Bronx Psychiatric Center

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Last Update

February 6, 2018

Contact Information

Name of Externship: Bronx Psychiatric Center

Name of Director/Coordinator: Dr. Jennifer Heslin

Street Address:

Bronx Psychiatric Center
Department of Psychology
1500 Waters Place
Bronx, NY 10461

Telephone: 929-348-3393

Fax: 929-348-3422


Webpage: Not given. Please see below for a full description of the two positions that will be available for the 2018-2019 academic year. Please note that we are currently in the process of reading applications and deciding which candidates to interview. We are not accepting new applications as we have received a very large number of applications this year. We will be interviewing through the third week in February and making offers Monday, February 26th as per the APPIC guidelines but will unfortunately not be able to interview everyone who applied. In addition, we will not be able to respond to all requests regarding candidates still being considered for interview so please continue to check back on this site for any additional information you may need.

General Information

Start Date: The Externship starts the Monday after Labor Day
End Date: The Externship typically concludes the third week in May

Appropriate for:

Clinical Psychology graduate students (PsyD or PhD) who have completed at least one practicum

Scheduling (e.g., required/optional days of week, # hrs per day, total hours per week, flexibility in scheduling):

Mondays are required (didactics, case conferences, and department meetings occur on this day), but second day is flexible (any day other than Friday). Externs are expected to be at the facility for two full eight hour days.

Required level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants):

All applicants must be enrolled in a clinical or counseling Ph.D. or Psy.D. program and have completed at least one other externship prior to start date.

Preferred level of readiness(any prior experiences preferred for applicants):

Must have completed one other externship prior to start date. Some testing experience is required. Students must be able to administer and score the Rorschach using the Exner system.

Is there a stipend for externs?


Application Process

What materials need to be submitted?

  • Cover letter
  • C.V.
  • 2 letters of reference

How should it be submitted?

Email (preferred) all materials to the Externship coordinator at:

or mail to: Jennifer Heslin, PsyD
Psychology Externship Coordinator
Bronx Psychiatric Center
Adult Building
Unit 4N
1500 Waters Place
Bronx, NY 10461

Any details of the application process (e.g., interviewing, time frame, how decisions are made):

We follow the recommendations endorsed by PSYDNYS

Description of Externship


The clinical faculty of the Department of Psychology of Bronx Psychiatric Center is pleased to announce the continuation of its Clinical Psychology Externship Program for the upcoming academic year. Since 2003 we have had over 40 externs from various graduate programs successfully complete our training and gain an intimate knowledge of the treatment of persons with severe and persistent mental illness. Our externship affords graduate students the opportunity to immerse themselves in providing treatment for our population on one of the units in the inpatient hospital setting. Working with such a disturbed patient population can be an immensely rewarding, poignant, and challenging personal experience.

Bronx Psychiatric Center is a 156 bed hospital of the New York State Office of Mental Health. We are responsible for providing borough-wide psychiatric services for a population of over one million people. It is a community-oriented facility organized into a variety of specialized inpatient treatment wards, including male and female admissions, Hispanic, and psychosocial rehabilitation, as well as forensics, psychopharmacology research, and trauma research. Bronx Psychiatric Center also provides MICA (mentally ill chemical abusers) treatment, care coordination services, ACT team services, a Transitional Living Residence (TLR), and outpatient services at our satellite clinic (3050 White Plains Road). The patient population is ethnically diverse, and we have a strong commitment to cultural diversity issues. An increasing number of our patients also have a forensic history, offering externs a glimpse into the intriguing inner world of the mentally ill criminal offender.

Bronx Psychiatric Center has a well-trained and experienced Psychology Department, all of whose members have a PhD or a PsyD in Clinical Psychology and are licensed in NY state. We are affiliated with Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf School of Clinical Psychology and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Externship supervisors have extensive experience working with the severely mentally ill and integrate a variety of theoretical orientations into their work, including psychodynamic (interpersonal, object-relational, self psychology), cognitive-behavioral, family systems, life-span developmental, psychosocial rehabilitation, and biological/psychopharmacological approaches.

