Metropolitan Center for Mental Health

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Last Update

December 11, 2017

Contact Information

Name of Externship: Metropolitan Center for Mental Health

Name of Director/Coordinator: Robert Basile, Psy.D.

Street Address:

160 West 86th Street
New York, NY 10024

Telephone: (212) 362-8755

Fax: (212) 362 0168

Email: Robert Basile, Psy.D.


General Information

Start Date: September 10, 2018
End Date: July 5, 2019
Appropriate for:

Clinical Psychology or Counseling Psychology

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

15-18 hours per week (across 2-3 days), MONDAYS required, otherwise flexibility in scheduling

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

3rd or 4th year of graduate training (OK for students who will be applying to Internship)

Is there a stipend for externs?


Application Process

When should I apply? Applications will be accepted between Jan 16, 2018 (9:00am) and February 7, 2018 (5:00pm)

What materials need to be submitted?

  • Letter of application
  • Letter of readiness
  • CV
  • Two letters of recommendation (at least one pertaining to clinical experience)

How should it be submitted?

Via email to Dr. Robert Basile:

Final Date to submit application: FEB 7, 2018

Details of the application process:

Final Day of Interviews will be February 14th, 2018. Applicants are informed of decisions by date set by consortium of externship sites.

Description of Externship

Populations commonly served:

Ethnically diverse outpatient population consisting of adults, children, adolescents and older adults.

Training models offered:

Psychodynamic conceptualization of cases is emphasized. Other modes of psychotherapy (CBT, DBT, Family Systems) are used as adjuncts.

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Individual Psychotherapy
Family Therapy
Child (Play) Therapy
Group Therapy

Expected number of cases seen at any one time: 7 to 10 psychotherapy cases (weekly), 1 intake session (weekly), clinical triage screenings, co-lead 1 Group Therapy (weekly), and 2 psychodiagnostic evaluations over the course of the year

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Year-long, weekly Seminar on Assessment (Clinical Interview, Risk Assessment & Psychosocial report writing)
Individual supervision for psychodiagnostic batteries

Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests):

2 full batteries (Cognitive, Personality, Neuropsych [if needed])


Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 1.5 hours individual supervision
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 2 hours group supervision
Estimated hours/week of didactics: 1 hour of Assessment Training + 1 hour of Rotating Seminar (based on clinical issues relevant to patient population)

Other Comments

This training site typically accepts 3-4 externs annually.