Provide description of Externship:A day preschool (3 to 5 years old) and school (5 to 21 years old) program for multiply handicapped, Autistic, Orthopedically Impaired, and Intellectually challenged children from Westchester County, New York City, and Stamford, Connecticut. Students are primarily from low SES and ethnically and linguistically diverse families; many parents/families are Spanish-speaking.
General information about externship site:
Director of the Program: Leonard Spano
Training Director: Vasilios Lagos, Psy.D.
Length of externship: 10 months
Start Date: 9/2019
End Date: 6/2020
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 16Hrs a week minimum(opportunity for more)
Specialty tracks: School psychology and mental health counseling
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: A total of 2-3
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants: Need to have completed school requirements that allows them to do externship
Preferences: Wednesdays if didactics are a necessary component of student's program requirements; otherwise flexible for additional day
Do you provide a stipend? If so how much?: Yes; for externs in the past the stipend has been approximately $10/hour
When do you expect to begin interviews? (Applications can be submitted no earlier than Jan 22): January 22, 2019
Interview process: Individual interview; decisions are made based upon how qualified the individual is, how strong of a personality match there is, and what classes and experiences the individual has. We typically make decisions within 1-2 weeks but will make offers according to the PSYDNYS-NYNJADOT externship guidelines.
What application materials are required?: CV, cover letter, transcripts, 2 letters of recommendation, 1 case summary, 1 test report
Intervention and Assessment:
Intervention training experiences offered: Training and experience is provided in both individual psychotherapy and group therapy. The expected number of cases seen at one time is usually from about 2 to 6 cases, which includes both individuals and small groups. Also, there are opportunities for student classroom observations for functional behavior assessments, observations of individual and group therapy, and staff consultations (number varies.) Additional opportunity for Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Schools (TCIS) training.
Assessment training experiences commonly offeredbe: Psychoeducational, Report Writing, and Behavioral
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): Varies; not less than 2 to no more than 5 per year
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: Again, varies from 2-5
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1 hour or more based on need
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1 hour minimum
Estimated hour/week of didactics: Opportunity for didactics take place every other Wednesday from 3-4pm as well as scheduled staff conference days.
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: Flexible, according to need and request
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): Presentations, seminars, trainings
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: Daily opportunity
Describe direct supervision: Supervision and guidance are provided both formally and informally. Observation typically occurs during intervention and during interactions with school population.
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"?: Yes
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