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CHP Externship in Trauma-Specific Mental Health

This year-long externship at Child HELP Partnership provides a unique opportunity for doctoral candidates in clinical, counseling, and school psychology. Participants gain specialized expertise in empirically-supported assessment and therapy for traumatized multi-cultural preschoolers, children, adolescents, young adults, and their caregivers in traditional and non-traditional outpatient settings.

Child HELP Partnership includes clinical research programs designed to serve traumatized, multi-cultural preschoolers, children, adolescents, and young adults, and their families. Program staff includes licensed psychologists, post-doctoral fellows, licensed social workers, graduate students, and undergraduate volunteers. Under the leadership of Dr. Elissa Brown, licensed clinical psychologist, we provide outreach, assessment, psychotherapy, and case management services in both our clinic and community-based sites. Services are provided in multiple languages. We also conduct outreach efforts to reach more children in the community. Our community partnerships include: Child Protective Services, Legal Aid, Queens Family Court, local schools, Queens Library branches, and Queens Child Advocacy Center. As a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the Child HELP Partnership also collaborates with national experts.

PartnersClinic-LOGO-RGBPARTNERS is an outpatient mental health clinic located at the St. John’s University Center for Psychological Services. As a specialized program for preschoolers, children, and adolescents who have been traumatized, mostly through interpersonal violence, and their caregivers, we provide outreach, assessment, psychotherapy, and case management services in an outpatient setting. Therapies used are empirically supported, including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT; for youth exposed to sexual abuse, domestic violence, and bereavement due to traumatic circumstances, and their non-offending caregivers) and Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT; for physical abuse and other forms of family violence). CONNECT-LOGO-rgb

As part of a grant funded by the Department of Justice, Project CONNECT (Community Networks Negotiating Evaluations and Counseling for Trauma) aims to adapt, provide, and evaluate AF-CBT for Latino and African/Caribbean American child and adolescent victims of abuse and domestic, dating, and community violence. CONNECT outreach, assessments, and therapy are being conducted at the Queens Library and other community settings.

Potential responsibilities for externs include: recruitment and engagement of families from culturally-diverse communities, trauma-informed psychosocial assessment using standardized measures and diagnostic interviews, case management, TF-CBT and/or AF-CBT, consultation with community leaders, and participation in ongoing research projects. Training includes: literature reviews, web-based courses, review of audiotapes of sessions, and didactic presentation of treatment protocols. Supervision is conducted in groups on a weekly basis with a licensed psychologist. Services are provided primarily during after-school hours (i.e., 3:30-9:00pm).

Application Requirements:

Doctoral candidates in clinical, counseling, and school psychology programs are welcome to apply. Students with multi-cultural backgrounds and fluency in a second language are encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should send:

  • Letter of interest that summarizes previous experience and goals for training
  • Curriculum vita
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • If an interview is granted, a writing sample will be requested

Send applications to:

Dr. Elissa Brown, Child HELP Partnership at St. John’s University, 152-11 Union Turnpike, Flushing, NY, 11367 or e-mail at