St. Luke's - Roosevelt Hospitals - Member of Mount Sinai Health System - Child and Family Institute

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Last Update

December 23, 2016 (OPD description updated)

Contact Information

Name of Externship: Mount Sinai St. Luke's Hospital -- Member of Mount Sinai Health System -- Child and Family Institute

Name of Director/Coordinator: Shilpa R. Taufique, Ph.D. (Co-Director, Training and Education Psychology), Nadia Hidayatallah, Psy.D. (Outpatient positions), Wendie Klapper, Ph.D. (Parent-Infant positions) and Yariv Hofstein, Ph.D. (Adolescent Day Treatment-CARES positions) Street Address:

411 West 114th Street New York, NY 10025

Telephone: Dr. Shilpa Taufique (212-523-7156), Dr. Nadia Hidayatallah (212-636-1190), Dr. Wendie Klapper (212-523-3071) and Dr. Yariv Hofstein (212-523-8054) Email: [mailto:,,,]

General Information

Start Date: July 1, 2017 End Date: June 30, 2018Appropriate for:

Doctoral candidates finishing their 2nd through 4th years of training are preferred. Please see the description below for detailed information on all of our externship positions and their requirements.

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

16 hours per week for all OPD positions; 20 hours per week for all CARES positions

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

Prior therapy experience with children/adolescents

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

Completed 2nd through 4th year by July 1, 2017

Is there a stipend for externs?


Application Process

Do you permit applications before January 20?


What materials need to be submitted?

  • CV
  • Cover letter indicating your specific interests and how the externship will further your learning
  • Transcript of graduate-level coursework
  • Two letters of reference
  • One testing report sample (for CARES Testing Track only)

How should it be submitted?

Email all materials in a single email message to the appropriate contact person indicated:

Parent-Infant Treatment (PIC) – Wendie Klapper, Ph.D.

Adolescent Day Treatment (CARES)– Yariv Hofstein, Ph.D.

Child and Adolescent Outpatient Treatment – Nadia Hidayatallah, Psy.D.

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

Applications will be reviewed between January 17 and January 24, 2017. The strongest candidates will be interviewed. We are following the 2017-2018 guidelines. Offers will be made on match day.

Description of Externship

Name of Program: Child and Family Institute Outpatient Psychiatry Department, Parent-Infant Center (CFI-PIC) Externship

Director: Wendie Klapper, Ph.D.

General Description: This is a one year, sixteen-hour a week advanced externship position (preferably 4th year) for two Externs with an interest in attachment theory, parent-child psychotherapy and infant and early childhood development. PIC is a prevention and treatment program which provides multidisciplinary assessment and psychotherapeutic services to at-risk (e.g. exposure to trauma, postpartum depression, foster care placement) pregnant women, caregivers and their infants and toddlers (ages 0-4) through Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), individual therapy for parents, and psychopharmacology. The Extern carries approximately six cases, conducts weekly dyadic intakes, and administers developmental screenings. The Extern receives two hours of individual supervision weekly with one PIC licensed staff member and one PIC post-doctoral Fellow, as well as supervision and training on conducting developmental screenings.

Didactics offered: The Extern participates in: an 8 week Infant Mental Health orientation course; a weekly, year-long supervision/didactics group on Parent-Infant treatment, and a five week course on conducting developmental screenings.

Name of Program: Comprehensive Adolescent Rehabilitation and Education Service (CARES) Externship

Director: Yariv Hofstein, Ph.D.

Please note. Unlike last year, there are no separate intake and testing tracks at CARES. Only one track for the CARES Exeternship is offered this year.

General Description: Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health is offering a psychology externship experience for doctoral students in its Comprehensive Adolescent Rehabilitation and Education Service (CARES). CARES is a collaboration of the New York City Department of Education and the Hospital Center. It provides high school students suffering from psychiatric difficulties and/or substance abuse issues with the opportunity to work toward a Regents or General Equivalency diploma while receiving intensive group and individual psychotherapy, as well as psychopharmacological treatment. The externship provides training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and substance abuse treatment in a fast-paced but highly supportive milieu setting. Trainees participate in all aspects of the therapeutic community, carry individual cases and co-lead groups. In addition, externs will administer full batteries of psychological testing and write testing reports under the supervision of licensed psychologists. Externs will also conduct and write up comprehensive psychiatric intake evaluations for patients applying to CARES. (Applicants are expected to have past experience with testing and are required to submit one full deidentified psychological testing report as part of their applications materials). Externs will participate in intensive summer orientation training, Grand Rounds lectures, weekly individual supervision and group supervision. A commitment of at least twenty hours per week is required. Positions will begin on July 3, 2017 and end on June 29, 2018. Applicants from school and clinical psychology doctoral programs (Psy.D. or Ph.D.) are welcome to apply. Prior hospital-based clinical experience is strongly preferred. This externship is ideal for an advanced student.

Didactics offered: Externs participate in: intensive summer courses; weekly group/milieu/systems supervision; daily rounds; weekly team meetings; monthly large-group DBT consultation; and weekly Departmental Grand Rounds.

Name of Program: Child and Family Institute Outpatient Psychiatry Department (CFI-OPD) Externship

Director: Nadia Hidayatallah, Psy.D.

General Description: This is a one-year, sixteen-hour per week advanced training opportunity focusing on hospital-based outpatient clinic work with children, adolescents, and families. The goal of the experience is to provide broad-based experience in the treatment of underserved youth in an urban hospital center. One OPD extern will be recruited for the 2017-2018 training year.

CFI-OPD is a psychiatric outpatient clinic offering diagnostic and therapeutic services to children, adolescents, and their families with a wide range of sociodemographic, ethnocultural, and diagnostic characteristics. It offers intake evaluation, crisis intervention, psychopharmacologic management, individual therapy, family therapy, parent-infant centered therapy, group therapy, and neuropsychological assessment. This is a multidisciplinary environment where externs work and collaborate with psychiatry residents, psychology interns and fellows, social workers, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and case managers.

Responsibilities: Externs carry approximately five to six individual and/or family therapy cases, across the developmental and diagnostic spectrum, and may co-lead one group with a staff member. Two hours of individual supervision, with a licensed psychologist and a postdoctoral psychology fellow, are provided weekly. There *may* be opportunities for externs to participate on the child and adolescent inpatient unit; conduct intakes; and do psychological, psychoeducational, and/or neuropysch testing depending on interest, level of experience, and supervisory availability.

Populations commonly served:

Infants, Children, Adolescents and Families

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

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:

We offer a range of experiences in individual, dyadic, group, milieu, and family therapy. Empirically-supported treatment methods are emphasized.


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

Not specified.

===Assessment training experiences commonly offered:===

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

Not specified.


Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 2 hours
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1-2 hours