Services for the Underserved

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The externship program that previously ran under the auspices of Pathways to Housing between 2008 and 2014 continues under the auspices of Services for the UnderServed.

This externship program provides doctoral trainees with an interest in community-based work with adults with severe mental illness the opportunity to conduct therapeutic work with this population. Externs work with one of 3 Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams in East Harlem that provide services to adults with severe mental illness who have previously not been responsive to traditional outpatient services. Clients typically present with diagnoses such as schizophrenia, bipolar 1 and major depressive disorder. ACT team members meet with clients in the general community. Externs work as part of the multi-disciplinary team and provide individual therapy to up to 6 clients per week, under the supervision of Philip Yanos, Ph.D., an internationally-known expert in the treatment of adults with severe mental illness. Externs have the opportunity to use and receive supervision in evidenced-based modalities such as CBT for psychosis, CBT for PTSD, motivational interviewing, wellness self-management, and social skills training in their therapeutic work. There are also some opportunities to conduct psychological assessment (usually cognitive), depending on interest and referrals.

The externship schedule is two full days per week (16 hours) between 9 AM and 5 PM, and it is preferred that students be available on Tuesdays. 3 externship slots are generally available.

The externship year begins after Labor day and continues until the end of May/beginning of June.

Trainees with a genuine interest in work with adults with severe mental illness are encouraged to apply. Students with prior experience with this population are encouraged to apply, regardless of program level. Students who are uncomfortable with working with this population in community-based settings, or whose programs have such concerns, are discouraged from applying.

If interested, please contact Philip Yanos, Ph.D. at . Applications should consist of a letter of interest and a CV. Information on SUS is available at and information on ACT is available at