2018-19 Externship Program

ORGANIZATIONAL SUMMARY

The Child Mind Institute is an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Our teams work every day to deliver the highest standards of care, advance the science of the developing brain and empower parents, professionals and policymakers to support children when and where they need it most. Together with our supporters, we’re helping children reach their full potential in school and in life. We share all of our resources freely and do not accept any funding from the pharmaceutical industry.

CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY AND RESEARCH EXTERNSHIPS

The Child Mind Institute offers psychology graduate students a yearlong experience in one of our five externships:

The details and specific requirements for each of these externships are listed in the sections that following. Our externships will run from July 2, 2018 through June 28, 2019, and there is a mandatory Extern Orientation on July, 2, 2018.

Although each externship offers a unique training experience, there are several training and educational programs that are available to all of the Child Mind Institute externs. These programs are required on days the externs are present (e.g., if an extern does not train on Thursdays, Clinical Case Conference is not required):

  • Clinical Didactics: A twice-monthly series of didactics seminars that include a wide range of clinical, ethical, and professional topics. Each didactic is led by a Child Mind Institute faculty member that provides a talk in their area of expertise. These didactics take place on Friday mornings.
  • Clinical Case Conference: A once- or twice-monthly clinical meeting where faculty and trainees discuss testing and treatment cases and related issues. These conferences take place on Thursday mornings.
  • Visiting Professor Lecture Series: A monthly continuing education “grand rounds” lecture series that invites leaders in the field of child and adolescent mental health to talk about the latest research and treatment protocols. These experts have all conducted important research and have extensive clinical experience. They share their findings and expertise on a broad range of topics from anxiety and depression to temper outbursts and the effectiveness of parent-based treatment. These lectures take place on Friday mornings.
  • Clinical Extern Group Meeting: A weekly meeting with the Director of Clinical Training. The purpose of this meeting is to provide an open forum discuss externship program-related and professional topics.

EXTENRSHIP DESCRIPTIONS

ADHD and Behavior Disorders Externship

(Jump to: Anxiety Disorders; Mood Disorders; Neuropsychology; Clinical Research; Application)

The Child Mind Institute offers psychology graduate students in doctoral programs a yearlong externship in clinical psychology in the ADHD and Behavior Disorders Center. This externship program is primarily designed for advanced graduate students (3rd year and above) in clinical, school-clinical, counseling, and school psychology doctoral programs. Training will focus on behavioral and cognitive-behavioral approaches with children, adolescents, and their families. Presenting problems most commonly include externalizing disorders, e.g., ADHD and ODD, as well as anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and autism spectrum disorders.

The Child Mind Institute’s ADHD and Behavior Disorders Center specializes in assessing children and teens with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other disruptive behavior disorders and in providing them with individualized, evidence-based treatments, which help children and caregivers effectively manage maladaptive behavior and reduce symptoms of distress and dysfunction. Further information on specific treatment approaches can be found here.

Our externship program seeks highly motivated individuals who demonstrate a particular interest in developing specialized skills in behavioral parent training interventions, cognitive-behavioral treatment, and school-based behavioral consultation. Our training model includes a range of within-center trainings and workshops on these topics, weekly supervision with senior clinicians, and frequent opportunities to observe senior clinicians implement interventions, provide school consultation, and engage in community outreach efforts.

ADHD and Behavior Disorders Center Faculty:

Clinical & Didactic Experiences:

