Yale/NYC - ESTEEM Program in LGB-Affirmative Psychotherapy

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Contact Information

Name of Externship: Yale School of Public Health / ESTEEM Program in New York City

Name of Director/Coordinator: John Pachankis, Ph.D.

Location: This externship will take place in downtown Manhattan (Gramercy Park/Flatiron) at the ESTEEM clinical research office

Telephone: 203-785-3710

Email: John Pachankis

Webpage: https://publichealth.yale.edu/people/john_pachankis-2.profile

General Information

Start Date (flexible): June 1, 2018
End Date: May 31, 2019

Appropriate for:

As this opportunity takes place as part of an NIMH psychotherapy clinical trial, this externship is particularly suited, though not limited, to clinical science students

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

Fridays required, 2 days a week, 8 hrs per day, flexibility in scheduling


Our ESTEEM study is working to test an affirming therapy that addresses the way sexual minority stress effects the health of gay, bisexual, and queer men. We have developed a cognitive behavioral intervention that aims to reduce co-occurring mental health problems, substance use, and HIV risk behaviors among young gay and bisexual men by targeting cognitive and affective minority stress processes.

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

3rd year and beyond

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

3rd year and beyond

Application Process

Additional dates for applications?


What materials need to be submitted?

  • Letter of application
  • CV
  • 2-3 letters of recommendation
  • Letter of readiness

How should it be submitted?

email to John Pachankis at the above address.

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

Applications are considered on a rolling basis

Description of Externship

Populations commonly served:

LGBT populations
gay/bisexual young adults
Ethnic Minorities
depression, anxiety, substance use, sexual compulsivity

Training models offered:

Unified Protocol
LGBT-affirmative psychotherapy
manualized treatments as part of clinical trial

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Individual Psychotherapy
Additional opportunities exist to gain exposure to clinical research and manuscript preparation for highly motivated students

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Personality/Psychopathology Assessment
Mental Status Exam
Structured Clinical Assessment
Behavioral Risk Assessments (e.g., substance use, sexual risk)

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

None required

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

None required


Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 1
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1
Estimated hours/week of didactics: 1

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