Company Name:

Bellevue - NYC Health + Hospitals


New York, New York

Population Served:

0-4, 5-12, 13-17, Outpatient, Substance Abuse, Trauma, Autism

Mandatory Days:

Friday - all day

Appropriate for:

Second Externship

Training Model



November 21, 2018

Bellevue - NYC Health + Hospitals: Child and Adolescent Track, Child and Adolescent Outpatient Specialty

Provide description of Externship:

ATTENTION: EXTERNSHIP APPLICANTS MAY ONLY APPLY TO ONE SPECIALTY AREA AT BELLEVUE – NEW YORK CITY HEALTH + HOSPITALS. If you apply to more than one specialty area, then you will not be considered for any.

The Child & Adolescent Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic serves a multicultural and socio-economically diverse population for the community. Children from Pre-K until 18 years old, and with some exceptions until 21 years old, with a broad spectrum of developmental and psychiatric disorders may receive evaluation and treatment. Services are provided in English, Spanish, French, or with translators available for those or other languages.

The Child & Adolescent Outpatient Specialty provides training for those interested in concentrating on the mental health assessment and treatment of a wide range of child and adolescent psychopathology. The diverse population served by Bellevue will provide trainees with a broad experience, improved clinical skills and enhanced cross-cultural competence and sensitivity. Externs will participate in diagnostic intakes, individual and group therapy, parenting work, and case management.

The Child and Adolescent Outpatient Specialty emphasizes the clinical work guided by intensive and close weekly individual and group supervision. Trainees will have opportunities to work with a multidisciplinary team at the clinic, with medical students, residents, fellows, attending physicians, nursing and social workers. Didactic components include attendance to weekly extern seminars, case conferences, and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Grand Rounds.

In addition to their work in the outpatient clinic, externs will have the unique opportunity to rotate for 4 hours per week (one morning) on the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Inpatient Units, where they will attend morning rounds and participate in group therapy or the therapeutic milieu. This experience is designed to give externs a better understanding of the full spectrum of functioning in children and adolescents.

Externs will be required to undertake the following duties in the Child & Adolescent Outpatient Specialty:

• Participate in intake assessments, which cover psychosocial history, mental status examination, diagnosis, and initial treatment planning.

• Co-lead 2 outpatient psychotherapy groups which may include: CBT, DBT skills groups with ages ranging from Pre-K to Adolescents and Parenting Guidance.

• Carry 4 to 5 outpatient individual psychotherapy cases.

• Participate in weekly group and individual supervision.

• Participate in weekly extern didactics/case conferences

• Participate one morning per week (4hr) rotation, 6 months on the Child Inpatient Unit and 6 months on the Adolescent Inpatient Unit.

General information about externship site:

Bellevue is a part of New York City Health and Hospitals (NYC H+H), and is affiliated with the New York University School of Medicine. Founded in 1736, Bellevue is the oldest public hospital in the nation. It is an acute-care municipal inpatient and outpatient facility whose mission includes the provision of comprehensive health services in an atmosphere of humane care, dignity, and respect, regardless of ability to pay. Bellevue has been a pioneer in defining standards of practice in treating psychiatric and medical illness, and is widely recognized for the excellence of its health care and its distinguished staff. A very diverse patient population is served by Bellevue, including patients from the Hispanic, African American, Asian, South Asian and West African communities, among others.

Director of the Program: Kathryn M. Rhindress, Ph.D.

Training Directors, (degrees): Suzanne Colin, Ph.D.; Cara Spitalewitz, Ph.D.; Kavita Tahilani, Ph.D.


URL for Externship Brochure:

Length of externship (in months): 12

Start Date: July 1, 2019

End Date: June 30, 2020

How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 20

Specialty tracks: Please see Bellevue's separate posting on the APA Wiki regarding another externship position in this clinic that focuses on child and adolescent assessment.

# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 2

Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants): Open to graduate students enrolled in Ph.D. or Psy.D. programs in Clinical, Clinical-School, or Counseling Psychology who are in their third year or beyond. Prior experience in child and adolescent treatment is required.

Preferences: Attendance is required on Fridays and is preferred on Mondays from 8:30am-5:30pm and Wednesday afternoons from 3pm-6pm. Except for Friday, the schedule can be flexible.

Do you provide a stipend? If so how much?: A stipend is not provided.

Applications will be accepted from 9 AM on Tuesday 1/22/19 through 9 AM on Thursday 1/24/19.

Accepting an externship at Bellevue has no impact on one's chances of later attending Bellevue's internship program.

Staff are willing to consider the applications of externship candidates who are concurrently applying for Bellevue's internship program.


When do you expect to begin interviews? (Applications can be submitted no earlier than Jan 22): January 30, 2019

Interview process (provide information about interview process- time frame, how decisions are made) Also, do you conduct individual and/or group interviews; case presentation, other information?: Applications are reviewed by Bellevue staff to determine whether or not an interview should be offered. Interviews are expected to take place until mid-February. Interviewees will attend a group orientation to Bellevue’s externship program before meeting individually with the supervisor or supervisors of their selected specialty areas.

What application materials are required (i.e., cv, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other?: Please see the Bellevue Psychology Externship website ( for general application instructions and a list of the materials that need to be submitted. Use the website's link to a description of this specialty area in order to see if any additional application materials are required.

Intervention and Assessment:

Intervention training experiences offered: See description above.

Estimate average number of individual patients that students will carry; estimate number of groups and other types of interventions. Offer description: See description above.

Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe: This externship focuses primarily on therapeutic interventions.

Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): Not Applicable

Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: Not Applicable

If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: Not Applicable


Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1

Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1

Estimated hour/week of didactics: 2

Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: 2 (intake)

Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): Seminars, Grand Rounds, Case Conferences

Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: 1.5 hours

Describe direct supervision: Supervision covers case conceptualization, treatment planning, discussion of interventions, administrative responsibilities, assessment, and professional development, as required.

Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation [audio, video, live in person (in treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream)]: Observation occurs live in person, with the supervisor joining the extern in the treatment room.


If you have only one extern, would you be willing to have the extern participate in a peer support consortium with other sites- live or "SKYPE"?: Not Applicable

Is the agency readily accessible through public transportation?: Yes

Wheelchair accessible: Yes

Are home visits required as part of the trainee's duties?: No

Is a transportation stipend provided?: No

Company Name:

Bellevue - NYC Health + Hospitals


New York, New York

Population Served:


Mandatory Days:

Friday - all day

Appropriate for:

Second Externship

Training Model



November 21, 2018

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