Harlem Hospital Center: Adult Outpatient Track/Adult Inpatient Track/Psychology in Primary Care Pediatric Track

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Site Last Updated: 12/28/16.
Will be accepting applications as of January 17, 2017 as per PSYDNYS-NYNJADOT Guidelines.
Please apply to one track only.
Please note that all tracks require a minimum of 20 hours per week.

Contact Information

Name of Externship:
Harlem Hospital Center - Adult Outpatient Track.
Harlem Hospital Center - Adult Inpatient Track.
Harlem Hospital Center - Child/Family Psychology Pediatric Primary Care Track.
The Child/Adolescent Track is suspended until further notice.

Name of Director: Catherine Mindolovich, PhD


Catherine Mindolovich, PhD
Director of Psychology Training
Externship Program 2017-2018
Harlem Hospital Center
506 Lenox Avenue - WP 5th floor
New York, NY 10037

Telephone: (212) 939-3151

Fax: (212) 939-3064

Email: Catherine.Mindolovich@nychhc.org
Subject Line: Externship 2017-2018

Webpage: N/A

General Information

Start Date: July 3, 2017
End Date: May 26, 2018

Appropriate for:

Clinical Psychology
Counseling Psychology
Adult Patients
Child Psychology in a Pediatric Primary Care setting

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

Two full days and one half day are required. One of the required days must be Thursday, all day.
20 hours per week, minimum. You may need to get approval from your program to participate 20 hours/week.

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

You must be a third year student or above during the externship year 2017-2018.

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

Preference given to candidates with previous training in: intake evaluation, treatment planning, individual therapy, group therapy, and/or psych/neuropsych assessment.

Is there a stipend for externs?

No

Application Process

Additional dates for applications?

  • Applications will follow guidelines of PSYDNYS-NYNJADOT

What materials need to be submitted?

1) Cover letter stating training interests.
2) Curriculum Vitae - including Clinical Director's full name, Telephone #, and full email address, which will be active on Match Day.
3) Statement of eligibility/Letter of Readiness provided by your training director with approval to participate in externship training for 20 hours per week.
4) Two letters of reference.
5) Two relevant and de-identified work samples (one psychological testing report and one case presentation and/or summary).


How should it be submitted?

  • Mail applications to Dr. Catherine Mindolovich, Director of Psychology Training, at the above address. Please do not email applications.
  • Please indicate whether you are applying to the Adult Outpatient Track, Adult Inpatient Track, or the Child/Family Psychology in Pediatric Primary Care Track.
  • Apply to only one of the tracks offered. (The Child/Adolescent Track is currently suspended).


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

  • Interviews will be held on 2/1/2017 from 1PM-3:30PM and 2/6/2017 from 9:00AM-12:00PM.
  • Candidates will be given an overview of the program, meet with two interviewers, and meet with current candidates when available.
  • Applications are to be submitted via mail, not email.
  • Hospital staff will contact externship applicants to arrange for an interview day and time. On interview, applicants will have the opportunity to ask questions and hear about the program.

Description of Externship

Populations commonly served:

Adult Outpatient
Adult Inpatient
Children in a pediatric setting
Young Adults (18-25)
Families
Ethnic Minorities


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

Patient population depends on the training track the extern selected.

Training models offered:

CBT
Existential
Trauma focused modalities
DBT
Psychodynamic
Health Psychology
Neuropsychology
Integrative
Play Therapy


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

Neuropsychological testing requires prior training/experience in classroom or clinical setting.

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Individual Psychotherapy
Group Therapy
School Consultation
Family Therapy
Emergency Room Observation Experience
Inpatient 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: Varies depending on activity. Student will have contact with patients by conducting intake evaluations, individual psychotherapy, co-leading group psychotherapy, consult liaison, and psycho/neuropsychological testing opportunities.


Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Psychological Testing/Assessment
Assessment Report Writing
Personality/Psychopathology Assessment
Mental Status Exam
Cognitive/Neuropsychological Assessment

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):

Approx 3 full batteries, or as available.

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

Approx 3, or as available.

Supervision:

Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 1 hr (depending on # of individual patients).
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1 hr .
Estimated hours/week of didactics: @ 3 hrs, depending on days extern is present in the clinic.


