MCC-NY is located in lower Manhattan just blocks away from Chinatown, SoHo, Wall Street, City Hall, and South Street Seaport. The primary mission of the Metropolitan Correctional Center is to house adult male and female federal detainees from the New York City metropolitan area. It is a 12-story administrative facility housing approximately 800+ pretrial and holdover inmates who are going through the judicial process. As the MCC is an Administrative facility, it houses all security levels from inmates facing minimal federal charges to international terrorists facing trial. The MCC is a Forensic Study site, has the Bureau's only Methadone Treatment Program, and houses the largest number of inmates under the protection of the Treaty Transfer Program.
Adult (18+) male and female federal detainees. Patients present with a wide array of diagnoses, including mood and anxiety disorders, psychotic spectrum illnesses, cognitive and intellectual limitations, substance abuse, personality and behavioral disorders, dual diagnosis, etc. Inmates represent an international population (many nationalities, ethnicities, religions, cultural norms, languages) and speak a variety of international languages.
Psychology Externship Program:
The primary goal of MCC-NY's training program is to provide graduate students with the broad-based experiences needed to become professional psychologists. The training program is flexible, and students may contract for an emphasis in areas such as forensic skills, assessment skills, and seriously mentally ill. We have a strong didactic component. Training will be available in each of the areas listed below.
A. Forensic Evaluations for the Courts (Competency, Criminal Responsibility, etc.)
B. Multiple Assessment Techniques (i.e., Personality, Intelligence, Cognitive, Neuropsychological, Malingering, etc.)
C. Suicide Risk Assessment, Crisis Intervention, CBT Treatments (individual and group formats), & Brief Counseling
D. Ethical Issues and Standards of Practice
E. Clinical Interviewing Skills
F. Consultation Skills
G. Comprehensive Report Writing
H. Peer Review, Supervision, Program Evaluation
Focused Practicum Experiences (Forensic and Clinical):
Students will have exposure to didactic training in both forensic and clinical matters.
-Forensic Rotation: Students will spend the majority of their time on a Forensic Rotation conducting interviews, testing, and report-writing for court-ordered evaluations.
-Clinical Rotation: Students are also offered a Clinical Rotation for exposure to clinical/correctional psychology (i.e., intakes, mental health follow-up contacts, crisis intervention, brief counseling, suicide risk assessments, and group psychotherapy).
Students are expected to commit to two, eight-hour days per week (Monday through Thursday) for one full year. Externs must arrive each day at approximately 7:00am and stay until approximately 4:00pm (exact hours vary depending on supervisor). Weekly attendance at the Thursday seminar/didactic training is required.
Students typically receive at least two hours individual/group supervision per week from a licensed doctoral-level psychologist. A biweekly seminar/didactic training will cover a variety of topics relevant to mental health, clinical skills, correctional psychology, suicide risk assessment, grammar and report writing skills, and forensic evaluations.
Upon Externship start date, applicants should be enrolled in at least the third year of a Doctoral program in Clinical, Counseling, School, or Forensic Psychology. Preference is given to advanced students and candidates with previous clinical experience, including assessment.
PLEASE NOTE: We follow the recommendations set forth by PSYDNYS (Psychology Directors of NYS) and NYNJADOT (New York New Jersey Association of Directors of Training). PSYDNYS and NYNJADOT have developed recommended policies to govern the process of applying to externships and accepting internship offers.
Interested applicants may contact the Psychology Department for further information (646)836-6354 or firstname.lastname@example.org:
Dr. Kari Schlessinger
Dr. Samantha DiMisa
Dr. Jolie Avena
Dr. Ashley Jenkins
**All applicants must be U.S. citizens with a valid Social Security Number. Acceptance into the Externship site requires passing an extensive background procedure. Accepted applicants will be required to attend one volunteer training typically occurring in late spring or early summer prior to the August start date. Additionally, each candidate will be required to complete paperwork in a timely manner to ensure eligibility is obtained prior to the start date.
Submit Application, including:
Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, and one Professional Letter of Recommendation. Also, include a phone number and an email address where you can be reached.
Psychology Department - Externship Program
Metropolitan Correctional Center