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 Neuropsychological Assessment track within the Bellevue Hospital Externship Program offers training for those interested in furthering their skills in assessment and provides some of the fundamental knowledge base required for considering a career in neuropsychology as outlined by the Houston Conference on Specialty Education and Training in Clinical Neuropsychology. Under supervision, externs conduct neuropsychological evaluations with an ethnically and culturally diverse inpatient and outpatient population, who present with a wide range of psychiatric, neurological, and medical disorders, including, but not limited to, psychiatric and/or personality disorders, neurodegenerative disorders, stroke, substance abuse, and traumatic brain injury.
Externs in the Neuropsychological Assessment track are instructed in the administration and interpretation of empirically validated neuropsychological test batteries. Focus is placed on learning correct test administration and interpretation of data as well as integration of this information with patients’ unique history and self-report, behavioral observations, and collateral information, to form a thoughtful conceptualization to drive practical and appropriate recommendations. Externs’ responsibilities include reviewing medical charts, scheduling appointments, selecting appropriate measures, and administering and scoring test batteries. Externs will also be responsible for preparing well-written and concise neuropsychological reports.
Supervision is provided on an ongoing basis until the assessment process is completed, including feedback to the patient and/or referral source. Externs interact with trainees from a variety of disciplines and hospital staff. It is anticipated that externs will gain an appreciation of the value of teamwork in this interdisciplinary setting. Although externs are always provided training support, they are expected to take initiative and work independently relative to their level of graduate training.
In addition to a weekly Friday seminar for all externs in the Bellevue Externship Program, the Neuropsychological Assessment track offers a mandatory neuropsychology seminar. Several other optional learning opportunities are available depending on trainees’ schedules, including Psychiatry Case Conference and Grand Rounds available through the year, as well as neuropsychology case conference and didactic seminars at NYU, which include clinicians from various local neuropsychology training sites.
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 Director, (degree): Sonia Y. Bernal, Ph.D.
URL for Externship Brochure: https://med.nyu.edu/bellevue_externships/home
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?: 16 - Fridays are mandatory, Mondays are not available
Specialty tracks: Not Applicable
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 1
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants): At least 3 years of doctoral program by start of externship. Course work in assessment is required. The Bellevue Psychology Externship Training Program is open to graduate students enrolled in Ph.D., Psy.D., or Ed.D. programs in Clinical, Clinical-School, Counseling, or Health Psychology.
Preferences: Some experience with neuropsychological testing and report preparation is preferred. Bilingual (Spanish-speaking) candidates are highly encouraged to apply and will receive supervision by a bilingual neuropsychologist.
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.
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): Approximately 20, though it ranges depending on extern’s level of experience in neuropsychology. In addition, partial testing or interviewing opportunities may be available whenever there is higher influx of inpatient referrals.
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 (https://med.nyu.edu/bellevue_externships/home) 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 track 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: This externship focuses solely on assessment cases.
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe: See description above.
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: Approximately 20
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: Not Applicable
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1 hour per week on average
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: Not applicable, though peer individual/group supervision may be available through the psychology interns on rotation.
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 2
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: Not Applicable
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): Seminars, Grand Rounds, Case Conferences
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: As needed. In addition, cases are discussed in group didactics.
Describe direct supervision: Early in the course of training, supervision includes observation and feedback of test administration while later on it includes observation and feedback of clinical interviewing. Supervision is collaborative and involves teaching as well as promoting case conceptualization and differential diagnostic skills.
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