Lenox Hill Hospital Externship in Recovery from Serious Mental Illnesses

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Contact Information

Name of Externship: Externship in Recovery from Serious Mental Illnesses

Name of Director/Coordinator: Loren Dent, PhD

Street Address:

111 E. 77th Street
New York, NY

Telephone: 212-434-6887

Email: [mailto: ldent1@northwell.edu]

General Information

Start Date: July 1
End Date:: June 30 (please note: this is a 12 month position)

Appropriate for: PhD or PsyD students from clinical programs. This externship is not suitable for students in school psychology or counseling programs

Scheduling: The extern’s commitment of 16-24 hours will be allocated over two or three days, with some flexibility in scheduling, and some evening hours required. Externs will be expected to be available on Wednesdays 1-2pm and Fridays 2-3pm.

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

Applicants should have prior psychotherapy and assessment experience, including psychological testing, a demonstrated interest in severe and acute psychopathology, and preferably some experience in psychotherapy and/or consultation with families.

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

At least one prior externship placement and/or related clinical experience, some of which should be with individuals with severe and persistent mental illness

Is there a stipend for externs?


Application Process

Additional dates for applications?

No applications accepted after Jan 31, 2016

What materials need to be submitted?

  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • One sample of psychological testing report
  • 2 letters of recommendation

How should it be submitted?

Applicants are requested to Email all materials to Dr. Loren Dent: ldent1@northwell.edu. 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 staff/faculty

Description of Externship

The Recovery Externship includes a combination of outpatient and inpatient training opportunities, working with adolescents, young adults and adults with serious mental illnesses from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. The outpatient portion of the externship is located within the Lenox Hill Early Treatment Program, which provides recovery-based early intervention services for adolescents and young adults, 15-30 years old, experiencing first-episode psychosis. Outpatient training opportunities will include psychological evaluation and testing, co-facilitating therapy groups, participation in treatment planning, and didactics relevant to first-episode psychosis. Additional opportunities (e.g. cognitive remediation) may become available depending on the extern’s interests. The inpatient portion is located on the Lenox Hill Hospital inpatient psychiatry unit, and includes working with adults with acute and serious mental illnesses from the perspective of person-centered treatment, recovery and empowerment. Specific opportunities include individual psychotherapy, co-facilitating groups, psychological testing, and collaborative, goal-oriented treatment planning with patients demonstrating elevated emotional and behavioral distress.

Training models offered:

The training program’s philosophy is grounded in best practices of working with people who have serious mental illnesses, which prioritizes individual goals and values, recognizing that the recovery process is unique to each person. Under this broad umbrella, different evidence-based approaches are included based on the individual need. Externs will have access to both dynamic and cognitive-behavioral approaches to serious mental illnesses.

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Individual psychotherapy (inpatient), group psychotherapy (inpatient and outpatient), intake/evaluation, psychological testing Additional opportunities possible (e.g. cognitive remediation, outpatient individual psychotherapy)

Expected number of cases seen at any one time: 6-10

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Clinical/diagnostic interviewing and assessment
Psychological/neuropsychological testing
Personality/Psychopathology Assessment
Mental Status Exam

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