New York Presbyterian - Westchester Division Track 3: Clinical and Research Practicum in Schizophrenia and Related Psychoses

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Last Update

January 5, 2018

Contact Information

Name of Externship: New York Presbyterian - Westchester Division Track 3: Clinical and Research Practicum in Schizophrenia and Related Psychoses

Name of Director/Coordinator: Dr. Anthony Ahmed

Street Address:

New York Presbyterian Hospital—Westchester Division
21 Bloomingdale Road
White Plains, NY 10605

Telephone: (914)997-5251


General Information

Start Date: July 1, 2018
End Date: June 30, 2019

Appropriate for:


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

2 days a week

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

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

Is there a stipend for externs?


Application Process

What materials need to be submitted?

  • Letter of interest
  • CV
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation

How should it be submitted?

By email to Ms. Nina Huza

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

Application material will be accepted from January 16th to January 26th.

Description of Externship

Populations commonly served:

Ethnic Minorities


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


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The NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital offers externships in clinical psychology at our Westchester Division in White Plains, New York. There are seven externship tracks: 1) Neuropsychology, 2) Inpatient CBT for Affective Disorders, 3) Clinical and Research Practicum in Schizophrenia and Related Disorders, 4) Inpatient CBT on Women's Unit, 5) Child/Adolescent CBT Track with Anxiety Disorders Emphasis 6) Inpatient DBT on a Personality Disorders Unit, 7) Inpatient CBT on The Horizon at Westchester Specialty Unit.

This posting refers to the Clinical and Research Practicum in Schizophrenia and Related Disorders track.

Length: The year-long externships will run from July 1st, 2018 to June 30th, 2019.

Time: 2 days per week or equivalent (16 hours weekly)

B. Externship Application Process

1. To apply to the externship, applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a statement of clinical experience and areas of interest, and two letters of recommendation.

2. Applicants should clearly specify which track(s) they are applying to in the email or brief cover letter that accompanies their submission, as well as which days of the week they are available for interviews. They should also specify which days of the week they are available for externship.

3. Application material will be accepted from January 16, 2018 to January 26th, 2018. Interviews will take place in February.

4. Applicants: please compile the application materials into a single PDF document labeled with your last name, first initial, and application track (e.g., “Doe J Track 5”; If applying to multiple tracks, "Doe J Tracks 1 & 2"). Please note: If your mentors prefer to submit their letters separately, please request that they indicate your name and the track(s) to which you are applying in their email. Address your letter of intent to the director(s) of the track(s) to which you are applying, but submit the PDF file by emailing Nina Huza, Staff Assistant at

Email submissions of a single PDF file are strongly preferred, but all application material (particularly letters of recommendations) will be accepted by mail:

Ms. Nina Huza NewYork Presbyterian Hospital—Westchester Division Outpatient Department 21 Bloomingdale Road White Plains, NY 10605

Specific Externship Track Description

Track 3: Clinical and Research Practicum in Schizophrenia and Related Psychoses

Number of Positions: 3-5

Description: The Psychotic Disorders Division at New York Presbyterian Hospital—Westchester Campus comprises units or treatment programs that serve individuals with schizophrenia and other severe mental illnesses. The Division includes inpatient services in the Second Chance Program (3 North), an Acute ward (3 South), and the Partial Hospital Program program on 3A North. Second Chance (3 North) is an intermediate to long-term, 30-bed inpatient unit that enrolls people with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and bipolar disorder with psychotic features. The majority of enrollees in the program present with particularly severe forms of psychotic illness and many have been adjudged as “Treatment Refractory.” Many care recipients present with enduring, idiopathic negative symptoms that co-occur with profound deficits in the independent performance of activities of daily living and other areas of functional behavior. 3 South is a 24-bed inpatient unit that provides psychiatric services to individuals with psychotic disorders including schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and bipolar disorder with psychotic features. 3 South focused on rapid evaluation, symptom stabilization, and crises intervention. The Partial Hospital Program (3A North) provides services for people with a range of psychotic disorders that are currently living in the community. The program provides symptom stabilization services, relapse prevention, psychotherapy, and case management. Care recipients in the program work on treatment and rehabilitative goals germane to their aspirations and valued social roles.

The psychology extern will participate in the provision of modern, evidence-based psychosocial interventions for patients receiving services in these programs. The extern will learn group-based interventions such as cognitive remediation therapy (CRT), Social Cognition Training (SCT), social skills training (SST), functional adaptation skills training (FAST), group-based cognitive behavioral therapy for psychosis (CBTp), social cognition interaction training (SCIT), and Behavioral Treatment for Substance Abuse in Schizophrenia (BTSAS). The extern will be expected to develop competencies at providing these interventions by observing, co-leading, and subsequently leading groups. The extern will work within the context of inpatient multidisciplinary teams to provide brief individual psychotherapy services (e.g., individualized CBTp). The extern and will be exposed to the psychologist’s role as a provider of client- focused consultation services to other disciplines. The externship will provide exposure to rapid screening, assessments, and crises interventions. The extern may gain exposure to the use of schizophrenia-specific assessment measures including clinical interviews, rating scales, neurocognitive, and functional capacity assessment batteries. As an important aspect of the externship experience, the extern will be expected to participate in an ongoing research project and in the completion of manuscripts for journal submission. Externs without prior publications are especially encouraged to serve as co- authors on at least two manuscripts during the year.

The extern’s specific academic goals will be identified at the beginning of the externship and activities will be negotiated and tailored to the student's goals. The extern’s putative activities are summarized as follows:

1. Lead/co-lead evidence-based group psychosocial treatments—CRT, SCT, SST, FAST, CBTp, SCIT, BTSAS
2. Provide individual psychotherapy services
3. Attend unit rounds, grand rounds, cases conferences, and other didactic opportunities
4. Complete brief screenings, assessments, and evaluations to inform treatment
5. Observe and participate in client-focused consultation for other treatment disciplines
6. Participate in research design, data collection, implementation, and publications

All clinical and research activities are supervised by the program psychologist. Trainees receive daily, group/individual supervision. If you would like further information prior to submitting an application, please contact Dr. Anthony Ahmed via email: or phone: (914)997-5251