Mount Sinai Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders Program

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Last Update

December 14, 2017

Contact Information

Name of Externship: Mount Sinai Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders Program

Name of Director: Ariz Rojas, PhD

Street Address:

1425 Madison Avenue, 4th Floor
Department of Psychiatry
New York, NY 10029

Telephone: (212) 659-8823



General Information

The Mount Sinai Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders Program is a specialty outpatient program that provides evidence-based assessment and treatment of OCD and related disorders. Within our program, we also treat tics and Tourette's Disorder and co-occuring anxiety disorders. Our interdisciplinary team consists of psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatry residents and fellows, psychology externs, and research coordinators. Our team is committed to providing comprehensive care to our patients.

Start Date: July 2018
End Date: June 2019

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

Minimum of 16 hours a week over 2 days (3 days if circumstances require). For the 2018/2019 year, we are asking for commitment on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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 CBT-focused externship. Students must be enrolled in an APA accredited program. Most of our externs have been in their 4th year or above.

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

This is an advanced CBT site. Child/Adolescent experience preferred
Candidates in clinical or counseling programs preferred

Is there a stipend for externs?


Application Process

Do you permit applications before January 15?

No. The earliest date to submit an application is Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Please note that our site follows the recommendations of the NYS and NJ Association of Directors of Training.

What materials need to be submitted?

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Two letters of recommendation

How should it be submitted?

Submissions are accepted via email to Dr. Ariz Rojas at

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.

Populations commonly served:


Training models offered:

Exposure and Response Prevention
Habit Reversal Training


The Mount Sinai Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders Program is accepting applications for a one-year clinical externship beginning July of 2018. The externship requires a commitment of 16 hours per week. Externs will be trained in evidence-based assessment and treatment for children, adolescents, and adults presenting with OCD and related disorders. This program is cognitive-behavioral in nature with interventions including Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Habit Reversal Therapy (HRT), and Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Externs are expected to carry a caseload of 8 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 and group therapy to patients (including children, adolescents, and adults), and consultations as requested. As an exciting feature of our program, externs will attend weekly didactics and team meetings with our multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychiatry residents and fellows, and researchers. In addition to individual supervision, externs will obtain experience with case presentations during team meetings. Externs also have the opportunity to attend psychiatry grand rounds and invited lectures.

Expected number of cases seen at any one time:

8 patients per week (some seen twice weekly) plus co-lead an OCD group for children (held one evening per week).

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Externs will conduct semi-structured diagnostic interviews accompanied by evidence-based assessments such as clinician-administrated scales (Y-BOCS, YGTSS) and behavior rating scales. Externs will have the opportunity to observe interviews in preparation for individual work. When appropriate, externs will work with psychiatry residents or fellows to conduct multidisciplinary assessments.


Estimated hours/week of individual supervision:

1 hour of individual supervision

Estimated hours/week of group supervision:

1 hour during clinical team meetings

Estimated hours/week of didactics:

1-2 hours per week