Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research

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Last Update

February 26, 2018

Externship slots for 2018-2019 are filled.

Contact Information

Name of Externship: Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research

Name of Director: Edith Cooper, Ph.D.

Street Address:

1051 Riverside Drive, Unit 63
New York, NY 10032

Telephone: 212-873-7887



General Information

Start Date: July 1
End Date: June 30

Appropriate for:
Advanced doctoral students in clinical psychology who are interested in learning more about the theory and practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy.

This externship offers an immersion in the theory and practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy. Through supervision and coursework, externs are exposed to a range of psychodynamic theories and clinical approaches. Externs carry a caseload of 3 adult patients, each seen twice-weekly, with an hour of supervision for each case provided by a senior psychology faculty member. Externs are expected to complete 2-3 testing batteries during the year, with an emphasis on learning to integrate the results of psychological testing with psychodynamic principles, including ego capacities, quality of relationships, conflicts and defenses.

The curriculum for the externship program consists of the daytime and evening courses offered to psychoanalytic candidates and psychotherapy students at Columbia Psychoanalytic. Externs can choose from among such courses as: Core Concepts in Psychoanalysis, Child and Adolescent Development, Freud's Thinking and Theorizing, and Psychopathology. In addition, the psychology faculty at Columbia Psychoanalytic sponsor 4-5 case conferences during the year, offering externs both an opportunity to hear case material presented by senior clinicians, and to write up and present their own cases for discussion.

The program requires a commitment of about 16 hours per week. Externship days are Monday and Thursday, with offsite supervision to be scheduled at the convenience of supervisor and extern.

Preference is given to applicants who are in the third year of training at the time the externship begins. Prior clinical experience working with adults in individual psychotherapy is necessary.

Application Process

No applications will be accepted before January 16. Those applicants who will be interviewed will be notified by email. Interviews will take place between January 23 and February 16, and accepted applicants will be notified by email on February 26.

We follow the PSYDNYS-NYNJADOT externship guidelines for 2018 - 2019.

Application materials can be mailed to 'Dr. Juliette Meyer, Admissions Chair, 156 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1234, New York, NY 10010

or emailed to

Make sure that all required documents are included.

  1. Application form, which can be downloaded from the website
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. 2 letters of recommendation from clinical supervisors
  4. Letter of good standing from Director of Clinical Training, including verification of readiness for externship
  5. Current transcript (does not need to be an official transcript)
  6. Proof of current malpractice insurance, held by the applicant or by the graduate program to cover work at an externship site

Description of Externship

Populations commonly served:

Ethnic Minorities

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

Not specified.

Training models offered:


Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Individual Psychotherapy
Medical Consultation

Expected number of cases seen at any one time: 3

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Assessment Report Writing
Personality/Psychopathology Assessment

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:



Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 3
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 0
Estimated hours/week of didactics: 5

Amichaelides 22:50, 30 Nov 2009 (EST)

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