The Clinical Psychology Externship Program consists of a two-day per week placement from September, 2018 through the end of May, 2019 (approximately 500 – 600 hours), with some flexibility to meet student needs and graduate program requirements. The aim of this externship is to narrow the gap between theory and practice and to expose externs to various aspects of clinical practice in psychological assessment and treatment. For the 2018-2019 academic year, we will have two extern positions available on two of our male admissions units. Unfortunately, this year we will not be able to offer a position on either the coed unit or at the outpatient clinic. Externs are required to work on Mondays as one of their two 8 hour days since the weekly didactic seminars and case conferences will be held that day from 11 am to 12 pm. The second day can be any weekday other than Friday.

The Clinical Psychology Extern on the inpatient units typically carries primary clinical responsibilities for a caseload of 2-3 patients. He/she participates in ward meetings and conferences under the close supervision of the ward psychologist on the unit. With the increase in forensic mentally ill individuals within the hospital population, the extern usually has one or more forensic patients on his/her caseload. The extern is responsible for individual and family psychotherapy, the coordination of disciplines involved in treating the patient, treatment planning, and documentation of treatment provided. The extern also co-leads groups along with his/her supervisor and may also choose to co-lead a group with a fellow extern. The extern is an active member of the treatment team and therapeutic community.

Externs complete one to two full psychological testing batteries per year. In addition, they will be trained in and responsible for completing the HCR-20, which is a high risk assessment tool that we use as a screening measure following admission to determine the historical, clinical, and potential future risk each client may pose to the community and themselves upon release. It is expected that the extern will complete at least 5-10 of these assessments per year in addition to other batteries. We believe that assessment and treatment are inextricably linked. Externs need training in sound assessment practices and to gain confidence in their diagnostic skills. Our externs provide hospital-wide psychodiagnostic testing which exposes them to the awareness of ethical, socio-cultural, diversity, legal, and administrative issues in the consultation process. The results of the assessments they perform play an integral role in the treatment planning process. Additional shorter test batteries will also be assigned throughout the year to make clinical determinations of a client's level of functioning on an as-needed basis.

Each extern receives at least one hour of individual treatment supervision weekly and testing supervision as needed from a licensed psychologist. As mentioned above, there is also a weekly didactic seminar which covers a broad range of topics with various presenters both from the Psychology Department as well as other disciplines. In addition, once per month, on a rotational basis, the externs present one of their cases in a case conference to their fellow externs and supervisors with a department member other than their primary supervisor serving as the case consultant. The externs also attend monthly Psychology Department meetings. As mentioned above, as the seminars, case conferences, and Psychology Department meetings all occur on Mondays, the externs are required to be present on this day in addition to one other day excluding Friday. Attendance at BPC Grand Rounds and other training experiences offered is also encouraged.

Requirements to Apply: Applicants must have completed one prior externship, have either an M.A. or M.S. in psychology, coursework in cognitive and projective testing, and be able to score the Rorschach using the Exner system. Prior testing experience in a clinical setting is preferred.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, and 2 letters of reference (either with the application or under separate cover) to: (email is preferred method of transmission)

Dr. Jennifer Heslin, Psychology Externship Coordinator, Bronx Psychiatric Center, Adult Building, Unit 4N, 1500 Waters Place Bronx, NY 10461

Any additional questions please contact: Externship Coordinator, Dr. Jennifer Heslin: 929-348-3393 or by E-mail:

Director of Training in Psychology, Dr. Pete Piepgras: 929-348-3131 or by E-mail:

Populations commonly served:

Ethnic Minorities
Substance Abuse

If any of these populations are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:

On occasion, students will have the opportunity to work with older adults and/or those with Developmental Disabilitiesabilities or cognitive impairments but this is rare and generally students would be more likely to be doing psychological testing with these populations.

Training models offered:

psychosocial rehabilitation
biological/psychopharmacological approaches

If any of these models are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:

Not specified.

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Individual Psychotherapy
Group Therapy
Family/couples Therapy

If any of these intervention experiences are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:

Not specified.

Expected number of cases seen at any one time: 2-3

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

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

If any of these assessment experiences are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:

Not specified.

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


Expected number of assessment reports completed during externship (defined as writing reports based on a battery of standardized tests:

2-3 (combined with above – total for year depends on needs of population)


Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: At least 1 hour per week with ward supervisor; testing supervision as required
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: There is no formal group supervision; however, there is a monthly case conference presentation at which all externs and at least one licensed Psychologist are present
Estimated hours/week of didactics: One hour weekly didactic seminar