Northport VA Medical Center Psychology Externship Program

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Last Update

September 2017

Contact Information

Name of Externship: Northport VA Medical Center Psychology Externship Program

Name of Director/Coordinator: Amy Tal, Ph.D., Director of Intern and Extern Training

Street Address:

79 Middleville Road
Northport, NY 11768

Telephone: 631-261-4400 x5805

Fax: 631-266-6086

Email: []

Webpage: <>

General Information

Start Date: early August
End Date: end of May

Appropriate for:


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

16 hrs per week; typically 8am-4:30pm. Specific days are individualized based on the extern's availability and the program's needs (please see website for brochure).

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

An extern must be in good standing at an APA accredited doctoral program in psychology.

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

Is there a stipend for externs?


Application Process

Do you permit applications before January 15?


What materials need to be submitted?

letter of interest, CV, and two letters of recommendation
Please indicate which rotations may be of interest to you.

How should it be submitted?

Please email or mail materials. Please refer to our website for further information.

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

The Northport VAMC externship program adheres to the application guidelines outlined by PSYDNYS.

We are happy to accept applications to our APA accredited internship program from our current and past externs.

We cannot accept extern applications from individuals concurrently applying to internship.


Description of Externship

Populations commonly served:

Residential Rehabilitation
Clinical experiences are available in the Acute Units, Community Living Centers, Dual Diagnosis Recovery Center, Iraq and Afghanistan Wars Readjustment Program, Mental Health Clinic, Primary Care -Mental Health integration, Psychological Assessment, Psychosocial Rehabilitation Recovery Center, and Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation. Please refer to our website for a description of the tracks available. You may apply to up to two tracks.

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

Not specified.

Training models offered:

Psychodynamic, Interpersonal
Evidence based treatments
Training in evidence based protocols and skills (e.g., CBT-Insomnia, Cognitive Processing Therapy, CBT-Depression, Motivational Interviewing, CBT-Pain) are offered at the beginning of the year. An extern may choose to participate in as many of these trainings as he/she wishes for didactic and/or clinical purposes. Externs may also elect to participate in the seminars held on Tues and Thus afternoons. Seminars cover material such as Prolonged Exposure, Multicultural Case Conference, Psychopharmacology, Forensics, Violence Assessment, Military Culture, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Acceptance and Mindfulness Modalities.

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

Not specified.

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Opportunities for therapeutic intervention include short and long-term individual therapy, and process-oriented and psychoeducational group treatment. Couples therapy may be provided as well. Depending on the rotation training in crisis intervention is available. Externs often participate in program team meetings. Depending on the rotation, externs may be responsible for the delivery of therapy, intakes, assessments, and/or documentation in the computerized medical record.

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

Not specified.

Expected number of cases seen at any one time: Caseload depends on rotation. On average, an extern may be responsible for 1-2 groups and 4-6 individuals.

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

All aspects (interview, administration, scoring, interpretation) of neuropsychological and psychodiagnostic assessment.

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):

Determined collaboratively with supervisor

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

Determined collaboratively with supervisor


Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 1 hr per rotation selected
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1 (if in a group program)
Estimated hours/week of didactics: 2- offered Tuesdays and Thursdays

Amichaelides 21:50, 7 Jan 2010 (EST)

Other Comments

Please note applicants must be US citizens.