Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute - Anxiety Disorders Clinic (Center for OCD and Related Disorders)

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Last Update

11/15/2016

Contact Information

Name of Externship: Anxiety Disorders Clinic (Center for OCD and Related Disorders)

Name of Director/Coordinator: Marina Gershkovich, PhD

Street Address:

NYS Psychiatric Institute
1051 Riverside Drive
Unit 69
New York, NY 10032

Telephone: 646-774-8027

Fax: n/a

Email: gershko@nyspi.columbia.edu

Webpage: http://www.columbia-ocd.org

General Information

Start Date: July 1, 2017
End Date: June 8, 2018

Appropriate for:

Clinical Psychology

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

16 hours per week

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

Must be in at least 3rd year of graduate training. Master’s Degree and experience with CBT are required.

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

Experience in administration of the SCID and experience treating OCD are preferred (but not required)

Is there a stipend for externs?

No

Application Process

Additional dates for applications?

Applications accepted starting January 17, 2017.

What materials need to be submitted?

  • Letter of application
  • CV
  • Two letters of recommendation

How should it be submitted?

Via mail or e-mail to Dr. Gershkovich at above address / e-mail address.

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

If you submit an application via email, please title the email, "NYSPI Anxiety Disorders Clinic Extern Application"

Description of Externship

Populations commonly served:

Adults
Outpatient

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

Not specified

Training models offered:

Cognitive-behavioral treatment, including exposure-based treatment

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

Not specified

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Individual Psychotherapy

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: Externs will carry a caseload of 2-3 outpatients with anxiety or OCD. Externs will also be expected to administer 1-2 SCID per week.


Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Psychopathology Assessment (Structured Clinical Interview for the DSM; SCID)
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):

None

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

None

Supervision:

Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 1 hour
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1 hour
Estimated hours/week of didactics: 3 hours

Depending on days that you are on site, additional opportunities include: 1) participation in the Anxiety Disorders Clinic scientific researching meeting (Mondays at 12pm), where we discuss papers, presentations, and grants, 2) participation in OCD Team Meeting (Tuesdays at 2pm), where details of our clinical research studies are discussed, and 3) attendance at the Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds (Wednesdays at 11:30am), where national and internationally famous researchers present their data on a wide range of topics in psychiatry and psychology.

General Description:

The Center for OCD and Related Disorders, directed by Dr. Blair Simpson, is seeking a graduate student extern for the 2017-2018 academic year. The mission of our center is to improve the lives of individuals with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related problems, by advancing our understanding of and the treatment for these disorders. We are a research clinic, meaning that our patients receive treatment as part of our research studies, or following their participation in one of our research studies. The externship will provide extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of OCD and related disorders.

The extern will be thoroughly trained in Exposure and Response Prevention (EX/RP) and will deliver exposure-based CBT treatments to individuals with OCD or anxiety, either following their participation in one of our studies, or as a study therapist. The extern will carry a caseload of 2-3 outpatients with anxiety or OCD. Our extern will also be trained in the Structured Clinical Interview for the DSM, and have the opportunity to be trained in other assessment measures (e.g., the Y-BOCS for OCD, the HAM-D for depression). The externship offers 1 hour individual and 1 hour of group supervision, and 3 hours of didactics.

Didactic opportunities include: 1) participation in the Anxiety Disorders Clinic scientific researching meeting, where our team discusses relevant papers, presentations, and grants, 2) participation in our weekly OCD Team Meeting, in which details of our clinical research studies are discussed, and 3) attendance at the Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds, where national and internationally famous researchers present their data on a wide range of topics in psychiatry and psychology.

This externship is an excellent opportunity for the graduate student who wants not only clinical experience, but also exposure to interdisciplinary clinical research to develop and test evidence-based medication and psychotherapy treatments for OCD and anxiety. Our ideal candidate will be an advanced doctoral student (e.g., at least in 3rd year of program, already has Master’s Degree) with a strong background in CBT, and has experience conducting exposure-based treatments. Experience treating OCD and experience conducting structured interviews are preferred, but not required. If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a cover letter, CV, and two letters of recommendation to Dr. Marina Gershkovich at gershko@nyspi.columbia.edu with the subject "NYSPI Anxiety Disorders Clinic Extern Application." "

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