South Beach Psychiatric Center

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Contact Information

Name of Externship: South Beach Psychiatric Center Externship Program

Name of Director/Coordinator: Cameron Searle, Psy.D.,

Street Address:

South Beach Psychiatric Center
Building #8/9
777 Seaview Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10305


Bensonhurst OPD, 8620 18th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11214

Ft. Hamilton Clinic, 2nd Floor, 8710 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11209

Heights Hill OPD, 25 Flatbush Avenue, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Oceanview Lodge Clinic, 777 Seaview Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10305

Bensonhurst/Chinese Inpatient Unit, Building #7, 777 Seaview Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10305

Telephone: (718) 668-8034 (Dr. Searle)

Fax: (718) 667-2656

Email: [mail to: (Dr. Searle)

Webpage: __

General Information

Start Date: Varies
End Date: Varies

Appropriate for:


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

Varies, prefer 2 days per week

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

Prefer 2nd or 3rd year but not essential, prior testing experience, especially with the Rorschach is necessary

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

2nd or 3rd year

Is there a stipend for externs?


Application Process

Additional dates for applications?


What materials need to be submitted?

  • Letter of application. Please indicate specific areas of interest and if you would prefer a specific clinic or an inpatient unit.
  • CV
  • Letter of readiness from your school
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Some clinics have additional requirements. Please see below for a description.

How should it be submitted?

To apply to one of our Brooklyn clinics, please apply directly (preferably through direct mail) to the clinic supervisors below and notify Cameron Searle, Psy.D. via the contact information above of the following: your name, your school, and to which clinic you are applying. As long as materials are submitted directly to the clinics, it is preferable if another copy of the materials is sent to Cameron Searle, Psy.D. as well. To apply to Staten Island clinics, please send the application materials to Cameron Searle, Psy.D..

To apply directly to the Bensonhurst Outpatient Clinic, please send the above listed materials plus two samples of written clinical material (psychological test report and/or case summary) to:
Chin Teoh, Psy.D.
South Beach Psychiatric Center
Bensonhurst OPD
8620 18th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11214
Dr. Teoh can be contacted at (718) 256-8818

To apply directly to the Ft. Hamilton Clinic, please send the above listed materials plus two samples of written clinical material (psychological test report and/or case summary) via an email attachment or regular mail to:
Pietro Lofu, Psy.D.
c/o Ft. Hamilton Clinic- 2nd Floor
8710 Fifth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11209

To apply directly to the Heights Hill Outpatient Clinic, please send a hard copy of the above listed materials plus a cover letter, picture, and one writing sample to:
Laura Loewenthal, Ph.D.
Heights Hill OPD
25 Flatbush Avenue, 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Please do not send any other materials to the Heights Hill Outpatient Clinic. The site will contact selected applicants to schedule an interview.

Additional placements in Staten Island are also available. Please use the contact infomation previously listed for Cameron Searle, Psy.D., Director of Psychology and send the above listed materials plus two samples of written clinical material (psychological test report and/or case summary) when applying:

Cameron Searle, Psy.D.:
Director of Psychology:
South Beach Psychiatric Center:
Building 8/9:
777 Seaview Avenue:
Staten Island, New York, 10305:

Oceanview Lodge Clinic
Building #1, 2nd Floor
777 Seaview Avenue
Staten Island, New York 10305:

Bensonhurst Inpatient Unit
Building #7
777 Seaview Avenue
Staten Island, New York 10305

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

Decisions are based on a review of candidate materials and an interview.

Description of Externship

Different locations have different specialties (e.g., Dialectical Behavior Therapy) and some serve special populations (e.g., LGBTQ). Please specify if you are interested in a particular area or population in your letter of application. Several clinics and 1 inpatient unit will be accepting applications. Those sites are described in more detail below:

Bensonhurst Outpatient Clinic:
The Psychology Externship Program at South Beach Psychiatric Center’s Bensonhurst Outpatient Department is designed to assist students in becoming familiar with the role of the Psychologist. In order to do this, we provide trainees with a broad range of experiences. This is conducted with a multidisciplinary treatment team in which a team approach is emphasized. The patient population in Bensonhurst is comprised of adults from many different ethnicities, enabling students to develop the sensitivity needed to work with different populations. Externs serve as primary therapist to a caseload of 3-5 outpatient cases for individual psychotherapy. Many of these cases present with affective or anxiety disorders; externs will also gain experience working with psychotic and MICA patients. Externs will also co-lead groups. Students are welcome to co-lead an existing group, or start a new group if this group serves the patients’, as well as the student’s needs. Another aspect of the training program is performing diagnostic intake interviews. These are initially conducted with senior staff, but after becoming familiar with the process, trainees conduct them independently, receiving supervision following each interview. Psychology externs conduct 4-6 full batteries per year. Testings are comprised of full batteries, including cognitive and personality measures, with supervision sessions scheduled after each testing session. Testing results are often presented in the clinic’s testing seminar. There is a weekly seminar series for trainees. These contain credentialed staff presenting on their area of interest, students presenting therapy and testing cases, and Grand Rounds at the main hospital on Staten Island. All of the externs’ work is supervised by licensed clinical psychologists. Each student has a primary supervisor and a testing supervisor, but naturally receives supervision from variety of clinic staff in their time at the clinic.

