QuIPP: Queer Identities Psychology Partnership

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Last Update

November 27, 2016

Contact Information

Name of Externship: QuIPP: Queer Identities Psychology Partnership

Name of Director/Coordinator: H. L. "Lou" Himes, PsyD

Street Address:

116 W. 23rd Street
Suite 500
New York, NY 10011

Telephone: 347.371.0411

Fax: 212.304.0290

Email: H. L. "Lou" Himes

Webpage: Quippnyc.com

As a QuIPP extern, you'll have the opportunity to gain the skills and experience necessary to provide competent and affirmative psychotherapy and care to adult queer communities within the New York metropolitan area. "Queer" means many things - an identity, a way of living that subverts social constructs, a radical political commitment - and the clients we serve identify across the gender spectrum and hold a variety of intersecting identities and lifestyles.

Our externship provides a socially-conscious and collaborative learning environment that extends past the class and therapy rooms. We encourage externs to learn along with their mentors, to constantly engage and keep in mind real-world experiences that affect both the client and the clinician. As a result, our "group supervision" is an opportunity for supervisors and externs to come together and discuss their current cases. We believe in the value of every person's labor and provide each extern with a $500 stipend.

At QuIPP, you'll carry up to 6 long-term individual psychotherapy cases and have opportunities to evaluate and provide clients with documentation for gender affirming surgeries and hormone replacement therapies. You will be involved in all aspects of the therapeutic process and have the opportunity to deeply explore your clinical work in relationally-informed supervision.

Our weekly 2-hour didactic draws from activist and non-academic knowledge as well as feminist, disability, critical race and queer scholarly frameworks (from within and outside of psychology). Externs will be encouraged to think about their clinical work in relation to intersections of powerful social constructions. Upon completion, externs will be trained in affirming and complex trauma models of care and have a working knowledge of World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) standards of care.

General Information

Start Date:

August 16, 2017

End Date:

June 15, 2018

Appropriate for:



This externship requires a 16 hour/week commitment. Wednesdays are mandatory (12-430PM). Your remaining hours are determined by you and your supervisors’ schedules.

Level of readiness:

We require that you have at least one other externship experience prior to applying to our program, however, you'll get the most out of this training as a third- or fourth-year placement.

Is there a stipend for externs?

Yes, $500.

Application Process

Please submit all application materials, via email, to Dr. Himes by January 20, 2017.
Interviews will be held the first 3 weeks of February.

Application Materials

  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • 2 letters from clinical supervisors
  • Case summary (approximately 500 words) - please try to highlight your clinical approach
  • Letter of readiness from your graduate program
  • Proof of current malpractice insurance, held by either you and/or your graduate program

Description of Externship

Populations commonly served:

We specifically serve folks with marginalized and intersecting marginalized identities. Our clients include, but are not limited to trans* and transgender folks, GNC and gender nonbinary individuals, PoC, QTPoC, as well as individuals diverse in class, ability, size, ethnicity and family/kinship formations.

Training models offered:

Affirming models of care for marginalized populations
Feminist and Social Justice Models
Treatment of Complex Traumas

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Individual Psychotherapy
Gender-Affirmative Surgical/Hormone Evaluations
Opportunity for Group Therapy

Weekly Schedule

Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 1
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1.5
Estimated hours/week of didactics: 2
Estimated hours/week of direct clinical work: 9
Estimated hours/week of administration 2.5