Division of Psychology - Child, Adolescent and Family Externship Program

General Information

The Child, Adolescent and Family Externship provides an extern with experience in (a) intake evaluations of children and families, (b) individual and group psychotherapy with children and adolescents, (c) family therapy, (d) psychological testing, and (e) didactic experiences. The externship offers training in an eclectic approach utilizing psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and family perspectives in the context of cultural competence.

The Externship is a 1 year long commitment which begins the first week of July and ends the last week in June. The externship prefers advanced students (e.g., 3rd year and higher) due to the clinical demands of the population served at the clinic. Knowledge of conversational Spanish is a plus but not required.

Learning Objectives

• To become adept at conducting individual, group and family therapy with children and adolescents.

• To learn to use DSM-V as applicable in the assessment of child and adolescent problems.

• To learn to conduct an efficient and thorough intake evaluation on a child or adolescent and to use this information in the development of a specific disposition and treatment plan.

• To integrate multi-cultural approaches to clinical work with children and families.

• To learn to work effectively with a multi-disciplinary child/adolescent treatment team.

• To learn psychological testing with children and adolescents.

• To learn to collaborate with other care providing agencies in a child’s life such as other medical providers, school, and community services.

• To develop a basic understanding of psychopharmacology as it relates to the treatment of child psychiatric problems.

• To learn how and when to make referrals to child protective services.

Training Experiences

Child/Adolescent and Family Case Conference (Tuesdays, 9:00-10:00 am).
An interdisciplinary clinical case conference in which trainees (child externs, psychology interns, and psychiatry residents) present cases of their own for discussion. Each extern presents a case at least once during the year.

Child Seminar (Tuesdays, 10:30 am -11:30 am).
A year-long didactic seminar covering a broad range of topics including psychological testing, intake evaluations, psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, etc. All seminars will be taught integrating multicultural considerations as appropriate.

Family Therapy Seminar and Live Supervision (Tuesdays, 11:30 am -1 pm).
Externs carry one to two family therapy cases that are specifically supervised through this seminar. Externs may sometimes bring this family in for live supervision from behind a one-way mirror.

Individual Supervision
Each extern receives weekly individual supervision for their individual therapy cases for 45 minutes. They also receive weekly supervision for their group for 30 minutes and testing supervision as needed.


Externs are expected to commit 16 + hours per week to the externship. This typically consists of the full-day on Tuesdays, Monday or Thursday afternoon, and one other afternoon. Thus, externs are required to be on-site all day Tuesday and two other after-school hours. Externs are responsible for managing their own schedules so long as they meet all clinical requirements of the externship. Caseload requirements consist of:

• 4 individual child or adolescent cases (which often include collateral sessions with parents),

• 1-2 family therapy cases supervised through the family therapy seminar.

• Approximately 1 new intake weekly, which occurs on Tuesday afternoons. The first intake session is pre-scheduled for the extern by the front desk, and, follow-up sessions that might be required to complete the intake are scheduled according to the extern’s own schedule.

• 1 group (e.g., pre-teen or teen boys or girls groups; social skills groups)

• Psychological testing is optional and can be completed pending supervision availability.

To Apply
Please send a cover letter stating current interests and professional goals, a personal statement, your curriculum vita, two letters of recommendation (preferably from people who are familiar with your clinical work), and a psychological test report.
For the personal statement, there is no correct format for this question. Answer the question as if someone had asked you “Tell me something interesting about yourself.” It is an opportunity for you to provide the internship site some information about yourself.  It is entirely up to you to decide what information you wish to provide along with the format in which to represent it. Please limit it to 500 words or less.

Applications will be accepted from January 19, 2016 to January 29, 2016. No late applications reviewed. Interviews will occur in early February. Applications will be accepted via mail or email.

Mail materials to:
Maria Klara, PsyD
Mount Sinai Beth Israel
1st Avenue at 16th Street, 2B-40
New York, NY 10003
Email: mklara@chpnet.org

Questions? Please call
Maria Klara, Psy.D.
(212) 420-4428