Provide description of Externship:
Quad Prep is an alternative preparatory school dedicated to the education of twice exceptional students - gifted students with learning differences. The extern works with a subset of students in grades K-12, typically specializing in either the lower or upper grades. Externs work alongside licensed clinicians in the mental health, speech, and occupational therapy fields, as well as with educators and administration. The externship includes:
• 2 weeks of intensive training before school year begins
• Training in Collaborative Problem Solving/Collaborative and Proactive Solutions, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Crisis Intervention, Social Thinking Curriculum
• Weekly individual clinical supervision
• Weekly group supervision
• Weekly in-service training
• Provide individual counseling to students
• Provide group counseling to students
• Establish and continuously monitor students' individual psychosocial goals and strategies
• Assist instructors in psychosocial aspects of student interaction
• Assist instructors with implementation of classroom activities
• Assist children with special projects, homework and life skills as determined by their schedule
• Prepare, arrange, and maintain group activities for students
• Track and maintain program participation data and complete required daily reports
• Participate in monthly conference calls with students' parents and outside mental health providers
The Quad Preparatory School transforms the lives of twice-exceptional students - gifted children with learning differences - by redefining the experience of school. Our unparalleled and personalized model fully integrates social and emotional learning with engaging academics. By teaching to the way each individual student learns, we empower them to rise to the level of their talents and go on to contribute to communities of excellence. The unique model fully integrates explicit social and emotional learning with a rigorous academic curriculum, specially designed to engage and motivate our highly capable students to reach their potential-as independent thinkers, empowered and mindful adults, and innovators and contributors to communities of excellence. The extern will join a high level team consisting of trainees, mental health professionals, and educators working in Grades K-12.
General information about externship site:
Director of the Program: Melissa Malakoff, PsyD
Training Director, (degree): Melissa Malakoff, PsyD
URL for Externship Brochure: N/A
Length of externship (in months): 10
Start Date: 8/26/19
End Date: 6/26/20
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 16
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 8
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants: Experience working with children
Preferences: Experience with children with learning differences, experience in a classroom environment. Although any level extern will be considered, the site is more appropriate for students completing their second or later externships.
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): February 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?: Individual interviews will be conducted by the Director of the Program and/or other clinical staff. Second round interviews may occur when needed.
What application materials are required (i.e., cv, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other?: CV, cover letter, 2 reference letters
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: Externs will see 3-4 individual students for counseling. Externs will work alongside students throughout the day providing psychosocial support and therapeutic interventions throughout the students' school schedule. For example, externs will work with teachers during class seminars to provide psychosocial support for students.
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe: No standardized testing/assessment at this site.
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): No standardized testing/assessment at this site. Based on their needs, our students are required to have undergone a full neuropsychological evaluation prior to applying to the school. Externs will review these test reports and at times provide explanations/interpretations for other school staff working with the students.
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: No assessment reports at this site.
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: N/A
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 2
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 1
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: 1
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): seminars/workshops
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: unlimited
Describe direct supervision: Externs will have an hour each week dedicated to individual supervision with an assigned supervisor
Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation (audio, video, live in person (in treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream): Observation occurs live largely during group seminars the extern co-leads.
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 - we have multiple externs
Is the agency readily accessible through public transportation?: Yes - located in the Financial District near most subway lines, PATH train, and ferries
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Are home visits required as part of the trainee's duties?: No
Is a transportation stipend provided?: No