Provide description of Externship:
The Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Department is located in Washington Heights and serves a linguistically, culturally and socioeconomically diverse population. Individuals receiving treatment have a range of chronic and acute psychiatric disorders. Social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists work together to provide comprehensive psychiatric services to this community.The program offers training in psychological evaluations and screenings, crisis counseling and safety planning, group psychotherapy, and individual psychotherapy. The training program is both experiential and didactic. All externs are provided with clinical supervision in a broad range of treatment modalities representing various psychological and psychiatric specialties.
While the primary orientation of the Externship tends to be psychodynamic, there are multiple opportunities to work with patients integratedly as well as with other evidence based treatments such as DBT, CBT, motivational interviewing, Seeking Safety and Prolonged Exposure to Trauma interventions.
General information about externship site:
Director of the Program: Diana Puñales
Training Director, (degree): PhD
URL for Externship Brochure: https://www.columbiapsychiatry.org/file/1252/download?token=FRQ1S-SV
Mental Health Team which provides psychological services in Spanish for
monolingual patients. The days required for this track are Mondays and Thursdays, 9am-5pm.
Length of externship (in months): 12
Start Date: July 1st
End Date: June 30th
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 16
2.-Women's Program Team which provides psychological and psychiatric services for women who are either pregnant or up to 2 years post partum. The days required for this track are Mondays and Wednesdays, 9am-5pm.
3.-Lucy Wicks HIV/MICA Team which provides psychological and psychiatric services for patients who are HIV + or have AIDS and also for patients who are diagnosed with mental illness and chemical abuse. The days required for this track are Mondays and Thursdays, 9am-5pm.
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 3-4
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants: While we will consider students at different levels of experiences, we do give preferences to applicants with at least one prior externship
Preferences: For the Rafael Tavares Mental Health Track, applicants should be bilingual Spanish/English speakers
Do you provide a stipend? lunch voucher is provided If so how much?: total amount of voucher is $6
When do you expect to begin interviews? (Applications can be submitted no earlier than Jan 22): No earlier than January 29th for interviews to commence
Interview process (provide information about interview process- time frame, how decisions are made) Interviews will normally entail meeting the Chief Extern and Externship Director as well as the Track Supervisor. This means possibly 2 separate interviews: the first one split with the Chief Extern and Externship Director and the second interview with the Track Supervisor.
Also, do you conduct individual and/or group interviews; case presentation, other information?: All interviews are conducted individually
What application materials are required (i.e., cv, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other?:
Please upload: CV, two letters of recommendation (one academic, one clinical), case writeup, cover letter and letter of good standing.
Applicants need to email a copy of their unofficial transcript to: email@example.com
Intervention and Assessment:
Intervention training experiences offered: short and long term individual and group psychotherapy, psychological evaluations, crisis management, safety planning, treatment planning
Clinical Expectations: A caseload of 5 individual psychotherapy cases, co-lead one psychotherapy group, conduct two psychological evaluations per month
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe: n/a. no testing at this site
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): n/a
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: n/a
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1.5 hrs per week
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1.5 hrs per week
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 3-4 hrs per week
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: 1 hr
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): seminars on: individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, brief dynamic psychotherapy, clinical psychiatric interviewing, psychopharmacology, multicultural issues in treatment and diagnosis
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: as indicated and needed with access to supervisors off line
Describe direct supervision:
Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation (audio, video, live in person (in treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream): group supervision provided in vivo and also post group, psychological evaulations supervision provided in vivo and supervision of individual psychotherapy provided post sessions
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"?: n/a
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