Psychology Externship Program at North Central Bronx Hospital

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Last Update: March 9, 2017

Contact Information

Name of Externship: North Central Bronx Hospital Psychology Externship Program

Name of Director/Coordinator: Banu Erkal, Ph.D., Co-Director of Externship Training
Shoshana Kaish, Psy.D., Co-Director of Externship Training

Street Address:

Psychology Externship Training Program
North Central Bronx Hospital
3424 Kossuth Avenue - Rm. 11C-08
Bronx, NY 10467

Telephone: Dr. Banu Erkal (718) 519-4885; Dr. Shoshana Kaish (718) 519-4863

Fax: 718-519-2497.

Email: Queries can be e-mailed to [1] or [2]


General Information

Start Date: 9/4/18
End Date: 5/24/19

Appropriate for:


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

Externss are expected to spend two and a half days per week at NCBH, totalling 20 hours. You must include special permission from your Training Director to submit an application for externship because of the 20 hour/week requirement. Externs complete two rotations: one adult psychiatric inpatient rotation and one elective rotation in either the Partial Hospitalization Program or our geriatric inpatient unit. In addition to supervised clinical learning experiences, externs attend weekly case conferences and team meetings on each service (Tuesday and/or Thursday preferred) and a weekly didactic seminar (half-day Fridays mandatory). They are invited to attend ongoing service and department seminars, as well as NCBH Grand Rounds. Additionally, they take part in a weekly extern luncheon and weekly extern meetings.

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

To qualify for application, a student must have completed at least two years of clinical and psychodiagnostic assessment courses. Students must also submit written permission from their Training Directors to apply for a 20 hour/week externship. It is understood that the school will provide a fieldwork supervisor who is responsible for ongoing communication and liaison with NCBH.

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

We welcome applicants from a variety of backgrounds and orientations. No prior inpatient experience is necessary; however, externs are expected to have basic mastery of establishing therapeutic alliance, conducting therapy sessions, and writing clear clinical notes.

Is there a stipend for externs?


Application Process

Do you permit applications before January 17?


What materials need to be submitted?

  • A cover letter explaining your interest in our site
  • Your CV
  • A deidentified case summary or testing report
  • Two letters of reference
  • A letter of permission from your DCT to apply to a 20 hour/week externship site

How should it be submitted?

By regular mail to Dr. Banu Erkal and Dr. Shoshana Kaish at address above (one packet, addressed to both directors). Please do not e-mail application.

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

Description of Externship

Populations commonly served:

Ethnic Minorities
Substance Abuse

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

Some populations are specific to certain units. For example, work with the elderly is most common while rotating on the geriatric unit. All rotations, however, include work with serious mental illness in a diverse population from a low-income community.

Training models offered:


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

Not specified.

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Individual Psychotherapy
Group Psychotherapy: psychoeducational; process-oriented; community meetings
Family Meetings

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: Approximately 2-3.

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Assessment Report Writing
Neuro/Cognitive Assessments
Behavioral Assessment
Personality/Psychopathology Assessment
Structured Interviewing
Integrated and Focal Testing Batteries

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

Not specified.

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

1 or 2

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

1 or 2


Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 1
Estimated hours/week of didactics: 1
Additional supervision:
- Monthly meetings with externship coordinators
- Testing supervision when the extern has a testing case
- Lots of on-site ad hoc supervision, given the intensive nature of the work.

Amichaelides 21:45, 7 Jan 2010 (EST)

Other Comments

Regarding internship applications:
Externs are welcome to apply for internship at this site and will be given equal consideration with other applicants.