description of Externship:
The Combined OCD and Bipolar Externship Track at Long Island Jewish Medical Center offers the opportunity to work in two of Zucker Hillside Hospital's outpatient Centers of Specialization: the OCD Center and the Bipolar Center. Externs work as a part of these multi-disciplinary teams.
Requirements: A minimum of two days per week time commitment is required, for a total of 16 hours per week. Evening hours on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays. Team meetings are on Tuesdays; attendance on Tuesdays is preferred but not required.
The OCD Center offers specialized, evidence-based treatment for patients impacted by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related conditions, including self-limiting perfectionism, obsessive compulsive personality disorder, and body dysmorphic disorder. OCD is characterized by (1) recurrent, intrusive, and distressing thoughts, urges, or images (obsessions) and (2) repetitive mental or behavioral acts that the individual feels driven to perform (compulsions) to prevent or reduce distress, or to prevent some dreaded event or situation. The treatment modality is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), specifically Exposure and Response Prevention, the gold standard psychotherapy for OCD. Externs will also apply other forms of cognitive behavioral therapy, including cognitive restructuring, behavioral activation, and motivational interviewing, as well as mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches. Individual and group supervision are provided by experts in OCD and related disorders. Externs participate in weekly didactics covering topics related to treatment and professional development.
The Bipolar Center offers
specialized care for patients and families impacted by Bipolar Disorder.
Bipolar Disorder is characterized by episodes of mania or mania and depression.
The Bipolar Center offers evidence-based treatments including Interpersonal
Social Rhythm Therapy (IPSRT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). IPSRT
focuses on establishing regular routines and managing interpersonal stressors.
This approach is an adaptation of IPT (interpersonal psychotherapy), an
evidence-based approach to the treatment of unipolar depression. CBT
focuses on examining thoughts, behaviors and beliefs and the impact that they
have on mood, with the goal of challenging maladaptive thinking patterns and
behaviors in order to improve mood. Individual and group supervision are
provided by experts in Bipolar Disorder. Externs participate in weekly
didactics covering topics related to treatment and professional development.
General information about
Director of the Program: Anthony Pinto, Ph.D.
Training Director: Elihu Turkel, Ph.D.
Supervisors: Anthony Pinto, Ph.D., Alison Gilbert, Ph.D.
URL for Externship Brochure: https://professionals.northwell.edu/graduate-medical-education/psychology-training-program-zucker-hillside-hospital
Websites for each Center: https://www.northshorelij.com/ocdcenter
Length of externship (in months): 12
Start Date: July 1, 2019
End Date: June 30, 2020
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 16 hours over 2 days
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 3
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants): The applicant should have at least one year of prior externship or practicum experience (i.e., most applicants will be in the third or fourth year of graduate school).
Preferences: 3rd or
4th year students
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 19): 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?: Individual interviews with 2 separate team members, each typically lasting about 30 minutes.
What application materials are required: Cover Letter, CV, Two letters of recommendation from professional or academic sources, de-identified case summary (NOT a test report), Letter of readiness from doctoral program. Please include your DCTs email address.
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: 8-10 individual therapy cases, co-lead a therapy group
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe:Personality/Psychopathology,Assessment using structured clinical interviews,Mental Status Exam,Comprehensive Assessment of OCD, OCPD, BDD, and Bipolar Disorder,Assessment of Family Accommodation of OCD, Differential Diagnosis
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
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: N/A
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 2
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 1
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: 1
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): Seminars, Grand Rounds available
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: Daily
Describe ect supervision: Supportive CBT oriented supervision reviewing entire caseload on a weekly basis with room for skills training and processing of experience
Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation (audio, video, live in person (in treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream): Varies from live in person during group therapy as well as audio/video of individual therapy 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