Other Comments

Harlem Hospital Psychology Externship Training Program

The Hospital: Harlem Hospital Center is a part of the NYC Health and Hospitals (HH) and is affiliated with Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. Located in the heart of Harlem, the hospital is an academic medical center whose staff is committed to training health care providers of all disciplines. The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health is staffed by a team of well-trained and caring clinicians who are dedicated to providing the highest quality health care that is safe, compassionate, culturally competent, and patient-centered. A diverse population is served by Harlem Hospital including patients from the African American, Hispanic, and African communities, among others.

Externship Training: The Psychology Externship experience at Harlem Hospital offers trainees opportunity in in-depth patient care, clinical supervision, and didactic experiences related to child, adolescent, and adult mental health treatment. Externs work 20 hours per week, in settings which depend on their interest and doctoral program requirements. Wherever possible, individual training experiences may be adapted to accommodate the requirements of Externs’ various academic programs.

Goals: The goal of this placement is to provide the Extern with a realistic experience of the professional activities and skills required to provide patient-centered mental health care in a community-based, urban setting. Psychology Externs have the opportunity for a varied experience in terms of working with patients with various diagnoses and to participate in the use of diverse psychotherapy modalities within a psychiatric team approach.

Extern's Participation: Under the supervision of licensed psychologists, externs will evaluate, assess, diagnose, and recommend modalities of treatment for clients entering outpatient and inpatient services. Psychology Externs provide intake evaluations, psycho-diagnostic services, psychotherapy (both individual and group psychotherapy), and psycho-educational interventions to clients with multiple and often complex psychosocial needs. Externs have the opportunity to provide psychological testing services and consultation to other services within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health.

Didactics: Externs are provided access to the year-long didactic experiences offered by our professional staff. These experiences may include:

• Weekly Psychology Seminars - A variety of topics of importance to professional psychologists are presented by staff psychologists and psychiatrists. Externs participate in and attend a weekly seminar on topics including but not limited to: DSM-V Diagnosis, evidenced-based treatment models, diagnosing and treating various psychiatric disorders, developmental disorders, testing and assessment, and treating co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders.
• Clinical Colloquia - 2-4 week specialized training in areas such as: family therapy, play therapy, neuropsychological testing, various treatment approaches, assessment and treatment of brain injury, group therapy, co-occurring disorders, issues that present in an urban community setting, and treatment strategies in child abuse.
• Monthly Behavioral Health Grand Rounds - The Department provides lectures by noted speakers on numerous aspects of clinical practice.
• Case Conferences/Psychotherapy Case Presentations - Externs present intakes and treatment cases for discussion at Team Meetings. In addition, externs present a treatment or evaluation case under the guidance of their supervisor.
• Journal Club/ Psychotherapy reading seminar - Participants will prepare and present on key topics from the current mental health literature.

Please note: All didactics potentially involve trainees from other disciplines. The majority of didactics occur on Thursdays, a required day for Externs. Some didactics occur on other days which may or may not fall on the particular Extern’s training days.

Supervision: Externs will receive clinical supervision from licensed clinicians on all clinical activities. Psychology externs can expect to receive at least one hour of individual supervision from a licensed psychologist who will serve as their primary supervisor. Externs will also have one hour of group supervision weekly from a licensed psychologist. We are committed to providing externs with exposure to a variety of psychologists on our team as well as the opportunity work with a variety of psychologist styles Attending psychiatrists may also provide additional supervision.


There are currently three tracks available within the Psychology Externship Program at Harlem Hospital:

  • 1. Adult Outpatient Track
  • 2. Adult Inpatient Track
  • 3. Pediatric Psychology Primary Care Track

Please note that all tracks require a minimum of 20 hours per week.


1. Adult Outpatient Track:

Externs in the adult track will carry an individual caseload of approximately 5-7 individual psychotherapy cases presenting with various Axis I and Axis II disorders. They will participate in one observation in the CPEP psychiatric emergency room with potential for more opportunities, upon student interest. Externs may co-lead one of the multiple groups offered at the clinic. These include but are not limited to: Anger Management, Stress Management, Health and Wellness, Coping with Trauma, Co-occurring mental health and addiction groups. There is also an opportunity to co-lead groups in the Day Treatment Program. Observing and/or conducting Bariatric assessments may be available to participants upon interest.

All students will become well-versed in conducting psychiatric intakes with patients suffering from a wide range of mental health, psycho-social, medical, and psychiatric issues. In our setting, externs provide an important contribution to the multidisciplinary team which is responsible for treatment planning and providing interventions to address patient concerns. Externs will follow up with patients and consult with licensed psychologists, social workers, and psychiatrists in determining the best course of treatment for each individual patient.

