Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical and Research Program

Autism Spectrum Disorder/Social Learning Program Externship

Externs are sought for the Autism Spectrum Disorder/Social Learning Program Externship, which serves children diagnosed with autism as well as those with a wide range of social communication difficulties. As children with autism spectrum disorders also often display comorbidity with other disorders, our externs also have significant exposure to children with ADHD and other Externalizing Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Learning Disorders, and other conditions. Our team utilizes evidence-based behavioral treatments, including applied behavior analysis. Externs will gain experience in implementing evidence-based group therapy treatments.

The number of externships available:

New York City Campus: 4 Externs

Clinical Responsibilities: 

  • Intervention: Responsibilities include recruiting, phone screening, and intake evaluations for the Social Learning Program, which serves individuals 3-28. Externs will serve as coaches for 2-3 groups and may serve as co-leaders. Externs will also carry one individual therapy case with children and adolescents presenting with autism spectrum disorder. Externs may assist in conducting school observations and school-based behavior consultations using a functional behavioral assessment protocol to assist in assessment, treatment planning, and implementation.
  • Training in, and delivery of, evidence-based treatments: Externs will be trained in naturalistic Applied Behavior Analysis, including Pivotal Response Treatment, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Externs will be trained in evidence-based group treatments including PEERS and Children's Friendship Training.
  • Co-Therapy: Externs may participate as observers and co-therapists with experienced clinicians in assessment and treatment sessions or as co-therapists in group treatments.
  • Assessment: Externs may participate in psychiatric evaluations and feedback sessions. They will be expected first to shadow one or more evaluations conducted by an attending or post-doctoral fellow and then to be shadowed by an attending or post-doctoral fellow.
  • Miscellaneous clinical tasks: Although building the externs' clinical caseloads is our priority, we supplement with a variety of clinically-relevant activities as needed including educational and outreach efforts.

Didactic Requirements: 

  • Case Conference (Fridays 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)
  • Grand Rounds (Fridays 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.)
  • Two-to-One supervision (TBD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder Seminar (TBD)
  • The externs assist in presentations within the NYU academic community and external professional and community groups. The role will depend on the extern's level of experience and comfort in the subject area.

Research:

Although this is primarily a clinical externship, the CSC is committed to training scientist-practitioners. Interested externs may also have opportunities to prepare clinical case studies for publication or presentation at a professional conference.

Time Requirement:

  • 16 hours per week, usually spread over two full days with an evening commitment (may be 1 full day, 1 morning, and 1 evening depending on scheduling needs)
  • September 2015-June 2016, but preference is given to those students that can start in July 2015
  • We anticipate that externs will have the opportunity to participate in at least two groups and 1 individual case at a time.

Contact Information:

Those interested in applying should submit a letter of interest, writing sample (intake report preferred), attestation letter from your graduate program stating your eligibility for externship, two to three letters of recommendation (from professors or clinical supervisors) and CV via our online application. Please note if you are interested in applying to more than one externship within the NYU Child Study Center you must submit an application to each externship separately. Applicants with further questions should contact Sarah Kuriakose, Ph.D., Director of the Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical and Research Program, at 646-754-4873, or sarah.kuriakose@nyumc.org.

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