Gracie Square Hospital
Clinical Psychology Externship Program
Gracie Square Hospital is a psychiatric inpatient facility located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan that has provided advanced, patient-centered behavioral health services since it opened in 1959. As a member of the New York-Presbyterian Regional Hospital Network, we are committed to providing the highest quality of recovery-oriented care and evidence-based treatment. Assessment, treatment and discharge planning within this setting focus on stabilization and reintegration of our diverse patient population back into the community.
About Gracie Square Hospital:
Gracie Square Hospital’s clinical services are comprised of specialized units:
- Crisis Stabilization Program
- Affective (Mood) Disorders Program
- Psychotic Disorders Program
- Dual Focus Program
- Young Adult Program
- Older Adult Program
- Asian Psychiatry Program
The Externship Program:
The Clinical Psychology Externship Program is a 10-12-month training experience (16-20 hours per week, over 2-3 days), beginning in August 2019 (flexible) and ending in August 2020 (flexible). The externship offers the opportunity for trainees to gain a deeper understanding of the role of psychological assessment and intervention in the acute treatment of individuals with severe and persistent mental illness and co-occurring disorders. Strong training emphasis is placed on providing clinical services that are consistent with recovery-oriented and trauma-informed models of care.
Co-Directors, Psychology Externship Program:
Michael B. Klein, Ph.D.
Nadine A. Chang, Ph.D.
Externs will gain clinical experience facilitating psychotherapy groups, psychological assessment, psychoeducation, crisis intervention, milieu therapy, and will carry a caseload of 2-3 individual patients. During the training year, externs will complete consecutive six-month rotations on their assigned units. Externs will become familiar with evidence-based psychotherapies for the treatment of individuals with a wide range of psychiatric disorders in an inpatient setting. They will have opportunities to learn and apply traditional models of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Short-Term Psychodynamic Therapy, and third wave approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Training.
Externs receive one hour of weekly face-to-face, individual supervision from a licensed clinical psychologist. Externs will also receive one hour of group supervision by a licensed clinical psychologist. Live, in-session observation of clinical activities will be conducted during each rotation. Supervising psychologists come from various training backgrounds and clinical orientations.
Externs will participate in daily huddle, nursing report, clinical rounds, treatment team meetings, community meetings, case conferences, and staff meetings. Externs will work together with psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, nurses, nursing aides, social workers, activities therapists, certified alcoholism and substance abuse counselors, and students from several disciplines. Externs will participate in a biweekly clinical psychology didactic seminar that includes a variety of clinical and research topics, as well as professional development issues. Additional experiences include hospital-wide grand rounds, medical staff meetings, journal club, clinical case conferences, discharge planning meetings, committee meetings, and other seminars.
Externship positions are available for two qualified, pre-internship students who are enrolled in a clinical or counseling psychology doctoral program. Preference may be given to those who will be in their fourth year of training at the time of the externship. A minimum of 16 hours per week is required, with a 10-12-month commitment. Externs will receive a monetary stipend of $3,000. Applicants should have completed coursework in psychotherapy and psychological assessment, have training in DSM/ICD diagnostic systems, and have familiarity with psychopathology and differential diagnosis by the time the externship begins. Applicants should demonstrate prior experience in clinical interviewing, individual and group psychotherapy, and psychological testing. Applicants should demonstrate an interest in working with individuals with severe and persistent mental illness from ethnically and culturally diverse backgrounds. Bilingual students are strongly encouraged to apply.
Please note, we abide by the guidelines set forth by Psychology Directors of New York State (PSYDNYS) and New York New Jersey Association of Directors of Training (NYNJADOT). Applications for the 2019-2020 training year will be accepted starting 9:00 A.M., January 22, 2019.
To apply, please upload the following materials to the APA externship portal:
- Cover letter
- Curriculum vitae
- Two (2) to *three (3)* letters of recommendation: one must be from an academic source and one must be from a professional or clinical supervisor
- Writing sample: a redacted case summary and/or a redacted test report
- Letter of readiness from your Director of Clinical Training (DCT); please include your DCT’s email address
*The third letter of recommendation may be emailed to Michael B. Klein, Ph.D., email@example.com, Nadine A. Chang, Ph.D., firstname.lastname@example.org, and Fran Luckom-Nurnberg, Ph.D., email@example.com.
Qualified applicants will be invited to interview at Gracie Square Hospital. Applicants will meet with members of the psychology service for a series of individual interviews, followed by a group tour of the facility led by current externs. Applicants will be notified of the status of their applications to the externship program.
General information about externship site:
Director(s) of the Program: Michael B. Klein, Ph.D., and Nadine A. Chang, Ph.D.
URL for Externship Brochure: N/A
Length of externship (in months): 10-12 months
Start Date: August 2019 (flexible)
End Date: August 2020 (flexible)
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 16-20 hours per week, over 2-3 days (flexibility in scheduling)
Specialty tracks: see above
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 2
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants): Entering at least third year of training
Preferences: Preference will be given to those entering their fourth year of training
Do you provide a stipend? If so how much?: Yes, $3000
When do you expect to begin interviews? (Applications can be submitted no earlier than Jan 22): Upon receipt of applications
Interview process (e.g., time frame, how decisions are made, individual and/or group interviews; case presentation, other information): Please see interview section above
What application materials are required?: Please see application process above
Intervention and Assessment:
Intervention training experiences offered: Group psychotherapy; Individual psychotherapy; Consultation/Liaison; Crisis intervention; Milieu therapy; Psychoeducation
Estimate average number of individual patients that students will carry: 2-3 individuals
Estimate number of groups: Externs will run cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) skills groups on their assigned units
Assessment training experiences commonly offered: Psychological assessment; assessment report writing; brief neuropsychological testing; diagnostic interviewing/evaluation
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): Approximately 2-4 full batteries (based upon training goals)
Estimate number of integrated assessment reports per year: Approximately 2-4 (based upon training goals)
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: TBD
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1 hour per week
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1 hour per week
Estimated hour/week of didactics: approximately 3-4 hours (varies by elected schedule)
Estimated co-therapy hours/week with supervisors: 1-2 hours (varies upon elected schedule)
Context of didactics: Hospital-wide grand rounds; clinical psychology didactic seminar; journal club; clinical case conferences; community lecture, etc.
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: Encouraged, as needed
Describe direct supervision: Face-to-face, individual supervision (case discussion, clinical/professional development, review of progress notes and assessment reports); live, in-vivo observation of clinical activities; co-leading psychotherapy; group supervision
Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation (audio, video, live in person (in treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream): Live, in-session observation may occur during individual intervention, group psychotherapy, consultation, and/or assessment procedures
If you have only one extern, would you be to have extern participate in peer support consortium with other sites: 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