Externship in Clinical Psychology
Update as of 2/17: We are still accepting externship applications for our Rockland County and Brooklyn locations.
For the 2020-2021 training year, two externship positions will be available in the Brooklyn location and two positions in the Rockland location.
The Center for Anxiety offers a one-year externship training program for doctoral students currently enrolled in clinical, counselling, school, or combined psychology graduate school programs. Our program places an emphasis on practical training within a supportive environment, to facilitate growth as a clinician.
Approximately 50-60% of externs time (10-12 hours/week) is spent in the provision of direct clinical services to adults, adolescents and/or children, within the Center for Anxiety’s standard outpatient, intensive outpatient programs (IOP), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) programs. Throughout the training year, externs conduct initial intake and diagnostic assessments using structured and semi-structured clinical interview methods, and provide individual outpatient and intensive outpatient psychotherapy to adults, adolescents and/or children. Additional opportunities may include co-leading DBT skills groups, co-leading OCD support groups, outreach efforts (e.g., organizing or delivering community lectures), and participating in our on-site research program. On average each week, externs can expect to conduct 1-2 intake assessments, carry a caseload of 6-8 individual therapy patients, collaborate with senior clinicians in order to provide adjunctive therapy on 1-2 IOP cases, and co-lead a DBT skills group for adults or adolescents.
Externs receive extensive support for the above activities including: One hour of individual supervision with a licensed clinical psychologist, one additional hour of individual supervision with a member of our multidisciplinary team, two hours of group supervision with a licensed clinical psychologist, and ad hoc consultation as needed with members of our supervisory and/or clinical administrative staff. Additionally, depending on scheduling and availability, externs are welcome to participate in our weekly didactics training program (two hours/week), case conferences, DBT consultation team meetings, and research meetings. Throughout the training year, there is an explicit focus on helping externs to build competency in evidence-based assessment and intervention (i.e., CBT/DBT). More broadly, externs develop key skills in clinical consultation, case presentation, professional collaboration, and in utilizing clinical data to inform case conceptualization, treatment planning, and intervention.
Externs who successfully complete our program are welcome to apply for our doctoral internship program in a subsequent training year. Externship placement will not impact opportunities for further training (internship or postdoctoral fellowship) at our site.
Our externship program is a 12-month training opportunity, starting on July 1st and ending the following June 30th, each year. This externship is most appropriate for advanced level doctoral students (e.g., preferably 3rd or 4th year students) in clinical, counseling, school, or combined graduate psychology programs. Eligible applicants must have prior experience with CBT, DBT and/or other empirically-supported treatments. Externs are expected to be on site for approximately 20 hours each week, spread over 3 days per week (typically 1 full day plus 2 partial days). One evening per week is required. Flexibility in scheduling will be determined by externs’ availability and the clinical needs of our patients. Externs receive a modest transportation stipend to help defray the cost of travel, equivalent to 50% of the total cost for a monthly MTA MetroCard.
The Center for Anxiety follows PSYDNYS-NYNJADOT Externship Guidelines for applications, interviews, and notifications. Please refer to the current guidelines for a list of relevant dates. Qualified applicants should upload and submit the following applications materials through the APA application portal:
- Cover letter (Specify which location you are applying to. If both, please specify which location is preferred.)
- Curriculum Vita
- At least two letters of reference
- Verification of eligibility to apply from academic program
In situations where students are not able to submit recommendation letters with the rest of their application materials through the APA portal, writers should email their letters of recommendation as an email attachment directly to our Director of Clinical Training, Dr. Marcia Kimeldorf at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure that the subject line of the email as well as the title of the attachment both read LOR Psychology Externship followed by the students first and last name (e.g., LOR Psychology Externship John Doe).
Once applications have been reviewed, qualified applicants will be invited to interview with two staff members in our Brooklyn office. Interviews will be conducted on an individual basis and will be scheduled for approximately 30 minutes each. Time permitting, externship candidates will have the opportunity to tour our Manhattan office and meet with any staff members or trainees who are on site and available at the time of the interview.
Questions or comments about our program should be directed to Dr. Kimeldorf at the above email address.