There will be opportunities for testing, as available, in projective, objective, and neuropsychological batteries.

Adult outpatient track externs will attend weekly didactic seminars on a multitude of topics, participate in a weekly focus group, a journal club, and case conference presentations. The didactics will be shared with the externs from the other tracks and the psychiatry residents in a shared model of training with peer mentorship.


2. Adult Inpatient Track:

Externs will attend and participate in daily psychiatry morning report and team meetings on the unit. They will also lead and/or co-lead various other inpatient groups. Externs will carry a case load of short-term, individual, inpatient therapy cases. Externs in the inpatient track will attend (and rotate with other staff in leading), the inpatient Community Meeting. They will participate in at least one observation in the CPEP psychiatric emergency room with potential for more opportunities upon student interest. There will be opportunities for testing, as available, in projective, objective and neuropsych batteries. In addition to the main inpatient rotation, the inpatient-track extern will also participate in a weekly sub-rotation on the Consultation-Liaison (C-L) service. This training experience will include the extern observing (and eventually participating with) an attending psychiatrist providing psychiatric consults on medical floors throughout the hospital. There is also an opportunity for the extern to carry a therapy caseload on this service.

The inpatient track externs will also attend weekly didactic seminars on a multitude of topics, participate in a weekly focus group, a journal club, and case presentations. The didactics will be shared with externs from the other tracks and the psychiatry residents in a shared model of training with peer mentorship.


3. Pediatric Psychology Primary Care Track:

Opportunity to provide a broad range of psychological services in an inner city hospital, outpatient pediatric setting. Setting serves families with children ranging in age from birth to 23 years. All referrals for assessment or therapy done by staff pediatricians and other medical specialty providers as part of an integrated, wellness model of care that addresses a child’s physical, social-emotional, and developmental needs. Interventions are individual and family based. These include a variety of modalities such as; Play therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, psychotherapy, crisis intervention, family therapy, grief counseling, and trauma-focused therapy in cases of acute trauma such as sexual/physical abuse, domestic violence, environmental trauma such as fire and accident victims, and random street violence.

There will be opportunity to work with children and adolescents who have chronic medical conditions such as sickle cell anemia, asthma, growth and feeding disorders, neurological disorders and developmental disabilities (developmental delays, learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders).

There will be opportunity to work with a Zero-Five population and to learn how to conduct developmental assessments and psychological testing of children of all ages. Participate in diagnosis and treatment planning, as well as case planning, and establish collaborative relationships with a variety of agencies involved in a child’s life including: the Department of Education, Social Services, foster care, child protection agencies and the NYC court systems. Establish collaborative relationships with a child’s primary care physician to coordinate care and ensure follow through. Provide parent guidance and support as well as psycho-education to parents and children about their medical and mental health issues/needs. Collaborative relationship with the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for evaluation and medication management.


Application Materials: To be considered for interview, please forward the following materials as hard copies via “snail mail” c/o the Director of Psychology Training:

1) Cover letter stating training interests.
2) Curriculum Vitae - including Clinical Director's full name, Telephone #, and full email address, which will be active on Match Day.
3) Statement of eligibility/Letter of Readiness provided by your training director with approval to participate in externship training for 20 hours per week.
4) Two letters of reference.
5) Two relevant and de-identified work samples (one psychological testing report and one case presentation and/or summary).

Applicant Qualifications: The Harlem Hospital Psychology Externship program Training Program is open to graduate students enrolled in PhD or PsyD programs in Clinical, Clinical-School, and Counseling Psychology. Students must be in their 3rd year (in 2017-2018) of training or higher to apply. The externship runs from July 3, 2017 through the May 26, 2018. 20 hours a week are required; Two full days and one half day in all Tracks. Thursday, all day, for all externs, is required.

Contacting us: For general inquiries about the Psychology Externship at Harlem Hospital please contact:

Catherine Mindolovich, Ph.D. Director of Psychology Training Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Harlem Hospital Center, WP 540 506 Lenox Avenue, New York, NY 10037-1902 Catherine.Mindolovich@nychhc.org


***The Psychology Externship Program at Harlem Hospital Center honors and abides by the guidelines set forth and approved by the members of PSYDNYS**
(**Psychology Directors of New York State)