  • Assessment: Externs may participate in conducting intake evaluations and gain experience writing comprehensive evaluation reports. These average two per month. Structured and semi-structured diagnostic evaluations will be conducted with Drs. Anderson, Carothers, Rouse, and Silverman on a rotation.
  • Evidence-based treatments: All patients and families will be treated using evidence-based, CBT interventions, and intensive training in these interventions will be provided.
  • Individual and family psychotherapy: Externs will be the primary therapist for a number of cases, including individual therapy, parent training, and school consultation.
  • Group therapy: The extern may co-lead a maximum of one group at a time. Prior groups have included an evidence-based ADHD social skills intervention, parent training, and family education workshops.
  • Vertical team and co-therapy: Externs will participate as co-therapists and observe more senior therapists in assessment and treatment sessions.
  • Structured school observations: Externs will conduct school observations and provide on-site intervention in real time, which includes consultation with teachers and live coaching in intervention implementation.
  • Supervision:5 hours per week of extern supervision is provided 1:1 with either Dr. Rouse, Dr. Carothers, or Dr. Anderson, supplemented individually with other clinical faculty. Much of the extern’s supervision will also happen in-vivo in the co-therapy context.
  • Training Seminar: ADHD training seminar will take place weekly throughout the year.
  • Presentations: Externs may assist in faculty presentations to professional and community groups as well as monthly parent support/education groups. Together we will decide what role externs take, depending on the individual extern’s level of experience and comfort in that subject area.
  • Miscellaneous clinical opportunities: While building the externs’ clinical caseloads is our highest priority, we supplement with a variety of clinically relevant activities as needed, e.g., presenting community-based and professional workshops with the faculty. Some participation in research is likely. Externs will also provide school behavioral consultations as needed for certain clients and will have the opportunity to participate in Center programs providing large-scale consultation to area schools.

ADHD and Behavior Disorders Externship Requirement(s):

  • Half-time (20 hours per week), ideally spread over 3 days with two evenings per week. Preferred available days are Thursdays and Friday mornings.

Anxiety Disorders Externship

(Jump to: ADHD and Behavior Disorders; Mood Disorders; Neuropsychology; Clinical Research; Application)

The Child Mind Institute offers psychology graduate students in doctoral programs a yearlong externship in clinical psychology in our Anxiety Disorders Center. This externship program is primarily designed for advanced graduate students (3rd year and above) in clinical, school-clinical, counseling, and school psychology programs. Training will focus on diagnostic evaluation and treatment with children, adolescents, young adults and their families using evidence-based treatments, for a variety of conditions including, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety, separation anxiety, phobias, trauma, and selective mutism.

The Anxiety Disorders Center offers a specialized externship opportunity. The Center offers innovative, unique treatments in both standard outpatient and intensive outpatient modalities for children, adolescents, and young adults suffering from anxiety disorders. The clinical externship program is a vital component to the Anxiety Disorders Center’s success and provides the externs with a rich clinical experience.

Anxiety Disorders Faculty:

Clinical & Didactic Experiences:

  • Evaluation: Externs may observe and participate in structured and semi-structured diagnostic evaluations and learn about writing comprehensive evaluation reports. These evaluations will be conducted with Anxiety Disorders Center faculty.
  • Evidence-based treatments: Patients and families will be treated using evidence-based interventions including CBT, Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Trauma- Focused CBT (TF-CBT) and group based and intensive interventions. Training in these interventions will be provided.
  • Individual and family psychotherapy:Externs will be the primary therapist for cases, including individual therapy, family therapy, and parent training. Externs may also be involved in intensive treatment cases as they present. Intensive cases are generally treated by teams of clinicians and provide up to four hours per day, up to five days per week of treatment.
  • Treatment Programs and Group Therapy:Externs will receive training and will participate in weekly SM groups, Brave Buddies and Social Anxiety Groups. In addition, externs will have the opportunity to provide a small group intervention to trauma-exposed children and teens in NYC Public Schools as part of the CMI Stress & Resilience Service.
  • Supervision:Externs will receive one hour of individual supervision per week, as well as group supervision for our specialized programs. In-vivo supervision is also available.
  • Didactics: Externs will have training didactics that will be weekly throughout the year, as well as more intensive training didactics during the summer.
  • Presentations: Externs may assist in faculty presentations to professional and community groups. Externs may also have the opportunity to participate in research and conference presentations. Together we decide what role externs take, depending on the individual extern’s level of experience and comfort in that subject area. It has varied from simply observing our presentations to taking the lead on them.
  • Writing for our website:All faculty and trainees can have the opportunity to contribute short pieces to our website periodically.

Anxiety Disorders Externship Requirement(s):

  • Half-time (20 hours per week), ideally spread over 3 days with two evenings per week. Preferred available days are Thursdays and Friday mornings.

