Provide description of Externship:
This externship site is comprised of two programs for individuals with a serious mental illness: 1) an alternative to incarceration/diversion program and 2) a criminal justice reentry program.
The alternative to
incarceration program is designed to clinically assess defendants charged with
felonies or misdemeanors for the presence of psychiatric and/or substance use
disorders, refer eligible defendants to treatment in the community, monitor
their progress, and communicate this progress to the Criminal Justice System.
Our alternative to incarceration program primarily works with individuals who
have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness, with the goal of diverting
these individuals away from the traditional correctional system. Instead, the
focus is on individualized approaches to rehabilitation and risk management. Using empirically-validated testing
batteries, TASC Mental Health provides in-depth diagnostic evaluations of
the defendant including diagnostic, cognitive, personality, malingering, and
violence risk assessment, and identifies appropriate treatment resources that
can meet the needs of the individual. Results of the assessments are
communicated to the courts via formal forensic reports.
2) The second program (CRAN) is a
criminal justice reentry program for individuals incarcerated at Rikers Island
who have completed their sentences and will be reentering the community. This
program provides assessments and transitional case management support for
seriously mentally ill individuals. Services include outreach to clients before
and after they are released from Rikers, as well as post-release case
management. Case management may include vocational training, assistance with
housing, Mapping Enhanced Counseling (MHA), an intervention focused on
treatment retention, relapse, and criminogenic thinking; Consumer Centered
Family Consultation (CCFC), an intervention focused on family re-integration;
and Interactive Journaling, an intervention focused on criminal thinking.
Please note: This is primarily a forensic assessment externship. Psychology externs will be mostly involved in diversion
cases although could also be involved in re-entry cases with clients that are
difficult to engage or require psychological testing.
General information about externship site:
Director of the Program: Jennifer Loveland, Ph.D.
Training Director, (degree): Jennifer Loveland, Ph.D.
URL for Externship Brochure: N/A
Length of externship (in months): 12 Months
Start Date: July 2019
End Date: June 2020
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 16 hours
Specialty tracks: N/A
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 1-2
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants: Applicants must be currently enrolled in a clinical psychology doctoral program and have some prior assessment experience. Applicants must have good communication skills, both oral and written, and the ability to work cooperatively with treatment and mental health systems.
Preferences: Advanced doctoral students are preferred with some experience with forensic report-writing or experience working with forensic populations.
Do you provide a stipend? No. If so how much?: N/A
When do you expect to begin interviews? (Applications can be submitted no earlier than Jan 22): Interviews will begin in early February 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?: Applicants will have individual interviews with the Clinical Director and determinations will be based on interest, experience, and appropriateness for the externship site.
What application materials are required (i.e., cv, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other?: Applicants are required to submit a letter of interest, two letters of recommendation, current curriculum vitae, and an assessment writing sample.
Intervention and Assessment:
Intervention training experiences offered: Estimate average number of individual patients that students will carry; estimate number of groups and other types of interventions. Offer description: Although externs will be meeting regularly with defendants, these sessions are for the purpose of support and monitoring. This is primarily an assessment-based externship, not a therapy externship.
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe: Externs will learn how to use violence risk assessment instruments (e.g., HCR-20), how to incorporate the results of a risk assessment into a comprehensive report, and how to communicate risk levels to the courts. In addition, externs will be conducting testing for the purpose of diagnostic clarification and personality assessment, assessment of malingering, and assessment of cognitive impairments.
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): 10-15
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: 10-15
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: Exner
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1 hour/week
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1 hour/week
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 1 hour/week
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: N/A
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): Seminars, case presentations
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: 1 hour/week
Describe direct supervision: Externs will have weekly supervision with the Clinical Director.
Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation (audio, video, live in person (in treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream): Live observation will occur at least once per semester.
If you have only one extern, would you be to have the extern participate in a peer support consortium with other sites- live or "SKYPE"?: Yes, the extern would participate in group dydactics with CRAN/TASC programs in other boroughs.
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