Kingsboro Psychiatric Center

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Contact Information

Name of Externship: Kingsboro Psychiatric Center

Name of Director/Coordinator: Shari Axelrod, Ph.D.

Street Address: 681 Clarkson Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11203

Telephone: (718) 221-7306



Webpage: None.

General Information

Start Date: August 24th
End Date: End of May

Appropriate for:

Clinical Psychology graduate students (Psy.D. or Ph.D.) who have completed at least one practicum

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

Students are expected to be present for two full 8 hour days. An additional half day may be arranged depending on the student, their needs and interests..
Monday is a required day.

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

Because of the chronic and severe nature of Kingsboro Psychiatric Center’s patient population, only externs from Ph.D./Psy.D programs with at least one prior externship/training experience will be considered. No prior inpatient experience/training is required. Prior testing experience is preferred. Students must have completed coursework in psychological testing including personality assessment in order to be considered..

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

See above Required level of readiness.

Is there a stipend for externs?


Application Process

Do you permit applications before January 19?


What materials need to be submitted?

  • Resume
  • A cover letter briefly outlining your interest in training at Kingsboro Psychiatric Center
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Sample integrated testing report (adult)
The definition of an integrated report for this facility is a report that includes a review of relevant patient history/results of an interview and at least two psychological tests (the report can incorporate the results of more than 2 psychological tests but must include at least 2 different tests). One test should be a measure of cognitive or intellectual ability including but not limited to a WAIS or a neuropsychological assessment measure. The second test should be a personality measure including but not limited to Rorschach, MMPI, PAI.

How should it be submitted?

Via email to

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

Applications will not be reviewed until after January 19th. Interviews will start early February. Offers will not be made until February 29th.
Students will be notified by e-mail of offers for interviews. Once you have received an offer to interview Dr. Axelrod will either e-mail you or call you to schedule an interview date and time. Interviews will last between 35 and 45 minutes. All offers for a externship position will be sent via e-mail.
  • Please do not send thank you letters after your interview.

Description of Externship

Kingsboro Psychiatric Center is a large, New York State mental health facility dedicated to providing quality, evidence based, patient-centered, compassionate psychiatric and medical services to consumers with severe mental illness. The facility is fully accredited and has been named a regional center of excellence by the New York Office of Mental Health. Kingsboro Psychiatric Center is located in the East Flatbush/Prospect Lefferts Gardens area of Brooklyn and is located a short distance from King's County Hospital Center, SUNY Downstate Hospital and Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. Externs will be working exclusively with an ethnically diverse, adult inpatient population with both axis I and axis II diagnoses, trauma, dual diagnosis (MICA) and forensic status. The hospital maintains 7 inpatient units consisting of 165 beds that cover hospital admissions, step-down units, an all female unit and continuing care services for those individuals who require extended treatment. The facility also maintains 2 on-site transitional residences, one outpatient clinic and outpatient intensive case management (ICM) services. Students are provided with an office that is used exclusively by psychology externs and have access to one other office they share with social work trainees.

The training program at Kingsboro Psychiatric Center is a 16 hour per week (2 full day) placement with the option of adding a third half-day depending on the student’s interests and availability. Training begins the last week of August and ends the last week of May. Mondays are required days as seminars (testing and didactics) occur on that day. The goal of this training program is to translate theory into practice and provide a concentrated clinical experience for its students focused on every aspect of treatment for those with severe mental illness. Every attempt is made to integrate the trainee into the treatment team. Students are expected to attend morning rounds on their assigned unit and attendance at team meetings accompanied by a supervisor is highly encouraged. Externs will be responsible for providing weekly individual therapy for 3-4 patients. All students will make one case presentation to fellow externs and the psychology department prior to the end of the year. Additionally, students will co-lead/lead 2-3 treatment groups and conduct psychological testing (2-4 integrated reports).

Our training program offers students the opportunity to lead/co-lead the following groups:

Coping skills
Distress Tolerance
Life Challenges (for individuals who have committed a sexual offense)
Men’s Trauma
Women’s Trauma
Communication Skills
Cognitive Remediation
Anger Management

Psychodiagnostic testing covers a range of referral questions but the aim of the program is to have the trainee complete a minimum of two integrated reports. Psychodiagnostic testing occurs throughout the hospital and students can expect to assess individuals on units they are not assigned to. For students who have never conducted testing with those diagnosed with severe mental illness this is a unique and invaluable experience! As psychological testing progresses students will present and discuss their data with fellow externs and supervisors. Additional testing opportunities in the outpatient clinic are possible depending on availability and time.

Training seminars occur 1-2 times a month and cover topics such as theory and research pertaining to the treatment of the severely mentally ill, DBT, religion, culture, testing/neuropsychological testing/TBI, psychopharmacology, family dynamics, and case management.

In addition to the afore mentioned responsibilities, students have the opportunity to attend forensic committee meetings, a neuropsychological seminar and case conferences at Kingsboro Psychiatric Center and grand rounds at SUNY Downstate.

Externs receive at least one hour of individual supervision per week and one hour of testing supervision per week. We do not provide a separate hour of group supervision. However, students will be co-leading groups with their supervisor and have ample time throughout the training week, often right after group ends to discuss and process group related topics/issues. As the training sequence progresses students may be offered the opportunity to lead a group on their own in which case supervision will be arranged as needed.

Populations commonly served:

Ethnic Minorities
Dual Diagnosis (Substance Abuse and Mental Illness)
Severe Mental Illness

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


Training models offered:


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

DBT training is dependent on the supervisor you are assigned to.

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Individual Psychotherapy
Group Therapy

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


Expected number of cases seen at any one time: Students carry a caseload of 3-4 individual therapy cases, 2-3 therapy groups and are expected to conduct 2-4 psychological assessments, 2 of which will be full, integrated test batteries.

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Neuropsychological Testing
Report Writing
Behavioral Assessment
Personality/Psychopathology Assessment
Structured Interviewing
Mental Status Exam

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


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: 1
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 0
Estimated hours/week of didactics: 1-2
Estimated hours/week of testing supervision: 1

Amichaelides 20:35, 8 Dec 2009 (EST)

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