Mood Disorders Externship

(Jump to: ADHD and Behavior Disorders; Anxiety Disorders; Neuropsychology; Clinical Research; Application)

The Child Mind Institute offers psychology graduate students in doctoral programs a yearlong externship in clinical psychology in our Mood Disorders Center. This externship program is primarily designed for advanced graduate students (3rd year and above) in clinical, school-clinical, counseling, and school psychology programs. Training will focus on assessment and treatment with children, adolescents, young adults and their families using evidence-based treatments. Presenting problems most commonly various mood disorders and symptoms, including self-injury and suicidality, mood dysregulation, trauma, and comorbid diagnoses, such as Anxiety, ADHD, and ODD.

The Mood Disorders Center offers a specialized externship opportunity. The Center provides innovative, unique treatments for children, adolescents, and young adults suffering from mood disorders, and includes the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program. Externs also participate in trauma interventions with youth through the Trauma and Resilience Service of our Anxiety Disorders Center. The clinical externship program is a vital component to the Mood Disorder Center’s success and provides the externs with a rich clinical experience.

Mood Disorders Faculty:

Clinical & Didactic Experiences:

  • Assessment: Externs may participate in conducting structured and semi-structured intake evaluations and gain experience writing comprehensive evaluation reports. These evaluations will be conducted with Mood Disorders Center faculty.
  • Evidence-based treatments: Patients and families will be treated using evidence-based interventions including CBT, DBT, and mindfulness-based interventions. Training in these interventions will be provided.
  • Individual and family psychotherapy:Externs will be the primary therapist for cases, including individual therapy, family therapy, and parent training. Externs may also have the opportunity to provide individual DBT treatment and be involved in intensive treatment cases as they present Intensive cases are generally treated by teams of clinicians and provide up to four hours per day, up to five days per week of treatment.
  • Treatment Programs and Group Therapy:Externs will receive training in our adherent Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program for preadolescents, adolescents, and young adults, and will co-lead DBT groups. In addition, externs will have the opportunity to provide a small group intervention to trauma-exposed children and teens in NYC Public Schools as part of the CMI Trauma & Resilience Service.
  • Supervision:Externs will receive one hour of individual supervision per week, as well as group supervision for our specialized programs. In-vivo supervision is also available.
  • Presentations: Externs may assist in faculty presentations to professional and community groups. Externs may also have the opportunity to participate in research and conference presentations. Together we decide what role externs take, depending on the individual extern’s level of experience and comfort in that subject area. It has varied from simply observing our presentations to taking the lead on them.
  • Writing for our website:All faculty and trainees can have the opportunity to contribute short pieces to our website periodically.

Mood Disorders Externship Requirement(s):

  • Half-time (20 hours per week), ideally spread over 3 days with two evenings per week. Preferred available days are Thursdays and Friday mornings.

Neuropsychology Externship

(Jump to: ADHD and Behavior Disorders; Anxiety Disorders; Mood Disorders; Clinical Research; Application)

The Child Mind Institute offers psychology graduate students a yearlong externship in neuropsychology in our Learning and Development Center. This neuropsychology externship program is designed for graduate students in clinical, school-clinical, neuropsychological, and clinical health psychology programs. Applicants should at least be entering their third year of training. Preference is given to clinical psychology students who are or will be taking neuropsychological assessment classes or who are enrolled in a specialized neuropsychology program or track. 

The Learning and Development Center is dedicated to giving children the tools and support they need to manage their learning difficulties and succeed in school. Our dedicated team of clinicians, which includes two board certified neuropsychologists, provides diagnostic evaluations, neuropsychological testing, and personalized education plans that take into account a child’s learning strengths and deficits. Most important, our clinicians write comprehensive, user-friendly reports that offer recommendations for families and schools that may serve as baselines from which to measure a child’s future progress.

Learning and Development Center (Neuropsychology) Faculty:

Clinical Experiences:

  • Testing:The externship will primarily involve performing neuropsychological, psychodiagnostic, developmental and psychoeducational evaluations. Patient populations include various learning disabilities, ADHD with comorbid learning problems, and children with various neurological conditions affecting cognitive development and learning. The extern will be required to administer, score, and write reports based on test results obtained. Externs will also participate in intakes and feedback relevant to these testing cases.

