Name of Externship: Brightpoint Health Psychology Externship Program
Name of Director/Coordinator: Almas Merchant, Ph.D.
Brightpoint Health 1669 Bedford Ave Brooklyn, NY 11225 Attn: Dr. Almas Merchant
Telephone: 855/681-8700; ext. 6817
Start Date: September 5, 2017 End Date: May 31 2018
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.
Additional dates for applications?
Applications not accepted before January 17, 2017 Applications received after 8:00am on January 26, 2017 will not be accepted
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 email@example.com
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 26, 2017, 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 26 and February 5, 2017. The first offer will be extended to one extern on February 27, 2017 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
- Please note, there is one available externship slot for the 2016-2017 training year at this time.***