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Bradley School New London Regional

26 Maple Avenue

Montville, CT 06382

 

Title: Child/Adolescent Psychopathology in Therapeutic Schools - Connecticut

APA Accredited: YES X No____

Site: Bradley School New London Regional

Supervisor(s): Greta Francis, Ph.D., ABPP (Primary Supervisor), Stephen Swartzlander, Ph.D., Mark Depot, Psy.D., and Melanie Dubard, Ph.D.

 

The Bradley School New London Regional (BSNLR) is a school-funded day treatment program for youth with psychiatric and/or developmental disabilities between the ages of 4 and 21.  The school is located in Montville, CT (about 65 miles south of Providence, RI).  This setting allows for exposure to a broad range of psychopathology within a combined psychiatric/educational setting. Referral concerns include most of the major diagnostic categories seen in childhood and adolescence. Youth are referred by the director of special education from their local public schools in Connecticut.  On-site therapeutic services are provided to the students and their families. Fellows participate fully as members of multidisciplinary treatment teams and have close collaboration with psychologists, clinical social workers, psychiatrists, special education teachers, classroom behavior specialists, nurses, occupational therapists, and speech/language pathologists.

Director of Training:            Elizabeth McQuaid, Ph.D., ABPP

                                                Alpert Medical School of Brown University

                                                Clinical Psychology Training Consortium

 

Contact: Greta Francis, Ph.D., ABPP

Telephone:  401.606.4107

Email:  greta_francis@brown.edu

Website: https://www.brown.edu/academics/medical/about/departments/psychiatry-and-human-behavior/training/clinical/postdoctoral-fellowship/postdoctoral-fellowship-program

Application Deadline: January 4, 2019

Number of Positions: 1 at Bradley School New London Regional

Interviews Begin: Early January 2019 through notification date on 2/25/2019

Stipend:  For the 19-20 year we expect most stipends to be $48,432 for first year and $48,804 for second year postdoctoral fellows

Number of Hours/Week: 40

Fellowship Begins:  Between July-September 2019

Fellowship Term:     

The duration of the fellowship is 2 years. The first year of the fellowship is the APA-accredited fellowship and the second year of the fellowship is not an APA-accredited fellowship year but rather a Brown postdoctoral fellowship year.  Agreement to continue for a second year of training is decided upon by the postdoctoral fellow and primary supervisor midway through the first year. The two-year timeline is designed to allow for the opportunity to learn and take on the primary leadership role for one treatment team.  The anticipated start date is July or August of the training year.  Activities are distributed as follows:  70% clinical time, 20% research time, and 10% didactic time.

Applicants each Year:  Varies

Benefits: Medical and dental

Number of Licensed Psychologists:

4

                          

Does the Program hire former/current Fellows:  Yes

Duties of the Fellow:

Clinical Activity Plan (70%)

70% of the fellow’s time will be devoted to clinical activities in the Bradley School.  In order to ensure that the fellow receives a high level of clinical training in the area of school-based day treatment, the following activities will be required during the fellowship:

 §  Treatment services (35%):  The fellow will conduct individual, family, and/or group therapy for students enrolled in the BSNLR. Fellows will have the opportunity to develop and deliver a range of evidence-based interventions.  Safety assessment and crisis management are integrated into the fellow’s caseload.  Opportunities exist for fellows to develop group treatments according to their particular areas of interest.

 §  Clinical assessment (20%):  The fellow will conduct clinical, diagnostic, and/or cognitive assessments of students in the BSNLR. Opportunities for formal school consultations to local public schools may be available for interested fellows.

 §  Clinical administration (15%):  The fellow will participate in training activities designed to teach the skills necessary for assuming the leadership role of one multidisciplinary classroom team in the Bradley School.  The classroom team includes special education teachers, classroom behavior specialists, OTs, and SLPs.

 §  Licensure:  The fellow will apply for licensure as a Psychologist in the State of Connecticut.

Path toward licensure:  YES__X___  NO_____ The  fellow will receive clinical hours  toward licensing through the clinical activity plan described above.

 

Research Activity Plan (20%)*

20% of the fellow’s time will be spent on research activities.  Through working with Dr. Dubard in her area of expertise, the fellow will be exposed to various aspects of clinical research work in the area of youth with developmental disabilities and comorbid psychiatric conditions.  This will include the use of single case methodology with clinical populations. This is achieved via participation in the following activities:

 §  Review of relevant literature: The fellow will be provided readings in the area of developmental disabilities and comorbid psychiatric conditions.

 §  Manuscript preparation and submission: The fellow will be encouraged to collaborate on manuscript preparation and poster submissions at national conferences.  Individually tailored goals will be established in this area.

 §  Study coordination:  The fellow will develop a research proposal in an area of interest within the broad area of youth with developmental disabilities and comorbid psychiatric conditions.


Supervision and Seminars:

Didactics (10%)*

10% time is available for mandatory didactics.  If the optional didactic (Academic Friday) is chosen, this time will come out of the 20% research time.

Postdoctoral Seminars: The fellow will participate in post-doctoral seminars through the Brown Postdoctoral Training Program.

 Mandatory Didactics: 

Core Seminar Series (1 per month);

DPHB Academic Grand Rounds (1 per month);

Clinical Ethics Seminar Series (1 per month); and

Child Track Seminar Series (1 per month).

Optional Didactics: 

Academic Friday–Grantsmanship, Special Topics in Statistic and Alcohol Center Seminars.

The fellow will also participate in weekly structured learning activities including treatment team meetings and rounds (i.e., medpsych rounds, risk rounds) for at least two hours per week.

 *To ensure that the fellow has sufficient time to complete didactics and research, the fellow will have time off site built into the schedule.  Based on current timing of didactics, this means the fellow will be off site on Tuesdays after 12 noon and all day on Wednesdays.  The fellow will have access to research space with Dr. Dubard in Wakefield, RI and additional office space in Providence, RI as needed.

Supervision and Evaluation

Supervision will be provided in the form of weekly individual clinical supervision with licensed psychologists on site for a minimum of 2 hours/week (one hour per week with Dr. Swartzlander and one hour per week with Dr. Depot).  Drs. Swartzlander and Depot each hold both CT and RI psychology licenses.  Dr. Francis will be on site at least once every other week and available by phone at all other times.  She also holds both CT and RI psychology licenses.  Research supervision will be provided by Dr. Dubard (minimum of 1 hour/week).  Dr. Francis serves as the primary supervisor for the fellowship and will provide individual supervision a minimum of 2 hours/month.

At every 6 months for the duration of the fellowship, the fellow and the supervisors will provide formal evaluations, and evaluations of the program relative to the goals and learning objectives of the fellowship. 

Goals of the Fellowship:

Fellowship Aims

1.      To provide the fellow with broad clinical training in the area of school-based treatment of child/adolescent psychopathology.   

 2.      To enable the fellow to gain experience in the delivery of psychological assessment, consultation, and treatment for students with serious mental health/behavioral health issues and developmental challenges.   

 3.      To enable the fellow to gain experience providing leadership for a multidisciplinary treatment team in a psychiatric school setting. 

 4.      To provide the fellow with a strong working knowledge and training on skills necessary to conduct research in the area of youth with developmental disabilities and comorbid psychiatric conditions (Dr. Dubard). 

 


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