Our training approach is based on a mentorship or partnership model. Externs will be working closely with our neuropsychologists in the first phase of the externship, observing the different staff perform evaluations and seeing many different children for different portions of an evaluation. Later, you will administer tests with a supervisor present to guide you in the development of your professional clinical style and to help develop your mastery of many neuropsychological instruments. You will then also be assigned personal assessment cases that you will see through the entire evaluation: intake, assessment, and feedback. We aim to have you observe and participate with many different cases and to give you time to work independently on your own cases.

  • Organizational Skills Training: There are opportunities to work individually with school-age students and young adults on organizational skills, planning, time management and related executive functioning skills.
  • Supervision:Externs will receive 1 hour of individual supervision, 1 hour of group supervision, and 1-2 hours of didactics per week.
  • Didactic: Externs in the Learning and Development Center will participate in a bi-weekly didactic series focused on neuropsychological assessment, neurodevelopmental disorders, and intervention.
  • Presentations:Externs may assist in faculty presentations to professional and community groups as well as monthly parent support/education groups. Externs may also have the opportunity to participate in research and conference presentations. Together we decide what role externs take, depending on the individual extern’s level of experience and comfort in that subject area. It has varied from simply observing our presentations to taking the lead on them.
  • Additional:Opportunities may be available to be involved in research projects, which may be suitable to satisfy a Master’s thesis or similar requirement.

Neuropsychology Externship Requirement(s):

  • Half-time (20 hours per week), ideally spread over 3 days with two evenings per week. Preferred available days are Thursdays and Friday mornings.

Clinical Research Externship

(Jump to: ADHD and Behavior Disorders; Anxiety Disorders; Mood Disorders; Neuropsychology; Application)

The Child Mind Institute offers psychology graduate students in doctoral programs a yearlong externship focused on clinical research working for the Center for the Developing Brain’s Healthy Brain Network (HBN) research study. This externship program is primarily designed for advanced graduate students (3rd year and above) in clinical, school-clinical, and school psychology doctoral programs. Training will focus on developing expertise in conducting and interpreting psychological assessments (including cognitive, achievement, language, neuropsychological and social-emotional components), report writing, and treatment recommendations for a community based research program. The extern may be involved in presenting assessment findings to, and discussing cases with psychiatrists, psychologists and speech/language pathologists.

The HBN is an exciting new initiative aimed at collecting imaging, genetic, and phenotypic data from 10,000 children and adolescents. All participants within the study receive free mental health, learning, and language evaluations, as well as a feedback session and report. HBN is currently providing these comprehensive evaluations directly to communities across NYC in need of mental health services at their locations in Midtown, West Harlem, and Staten Island. Working under the supervision of a clinical psychologist, the extern will assist in conducting components of the evaluation both on the vehicle and within our data collection centers. The extern may also assist with meetings, events, and workshops focused on developing community partners and recruitment of study participants.

Our externship program seeks highly motivated individuals who demonstrate a particular interest in developing specialized skills in community mental health, conducting cognitive testing, and further gaining experience writing concise feedback reports. Our training model includes a range of within-center trainings, participation in case conferences, weekly supervision with senior clinicians, and frequent opportunities to observe senior clinicians during testing, assessment collection, psychological interviewing, and treatment planning, while engaging in community outreach efforts. The extern will work at the Child Mind Institute Midtown, West Harlem, or Staten Island office.

