Columbia University Medical Center/New York State Psychiatric Institute - The Center of Prevention and Evaluation (COPE)

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2017

Contact Information

Name of Externship: Columbia University Medical Center/The New York State Psychiatric Institute - The Center of Prevention and Evaluation (COPE)

Name of Director/Coordinator: Gary Brucato, Ph.D.

Street Address:

New York State Psychiatric Institute
1051 Riverside Drive, Room 4818
New York NY 10032

Telephone: 646-774-5232

Email: Gary Brucato, Ph.D.

Webpage:

General Information

Start Date: July, 2018
End Date: June, 2019

Description:

The Center of Prevention and Evaluation (COPE) is one of a small number of worldwide research clinics specializing in the study and treatment of young people, ages 14-30, at clinical high risk for Schizophrenia and other psychoses. All COPE participants meet criteria for the Attenuated Psychosis Syndrome (APS) recently proposed in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Externs at our clinic are trained in both the evaluation and treatment of individuals in this unique population, and will accrue clinical experiences across all stages of psychotic illness, as approximately 30 percent of COPE participants progress to first episode illness. Moreover, while the clinic is focused upon individuals meeting APS criteria, externs will be exposed to a wide range of psychiatric and medical conditions, which are either comorbid with subthreshold psychosis or which must be distinguished from it by way of careful differential diagnosis.

Specific responsibilities of the extern include: Didactic training on the signs and symptoms of attenuated psychosis, and how to distinguish it from other diagnostic categories; conducting initial clinical evaluations and psychotherapy at the COPE outpatient clinic; establishment of comprehensive treatment plans and case formulations; clinical documentation; weekly supervision; and attendance at weekly COPE team meetings. .

Appropriate for:

Clinical


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

2 days per week, for a total of 16 hours per week.

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

Applicants should be entering their third year or above in an APA approved clinical psychology doctoral program.

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

Not specified.

Is there a stipend for externs?

No

Application Process

Do you permit applications before January 15?

No

What materials need to be submitted?

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of interest
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Letter of readiness from DCT


How should it be submitted?

Application may be submitted by email to Dr. Brucato at the email listed above. Attach all required documents in one single email. It is preferable to combine all documents into one attachment. Email subject should read, "Externship Application for 2018".


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

Description of Externship

Populations commonly served:

Adolescents
Young adults
Adults
Severe mental illness
Psychosis
High risk for psychosis
Ethnic Minorities
Mood disorder
Cog impairment
Outpatient
Substance Abuse


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

Not specified.

Training models offered:

CBT
Psychodynamic
Integrative



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

Not specified.

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Individual Psychotherapy
Mental Health Consultation


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: Depends


Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Intakes
Intake report writing
Semi-structured diagnostic interviewing, including instruments used to assess prodromal symptoms
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 full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests):

Not specified.

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

Not Specified.

Supervision:

Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 1-2 hours
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1-2 hours
Estimated hours/week of didactics: 1 hour

Amichaelides 22:30, 7 Jan 2010 (EST)



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