Fort Hamilton Clinic:
The Fort Hamilton Mental Health Service, an outpatient clinic of the South Beach Psychiatric Center, is located in Bay Ridge Brooklyn. We are committed to serving the mental health needs of our community by offering a full array of services to individuals who are 18 years and older. Experienced clinicians and peers offer treatment and support to individuals who suffer from a wide range of psychiatric disorders including affective disorders (Major Depression and Bipolar Disorders), Schizophrenia and Anxiety Disorders. In addition to individual therapy and medication treatment, we offer a variety of wellness, activity and therapy groups and other services including: Mindfulness Training, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills; Wellness Self-Management; Substance Abuse Treatment groups (if the substance use co-occurs with a major psychiatric disorder); Nutritional Group; Career Club; Book Club; Art and Music Therapy; Horticulture Therapy and assistance with entitlements. Our clinic also has an embedded Maimonides Medical Clinic which serves our clients' medical needs. In addition, we offer services to monolingual Chinese and Korean individuals. Externs will participate in all aspects of the clinic's program including carrying a caseload of 3-5 clients; leading or co-leading groups and doing diagnostic intake interviews and presenting their findings at the weekly staff/intake meeting. The clinic also offers a weekly student seminar in which staff from the Ft. Hamilton Clinic and other guest speakers present in their are of interest and students will have the opportunity to present the clients with whom they are working. Externs will be supervised by licensed clinical psychologists and also have an opportunity to learn from our multi-disciplinary staff including psychiatrists, nurses and social workers.

Heights Hill Outpatient Clinic:
For 16-20 hours per week, externs in this clinic will provide treatment for male and female adults with severe mental illness. Externs will gain experience with clients with a wide range of mental health problems including schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, affective disorders, personality disorders, trauma induced symptoms, and substance abuse. Many of our clients have co-morbid medical issues. Heights Hill also specializes in LGBT treatment. Working within a supportive, multidisciplinary team, externs carry a caseload of 4-6 clients, lead or co-lead a minimum of one group in our Wellness & Recovery Program, conduct intakes, participate in the Cognitive Remediation Program, and complete psychological assessments. Under close supervision, externs will be the therapist for clients on their caseloads and will provide individual psychotherapy and case management. Each extern will be assigned an individual supervisor and will also have the opportunity to work with other clinical psychologists and experienced clinicians on staff. Externs can create their own schedule provided they attend required Staff Meeting (Tues 1-2), Student Seminar (Th 1:45-2:45), and High Risk Meeting (Th 12-1). Please note the exact times of these meetings may shift. The externship runs from September through May.
Oceanview Lodge Clinic:
This site is located on the grounds of South Beach Psychiatric Center. The Oceanview Lodge Outpatient Clinic training has an emphasis on working with clients recently discharged from inpatient units and residing in transitional units. Training involves individual and group experiences with severely and persistently mentally ill adults. Psychological testing is also included. Supervision is provided by or under supervision of a licensed psychologist.:

Bensonhurst/Chinese Inpatient Unit:
The Bensonhurst/Chinese Unit is designed to provide inpatient psychiatric treatment for both monolingual Chinese speaking clients and non-Chinese clients. Chinese patients are referred from Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island, and non-Chinese patients are typically referred from Brooklyn. Some of the Chinese patients are bilingual in English as well. Every Chinese patient is assessed on admission by the bi-lingual, bi-cultural treatment team which includes a Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Social Worker, Registered Nurses, and Mental Health Therapy Aides. A comprehensive cultural and linguistic evaluation is done, in addition, so that the team can create a treatment plan based on individualized needs. The services available on the Bensonhurst/Chinese Unit include Individual and Group Therapy, Psycho-education, Psychological Testing, Family Counseling, Medication Intervention, Case Management and Discharge Planning. All treatment modalities that are provided by team members are conducted in Chinese dialects and English. Translators are available to assist non-Chinese speaking staff. Chinese speaking patients on the Bensonhurst Unit are integrated into a multicultural environment where interaction with others is encouraged. Staff members of the Chinese speaking treatment team are on site 24 hours/7days and available through all shifts for direct assistance with daily activities and ward routines. The program assists students in becoming familiar with the role of an inpatient psychologist and will be supervised by two psychologists to assist with both the Chinese population and the English speaking. Externs will learn how to conduct the work of a primary therapist with a caseload of 2-3 patients utilizing individual psychotherapy (cognitive-behavioral as well as dynamic), group therapy (co-lead), and milieu ward interactions. Many of the cases present as affective and mood disorders, anxiety, and psychosis. Externs will conduct 3-5 full batteries of psychological testing including the WAIS-IV, MMPI-2, MCMI-III, Rorschach, Dementia Rating Scale-2, and other tests contingent upon the case question. The extern will attend the morning report and rounds meetings. The externs will also learn how to formulate, construct and write treatment plans.

Populations commonly served:

Ethnic Minorities
Developmental Disabilities
Severely and Persistently Mentally Ill
Language specific (Chinese, Spanish, Russian)
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered (LGBT)

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


Training models offered:

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

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


Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Individual Psychotherapy
Group Therapy
Milieu Therapy
Family/Marital Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Music Therapy
Cognitive Remediation

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


Expected number of cases seen at any one time: Varies

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Psychoeducational Assessment
Assessment Report Writing
Personality/Psychopathology Assessment
Mental Status Exam
Cognitive 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):


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



Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: Varies dependent on the days at a placement with a minimum of 1 hour weekly
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: Varies dependent on the number of students and days at a placement
Estimated hours/week of didactics: Varies