Provide description of Externship:
General information about externship site: Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS) is a nonsectarian, not-for-profit community mental health agency offering a wide range of services to people of diverse backgrounds and ages (infants, children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly) who live or work in Westchester County. WJCS is committed to meeting the ever-changing needs of the Westchester community by updating its services and developing new programs. Consequently, it remains current with the latest developments in the field of mental health and is committed to evidence-based practices within its scope of practice. WJCS plays a leadership role in sharing this knowledge with staff, students, professionals from other organizations, and the community at large. The agency is committed to the training of future psychologists and has a well-established APA-approved Psychology Internship Program.
Opportunities are available for Externs to provide direct clinical services (psychotherapy and psychological/psychoeducational assessment) within the WJCS family mental health clinics and specialty programs as available (e.g., developmental disabilities/autisim spectrum disorders, trauma, DBT, forensic, Learning Center) to clients of varying ages, as well as diverse cultural backgrounds, diagnoses, and clinical needs. Additionally, Externs will participate in agency research and program consultation as such opportunities become available within the agency. As part of their professional development, Externs will participate in psychology staff meetings, multi-disciplinary clinic or program staff meetings, psychology staff didactics, and WJCS Educational Institute course offerings as their schedules permit. The Extern is expected to have evening hours on one day of their placement.
WJCS is committed to utilizing evidence-based treatment models when available, such as CBT, DBT, TF-CBT, STAIR-NST. Psychodynamic model may be used when appropriate. Treatment modalities may include individual therapy, group therapy, family/couples therapy.
Director of the Program: Liane Nelson, Ph.D., Chief Psychologist, WJCS
Training Director, (degree): Marna Cohen, Ph.D., Coordinator, Psychology Externship Program
URL for Externship Brochure: http://www.wjcs.com
Length of externship (in months): 10 months
Start Date: Tues., Sept. 3, 2019
End Date: Last week in June 2020
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 16 hours. Additional hours may be arranged if required or approved by student's doctoral program
Specialty tracks: WJCS provides a varied experience with children, adolescents, and adults in the general mental health clinic. Opportunities to work with clients in WJCS specialty programs (i.e., developmental disabilities/autism spectrum disorders, trauma, DBT, forensic, Learning Center) are also available, depending on an Extern's schedule and specialty supervisor availability.
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 2 or 3
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants): 2nd year, 3rd year and 4th year students.
Preferences: For 2nd year students, some exposure (e.g., volunteer) working with children/adults in some type of treatment or skills-based program/group, research, hotline, etc., is preferred.
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): Within approx. one week after January 22nd.
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 Interview with Externship Coordinator. May interview with another psychologist and/or Psychology Intern as well. Interviews may range from 30 min. to 1 hour or more, depending on availability of interviewers.
What application materials are required (i.e., cv, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other?: Cover letter, CV, 2 letters of recommendation, letter of eligibility for externship from doctoral program's Director, writing sample (i.e., case summary or testing.
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: Number of clients and groups vary based on location and availability of clients appropriate for Extern's level of training.
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe: Psychoeducational Assessments. ADOS if candidate has had prior training on this measure.
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): At least 2.
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: At least 2
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: N/A
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1 to 1.5 hours
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1 hour
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 1 hour
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: At least 1 hour if Extern co-leads a weekly group with supervisor
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): See WJCS website Educational Institute seminars.
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: 15 - 30 min./week
Describe direct supervision: Review of cases and documentation, case conceptualization, discussing interventions, problem-solving issues with clients, managing risk, etc.
Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation (audio, video, live in person (in treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream): Observation occurs if Extern co-leads a group with supervisor, supervisor observes intake or psychological/psychoeducational assessment, or participates in crisis intervention with a client/family. Observation using audio-tape with client consent may occur as well.
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"?: Externs interact with Psychology Interns, who also supervise one case of an Extern as part of the Intern's training. The Interns serve as mentors for Externs as well. Externs in different locations may connect via telephone support.
Is the agency readily accessible through public transportation?: Hartsdale Clinic is accessible by public transportation. Yonkers requires car.
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Are home visits required as part of the trainee's duties?: No
Is a transportation stipend provided?: No. However, parking for Yonkers office is reimbursed.