experience consists of: adult ASD evaluations; diagnostic evaluations for co-occurring mental health conditions; psychoeducational evaluations available sometimes.
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): 4-6 (depending on student experience)
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: 2-4 (depending on student experience)
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: Exner
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1 hour/week
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1 hour/week
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 1 hour/week
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: 1 hour/week (group therapy)
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): Small group seminars and case presentations
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: Additional 1-2 hours/week
Describe direct supervision: Review of video recordings of sessions; observations of trainee in group therapy with conjunctive supervisors; live observation of assessment administration
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; located in midtown Manhattan and accessible via most major subway lines.
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Are home visits required as part of the trainee's duties?: No; community sessions often occur
Is a transportation stipend provided?: Transportation costs for community-based sessions to be covered.