Montefiore Medical Center of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine - Community Pediatric Programs - South Bronx Health Center and Center for Child Health and Resiliency

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1/5/2018 - WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2018-2019 ACADEMIC YEAR. Please look back next year.

Contact Information

Name of Externship: The Children's Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM)– Community Pediatric Programs – South Bronx Health Center (SBHC) and Center for Child Health & Resiliency (CCHR) Psychology Externship Program

Name of Director/Coordinator: Emily Chinitz, Psy.D.

Street Address:

890 Prospect Avenue
Bronx, New York 10459

Telephone: (718) 991-0605 Ext. 611

Fax: (347) 498-2751



General Information

Start Date: September 5, 2017
End Date: June 29, 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):

Tuesday and Friday mornings required. Other days will depend on which programs the student chooses to be involved in.

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

3rd year and beyond

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

Advanced students with prior therapy experience with children and adolescents

Is there a stipend for externs?


Application Process

Additional dates for applications?

Applications accepted starting the date agreed upon by local externship/graduate programs, currently January 17th, 2017. Application deadline is January 31st, 2017.

What materials need to be submitted?

  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably at least one from past clinical supervisor
  • Letter of readiness

How should it be submitted?

Please e-mail application materials to Emily Chinitz, Psychology Externship Coordinator, at:

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

Interviews will be held on an ongoing basis until the externship match day

Description of Externship

The Children's Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) – Community Pediatric Programs – South Bronx Health Center (SBHC) and Center for Child Health & Resiliency (CCHR) Psychology Externship Program

A unique family-centered health care program of Montefiore Medical Center and Children’s Health Fund, SBHC serves the Morrisania and Hunts Point-Longwood neighborhoods of the South Bronx, one of the nation’s most medically underserved, at-risk communities. SBHC serves more than 7,500 children and adults, and offers patients access to a patient-centered medical home - a model of care that addresses all of their health needs, including primary care, women’s health and prenatal care, mental health services, dental care, nutrition counseling, and referral management, regardless of ability to pay or immigration status.

SBHC’s Center for Child Health and Resiliency (CCHR) is a state-of-the-art facility with a special focus on early childhood development beginning prenatally through 5 years of age. CCHR’s innovative programming supports families and equips parents with the nurturing skills needed to overcome stressors detrimental to children’s healthy development.

SBHC/CCHR’s robust Mental Health Team consists of a psychiatrist, psychologists, clinical social workers, and case managers. In addition to providing ongoing clinical services, the mental health team assists medical staff in identifying and addressing behavioral health care service needs within the health center. This integrative model of treatment is critical for reducing stigma associated with mental health treatment and increasing access to needed services in this high need population.

The psychology externship program seeks advanced psychology students (3rd year and beyond) who are interested in working with underserved patients – children, adolescents, and adults - in a primary care setting. The extern will be responsible for carrying a caseload of individual and family therapy cases, in addition to working within the integrative behavioral health model, consulting with physicians during medical visits as mental health issues arise. Clinical interventions vary according to cases and/or supervisor and include CBT, psychodynamic, and integrated approaches. Externs will receive a minimum of 1 hour of weekly individual supervision and will also participate in weekly mental health team meetings as well as monthly case conferences. Opportunities for group work, as well as involvement in the following ongoing mental health programs are available, based on interest and experience:

Mother-Infant Dyadic Therapy: Using a short-term video-feedback intervention, this program aims to strengthen the attachment of at-risk mothers and their children, age 0-24 months, by increasing maternal sensitivity, fostering responsive parenting skills, and providing developmental guidance.

Terra Firma Immigrant Youth Clinic: A medical-legal partnership which focuses on providing co-located, coordinated, medical, mental health and legal services to unaccompanied undocumented children and their families. Terra Firma’s main goal is to facilitate access to services in the different areas and enhance the role of medicine and mental health in the immigration process of these children in order to achieve legal status.

The Hector Support Group: A weekly group for HIV + adults which strives to advocate for, unify, and serve as an outlet for patients to share their reactions to their diagnoses, reduce stigma, discuss treatment, commiserate with the challenge of disclosure to family, peers, as well as coping with others' reactions to their illness.

Streetwork: A program of New York Children’s Health Project, Streetworks focuses on providing medical, mental health and social services to homeless people in medical mobile units at specific locations including shelters and drop-in centers. Mental health services tend to focus on providing support, harm reduction and advocacy to help patients access basic support services and achieve greater stability.

Group Prenatal and Well Baby Care: Group care includes all of the usual medical components of a prenatal or pediatric visit, integrated with support and information from nutrition and mental health providers. Women of similar gestational age enroll in mid-pregnancy and continue their care together in 11 sessions until delivery. In this model, women can remain in pediatric care together after birth if they enroll in Well Baby Group, which consists of 11 group pediatric visits over the first 18 months of life. This unique approach to care focuses on reciprocal dialogue, interactive learning, skill building, modeling, and peer support.

Interested candidates should forward a letter of interest and CV, along with 2 letters of recommendation. Candidates are reviewed on a rolling basis beginning on the Externship Submission date of January 19th. We strongly encourage Spanish-speaking students to apply, particularly if interested in the Terra Firma Program. Please send your application materials to Emily Chinitz, Psy.D., Psychology Externship Coordinator, at

Populations commonly served:

Multicultural patient population
Primary Care

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


Training models offered:

Family Systems

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


Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Individual Psychotherapy
Group Therapy
Primary Care Consultation
Family/Couples Therapy
Crisis Management

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

Group therapy based on interest/experience

Expected number of cases seen at any one time: Caseloads will vary

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

There is no testing at this externship. Use of objective measures and clinical interview to inform clinical work/treatment plans. Extern may also have the opportunity to be trained on Keys to Interactive Parenting (KIPS), an observational tool of parent-child interactions.

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: 1
Estimated hours/week of didactics: 1-3

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