Burke Rehabilitation Hospital

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Last Update

November 28, 2017

Contact Information

Name of Externship: Burke Rehabilitation Hospital

Name of Co-Directors/Coordinators: Julie Shulman, Psy.D. and Heidi Spitz, Psy.D.

Street Address:

785 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, New York 10605

Telephone: 914-597-2889

Fax: 914-597-2774

Email: [mailto: jshulman@burke.org]

Webpage: http://www.burke.org./

General Information

Start Date: September
End Date: June

Starting dates are from September through May and coincide with the academic year calendar but they are flexible about the specific starting and ending dates.

Appropriate for:


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

A minimum commitment of a full semester (spring and/or fall) is expected and preferred. Externs may stay a maximum of one full academic year (e.g., spring and fall). Summer semesters may be considered for advanced trainees who can demonstrate adequate evaluation and assessment coursework and experience. Externs are expected to spend at least two full days a week at the training site. Duty hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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

Predoctoral externs should have completed a minimum of the following coursework (or its equivalent) prior to the start of their externship at Burke: Observation and Interviewing; Psychodiagnostic Assessment; Neuropsychological Assessment; Abnormal Psychology; Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy; Theory and Practice of Individual Psychotherapy; Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences; Statistics in Psychological Research; Ethics in Psychological Practice.

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

Not specified.

Is there a stipend for externs?

Currently, there is no funding available to provide stipends to externs. Externs are permitted one week per semester of vacation time. While they are not employees of Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, they may take time off on the official holidays designated by the hospital policy. Externs may use the Employee Gym for a small annual fee ($10.00).

Application Process

What materials need to be submitted?

  • A letter of interest
  • Copy of curriculum vita
  • Minimum of 2 letters of reference.
  • Transcript of grades to Dr. Shulman

How should it be submitted?

This packet may be emailed with attachments to jshulman@burke.org or sent by mail to: Burke Rehabilitation Hospital
785 Mamaroneck Avenue
Medical Suite, Room G31M
White Plains, New York 10605
with attention to Dr. Shulman.

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

Not specified.

Description of Externship

Externs will perform individual and group psychotherapies and brief and comprehensive cognitive assessments in a medical rehabilitation setting.

Populations commonly served:

Externs will rotate through outpatient and inpatient services, with the majority of time spent in the inpatient setting.

Late adolescents
Ethnic Minorities
TBI/Stroke/Neuromuscular/Neurodegenerative Disease/Spinal Cord Injury
Medical, including Oncology
Memory Disorders/Alzheimer's Disease
Developmental Disabilities
Substance Abuse

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

Not specified.

Training models offered:

Mindfulness/Acceptance based treatments

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
Medical Consultation
Mental Health Consultation
Psychoeducation of families and patients

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: at least two evaluations per day.

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

:Neuropsychological Testing

Psychoeducational Assessment
Group Therapy
Intake Report Writing
Assessment Report Writing
Behavioral Assessment
Structured Interviewing
Motivational Interviewing
Mental Status Exam

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

Not specified.

Expected number of comprehensive assessment batteries completed during externship: 2 (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests and written report):

Neuropsychological screening batteries are also a routine component of the experience, typically consisting of measures such as the MOCA, RBANS, Brief Neuropsychological Cognitive Examination, Galveston Orientation and Amnesia Test, Mini Mental State Examination-2, Extended Version, and Rancho los Amigos Scale of Cognitive Functioning.

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

2 Comprehensive Test Reports, with formal feedback sessions


Estimated hours/week of individual supervision:

Externs will receive at least a 45 minute individual session of face-to-face supervision each week as well as a group supervision session. Most externs receive more than 90 minutes of supervision per week especially in the initial phase of training while the student is familiarizing her/himself with procedures of the department.

Estimated hours/week of group supervision:

When there is a quorum (at least two pre-doctoral externs on any given day), group supervision can also be provided in the form of a clinical case conference

Estimated hours/week of didactics:

There is a Neurorehabilitation Luncheon Seminar wherein a variety of topics related to neurorehabilitation and physical rehabilitation are discussed. The psychologist in the department occasionally presents topics at this seminar. Depending on an extern's assigned service, they may have the opportunity to attend clinical rounds on Tuesday or Thursday mornings at 8:30 a.m.
Amichaelides 15:29, 29 Nov 2009 (EST)

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