Healthy Brain Network Faculty:

Clinical & Didactic Experiences:

  • Intake and Assessments: Externs will participate in conducting intake evaluations and gain experience writing comprehensive evaluation reports. These average two per month. Structured and semi-structured diagnostic evaluations will be conducted with Dr. Neuhaus or Dr. Andreotti, and additional clinical psychologists rotating on the RV. This will allow the Extern to work with numerous clinicians during their time with the study.
  • Research: Opportunities to participate in research may also be available. The goal of the Healthy Brain Network study is to find biological markers — brainwave signals, images, maybe even blood signatures — that will improve the diagnosis and treatment of mental health and learning disorders from an objective biological perspective. The extern can get involved in ongoing projects or papers, as well as pursue personal areas of interest.
  • Supervision: 5 hours per week. Individually as needed. Extern supervision is 1:1 with Dr. Neuhaus, supplemented individually with other clinical faculty. Much of the supervision will also happen in-vivo in the context of observing evaluations.
  • Case Conferences: Case conference will take place approximately 1-2 times per week.
  • Didactics: Externs can also participate in weekly research-focused didactics led by Dr. Milham.
  • Presentations: Externs may assist in presentations to professional and community groups. Externs may also have the opportunity to participate in research and conference presentations. Together we decide what role externs take, depending on the individual extern’s level of experience and comfort in that subject area. It has varied from simply observing our presentations to taking the lead on them.

Clinical Research Externship Requirement(s):

  • Half-time (16 hours per week), ideally spread over 2 days, with a preference to be available Tuesdays, and Thursdays.

APPLICATION PROCESS

To apply to the ADHD and Behavior Disorders externship, please electronically submit a cover letter, up-to-date CV, and two letters of recommendation to training@childmind.org. Please address the cover letter to:

  • David Anderson, PhD, Senior Director, ADHD and Behavior Disorders Center; and
  • Kenneth Schuster, PsyD, Director of Clinical Training.

To apply to the Anxiety Disorders externship, please electronically submit a cover letter, up-to-date CV, and two letters of recommendation to training@childmind.org. Please address the cover letter to:

  • Jerry Bubrick, PhD, Senior Director, Anxiety Disorders Center; and
  • Kenneth Schuster, PsyD, Director of Clinical Training.

To apply to the Mood Disorders externship, please electronically submit a cover letter, up-to-date CV, and two letters of recommendation to training@childmind.org. Please address the cover letter to:

  • Jill Emanuele, Senior Director, Mood Disorders Center; and
  • Kenneth Schuster, PsyD, Director of Clinical Training.

To apply to the Neuropsychology externship please electronically submit a cover letter a current CV, two letters of recommendation, a sample psychological or psychoeducational assessment report, and a list of test competencies (i.e., tests that can be administered proficiently, tests with some experience but in need of more training, and tests with no experience but desire to learn) to training@childmind.org. Please address the cover letter to:

  • Matthew Cruger, PhD, Senior Director, Learning and Development Center; and
  • Kenneth Schuster, PsyD, Director of Clinical Training.

To apply to the Clinical Research externship, please submit electronically a cover letter, a current CV, two letters of recommendation, and a one- to two-page clinical case writing sample to training@childmind.org. The case writing sample should be related to child assessment if possible. Please address the cover letter to:

  • Rebecca Neuhaus, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist, Health Brain Network;
  • Charissa Andreotti, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Healthy Brain Network; and
  • Kenneth Schuster, PsyD, Director of Clinical Training.

Applicants must indicate the externship or externships that they are applying to in their cover letters. Applicants may only apply to UP TO TWO externships at the Child Mind Institute. Applications may be submitted beginning Tuesday, January 16, 2018 in accordance with Consortium Guidelines. Interviews will be held by invitation and scheduled on a rolling admission basis. Notification of acceptance will begin on Monday, February 26, 2018 at 9am. Please note that students that submit applications for two externships will receive only one offer during the first round. Information as to whether a second offer will follow will not be provided.

Again, our clinical psychology externships will run from July 2, 2018 through June 28, 2019, and there is a mandatory Extern Orientation on July, 2, 2018.

If you have any questions regarding specific information about a specific externship, please contact one of the following:

For general Child Mind Institute clinical psychology externship questions, please contact Kenneth Schuster, PsyD, Director of Clinical Training, Kenneth.Schuster@childmind.org.

For questions regarding application submission or to verify your application has been received, please contact training@childmind.org.

The Child Mind Institute abides by the guidelines established by the Externship Consortium. Those guidelines can be found here.

Externs must begin their training year by providing documentation of their Professional Liability Insurance for Graduate Students in Psychology.