James van der Vord ‘21
Majors: Psychology and Film and Media Studies
This summer I was an intern for Kurtz Psychology clinical practice located in Midtown, Manhattan. Kurtz Psychology is a private practice that predominantly treats children with social anxiety and selective mutism through a method known as Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). PCIT is a behavioral approach to therapy whereby the clinician serves as mediator for the parents’ interactions with the child and helps orchestrate positive reinforcement for desired behaviors (i.e. talking with a stranger). A major part of my summer working for the practice was being able to take notes and observe these sessions and how practitioners communicate with the clients and deal with often high stress and turbulent situations. The internship also allowed me to meet with numerous different clinicians in the field and provided me further insights about different career paths and logistical steps in how to achieve my goals in being a clinical psychologist.
New York, NY