Provide description of Externship:
Externships are offered over two days for a total of 16 hours per week. The extern will experience an Clinical supervision is provided by the clinical director who is a licensed psychologist, school-certified psychologist and full-time faculty member in the graduate program at Montclair State University. In addition to individual supervision, students attend a peer supervision group led by a post-doctoral licensee. Training materials, online training and evidence-based therapy manuals and materials and review of videotaping of sessions are used as part of the training program. Tuition for off-site training is paid for by YDC and there is a ten-month stipend for doctoral students.
As a licensed outpatient provider and licensed Medicaid clinic, YDC offers individual and family therapy focused on children and youth, along with their parents and/or caregivers. We utilize a variety of evidence-based techniques including play therapy, Trauma-focused Cognitive-Behavioral therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, as well as cognitive-behavioral approaches to intervene with common childhood problems such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, High Functioning Autism, selective mutism, trauma, chronic stress and abuse, oppositional-defiance and parent-child interactional problems. We provide bilingual therapy in Spanish, Portuguese and Creole.
Our clinicians use evidence-based psychotherapy services to address emotional, social, and behavioral difficulties including, but not limited to:
• Anxiety• Depression• ADHD• Social skills development• Aggressive behaviors•
Foster care/adoption-related issues• Challenges with school adjustment• Trauma• Grief and Loss
General information about externship site:The Youth Development Clinic is an urban community mental health clinic which has a long history of training masters and doctoral students, as well as post-graduate professionals through practicum and internship opportunities to provide high quality, evidence-based therapeutic and community-based interventions. Our clients range from infants to children and youth up to age 18 and their family members and/or caregivers. Nearly all of these children come from low-income families. Increasingly, we work with families and children who are new to the United States and who represent many ethnicities and speak various languages. They often face tremendous obstacles in healthy living and learning.
Director of the Program:
Mark Kitzie, PsyD
Mark Kitzie, PsyD
Training Director, (degree):
URL for Externship Brochure:
Length of externship (in months): 10
Start Date: September 1
End Date: June 30
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 14-16
Specialty tracks: opportunities for involvement in forensic assessment, early childhood, DBT groups
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 4-6
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants: all levels
Do you provide a stipend? If so how much?: $2,000 MA level; $4,000 PsyD/PhD level
When do you expect to begin interviews? (Applications can be submitted no earlier than Jan 22):
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 are conducted for approximately one hour.
What application materials are required (i.e., cv, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other?:Review of CV, 2-3 letters of recommendation, case summary, test report or other related written product.
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 have a caseload of 6-8 clients at the clinic and 5-6 clients/groups in school settings.
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe: Clinical assessment to aid in the determination of diagnosis and treatment planning.
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): 1-2 (as described above); additional biopsychosocial assessments completed for clients seen for therapy with some assessment instruments, e.g., BASC, BDI, used as part of the intake assessment process.
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: 15-20
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: N/A
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 1/2
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: only with DBT group
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): in-house trainings and several off-site trainings are offered and funded by the site.
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: 2-3/week
Describe direct supervision: One on one meeting with supervisor; group supervision once per week
Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation (audio, video, live in person (in the treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream): Videotaping is used and reviewed with extern on a periodic basis.
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
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