Population Served:

5-12, 26-64

Mandatory Days:

Tuesday - all day

Appropriate for:

Any Level

Training Model



October 21, 2018

Teachers College, Columbia University, School Based Mental Health Collaboration (SBMHC)

Teachers Colllege, Columbia University, Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology, School Based Mental Health Collaboration (SBMHC)


Provide description of Externship:

SBMHC merges theory and research on attachment and mentalization into a novel model of school-based mental health services. It serves all children, not just those who have been identified as needing behavioral intervention, thereby providing preventative and treatment services at once.  The SBMHC extern serves as a - clinical classroom consultant -a coach and mental health guide for the classroom teacher with respect to implementation of a social-emotional curriculum to promote prosocial and self-regulatory behaviors; classroom management strategies to decrease students' off-task and antisocial behaviors; and identification of students with pronounced mental health needs requiring on- or off-site intervention, For students identified as requiring intervention, the extern conducts a development assessment (based on a private practice model) with the family and sets a treatment plan in place, which is continually monitored and evaluated.

Our main office is located at: Teachers College, Columbia University Program in Clinical Psychology, Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology & The Office of School and Community Partnerships, 525 West 120th Street, Box 102, New York, NY 10027.  Our externs will be placed at various NYC public schools.

Primary responsibilities: 

Psychology externs work 16 hour per week as required by PSYDNYS-NYNJADOT EXTERNSHIP GUIDELINES: 

  • 12-14 hours of direct service assignments with majority of time spent immersed in three classroom settings.
  • Provide push-in clinical support in each assigned classroom as arranged with supervisor and classroom teachers (and informed by Eppler-Wolff, et al (2018). Clinical classroom consultant guidebook.)
  • Lead or co-lead 30-minute SEL lessons (one per class each week). 
  • Intervene to mitigate individual students' behavioral problems observed.
  • Engage each classroom teacher in weekly coaching sessions to discuss observations, and integration of weekly SEL lessons into classroom culture and curriculum. Collaborate with classroom teachers to obtain a comprehensive view of each student's functioning and the group as a whole. Provide classroom and/or student behavioral management strategies for assigned classroom teachers.
  • Attend weekly individual and group supervision (2 hours weekly) with on-site supervision.
  • Work collaboratively with psychologists/psychiatrist to whom high need students are referred by SBMHC team.
  • Extern works with the SBMHC team to develop and co-lead psycho-educational workshops for faculty and/or parents and/or administrators. 
  • Participate in on-site parenting group and students' social skills group when indicated/ as determined with supervisor. 
  • Participate in staff in-services (as schedule permits).
  • Consult with parents of students with emerging/identified social emotional issues.
  • Opportunity (if interested) to laborate on on-going scholarly research, and co-authorship of articles/presentations.


General information about externship site:

Program Director:        
Nancy Eppler-Wolff, Ph.D;  nje12@tc.columbia.edu; 212.595.5070 

Training Director:        Sepideh Homayoonfar, Psy.D.;   srh2120@tc.columbia.edu; 212.595.5070


Length of externship:

11 months (Academic Calendar)

Start Date:
July 2019

End Date:
June 2020

How many hours a week are expected of extern?:
16 hours per week, 2 full days per week, Mondays and Tuesdays required. 

Specialty Tracks and Preferred Experience:

Doctoral candidates in Child Clinical Psychology/Child Counseling Psychology/School Psychology/Combined School/Child Clinical Psychology programs with previous experience in therapy and school settings is preferred.  Masters students in Mental Health Counseling programs with appropriate skills and experience are also considered.

# of externs to be accepted for 2019-2020:
6 externs

Do you provide a stipend? 

When do you expect to begin interviews?

SBMHC abides by the guidelines established by the APA externship consortium. Applications not accepted before January 22, 2019. Offers will be made beginning on March 4, 2019.

Interview process 

Applicants will be notified via email to schedule an interview.  Each applicant will be interviewed individually.  Applicants will be asked to discuss a case.

What application materials are required:

▪ Letter of application 

▪ Curriculum vitae 

▪ One sample of written clinical material: either a psycho-educational or psychological testing report or a case summary (preferably child case)

▪ Two letters of reference 

• Documentation pertaining to professional liability and mandated reporting certificate must be provided prior to externship start date in September 2019.

Intervention and Assessment:

Externs will be working as classroom consultants where they will be implementing various interventions for children.  They will be building rapport and a therapeutic relationship with many students, teachers, and administrators.  However, they will not be carrying any traditional individual therapy cases.  Group sessions will be created and conducted based on the needs of each individual site.

Externs will do consultative developmental intakes with parents of children who require mental health services outside of the classroom.


Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1 hour

Supervisors are available on site on a regular basis with live observations during all aspects of the program. Additionally, informal open door "curbside" supervision available throughout each week for any additional necessary supervision.
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1 hour
Group supervisions will take place in program director's private office in NYC.

Estimated hour/week of didactics: 

Summer 2019:

·       June 2019:  4 week (8 hour) on-line course taught by SBMHC director and director of Training entitled: The application of attachment theory to work with children in schools.

·       July 2019:   live 8-hour Clinical Classroom Consultant (CC) training (Eppler-Wolff, N., Homayoonfar, S., Jean-Pierre, A., Semel, R. (2018) Clinical consultant guidebook)

·       Regular didactics are included during academic year to extend course material from the summer trainings.

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"?: 
This program has more than one extern

Is the agency readily accessible through public transportation?: 
All sites are accessible by public transportation

Wheelchair accessible: 
Not all sites are wheel chair accessible

Are home visits required as part of the trainee's duties?: 

Is a transportation stipend provided?

Company Name:

Teachers College, Columbia University, School Based Mental Health Collaboration (SBMHC)


New York, New York

Population Served:


Mandatory Days:

Tuesday - all day

Appropriate for:

Any Level

Training Model



October 21, 2018

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