Early Childhood Development Externship
The Early Child Development Externship, offered through the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, is intended for doctoral candidates who wish to gain experience using age-appropriate assessment and interviewing skills to identify a variety of social, emotional, and developmental issues in children who are preschool aged or younger.
Externs learn how to screen children for developmental milestones, address parental concerns in the context of early childhood development, and use behavioral and developmentally sensitive diagnostic measures and interventions. You receive training in parent–child interaction therapy, work as a co-therapist alongside experienced clinicians in assessment and treatment sessions, and gain experience with individual and group treatments practiced in our Selective Mutism Service.
Your clinical responsibilities include serving as the primary therapist for children with a variety of behavioral and developmental conditions including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), disruptive behavior, selective mutism, and anxiety disorders.
You also conduct school observations, participate in school-based behavioral consultations, educate families about the special education process, assist with developing individualized education programs, and train special education teachers and school staff in specific skills. It is common to attend school visits with faculty members to learn about early childhood education programs and form collaborative relationships. You may also have opportunities to give lectures at schools in the community.
Beyond clinical training, you participate in weekly case conferences, group consultations, and grand rounds. As part of our efforts to develop a curriculum to teach group social skills to children, you assist with recruiting participants and facilitating activities.
The externship consists of a 16-hour time commitment each week. Although your schedule is flexible and determined with your supervisor, you’re required to work two evenings per week (every Tuesday from 3:30PM to 6:30PM and one other evening) and occasional Sundays.
How to Apply
We offer one externship position each year. To apply, submit a letter of interest, a writing sample (intake reports preferred), an attestation letter from your graduate program, two to three letters of recommendation from professors or clinical supervisors, and your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to be considered for more than one externship offered through the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, please indicate all positions of interest in your cover letter. You must submit a separate application to each externship.
For more information about the Early Childhood Externship, contact Stephanie M. Wagner, PhD, at email@example.com or Lori K. Evans, PhD, director of psychology externship training, at firstname.lastname@example.org.