Description of Externship:
The clinical psychology externship program at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center offers a generalist training program in clinical psychology which prepares graduate students to practice the scope of psychological services generally provided on acute inpatient units in urban hospital settings. The program’s overall goal is to develop the professional identity of the extern, allow externs to gain clinical skills, knowledge and practice in the treatment of serious and persistent mental illness, develop skills to work with interdisciplinary teams and develop competence in working with diverse and underserved populations.
The Department of Psychiatry at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center provides Acute Inpatient psychiatry services, outpatient services, consultation/liaison services and a Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program which includes a Psychiatric emergency room, mobile crisis outreach team, and extended observation beds. The department of psychiatry offers quality training to psychology interns/externs/fellow, medical students, psychiatry residents, , psychiatry externs, creative arts therapy interns/externs, nursing students, social work interns as well as other students.
Extern is expected to be present on site 16 hours/ week from July 1st through June 30th. Hours are typically 9am to 5pm. Due to the mandate to include a didactic component, we now require externs to be present either on a Tuesday or Thursday. We strongly advise externs to not work on two consecutive days. An ideal schedule might be Monday/Thursday, Tuesday/Thursday or Tuesday/ Friday. With permission from supervisor, extern may be allowed to split their days and spread out their hours to three days instead of. Prior inpatient experience is not required.
General information about externship site:
Director of the Program: Pravina Nair, PsyD
Training Director, (degree): Pravina Nair, PsyD
URL for Externship Brochure: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1pfLV0UGYJ0TYiXcce5vtTrOpIIkLhf-W
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: Adult Inpatient
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 4
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants): 3rd, 4th year or beyond at the start of externship.
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): Jan 29, 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 be informed via email whether or not they will be offered an interview. Interview process should take approximately 2 to 3 hours total. We begin with a group interview/informational session followed by individual interviews. Applicants will be asked to discuss a case informally.
What application materials are required (i.e., cv, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other?: Cover letter, CV, Case Summary, Two letters of reference, eligibility letter
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: Externs are assigned to approximately 3 to 4 individual psychotherapy patients at a time. Case load depends on the need of the unit as well as extern availability. Additionally, externs are assigned to at least one group therapy session per week. Externs may be assigned 0 - 2 psychological evaluations per year.
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe: Although this externship offers assessment opportunities, it is not a major component of the training. Assessments conducted on our units typically consists of measures of cognitive functioning (WAIS IV) and emotional functioning (Rorschach, TAT, PAI, Drawings). Extern may also have opportunities to administer the MOCA, MMSE and RBANS. Number of referrals vary every year but externs may be assigned 0 to 2 evaluations per year. If an extern wishes to administer more evaluations for practice, such opportunities can be created.
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): 0 - 2
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year:
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: Exner comprehensive System
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 1.5 to 3 depending on the days extern will be present.
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: approximately 2 to 3 hours of group therapy with supervisor
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): Case conferences, grand rounds, journal presentations and other mental health presentations depending on day of attendance
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: Approximately 1 hour per week
Describe direct supervision: Extern will have a dedicated time for individual supervision every week. Additionally, they will receive group supervision with other trainees after group therapy. Style and format of supervision will depend on the assigned supervisor. Externs will be given the freedom to choose treatment modality based on their own theoretical orientation.
Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation (audio, video, live in person (in treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream): Direct observation occurs during group therapy sessions with the supervisor present in session. Additionally, externs will be observed treating patients in the mileau
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?: n/a
Wheelchair accessible: yes
Are home visits required as part of the trainee's duties?: no
Is a transportation stipend provided?: no