description of Externship:
A component of the outpatient Dr. Helen May Strauss Clinics, the YCS Institute for Infant and Preschool Mental Health is a training service providing relationship-based treatment for children and families. Our internship is focused on early childhood as the YCS Institute provides therapy to children aged 0-7. We offer assessment services to children aged 0-21.
We are committed to evidence-based practice but we also strongly emphasize practice-based evidence over manualized fidelity. We provide treatment for a diverse, underserved population with complex histories not generally represented in the existing research. Our infant mental health approach is relational/ psychodynamic and developmentally-based.
Externship opportunities are currently offered at two locations: the YCS Institute for Infant and Preschool Mental Health in East Orange, NJ, and the YCS Dr. Helen May Strauss Clinic in Union City, NJ. In order to provide therapy or assessment services in our Union City clinic, the extern must be bilingual. The age range of the clients in our Union City clinic is 0-21. All of the externs at the YCS Institute participate in weekly didactics and case conference along with the interns in the YCS APA-accredited internship program at the YCS Institute in East Orange. They also participate in monthly Cultural Competency meetings.
Each extern meets with a primary supervisor for an hour of weekly individual supervision. If externs are conducting assessment batteries at the YCS Institute, they will also have weekly testing supervision, either in a group or individual at. Externs also have the opportunity to attend weekly mother-baby supervision if their schedule allows them to be present on that day in order to provide Baby Step group services or dyadic therapy for children aged 0-3.
Externs can be involved in conducting intakes, testing assessments, treatment planning, and the full complement of treatment modalities (individual, dyadic, group and family). Institute externs carry a caseload of 3-5 cases with the opportunity for one dyadic case. They may also be able to co-lead a mother-baby group or provide testing assessments. All YCS trainees are involved in interdisciplinary laboration with residential assistants, social workers, psychiatrists, and/or advanced psychiatric nurses.
General information about externship site:
Training Director, (degree): Amanda Poling-Tierney, PsyD
URL for Externship Brochure: http://www.ycs.org/index.php/internship-for-pre-doctoral-students/ (internship website - provides information regarding training philosophy) Length of externship (in months): 11
Start Date: 07/08/2019
End Date: 06/01/2020How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 16-20
Specialty tracks: possibility to split training between East Orange and Union City clinics for bilingual applicants
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 2-3
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants): At least in the 2nd year of a graduate program. Coursework in cognitive assessment required if extern would like to complete testing evaluations during externship. Coursework in child therapy required.
Preferences: Training in projective testing strongly preferred.
Do you provide a stipend? If so how much?: N/A
When do you expect to begin interviews? (Applications can be submitted no earlier than Jan 22): The interviews will likely be scheduled for the 3rd and 4th week of February.
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?: Applications will begin to be reviewed and interviews offered in the first 2 weeks of February. Interviews are conducted individually, and the student will be asked to provide a case conceptualization.
What application materials are required (i.e., cv, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other?: CV, cover letter, eligibility letter, 2 letters of recommendation, assessment report (case summary can be substituted but assessment report strongly preferred)
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: Institute externs carry a caseload of 3-5 cases with the opportunity for one dyadic case. They may also be able to co-lead a Baby Steps group. As indicated previously, YCS emphasizes a reflective, developmental, and relationship-based approach when providing services to children and families.
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe: YCS offers an
evaluation service for individuals aged 0-21.
Our community and outpatient referrals are typically psychoeducational
or psychological batteries and can include cognitive, academic, personality,
and social-emotional assessment. We do not provide a full neuropsychological
battery but opportunity to administer the NEPSY-II is also available. For our residential clients, we provide both
brief and comprehensive evaluations.
Clients admitted to our Intensive Residential Treatment Services (IRTS)
units receive a brief evaluation as part of their admissions process, including
a cognitive assessment and social-emotional screener. We also provide more comprehensive
evaluations to residential clients in order to clarify diagnoses and level of
functioning and to determine eligibility for additional services (DDD, etc.). There
may be opportunity for developmental assessment (ages 0-3) depending on the
referral availability. The opportunity
to conduct evaluations in Spanish is also available for bilingual applicants.
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): varies based on previous experience; typically 3-5
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: varies based on previous experience; typically 3-5
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: Exner system only
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1hr/wk
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 2 hrs/wk
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 2 hrs/wk
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: typically 0 hrs/wk but varies
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): Externs participate in didactic training with the interns in our APA-accredited internship program. Didactic topics focus on early childhood and therapy with children.
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: YCS supervisors have an open door policy and trainees frequently touch base and ask questions between formal supervisions.
Describe direct supervision: Trainees have 1 hr/wk with an individual supervisor using a reflective supervision model. Individual supervision also incorporates process notes and video observation of sessions. In addition, trainees who provide assessment receive group testing supervision. If trainees are interested in leading parent-infant groups or carrying dyadic cases (0-3), they are also required to participate in group Baby Steps supervision focused on this specialized population.
Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation (audio, video, live in person (in treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream): YCS utilizes video and one-way mirrors to provide ect observation to trainees for assessment and intervention.
If you have only one extern, would you be able to have the extern participate in a peer support consortium with other sites- live or "SKYPE"?: We typically have 2-3 externs and do not anticipate having fewer; however, we will coordinate with other externship sites to participate in a peer consortium if we are not able to fill our available slots.
Is the agency readily accessible through public transportation?: Yes. There is a NJ Transit train station and a bus stop within walking distance. Previous trainees have commuted from NYC by train.
Wheelchair accessible: Yes.
Are home visits required as part of the trainee's duties?: No, but they may be required to complete a school visit.
Is a transportation stipend provided?: No.