Child & Adolescent Externship
The Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program (CAPTP) at the William Alanson White Institute invites applications for Child/Adolescent Externships for doctoral-level psychology students for the 2014-2015 academic year. Externs should be entering their fourth year of graduate training in September 2014. We will be offering a total of five supervised externship positions. Interested candidates enrolled in APA-accredited Clinical, Clinical/School, and Counseling Psychology Graduate Programs who will have obtained their Master’s Degree (or equivalent) by September 2014 are encouraged to apply. Applicants must also have completed clinical and psychodiagnostic assessment coursework.
Applicants’ graduate schools are required to provide a fieldwork supervisor who is responsible for ongoing communication and liaison with CAPTP, professional liability insurance coverage for the clinical work of their graduate students, and a letter of agreement with the White Institute. Acceptance to the externship is conditional on creation of such a letter of agreement prior to the start of the externship in September. Accepted externs must also supply evidence of their own professional liability insurance coverage, naming White as "additional insured," which is usually less than $100 in cost.
The extern positions being offered require a commitment of 18-20 hours per week from September 2014 through June 2015. We can often arrange for you to start therapy and therapy supervision in July 2014. Hours for seminars and group supervision will be spread over three days: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Externs will work in the William Alanson White Institute’s Child and Family Center, which provides outpatient psychotherapy and other clinical services to children and adolescents, ages five to eighteen, and their parents. Typically, externs work with two patients in individual therapy, with substantial contact with parents and schools as needed. Externs will also do at least three psychoeducational evaluations over the year. Psychiatric and psychopharmacologic backup is available as needed.
Educational experiences offered to externs include psychotherapy, psychoeducational evaluation, supervision, classes, and conferences. Training and supervision is provided by licensed senior psychologists at the White Institute. Weekly seminars that run through the year include:
- group supervision of psychotherapy (children, adolescents, parents)
- group supervision of testing (integrated assessment of learning disabilities and emotional problems)
- child and adolescent development
- clinical topics seminar
In addition to classes, each extern will work in weekly individual psychotherapy supervision with a licensed clinician, and will also have a licensed clinical psychologist for individual supervision of psychoeducational evaluations, including testing, scoring, interpretation, and report writing.
The White Institute also offers a variety of other educational opportunities, including:
- case conferences on Tuesday mornings
- courses in the Center for Applied Psychoanalysis
- monthly professional presentations offered by White’s graduate society on Friday evenings
- bimonthly colloquia in CAPTP
We strongly recommend that students be engaged in personal psychotherapy during the externship program.
The application procedures are described on the next page. For further information about the externship, please contact Dr. Daniel Gensler at (212) 767-1619 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are accepted as of January 21, 2014. Personal interviews are part of the application procedure.