Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center
Name of Externship: Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center
Name of Director/Coordinator: Matthew Oransky, PhD & Melissa Robinson-Brown, PhD
- 320 East 94th Street
- New York
- NY 10128
Telephone: (212)-423-2928 (MO) or (212)-423-2857 (MRB)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com
The Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center (MSAHC) is the seat of the Division of Adolescent Medicine of the Department of Pediatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. The MSAHC is a freestanding outpatient facility, which provides confidential, comprehensive, medical, mental health, dental, optical, health education and wellness services to young people ages 10-24. The MSAHC was the first healthcare service in New York State created specifically to serve adolescents. Over the past 42 years, it has offered comprehensive care to adolescents throughout the city. Today, the MSAHC stands as the largest program of its kind in the country and is recognized as a successful model for other adolescent-targeted healthcare efforts around the world. The MSAHC sees approximately 11,000 adolescents each year and provides mental health services to about 1,000 adolescents each year. All of the services at the MSAHC are confidential, do not require parental consent (although family involvement is encouraged) and are provided regardless of ability to pay. In addition, the MSAHC serves as a training site for psychology interns and externs, medical residents, adolescent medicine fellows, psychiatry fellows, social work interns and legal interns.
Start Date: September 1
End Date: June 30
- Doctoral students in clinical, counseling, school or combined programs
- 20 hours per week required (preferably spread over 3 days). The two required meetings are Mondays 9am-12pm and Tuesday 11:30am-1:30pm.
Required level of readiness:
- Doctoral students in their 3rd year of training or higher
Is there a stipend for externs?
- Applications accepted beginning January 17, 2017
What materials need to be submitted?
- Cover Letter
- 2 Letters of Recommendation
- Letter of readiness
- 1 sample of clinical writing (preferably a psychological testing report)
- Cover Letter
How should it be submitted?
- email materials to co-directors of training at firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com
Description of Externship
Populations commonly served:
- MSAHC serves children, adolescents and young adults aged 10-24. Therefore, externs will gain experience working with young people at different points of development. In addition, externs gain experience in family therapy and collateral work with parents. The majority of young people who seek services are doing so free of charge and live in underserved communities throughout New York City. A unique aspect of MSAHC is that many of the young people we serve are also seeking medical, legal or other services at MSAHC, giving externs the opportunity to be part of a truly multidisciplinary team. All mental health services at MSAHC are provided on an outpatient basis.
Training models offered:
- Family Systems
- Trauma-Informed approaches
Intervention training experiences commonly offered:
- Each extern is assigned 6-7 therapy cases. These cases are comprised of a mixture of individual and family therapy. Cases are assigned through weekly intake evaluations. Externs conduct intake evaluations until their caseloads are full. Externs have the option of co-leading a therapy group with another trainee or with a permanent staff member.
Assessment training experiences commonly offered:
- Each extern will receive training in psychological assessment. Externs can expect to complete 3-4 comprehensive psychological assessments over the course of their training year. These batteries are typically comprised of cognitive, achievement, personality and social-emotional assessment. Neuropsychological measures are used as indicated.
Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 2
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1
Estimated hours/week of didactics: 2
Externs also attend a weekly mental health treatment team meeting. In this meeting, trainees and staff members present and discuss therapy cases.