2018-2019 Trinitas Child Outpatient and Adolescent DBT ExternshipGeneral Program Information Trinitas Regional Medical Center (TRMC) is a major center for comprehensive health services for those who live and work in central New Jersey. Offering 531 beds, Trinitas is distinguished by no less than ten Centers of Excellence, which includes behavioral health services. The Department of Behavioral Health and Psychiatry offers one of the most comprehensive services in the state for the psychiatric treatment of children and adults, including every level of mental health and substance abuse care for both children and adults. TRMC is a Catholic teaching medical center sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth in partnership with Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation. The Child and Adolescent Outpatient Unit (COPU) offers a full array of psychiatric and behavioral health services for children and adolescents (ages 3.5-18 years old) and their family members. The goals of the program are to improve communication; promote problem solving/crisis resolution; improve behavior; therapeutically stabilize significantly impaired youth; and collaborate with school, pediatricians, and outside collateral support systems to stabilize and facilitate family harmony. The COPU offers psychological evaluations, individual/family therapy, group therapy, and psychiatric evaluations and medication management. A multidisciplinary team of culturally competent professionals work together to provide services in English and Spanish: board certified psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, licensed psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, licensed social workers, and licensed professional counselors. The COPU includes a comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program that provides individual/family therapy, multi-family DBT skills groups, phone coaching, and DBT consultation team. Externship Details This placement offers two externs a range of clinical experiences at the COPU, including conducting intake evaluations; providing individual cognitive-behavioral and family therapy to children, adolescents, and families with anxiety, mood, and disruptive behavior disorders; and engaging in case management with schools, psychiatric providers, and outside case managers. There may be opportunities to provide group therapy services, in addition to individual/family treatment. Furthermore, externs will be trained in providing Dialectical Behavior Therapy to adolescents and their families, who exhibit symptoms of borderline personality disorder and comorbid conditions. They will be required to carry a caseload of two DBT cases and/or co-lead weekly multi-family DBT skills group, as well as provide phone coaching and participate in a weekly consultation team, which includes a didactic component. Externs will receive 1-2 hours of supervision per week by licensed psychologists. Finally, externs will have the opportunity to participate in unit-wide treatment meetings, as well as seminars offered to psychology interns participating in the APA-accredited predoctoral internship at Trinitas.
- Externs must be entering their third year of training or above. It is required that applicants have prior experience conducting CBT, as well as an interest in DBT.
- 16 hours per week, usually spread over two half days in the afternoon/evening (Monday-Thursday). Externs must be available Thursday afternoon for DBT consultation team.
- Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred, but not required.
- This externship runs from July 2018-June 2019. Students are required to make the full year commitment. It is preferable if students can make a two-year commitment, likely with fewer hours the second year in order to continue being involved in the DBT program.
- Please DO NOT apply if you are concurrently applying for internship.
For students interested in working with children and adolescents using CBT and DBT in an urban, outpatient hospital setting, please submit CV, cover letter, eligibility letter, and two letters of recommendation on the APA Portal.
Applications will be accepted beginning January 22, 2019. Applicants will be notified via email if they are selected for interviews, and will be notified of selection in compliance with externship consortium policies and standards.
More information about the Adolescent DBT program at Trinitas is found at www.dbtnj.org. Feel free to reach out to Atara Hiller, PsyD (email@example.com) with the subject: “COPU/DBT externship.” Thank you!