Clinical Training Program

Overview

  • The training program at Metrowest Neuropsychology, LLC offers individuals with graduate standing in psychology or related fields the opportunity to gain clinical experience in psychoeducational assessment and neuropsychological evaluation. The current trainee offerings primarily include work with children and adolescents; there might also be an additional opportunity for training in adult assessment (one position available), depending on trainee interest and background.

Training Opportunities

  • Trainees are exposed to all aspects of the assessment process, including the clinical interview, administration of various psychometric tests, scoring and interpreting test results, and drafting initial test reports and communicating results to clients, families, teachers, etc. Trainees may gain experience with a variety of assessments, including psychoeducational, personality or emotional/behavioral, and neuropsychological. Typical cases include ADHD and learning disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders in children and adolescents, and independent medical evaluations. Trainees will have exposure to work with young children through late teen/early adulthood, and possibly with older adults (on the one available adult rotation, at 8 – 10 hours per week).
  • There are a variety of settings in which trainees may gain clinical experience, including our Westborough, Wellesley and Pembroke sites; public/charter/private schools in greater Boston and Central Massachusetts.

Supervision

  • Trainees generally alternate between three primary licensed supervisors for the year (Drs. Jeffrey Gaines, Stacy Horner and Moira Creedon for Neuropsychological and Psychoeducational Assessment). Regular supervision is provided through weekly appointments and on an as-needed basis. Additional support and consultation is provided in clinics by other psychology staff and by multidisciplinary staff at school settings.

Didactics

  • Metrowest Neuropsychology LLC formal didactics are currently in re-development. For the 2017/2018 training year, trainees will be invited to attend monthly case conferences, wherein individual cases of interest are discussed. Included in the schedule is a fact-finding format that is intended to help prepare candidates for board certification in clinical neuropsychology through the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN). Trainees may also have the opportunity to participate in additional didactic experiences (e.g., neuroanatomy workshops led by Dr. Byrnes and colleagues at the Tufts University).

Applicants

  • The program is open to individuals of appropriate background and training (e.g., through masters or doctoral programs in psychology). Trainees may be involved in formal practica through their respective schools, seeking externships, seeking hours toward licensure, or simply looking for experience to enrich their resumes. Trainees are expected to commit to work at minimum 16 – 20 hours, with some of that time spent in direct service onsite and some spent scoring and writing offsite. As noted, there is also one adult assessment rotation available (which could serve as a sub-rotation, at 8 – 10 hours per week). Trainees can expect to produce at least one test report per week. Specific days required will be based on site at which the trainee works (a topic to be reviewed in more detail during interviews). This is not a paid position. However, a small stipend is offered once each year for training positions. To apply, please send CV and cover letter to Stacy Horner, Ph.D. at s.horner@metrowestneuropsych.com. Interviews for the 2017/2018 training year are expected to be held on January 24, 2017.

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