Community Service Project Grant

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The NJPA Foundation identifies exemplary programs that provide psychological services to those who cannot afford it and trains doctoral students to work with these underserved populations. We invite applications from programs across the state of New Jersey, with the goal of identifying and supporting model programs from each county. For the 2019-2020 academic year, the NJPA Foundation funded seven amazing programs! Read about these amazing training sites below.  Apply Today!

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Currently funded for the 2019 - 2020 academic year:

Trinitas Regional Medical Center:  Trinitas Child Outpatient and Adolescent DBT Externship

Site Director - Atara Hiller, PsyD
NJPAF Funded Student - Madison Perry
The Child and Adolescent Outpatient Unit (COPU) at Trintas Regional Medical Center offers a full array of psychiatric and behavioral health services for children and adolescents and their family members. The students are exposed to a range of clinical experiences at the COPU, including conducting intake evaluations; providing individual cognitive-behavioral and family therapy to children, adolescents, and families with anxiety, mood, and disruptive behavior disorders; and engaging in case management with schools, psychiatric providers, and outside case managers. The students are trained in providing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to adolescents and their families, who exhibit symptoms of borderline personality disorder and comorbid conditions.


Regional Diagnostic & Treatment Center- General Track Externship @ Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Site Director - Karyn C. Smarz, PhD
NJPAF Funded Students - Shaneze Gayle, Megan Ingraham, Jessica Elliott, Jessica Bonumwezi
The doctoral students in this application will be providing treatment and assessment services for an at-risk, underserved trauma population, as part of the general externship track at the Metropolitan Regional Diagnostic and Treatment Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. The Metro RDTC is one of New Jersey’s four state-designated multidisciplinary centers for the evaluation and treatment of abused and neglected children. The Center primarily serves the culturally and socioeconomically diverse children and families who reside in Essex County.

 

 


Youth Anxiety and Depression Clinic, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University
Site Director - Brian Chu, PhD
NJPAF Funded Students - Hillary (Gemma) Stern and Melissa Pedroza
The Youth Anxiety and Depression Clinic (YAD-C) is an open specialty clinic that provides diagnostic assessment and behavioral therapies for youth with anxiety and mood problems. Youth and parents are referred from a diverse set of community sources. The served families represent a diverse range of SES and ethnic/cultural backgrounds. The clinic actively participates in community outreach activities, including conducting parent and teacher workshops at schools, attending town/school-based community fairs, and engaging in community partnerships for specific underserved populations. The clinic conducts formal diagnostic assessments, collect surveys, and assess family interaction patterns to help us know which kinds of therapy help most.

 


Rutgers University, Graduate School of Applied & Professional Psychology, Foster Care Counseling Project
Site Director - Kathryn Garcia PsyD  

NJPAF Funded Students - Mir (Kamran) Meyer, Laura Betheil, Madeline Bono, Alejandra Feliz
All FCCP student clinicians provide individual, family, and dyadic therapy to youth, ranging in age from 3 to 18 years old, with significant histories of trauma. Biological parents, adoptive parents, and resource parents are involved in each child’s therapy, whenever possible, to maximize the success of treatment. FCCP attempts to overcome treatment barriers by providing in-home parent management training and family sessions when treatment barriers prevent the client’s family from attending sessions at the clinic. Additionally, FCCP provides mentors to clients to increase the opportunity for positive peer interactions. FCCP will be offering a group for adolescents involved in resource care and children with sexual abuse histories. While providing treatment, student clinicians offer training and consultation to caregivers, DCP&P caseworkers, community organizations, school personnel, and other professions. They also complete thorough intakes and post-treatment assessments at the beginning and end of treatment, respectively, and make recommendations based on findings to optimize each child’s functioning.


Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Metropolitan Regional Diagnostic and Treatment Center (Metro RDTC) - GB-CBT RDTC externship at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Site Director - Barbara A. Prempeh, PsyDNJPAF Funded Students - Yael Osman, Molly Kammen, DeVante Cunningham, Matt Stahl
The doctoral students in this application will be providing treatment and assessment services for an at-risk, underserved trauma population. The Metro RDTC is one of four RDTCs in New Jersey committed to providing medical and psychological evaluations and care for survivors of child abuse and neglect. It is housed in a Child Advocacy Center that bears the distinction of being the first and only fully co-located Child Advocacy Center in New Jersey with all partners onsite. Providing services in this multidisciplinary setting allows for an integrated and coordinated response to abuse and neglect for a community in-need of significant services. Families served at the RDTC are predominantly from economically disadvantaged, urban communities. 


