Brightpoint Health

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Last Update

Feb 27, 2018

Contact Information

Name of Externship: Brightpoint Health Psychology Externship Program

Name of Director/Coordinator: Almas Merchant, Ph.D.

Street Address:

        Brightpoint Health
        1669 Bedford Ave
        Brooklyn, NY 11225
        Attn: Dr. Almas Merchant

Telephone: 855/681-8700; ext. 6817

Fax: 646-367-1415



General Information

Start Date: September 5, 2017 End Date: May 31 2018

Appropriate for:


Scheduling: Two 8-hour days are required (beginning at 9am), with Wednesdays mandatory. Externs are also given the option to add another half-day or full-day, as desired on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. No Fridays offered at this time.

Required level of readiness: To be considered for eligibility, interested candidates must have completed at least one prior clinical externship or practicum experience.

Preferred level of readiness: Third and fourth year doctoral candidates are preferred, however, less advanced doctoral candidates with relevant experience will be considered. Applicants with interest and/or background in health psychology or the interface of medicine and psychology, are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants interested in working with social justice issues are also encouraged to apply. Spanish-speaking applicants also strongly encouraged to apply.

Is there a stipend for externs?: No.

Application Process

Additional dates for applications?

  Applications not accepted before January 16, 2018
  Applications are now closed for this site (1/17/18)

What materials need to be submitted?

  Cover letter
  Curriculum Vitae 
  Two letters of recommendation
  Letter of readiness from Director of Clinical Training
  Copy of academic transcript (will accept official or unofficial copy)
  A relevant writing sample (i.e. Testing report, intake assessment, case summary)

How should it be submitted?

  Submit your application via email to

Any details of the application process (e.g., interviewing, time frame, how decisions are made): Applications will be reviewed as soon as they are received, and interviewer will contact all prospective candidates via email, to notify them of whether or not they will be invited for an interview. On January 29, 2018, an interview schedule will be circulated via email to all students being invited to interview, and students will be asked to select some times during which they would be available to interview between January 30 and February 25, 2018. The first offer will be extended to one extern on February 26, 2018 at 9:00am.

Description of Externship

Populations commonly served:

Ethnic Minorities
Substance Abuse
Psychological Trauma
Severe and Persistent Mental Illness in Adults
Severe Emotional Disturbance in Children
Medical Illness related Behavioral Health issues

Training models offered:

Play Therapy
Motivational Interviewing
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Trauma Focused-CBT
Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation--Narrative Story Telling
Family Systems Therapy

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Intake Assessment
Individual Psychotherapy for children and adolescents
Group Psychotherapy
Family/Collateral Work
Couples Counseling

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Neuropsychological Testing
Psychoeducational Assessment
Assessment Report Writing
Personality/Psychopathology Assessment
Mental Status Exam
Cognitive Assessment

Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests):

Testing cases will be made available to students, as requested.


Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 1 Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1 Estimated hours/week of didactics: 1

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