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Institute for Anxiety and Mood Disorders Externship

Institute for Anxiety and Mood Disorders Externship

Externs are sought for the Anxiety and Mood Disorders service, which serves children with anxiety disorders (including Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Separation Anxiety Disorder, Social Phobia, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) as well as mood disorders (including Major Depression and Dysthymia). As children with anxiety and mood disorders also often display comorbidity with other disorders, our externs also have significant exposure to children with ADHD and other Externalizing Disorders, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Learning Disorders, Selective Mutism, and other conditions. Our Institute utilizes evidence-based treatments, primarily CBT, HRT, and DBT, to treat these conditions.

The number of externships available:

New York City campus: 1 Extern

Clinical Responsibilities:

  • Individual psychotherapy: Responsibilities include carrying a caseload of 4–6 individual therapy cases with children and adolescents presenting with a variety of anxiety and mood disorders, as well as assisting with in vivo exposures, school observations, and other "special projects" (e.g. intensive treatments, habit reversal therapy).
  • Training in, and delivery of, evidence-based treatments: Externs will be trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for childhood anxiety or depression. To address certain comorbidities, other evidence-based treatments may be implemented (e.g., habit reversal therapy to address tics).
  • Co-therapy: Externs often participate as observers and co-therapists with experienced clinicians in assessment and treatment sessions or as co-therapists in group treatments.
  • Assessment: Externs will 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 highest priority, we supplement with a variety of clinically-relevant activities as needed.

Didactic Requirements:

  • Anxiety and Mood Disorders Seminar (First Thursday of every month, 12:30–1:45 p.m.)
  • One-on-one Supervision (TBD)

Optional Didactics:

  • Anxiety and Mood Disorder Team Meeting (First and Third Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.)
  • Training seminars from other disciplines (Second, Third, and Fourth Thursdays, 12:30–1:45 p.m.)
  • Selective Mutism Supervision Group/Think Tank (Fridays 8–9 a.m.)
  • Child Study Center Case Conference (Fridays 9–10:30 a.m.)
  • Child Study Center Grand Rounds (Fridays 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m.)

Presentations:

The extern will receive training in CBT case conceptualization. With the guidance and support of a staff psychologist, the extern will prepare a case presentation to present at a team meeting or at case conference. Case presentations usually consist of a conceptualization, brief literature review, and overview of the treatment approach. This practice aims to help prepare students for the advanced training requirements of internship. Externs can also assist in presentations given to the NYU academic community, as well as to local community organizations and professional groups.

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 or 1 full and two half days (weekdays only); Thursdays required.
  • September 2014-June 2015, but preference is given to those students who can start in July 2014.

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 Child Study Center you must submit an application to each externship separately. Applicants with further questions should contact Aleta Angelosante, PhD, Director of Institute for Anxiety and Mood Disorders, at 646-754-4892, or aleta.angelosante@nyumc.org.

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