Mount Sinai - Promoting Recovery Program

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November 5th, 2015

This is a new initiative from the Department of Psychiatry at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai that is targeting transdiagnostic dimensions of dysfunction using cognitive remediation and cognitive behavioral therapy principles. The aim is to alleviate those disease dimensions, namely cognitive impairment as well as self-stigmatizing and limiting thoughts and behaviors that are known to contribute to psychosocial disability regardless of clinical diagnosis. Interested externs will be exposed to patients with psychotic and mood/anxiety disorders and will have the opportunity to interact with clinicians and researchers that specialize in these disorders.

Contact Information

Name of Externship: Mount Sinai:Promoting Recovery Program

Name of Directors:Sophia Frangou, MD; Brian Iacoviello, PhD

Street Address:

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Department of Psychiatry
1425 Madison Avenue, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10029

Telephone: 212 659 1688



General Information

Start Date: July 2016
End Date: July 2017

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

16 hours a week over 2 days (3 days if circumstances require). There are mandatory clinical team meetings (Tuesdays and Fridays).

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

This is an advanced practicum. We require applicants to have completed at least one year of externship. Preference will be given to applicants with experience utilizing CBT.

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

This is an advanced CBT site

Is there a stipend for externs?

No but the program will cover registration costs for one domestic conference for each participating extern provided the topic is broadly relevant to psychological treatments for psychiatric disorders

Application Process

Additional dates for applications?

Applications can be considered at any date. There is flexibility about the start date, and applicants wishing to start before July 2016 are encouraged to apply early

What materials need to be submitted?

  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • Letter of readiness

How should it be submitted?

Please email

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

Every opportunity will be made for selected applicants to meet with several members of the clinical program. Interviews with the clinical director will be individual; other interviews may be in group format.

Description of Externship

Populations commonly served:


Training models offered:

CONNECT: This is a novel CBT-based intervention that targets self-limiting and self-stigmatizing beliefs in patients that have recovered from the acute phase of the illness but find it difficult to re-engage (reconnect) in social roles and relationships. Externs will be trained in evidence-based assessment and treatment adults presenting with psychotic and affective disorders. This program is cognitive-behavioral in nature with interventions targeting self-stigmatizing beliefs and self-limiting behaviors that results in social isolation and poor social engagement. Externs are expected to carry a caseload of 4 contact hours per week, some patients which may be seen on a twice-weekly basis. Externs will be expected to conduct semi-structured diagnostic evaluations, provide individual therapy to patients (including children, adolescents, and adults), and consultations as requested. Externs will attend weekly didactics and team meetings with our multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychiatry residents and fellows, and researchers as well as participate in the rich academic program of the department that includes grand rounds and lecturers by international opinion leaders. As an exciting feature of our program, externs also have the opportunity to attend observe patients being scanned and learn about the structural and brain functional correlates of mental disorders and of psychiatric interventions.

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Individual Psychotherapy
Group Therapy

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Assessment Report Writing
Personality/Psychopathology Assessment
Mental Status Exam
Cognitive Assessment

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

Approx 6 full batteries.

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

Approx 6, you may elect to do none or more, it’s up to the student to request.


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

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