Rutgers University, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Tourette Syndrome Clinic
Site Director - Graham Hartke, PsyD

NJPAF Funded Students - Hyein Lee, Rebecca Khiralla, Elana Fox, Norna Jules, and Emily Hendershot
The Tourette Syndrome Clinic was developed in partnership between Rutgers' Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) and the NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome (NJCTS). The Rutgers-NJCTS Therapeutic program is offered through the Psychological Services Clinic at GSAPP that provides a variety of psychological services to the public. The Rutgers-NJCTS Tourette Syndrome Program offers individual and family therapy for individuals affected by TS, emphasizing evidence-based treatments for TS and related conditions. All of our therapists are trained in Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) that includes Habit Reversal Training (HRT), as well as cognitive behavioral approaches for common comorbid conditions such as ADHD, OCD, ASD, and anxiety and mood disorders. Individual and family therapy may also include supportive, psychoeducational, and skill-building interventions. In addition to individual and family therapy, the clinic offers socio-emotional skills groups for school-aged children and teens. Finally, the Rutgers-NJCTS Tourette Syndrome Program also offers a variety of additional supportive services including diagnostic evaluation, consultation on TS and associated disorders for practitioners, physicians, educators and students, assistance with referrals for physicians, and access to additional resources and services for the TS community.


Rutgers University, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology Rutgers GSAPP- Anxiety Disorders Clinic
Site Director - Andrea Quinn, PsyD
NJPAF Funded Students - Joel Seltzer, Idil Franko
The Anxiety Disorders Clinic (ADC) offers low cost, evidence-based, cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety and related disorders to both Rutgers University students and the surround community. The ADC serves a broad age range of clients, including school-aged children and adolescents, to older adults. The ADC offers Exposure with Response Prevention (Ex/RP), an empirically supported treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder that is challenging to find in the community, particularly at a cost that is feasible for families. As a result, the ADC often has a lengthy wait list of clients with OCD and anxiety disorders that also benefit from treatment utilizing exposure therapy. Cognitive therapy and acceptance-based models are also utilized. In addition, the ADC offers no cost, evidence-based group and individual treatment to veterans, providing not only a much needed service to the community, but also a highly desirable training opportunity for graduate students who hope to work with active duty and veteran populations during their internship year and/or their future careers. The ADC offers treatment for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder using Cognitive Processing Therapy and in addition, treatments is available for additional presenting challenges to both Veterans and their family members.


PREVIOUSLY FUNDED PROGRAMS:

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Regional Diagnostic and Treatment Center (RDTC) 
General Track Externship
The Regional Diagnostic & Treatment Center General Track psychology doctoral students will be providing psychological treatment and assessment services for the mostly at-risk, underserved population of children involved with the child welfare system in Essex County, NJ.  The Metro RDTC is one of New Jersey’s four state-designated specialty centers for the evaluation and treatment of abused and neglected children. The RDTC provides forensic evaluation when child maltreatment is suspected, psychological screenings for children recently placed in foster care, and a mental health services including individual and group therapy. Each of these services is explained in detail below.  The mission of the RDTC is to provide compassionate, expert medical and psychosocial services for suspected victims of all types of child abuse and neglect, including physical and sexual abuse, neglect, and emotional abuse and emotional trauma. We also provide family education and therapeutic programs as well as clinical training, and community training about child maltreatment. 

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Regional Diagnostic and Treatment Center (RDTC)
Game-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Externship (GB-CBT)
The doctoral students in this application will be providing treatment and assessment services for an at-risk, underserved trauma population, as part of GB-CBT externship track at the Metropolitan Regional Diagnostic and Treatment Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.  The Metro RDTC is one of four RDTCs in New Jersey committed to providing medical and psychological evaluations and care for survivors of child abuse and neglect.  It is housed in a Child Advocacy Center that bears the distinction of being the first and only fully co-located Child Advocacy Center in New Jersey with all partners onsite.  Onsite partners include the Essex County Prosecutor’s (ECPO) Special Victims Unit (SVU), Newark Beth Israel Medical Center’s (NBIMC) Metropolitan Regional Diagnostic and Treatment Center (RDTC), the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P), and a team of not-for-profit professionals, including a Family Advocate.  Providing services in this multidisciplinary setting allows for an integrated and coordinated response to abuse and neglect for a community in-need of significant services. Families served at the RDTC are predominantly from economically disadvantaged, urban communities. 

