Creedmoor Psychiatric Center

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Last Update

November 6, 2017

Contact Information

Name of Externship: Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, Department Of Psychology, Clinical Externship Program

Name of Director/Coordinator: Dr. Constance Freeman, Director of Psychology, Creedmoor Psychiatric Center

Street Address:

79-25 Winchester Boulevard
Queens Village, NY 11427

Telephone: (718) 264-5635



General Information

Start Date: September 2018
End Date: May 2019

Appropriate for:


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

Two days weekly (8am-4:30pm), one of which must be a Tuesday

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

At least one previous externship placement.

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

Experience with adult clients.

Is there a stipend for externs?


Application Process

Do you permit applications before January 15?


What materials need to be submitted?

  • A letter of interest
  • A current resume
  • One psychological assessment on an adult client
  • Two letters of reference, one from a previous externship placement supervisor, and one from a university faculty
  • A transcript of doctoral coursework (this does not need to be an official copy)

How should it be submitted?

By mail (not e-mail) to Dr. Freeman at the address listed above

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

Interviews for qualified candidates will be held in February 2018.

Description of Externship


Creedmoor Psychiatric Center is one of the largest adult psychiatric centers under the auspices of the New York State Office of Mental Health. It provides a continuum of inpatient and outpatient psychiatric and related services to all persons in Queens County, eighteen years of age and older, whose psychiatric condition and level of functioning necessitates such care. The care is rendered regardless of an individual’s race, religion, ethnicity, gender, or ability to pay. The direct responsibility for the administration of the facility is vested in the Executive Director, Martha Adams Sullivan, DSW.
Creedmoor’s mission is to provide compassionate, high quality mental health services. The institution’s goals are to: partner with recipients in recovery by promoting self-help and empowerment in formulating and attaining goals related to living, learning, working, and socializing through individualized, age appropriate, culturally competent, and evidence-based treatment; and, to ensure a safe and secure environment through the development and implementation of safety programs which promote recipient, staff, and community safety. Creedmoor provides treatment for in-patients and out-patients who present a diverse clinical population with varied cultural backgrounds.

Populations commonly served:

Ethnic Minorities
Severe Mental Illness
Substance Abuse


The purpose of the externship program is to provide a formalized and systematic program of supervised training which assists students in integrating their graduate education and training into a current model of professional practice consistent with the needs of a public health agency. The training faculty have a wide range of experience with this population, and have successfully adapted several theoretical frameworks for working with psychiatric patients. The externs are offered a rich and broad experience which is appropriate for the education and training of professional psychologists. The time commitment is two days weekly, one of which must be a Tuesday.

Training sites as listed are each linked with a full-time in-patient supervisor:
• One male ward specializing in treatment of patients with histories of chronic mental illness and substance abuse focusing on recovery skills treatment. The extern will provide weekly individual therapy, co-lead groups with the supervisor, and complete psychological evaluations.
• Two wards, one of which is a coed intensive treatment ward linked with the Columbia University Psychiatric Residency Program and the other is a coed medical stabilization ward where patients receive treatment for chronic and intensive medical conditions. The extern will co-lead groups with the supervisor, have an individual therapy caseload, and complete psychological evaluations.
• Admissions wards which focuses on assessing treating, and stabilizing patients to return to the community. The extern will co-lead groups, have individual cases, and complete psychological assessments.
• Two wards, one of which is a DBT focused female ward and the other is a rehabilitation focused, Spanish language male ward. The extern will co-lead groups with the supervisor, conduct individual therapy, and complete psychological assessments.

Externs are responsible for direct care in providing individual and group psychotherapy and family contacts as needed, and for completion of psychological assessments. Externs attend ward clinical rounds, discharge meetings, case conferences, and therapeutic community meetings.

Goals of the Externship:

• To integrate theoretical knowledge with clinical skills in carrying out psychological services in the diagnosis, treatment, and assessment of adult psychiatric patients. Externs will sharpen their skills as therapists with this population and will attain an initial competency in providing therapeutic services to psychiatric patients in individual and group therapy.
• To use psychological tests as a means of obtaining valuable information for the diagnosis and treatment of patients. Externs will develop an initial competency in the writing of assessments for psychiatric patients. The reports will reflect the sequential development of their testing skills with this population. They will present and discuss the report and its recommendations at team meetings.
• To enhance their theoretical models and a view of themselves as professional psychologists. Externs will develop a more secure sense of themselves as psychologists with sound clinical judgment by honing their integration of several appropriate theoretical models from which they provide treatment. They will develop a greater ability to work independently and understand the impact of their treatment on the patients.
• To work effectively with staff, both professional and paraprofessional, on the team and in the facility. Externs will gain an understanding of the complex nature of multidisciplinary teams, both as individual units and as a blending of individuals. Externs will learn to maneuver effectively within the system, forming productive working alliances with staff, and establishing themselves as valued professionals within the team.

Training Models Offered

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Behavior Therapy
Motivational Interviewing

Intervention Training Commonly Offered

Individual Therapy
Group Therapy
Family Contacts

Assessment Training Experiences Commonly Offered

Cognitive/Intellectual Assessment
Personality/Emotional Assessment

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

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


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

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Externs receive, at a minimum, one hour weekly of formal one-to-one supervision by their on-site supervisors as well as on-going informal supervision. Groups are co-lead with the extern’s supervisor. There is one hour monthly of group supervision by the Director of the Psychology Department. Externs are required to attend weekly hour-long training seminars on Tuesdays on topics related to numerous treatment issues of psychiatric patients. They are encouraged to attend monthly Psychology Department meetings, Grand Rounds, workshops, seminars, case conferences, and OMH teleconferences.