Long Island Federally Qualified Health Centers (LIFQHC)

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Last Update

10/23/2017: We are not accepting externship applications for the 2018-2019 training year.

Contact Information

Name of Externship: Long Island Federally Qualified Health Centers (LIFQHC)

Name of Director/Coordinator: Ashwin Mehra, PhD, MBA

Street Address:

Main Site: 161 Hempstead Turnpike Elmont NY 11003
Additional Site: 380 Nassau Rd Roosevelt NY 11575
Additional Site: 135 Main Street Hempstead NY 11550
Additional Site: 2201 Hempstead Turnpike East Meadow NY 11554

Telephone: 516-566-3950 / 516-616-8604

Fax: 516-571-8221 Attn: Dr. Mehra

Email: Ashwin Mehra, PhD, MBA

Webpage: www.lifqhc.org

General Information

Start Date: Sep 5th 2017
End Date: June 15th 2018

Appropriate for:

Child clinical
Combined school/child clinical

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

16 hours per week, flexibility in scheduling, Friday mornings scheduled for didactics, some evening hours may be required

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

Any year

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

Some clinical experience preferred

Is there a stipend for externs?


Application Process

Additional dates for applications?

Applications will be accepted until positions are filled

What materials need to be submitted?

  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Letter of readiness

How should it be submitted?

Please email all application materials to Dr. Mehra (amehra@numc.edu)

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

Interviews are conducted until position(s) filled

Description of Externship

Populations commonly served:

Ethnic Minorities
Underserved populations

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

Not specified

Training models offered:

Integrative including:
Motivational Interviewing
Psychodynamic Therapy
Mindfulness Based Skills Training

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

Not specified

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Individual Psychotherapy
Group Therapy
Family/Marital Therapy

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: 2-4 on-going cases, with 1-2 consults per week

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Personality/Psychopathology Assessment, using both objective and projective measures
Cognitive Assessment
Mental Status Exam
Assessment Report Writing

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 2 full batteries

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

Approx 2


Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 1 hr
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1 hr
Estimated hours/week of didactics: 2 hrs

Other Comments

The LIFQHC Behavioral Health Services are provided within the framework of integrated health care. The LIFQHC centers strive to follow the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model where patients are provided with multiple services, including medical and mental health services, under the same roof. This addresses many traditional challenges of mental health service delivery including access to care, mental health stigma, early screening and prevention based models of services and mind-body integration in the provision of treatment. Integrated health care ensures that patients’ needs are met in a comprehensive manner through coordination of care between multiple service providers. This results in better outcomes for patients and cost-benefits for institutions through on-going treatment within local facilities, rather than crisis-based treatment at inpatient facilities. At LIFQHC, there are both ad-hoc and regularly scheduled interactions between the behavioral health team and the primary care and other specialty teams, including internal medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN, dental, podiatry, etc. which ensures a high degree of integrated health care for our patients.