Provide description of Externship:The Children's Mental Health Center (formerly Infant and Child Learning Center) at SUNY Downstate provides Developmental, Neuropsychological, and Psychoeducational Evaluations as well as Individual and Family Therapy, and Advocacy. Many children are experiencing emotional, social and behavioral responses to their sense of failure at school, and they present as emotionally disturbed. The first step in evaluating school age children is to assess their ability to succeed in their current school placement. This includes reviewing Reports and IEPs. For school-age children (5 to 21 years of age), testing includes using the WJ IV ECAD, the W-J IV Cognitive, Oral, and Achievement Tests, NEPSY, WRAML, PPVT, etc. Graduates of the NICU and those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder are evaluated at 12 months, 18-22 months, 3 years and 5 years of age, using the Bayley Scales of Infant Development, the WPPSI, and the WJ IV ECAD.
General information about externship site:
Director of the Program: Joan Hittelman, Ph.D.
Training Director, (degree): Joan Hittelman, Ph.D.
Length of externship (in months): 12 months
Start Date: July 1, 2019 (June training, if possible)
End Date: June 30, 2020
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: at least two 8-hour days/week with one mandatory day being Tuesday or Friday for intake
Specialty tracks: n/a
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 4 externs
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants): Experience or training in assessment
Preferences: 3rd year student by the time of externship, child experience
Do you provide a stipend? If so how much?: Yes, contingent on number of Neuropsychological Evaluations performed.
Will you require students to complete information (e.g., health screening, background checks, drug testing) either before applying, accepting or starting at your site?: Students are required to complete a health screening and provide proof of immunization before starting
When do you expect to begin interviews? (Applications can be submitted no earlier than Jan 22): Februrary 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?: Students will have an individual interview with Dr. Hittelman and a group interview with the current externs to learn about the program.
What application materials are required (i.e., cv, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other?): Letter of application, CV, Psychological Test Report, Letter of readiness
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: Individual psychotherapy, group therapy, family therapy; students carry between 2-3 therapy cases depending on experience level
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe: Neuropsychological assessment and report-writing using the WJ-IV Cognitive, Oral Language, and Achievement tests as well as the NEPSY-II. Training in Bayley Scales of Infant Development and Early Cognitive and Academic Development is provided in the NICU follow-up clinic.
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): ~5 to 10 full batteries
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: ~5 to 10 integrated reports
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: n/a
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 2
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1
Estimated hour/week of didactics: Depends on days of externship
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: Depends on days of externship
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): Grand rounds
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: As needed.
Describe direct supervision: Externs are supervised during intakes, which are initially performed by externs and finished jointly with supervisor
Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation (audio, video, live in person (in treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream): Live observation occurs during intervention
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
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Are home visits required as part of the trainee's duties?: No
Is a transportation stipend provided?: No