Rutgers University, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP)
Psychological Services Clinic, Group Psychotherapy Services
Group Psychotherapy Services (GPS) is a specialty clinic and training opportunity for graduate students at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) at Rutgers University, which provides therapy groups for a diverse range of clients.  Groups are led by student clinicians in the doctoral clinical psychology training program at GSAPP. These services are offered as part of a comprehensive training model in group psychotherapy. Group leaders receive supervision from GSAPP faculty as well as professional psychologists in the community. Unlike other programs, these groups are run entirely by student co-facilitators, who are in turn supervised by expert clinicians. The combination of coursework and supervised experience creates an accumulation of expertise and experience that is rare in other graduate training programs, but typical of GSAPP.


Foster Care Counseling Project (FCCP) - Rutgers GSAPP Psychological Clinic
Rutgers University, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP)
The Foster Care Counseling Project has been providing comprehensive mental health counseling and preventive services to children in resource care for 29 years, with more than 800 children having been served to date. This year FCCP has expanded to provide mental health services to any child with a trauma history, regardless of whether or not he/she is in resource care. FCCP mission is to increase access to evidence-based trauma treatment for underserved populations and to train students to be clinicians with expertise in providing trauma treatment. All student clinicians are provided training in evidence-based trauma treatment interventions (e.g. Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, the Attachment, Regulation and Competency Framework) and receive weekly individual and group supervision. 

Trinitas Regional Medical Center - Adolescent Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Program
The Child and Adolescent Outpatient Unit (COPU) at Trinitas Regional Medical Center offers a full array of psychiatric and behavioral health services for children and adolescents (ages 3.5-18 years old) and their family members.  The program offers a range of clinical experiences, including conducting intake evaluations (two evaluations/ month); providing individual cognitive-behavioral and family therapy to children, adolescents, and families with anxiety, mood, and disruptive behavior disorders (four cases at a time); and engaging in case management with schools, psychiatric providers, and outside case managers. 

Rutgers Tourette Syndrome Clinic
The Tourette Syndrome Clinic was developed in partnership between Rutgers' Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) and the NJ Center  for Tourette Syndrome (NJCTS). The Rutgers-NJCTS Therapeutic program is offered through the Psychological Services Clinic at GSAPP, which provides a variety of psychological services to the public. There are an estimated 7,000 people in New Jersey believed to have full-blown TS and very few resources available to assist them. Through this partnership with NJCTS, we have created specialized treatment programs to address the needs of individuals with Tourette Syndrome and their families. While providing a unique, hands-on learning experience for advanced graduate students, we also strive to increase awareness of TS in the professional community. 

FDU Center for Psychological Services, Hackensack, NJ
Each year the doctoral students on externship at our low-fee clinic are invited to submit proposals for the development and implementation of an independent project – completed under the direction of Dr. Stefanie Ulrich, PsyD – that will enhance clinical services for one or more specifically underserved populations of patients.  The work that the student dedicates to the project is over and above the student’s full time (20-30 hrs/week) clinic externship here at the Center for Psychological Services where we serve those most in need. 

The CATCH Program, Orange
Initiated by Dr. Helen Strauss.  An in-school group program for at risk adolescent girls. Graduate students were funded for training to facilitate weekly groups that addressed the family, social, and interpersonal concerns of these girls.  This model has now been replicated by graduate psychologists in other communities with an elementary population.

The Youth Development Clinic, Newark
Initiated by Dr. Melissa Rivera Marano.  Bi-lingual graduate students were funded to work with the Family Support Team to provide treatment for at-risk children in an inner city school two days per week. 

The York Street Project, Jersey City
Supervised by Sr. Maureen D’Auria.  This is a transitional residence for disadvantaged women and their infants where they receive psychotherapy, a high school education, job training, parent education, and day care.