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 2020-2021 academic year. Externs should be entering their fourth or fifth year of graduate training in September 2020. We will be offering a total of four 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 2020 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 between the graduate school and 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 2020 through June 2021. We can often arrange for you to start therapy and therapy supervision in July 2020. Hours for required seminars and group supervision will be on Mondays from 9 am to 1:00 pm and Thursdays from 10:15 to 11:30 am. Externs will work in the William Alanson White Institute’s Child and Family Center, which provides outpatient psychotherapy, psychological testing, and other clinical services to children and adolescents, ages five to eighteen, and their parents. Typically, externs work with two to three 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.


Other educational experiences offered to externs include 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)
  • instruction and group supervision of testing (integrated assessment of learning disabilities and emotional problems)
  • seminar in 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 work with 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
  • bimonthly colloquia on Thursday mornings 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 (516) 606-6373 or Applications are accepted as of January 13, 2020; interviews occur February 3-28. Two face-to-face interviews are part of the application procedure.