Provide description of Externship:BronxCare is a voluntary, nonprofit general hospital composed of several geographically separate but centrally administered facilities in the South Central part of the Bronx. BronxCare is a teaching hospital founded on an unwavering commitment to meet the needs of its community, providing quality health care to those in need, regardless of their ability to pay. The externship program is an integral part of the Department of Psychiatry and provides psychological evaluation as well a suicide and violence risk assessments to the entire BronxCare Health System. The Department of Psychiatry is a comprehensive unit which services adults, children and adolescents. This hospital has 3 adult inpatient units and the only acute child/adolescent unit in the Bronx. Externs learn a model of consultation and work closely with a multidisciplinary team.
General information about externship site:
Director of the Program: Dr. Ali Khadivi & Dr. Shana Grover
Training Director, (degree): PhD
URL for Externship Brochure:
Length of externship (in months): 10 months
Start Date: September
End Date: July
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 16
Specialty tracks: none
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 6
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants: Assessment experience including Rorschach, WAIS and self report measures (PAI or MMPI)
Preferences: Students interested in psychological assessment
Do you provide a stipend? If so how much?: no
When do you expect to begin interviews? (Applications can be submitted no earlier than Jan 22): February 1
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?: individual interviews and case presentation; one hour interview (includes one or two individual interviews). Decisions will be made following externship guidelines for offers.
What application materials are required (i.e., cv, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other?: CV, 2 reference letters, testing report (adult or child), letter of readiness from DCT.
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: Students will see on average on patient per week for evaluation purposes. This is an assessment only externship. Students will not conduct individual or group psychotherapy.
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe: This externship focuses on psychological assessment in addition to suicide and violence risk assessment. All students will conduct a clinical diagnostic interview and then administer several psychological tests from various domains including: Neuropsychological screening, personality, cognitive, and forensic. Students will also be trained in providing therapeutic feed
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): 10-12
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: 10-12
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: Comprehensive System and RPAS
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 1
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: NA
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): weekly grand rounds and case conference as well as weekly assessment seminars
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: daily
Describe direct supervision: one to one hour supervision in addition to as needed.
Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation (audio, video, live in person (in treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream): Supervision occurs at all level of assessment including interviewing, administration of testing and also providing therapeutic feedback.
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"?: NA
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