Child & Adolescent Externship

This training program offers a comprehensive externship of 20hrs/week. Externs gain clinical experience seeing 2-3 patients in individual psychotherapy from an Interpersonal perspective, and have substantial contact with parents and schools (when indicated). Externs do a minimum of three psychoeducational evaluations, and there is weekly individual and group supervision.

At a Glance

The Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program (CAPTP) offers a total of four supervised externship positions for students enrolled in APA-accredited Clinical, Clinical/School, and Counseling Psychology graduate programs.

Who Is It For

Fourth or fifth year psychology graduate students enrolled in APA-accredited Clinical, Clinical/School, and Counseling Psychology graduate programs who will have obtained their Master’s Degree (or equivalent) by September. Applicants must also have completed coursework in clinical and psychodiagnostic assessment. We offer a total of four supervised externship positions.


Required seminars run through the year: • group supervision of psychotherapy (children, adolescents, parents) • psychoeducational evaluation of learning disabilities and emotional problems • child and adolescent development • clinical topics

Length & Expenses

The extern positions require a commitment of 20 hours per week from September through June. It may be possible to start therapy and therapy supervision two months early. Hours for required seminars will be Monday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and Thursdays from 10:15 to 11:30. Externs will work in the William Alanson White Institute’s Child and Family Center, which provides outpatient psychotherapy and other clinical services to children and adolescents, ages five to eighteen, and their parents. Typically, externs work with two to three patients in individual therapy, with substantial contact with parents and schools as needed. Externs will also do at least three psychoeducational evaluations over the year. Psychiatric and psychopharmacologic backup is available as needed.
For more information contact: Daniel Gensler at (516) 606-6373 or
  • Insurance and Other Requirements

    Applicants’ graduate schools are required to provide a fieldwork supervisor who is responsible for ongoing communication and liaison with CAPTP, professional liability insurance coverage for the clinical work of their graduate students, and a letter of agreement between the graduate school and the Institute. Acceptance to the externship is conditional on creation of such a letter of agreement prior to the start of the externship.

  • Application

    Download application here.

    With this application, please include your CV and a copy of a psychological testing report concerning a child or teenager whom you have tested. Also arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent as soon as possible. Your graduate school must send a letter confirming that you are a student in good standing. Finally, applicants must submit proof of liability insurance coverage, either their own or their school’s umbrella coverage.

    Send applications both by email and by US mail to:
    Carolyn B. Sorkin, PhD, Director of William A. White Child/Adolescent Externship
    303 Fifth Avenue Suite 1002, Office 8
    New York, NY 10016
  • Community Life

    The Child & Adolescent Externship program fosters collegiality and involvement in the overall Institute community. All Child & Adolescent externs are invited to take part in various Institute activities such as the Tuesday morning Clinical Education Meetings, the Psychoanalytic Society Colloquia and the monthly Study Groups (LGBTQ, Race, Sexual Abuse, and Artists).

    Study Groups

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