Psychology Internship Training Program


The Psychology Internship Training program at New Alternatives for Children seeks to develop professionals who can competently and sensitively provide psychotherapeutic services to a traditionally underserved and marginalized population of clients involved in the child welfare system, and to take an integrative, person-centered approach to treatment, with respect to the inextricable link between medical, emotional and behavioral health.

Goals of the Internship:


The following goals of the Internship are intended as a guide to the Intern’s development:


  • Develop competency in scholarly inquiry and application of current scientific knowledge to practice. Interns are trained to ground their clinical practice in theory and research, as well as to seek out medical experts for consultation in work with medically fragile youth. 

  • Achieve competency in areas of ethics and legal matters. Interns will work toward developing a professional identity that adheres to ethical standards and best practice.

  • Achieve competency in individual and cultural diversity. Through didactic and experiential training, interns are expected to demonstrate sensitivity to cultural and ethnic diversity.

  • Achieve competency in professional values, attitudes, and behaviors. Interns will demonstrate a competent level of professional responsibility and interpersonal behavior.

  • Achieve competency in communication and personal skills. Interns will maintain effective communication and relationships with a wide range of professionals, including NAC staff and members of other organizations.  

  • Achieve competency in theories and methods of psychological assessment. Interns are trained to identify appropriate test measures; interpret results of objective and projective assessments; integrate data meaningfully; and provide feedback.

  • Achieve competency in theories and methods of effective psychotherapeutic intervention. Interns are trained to manage safety concerns, develop case formulation skills, select the appropriate intervention for a client’s need and functioning, and effectively utilize a range of therapeutic interventions.

  • Demonstrate competency to applying knowledge of supervision models and practices in direct or simulated practice with psychology trainees, or other health professionals. Interns are trained to expand upon their case conceptualization and supervision skills through didactic training, case collaboration, and team meetings.  

  • Achieve competency in professional consultation and interpersonal/interdisciplinary skills. Interns are trained to utilize a consultee-centered approach that considers the goals of the consultee and their foundational knowledge in providing guidance. There is also an emphasis on developing an intern’s knowledge base of the complexities of the child welfare system.


Internship Overview:

NAC’s psychology internship program aspires to be a center of excellence that will afford prospective interns the opportunity to experience the rewards of serving the underserved while receiving training as professional psychologists. We are committed to providing interns the following clinical experiences:

  • Dyadic psychotherapy with parents and young children who have experienced trauma and attachment disruptions 

  • Individual psychotherapy using modalities such as psychodynamic psychotherapy and evidence based treatment models

  • Family therapy 

  • Comprehensive psychological evaluations of adults and children 

  • Assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of clients who have developmental disabilities or autism spectrum disorder

  • Parent consultation to address challenging behaviors 

  • Mental health consultation to NAC staff and agency personnel 

Interns are expected to carry a caseload of 10 to 12 clients and to conduct approximately 15 psychological evaluations over the course of the year.

Training Model

  • A comprehensive orientation, which provides an introduction to all areas of functioning included in the internship with background conceptual and/or didactic frameworks

  • Weekly didactic seminar sessions (1-2 hours per week) with topics that are pertinent to the clinical work interns will provide at NAC, such as training in assessment and intervention, working with medically fragile youth, and clinical dynamics of adoption

  • Participation in weekly case conferences with a multidisciplinary team from all of the relevant units at NAC for the purpose of insuring an appropriate treatment plan

  • Two hours of supervision provided individually and one hour in a group on a weekly basis for both testing and therapy cases

  • Supervision provided individually and in a group on a weekly basis by outside supervisors from the NYIPT for the attachment model intervention include video feedback of the session

  • Written evaluation and feedback from supervisors twice a year to identify areas of practice that are strengths for the intern and those needing further skill development.

Interns receive a stipend of $25,000 for 12 months with full employee benefits including health and dental coverage (individual or family) as well as five personal days, four weeks paid vacation (accrued), paid sick leave (accrued), and paid holiday time.

Training & Supervisory Faculty

Ashley Golub, Psy.D. is the Director of Psychological Services at New Alternatives for Children. She is a NY state licensed psychologist who earned her degree at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Yeshiva University in their Child-School Psychology program. Dr. Golub brings a relational lens to her clinical work and supervision and has expertise in working with clients who have experienced complex trauma and attachment disruption. 

Shauna Balch, Psy.D. is the Coordinator of Psychology Internship Training. She earned her doctorate in school-clinical psychology from Pace University. Dr. Balch has experience working with individuals across the lifespan, and particularly with medically fragile youth and individuals with complex trauma.

Amanda Boris, Psy.D. completed her doctoral training at The Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. Her areas of interest include trauma, relationship challenges, and family conflict, with a focus on multicultural sensitivity. She has expertise in autism testing using the ADOS-2.

Dani Sessler, Psy.D. is a New York state licensed clinical psychologist. She earned her doctorate in school-clinical psychology from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. Dr. Sessler has a particular interest in attachment relationships and trauma. She provides therapy, comprehensive evaluations, and supervision to psychology trainees at NAC.

Dayna Shapiro, Psy.D. is a NY state licensed psychologist who earned her doctoral degree from Pace University. Dr. Shapiro brings an eclectic trauma-informed approach to her therapy, assessment and consultation work.

Kate Hariton, Psy.D. earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from The George Washington University. She specializes in early childhood mental health and parent-infant psychotherapy.

Dr. Ashley Rodriguez is a bilingual bicultural Post-Doctoral Psychologist. She presently provides therapy, assessment, and parent consultation to individuals and families across the developmental lifespan with complex trauma. Dr. Rodriguez also teaches at Fordham University Graduate School of Education. 


Accreditation

NAC’s Psychology Internship program has been a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Center (APPIC) since 2018. The program has been in the process of completing a self-study for accreditation since 2019. However, there is no guarantee that NAC’s Psychology Internship will attain APA accreditation at this time.


Applications

Through APPIC online, submit the following materials:

  • A copy of your APPI application 

  • A copy of your CV

  • Photocopy of your transcript from your graduate program(s)

  • Three letters of recommendation

  • An integrative assessment report


Please check for deadline dates on the APPI website. Interviews will occur in late December and January.


For questions, contact Shauna Balch: sbalch@nackidscan.org.

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