Rockland Psychiatric Center - Psychology Externship Program

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Last Update

February 26, 2018 3 pm

Contact Information

Name of Externship: _Rockland Psychiatric Center_

Name of Director/Coordinator: Katherine Velez, Ph.D.

Street Address:

140 Old Orangeburg Road
Building 59, 5th Floor, Room W 544
Orangeburg, NY 10962

Telephone: (845) 680-5956

Fax: (845) 680-5598

Email: [1]

Webpage: _http://webpage_

General Information

Start Date: September
End Date: May

Appropriate for:


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

Externs are expected to be at the facility for 2 full eight hour days a week, 16 hours total. Wednesday is a preferred day if the student's class schedule allows and the second day is flexible.

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

All applicants must be enrolled in a clinical or counseling Ph.D. or Psy.D. program.

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

Third year doctoral students.

Is there a stipend for externs?


Application Process

Additional dates for applications?

Yes, applications are accepted before January 20.

What materials need to be submitted?

  • Letter of eligibility from the doctoral program
  • Letter of interest including career goals as well as expectations of the externship experience
  • CV
  • Academic transcript
  • One professional writing sample: One case conceptualization
  • 3 letters of recommendation

How should it be submitted?

Applications are accepted via mail or email.

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

_Not specified_

Description of Externship

Rockland Psychiatric Center (RPC) provides treatment, rehabilitation, and support to adults 18 and older who have been diagnosed with serious and persistent mental illness.  Diagnoses of patients include: schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, polysubstance and/or alcohol abuse, and personality disorders. In addition there are some patients who have a forensic involvement including those under the Criminal Procedure Law.
RPC has services at multiple levels of care, including inpatient psychiatric services, ambulatory clinic care, Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams, clubhouses, transitional and other residences, and family care residences.
The externship program provides placement opportunities at the inpatient facility. The facility has a total of 14 units and each unit falls under one of 3 divisions: Admissions, Forensic/Specialty, and Community Re-integration. Under these divisions, there are opportunities to work with a variety of specialty populations including: multi-lingual/multicultural patients, geriatric patients, sex offenders, patients under the Criminal Procedure Law status, polysubstance and/or alcohol abuse, and those with personality disorders. The training models that are offered integrate a variety of theoretical orientations.
Each extern will have 2 rotations, each lasting half the year. Each extern will be assigned to one home unit and the psychologist on that unit will be their primary supervisor. They will become a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team and learn how to effectively work in such a setting. Each extern will be expected to attend treatment planning meetings, morning rounds, and community meetings. A psychology department meeting is held every Wednesday.
Externs will co-lead 3 groups with other psychologists to gain the experience of running groups with patients from all different units. Externs will have 3 or more individual therapy cases. Externs will complete at least 2 psychological assessments. Each extern will receive at least one hour individual supervision weekly. He/she will also receive supervision by the testing supervisor, while completing their assessments.

Populations commonly served:

Ethnic Minorities
Substance Abuse

Training models offered:

Integrative approach adapted from several theoretical models, some of which could include, CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing etc.

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Individual Psychotherapy
Group Therapy

Expected number of cases seen at any one time: Externs will co-lead 3 groups with other psychologists. Externs will have 2-4 individual therapy cases.

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Psychoeducational Assessment
Assessment Report Writing
Personality/Psychopathology Assessment
Mental Status Exam
Trauma Assessment
Drug/Alcohol Abuse Assessment

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

Externs will complete at least 2 psychological assessments.

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

Externs will complete at least 2 psychological assessments.


Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: At least one hour per week or more as needed.
Estimated hours/week of testing supervision: At least one hour or more as needed.
Estimated hours/week of didactics: Incorporated into individual supervision.


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Other Comments

We have filled our 5 slots for this upcoming year!