Lenox Hill Hospital/Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Institute - Outpatient Center for Mental Health
Name of Externship: Lenox Hill Hospital Outpatient Center for Mental Health
Name of Director/Coordinator: Jerome Kogan, PsyD
- Lenox Hill Hospital Outpatient Center for Mental Health
- 210 E. 64th St. 4th Floor
- New York, NY. 10065
Telephone: 212-434-3365 or 212-434-2961
Email: Jerome Kogan
Start Date: July
- PhD or PsyD students from clinical programs. This externship is not suitable for students in school psychology or counseling programs
Scheduling (e.g., required/optional days of week, # hrs per day, total hours per week, flexibility in scheduling):
- Extern's commitments are usually spread over two or three days, including evening hours on at least one day. There is some flexibility in scheduling, depending on the extern's other commitments, however there are several required didactic seminars and clinical meetings. Externs need to be present on Wednesdays from 12-2 for child rounds and interdisciplinary staff meetings.
Required level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants):
- Applicants should have prior psychotherapy and assessment experience, including psychological and/or neuropsychological testing -- at minimum coursework that includes neuropsychological testing-- and some experience working with children and families.
Preferred level of readiness(any prior experiences preferred for applicants):
- 3rd year -- i.e. one prior externship.
Is there a stipend for externs?
Additional dates for applications?
- No applications accepted after Jan 31, 2017
What materials need to be submitted?
- Letter of application
- Two samples of written clinical material, one of which must be a psychological test report. Applicants are encouraged to submit reports with a neuropsychological component.
- Letter of readiness
- 2 letters of recommendation
- Please specify if interested in the perinatal mental health program
How should it be submitted?
- Applicants are requested to Email all materials to Dr. Kogan at email@example.com (the Email address listed above). Mailed applications may not be received or accepted.
Any details of the application process (e.g., interviewing, time frame, how decisions are made):
- Applicants will meet with at least two clinical faculty and will have the opportunity to speak to current trainees about their experiences.
There are no restrictions in terms of past or current externs submitting applications. There are no restrictions on internship applicants also applying to externship
Description of Externship
Populations commonly served:
This is an outpatient externship, with some opportunities for inpatient work depending on the extern's interests and prior training. Externs will work with children, adolescents and adults at all stages of the lifespan, for intake assessments, psychotherapy, group therapy and testing. Externs will see a wide range of psychopathology/clinical presentations, from professionals who live or work in the area, to severe and persistently mentally ill individuals. A clinic located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the OCMH serves a diverse patient population that reflects the population of New York City in terms of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status and sexual orientation. Individuals and families travel from throughout the five boroughs for a range of short-term and long-term interventions.
The OCMH now offers specialized services for women and families in the perinatal period. Students who demonstrate an interest in working with individuals/couples/families struggling with the transition to parenthood, including those experiencing mood and anxiety disorder, are encouraged to apply and to indicate this interest.
Training models offered:
- The outpatient services and training at Lenox Hill Hospital is integrative, and dedicated to best practice within a range of evidence-based treatment modalities and theoretical orientations, as best fits the clinical needs of the patient. We draw from a large group of voluntary staff, who have advanced training in specific treatment approaches, and who are experienced supervisors. This ensures that externs can expect direct training and experience with evidence-based practice, specifically psychoanalytic/psychodynamic approaches, CBT, DBT, and family systems models. Externs are assured to receive supervision within one or several psychodynamic orientations, and also supervision within other orientations based on their interests and experiences. Cases are often assigned to externs and supervisors based on which interventions are warranted according to the evidence base.
- The new Perinatal Mental Health Program offers specialized clinical services for pregnant and postpartum women, their partners, and their babies, including: individual psychotherapy, group therapy, family/couples work and psychopharmacological consultation. Training opportunities specific to this population include supervision on dyadic, dynamic and CBT-oriented interventions, monthly didactics and hospital-system-wide learning initiatives.
Intervention training experiences commonly offered:
Individual Psychotherapy-- externs typically carry 8 individual psychotherapy cases, 4-5 adults and 3-4 children/adolescents. Externs may have the opportunity to work with a young person with first-episode psychosis under supervision of the Early Treatment Team.
Group Therapy -- externs usually co-lead various groups, including groups for adolescent girls, boys with ADHD, Adult DBT, CBT for depression and anxiety, and process groups, including a process group for individuals with severe psychiatric disorders. Externs have the opportunity to develop their own groups according to their interests and in collaboration with supervising staff, psychology interns and medical residents.
Couples/Dyadic/Family work within the perinatal mental health program is also a possibility,depending on interest and experience
Inpatient – Externs may have the opportunity to work on the Lenox Hill inpatient psychiatry unit. This experience will include individual and group psychotherapy, high risk treatment planning, didactics and assessment.
Expected number of cases seen at any one time:6-8
Assessment training experiences commonly offered:
- Neuropsychological Testing
- Psychoeducational Assessment
- Assessment Report Writing
- Personality/Psychopathology Assessment
- Mental Status Exam
- Cognitive Assessment
- Externs will be trained in assessment with children, adolescents and adults, including older adults. Typical referrals include: psychoeducational assessments, requests for academic accomodations, differential diagnosis of neurological and medical issues. Extern training depends partly on prior experience. Externs are initially assigned adult assessments, and subsequent child assessments are assigned according to an extern's performance and experience. Additionally, externs attend didactic seminars on family work and mental status assessment alongside medical residents.
- Externs will be supervised by various clinical staff, who have specific assessment expertise and training.
If any of these assessment experiences are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:
- Assignment of child assessment cases depends on an extern's prior training and performance_
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests):
- 2-4 full batteries
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: 3-4
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 2
Estimated hours/week of didactics: 2 hrs
Specific didactics include: Group Psychotherapy, DBT, Child Assessment, Mental Status Exam, Working with Culturally Diverse Individuals and Families, Clinical Case Presentations, and Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD). Externs participate in interdisciplinary staff DBT informed peer supervision groups on a weekly basis. Additional opportunities include participation in Child Neuropsychology rounds at the Center for Attention and Learning, and didactics on psychosis and serious mental illness through the Early Treatment Program.
New research opportunities are in development, where externs may participate in projects related to clinical work with women and families in the perinatal period, as well as first episode psychosis.