Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Child Mind Institute (CMI), New York, NY, - 1 Post Doctoral Fellowship in Selective Mutism

The Child Mind Institute (CMI) is seeking a full-time clinical post-doctoral fellow in the Selective Mutism Program under the leadership of Dr. Steven Kurtz. The candidate should possess exceptional clinical skills in the assessment of children and adolescents with anxiety disorders and selective mutism (SM). The fellow must have significant cognitive and behavioral therapy training. The fellow is expected to perform diagnostic evaluations, provide treatment to children and adolescents, provide parental support via psycho-education and parent training and participate in multidisciplinary team case conferences. The Fellow join a thriving team of 23 full-time clinicians and three other Post-Doctoral Fellows representing a wide variety of clinical and academic interests in meeting the Institute’s mission, which includes public advocacy. Fellows will engage in public speaking, writing, and are strongly encouraged to submit presentations to national professional conferences.
The Child Mind Institute is the nation’s only independent nonprofit institution exclusively dedicated to transforming mental healthcare for children and adolescents. We are committed to finding more effective treatments for childhood psychiatric and learning disorders, building the science of healthy brain development, and empowering children and their families to get help, hope, and answers. We are located in midtown Manhattan in a new state-of-the-art child and family friendly facility. Last year we evaluated and treated more than 2000 patients from across the globe between the ages of 3 and 24 in our multidisciplinary clinical practice. In addition, the Child Mind Institute has robust research initiatives and many comprehensive public education programs including and Speak Up for Kids.

The Child Mind Institute offers innovative, unique treatment services for children and adolescents suffering from a wide gamut of disorders, both internalizing and externalizing. The Fellow will be trained in our flagship SM Brave Buddies program, which is one of the programs within the Anxiety and Mood Center. Other programs within the Center are the Intensive Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders Program, which has successfully treated children and adolescents from across the country and internationally, evaluated more than 100 children and teens with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) this past academic year. CMI is also home to Fearless Friends, an intensive group treatment for pediatric anxiety. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in our multidisciplinary group practice.
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This position is a two-year full-time post doctoral fellowship, which begins on July 1, 2013. Fellowship training focuses on the accurate diagnosis and use of evidence-based treatment for children, adolescents, and their families, with experiences including clinical work, didactics, and exposure to research. Preparation for Diplomate status is expected and reinforced with a generous bonus.

Clinical Opportunities: CMI offers an extraordinary opportunity for a qualified clinician to receive structured post-doctoral training in a unique, innovative academic setting. Additionally, the post doctoral fellow will carry a full caseload of patients and gain experience with a variety of disorders including SM, OCD, separation anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social phobia, specific phobias, and other pediatric conditions. The SM Fellow is fully integrated as well into the ADHD Center for exposure to and further training in DBDs. Treatment methods employed during this fellowship include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), PCIT and other innovative, evidenced-based approaches to therapy. The fellow will have access to a Senior Psychologist on staff for regular case supervision and feedback sessions.

Didactics: As a component of the training experience, the post-doctoral fellow will also participate in a variety of learning experiences at the Child Mind Institute. Specifically, fellows will attend a weekly multidisciplinary case conference, as well as clinical meetings with center staff. Fellows will also be given the opportunity to supervise externs and volunteers and give presentations at schools and local community organizations. Additionally, there will also be opportunities to collaborate with website writers on specific topics for the Child Mind Institute website and with other services within the Child Mind Institute. Training is available in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Brave Buddies, an intensive behavior treatment for Selective Mutism, reading or writing remediation and CogMed working memory training.

Primary Faculty: The SM Program staff includes leading clinical psychologists. Center staff collaborates with pediatric neuropsychologists, child and adolescent psychiatrists, child and adolescent psychologists and other staff from our multidisciplinary clinical team.

• Doctoral degree from an APA - accredited program in clinical psychology or related field.
• Successful completion of APA – accredited internship.
• Flexibility to work hours to meet productivity goals and deadlines.
• Team player and ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
• Demonstrated professional attitude and ability to interface with senior management, clinicians and staff.

To apply click here
Please submit your cover letter, resume and a list of three references and description of two cases representing your use of behavioral interventions with a child with an anxiety or mood disorder as one document (10MB limit) in the application section of the site. No phone calls, please.