Company Name:

Mid Hudson Forensic Psychiatric Center

Location:

New Hampton, New York

Population Served:

18-25, 26-64, 65+

Mandatory Days:

Monday - all day

Appropriate for:

Second Externship

Training Model

Milieu

Posted

October 31, 2018

Mid-Hudson Forensic Psychiatric Center (MHFPC)

Provide description of Externship:

Mid-Hudson Forensic Psychiatric Center (MHFPC) is a secure forensic hospital operated by the NYS Office of Mental Health. The hospital provides a comprehensive program of evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation for patients admitted by court order. These admissions are consequent to judicial findings of "incompetent to stand trial" or "not responsible by reason of mental disease or defect." The hospital consists of 18 units, two of which are coed, and provides services to approximately 280 patients. Patients with serious medical issues are housed in our Acute Care Unit and patients with acute behavioral problems are housed in our Special Services Unit. In addition, MHFPC recently created a Behavior Change Unit for patients with sexual abuse offenses. The Psychology Department is part of the interdisciplinary treatment team and provides individual and group therapy, in addition to conducting assessments of patients in a number of specialized areas. The Licensed Psychologists are responsible for completing Forensic Examinations in order to determine if a patient is dangerously mentally ill and requires services in a secure setting, as well as providing expert testimony in court. Additional evaluations that are undertaken by the department include intelligence testing, personality assessment and other assessments such as examinations for feigning symptoms and possible dementia interfering with being found fit to stand trial.
Students accepted into our externship program would be required to attend the same core training that is mandated for all staff members in the hospital. We would expect a work commitment of a minimum of two days per week and Mondays must be one of those days, as that is the day for Extern Seminars. The externship year can coincide with their school semester. The externs would have an opportunity to be part of an interdisciplinary team, consisting of a psychiatrist, nurse, social worker, psychologist, and direct care staff, attending morning rounds and treatment planning. Externs will be responsible for providing individual therapy for 2-3 patients, co-leading at least 2 treatment groups, and conducting 1-3 psychological assessment, depending on the student’s needs. In addition, the extern would have the opportunity of conducting risk assessments utilizing the HCR-20v3 under direct supervision. All students will make one case presentation to fellow externs and the psychology department prior to the end of the year.
In addition, externs will have the opportunity to participate in hospital grand rounds and other on-site training and training seminars twice per month on topics such as, malingering, risk assessment, DBT, court proceedings, forensic process, among other treatment theories. The extern would have supervision by an assigned psychologist for one hour per week, one hour of group supervision, and assessment supervision when assigned an assessment case. Additional supervision would be provided depending on the responsibilities assigned. The extern would be afforded the opportunity to observe forensic assessments and court proceedings.


General information about externship site:

Director of the Program: Taina Ortiz-Velez, Psy.D.
Website:
URL for Externship Brochure:
Length of externship (in months):10 months
Start Date: 09/03/19
End Date:   06/28/19
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 16 (2 days)
Specialty tracks: Clinical and Forensic
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 4
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants: Students should have prior experience with assessment and therapy.
Preferences: Prior experience working with challenging population
Do you provide a stipend? If so how much?: no

Interviews:

When do you expect to begin interviews? (Applications can be submitted no earlier than Jan 22): The last week of January Interview process: We conduct individual on-site interviews.

What application materials are required: Cover letter; CV; 2 reference letters; one full integrated assessment report.

Intervention and Assessment:

Intervention training experiences offered: Average number of individual patients that students will carry will be 2-3; students can expect to co-lead 2-3 groups. Assessment training experiences commonly offered: Students may be asked to do some cognitive screenings, memory/dementia testing, malingering testing, risk assessment, and other assessments based on referral question.

Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): 1-3.

Supervision:

Estimate hours/week of individual supervision:2

Estimated hour/week of didactics: 1+

Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: 2+

Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): grand rounds; face-to-face seminars with clinicians; students will also have the opportunity to attend other training as available.

Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: As much as needed

Describe direct supervision: Students will be assigned a clinical supervisor who will be on the same unit as the student and they will co-lead groups with their direct supervisor or another psychologist in the department. The primary supervisor may or not be the assessment supervisor, who will meet with them weekly during assessments or as needed depending on pace and complexity of case. In addition, the students will be offer one hour of group supervision with the Externship Training Director. Observation occurs naturally as a part of the shadowing/co-leading process. Students are not allowed to tape sessions given the setting.

Support:

Is the agency readily accessible through public transportation?: The hospital can be reached by car from either Interstate 84 at Exit 3 or from NY Thruway to Route 17

Wheelchair accessible: yes

Are home visits required as part of the trainee's duties?: no

Is a transportation stipend provided?: no



Company Name:

Mid Hudson Forensic Psychiatric Center

Location:

New Hampton, New York

Population Served:

18-25

Mandatory Days:

Monday - all day

Appropriate for:

Second Externship

Training Model

Milieu

Posted

October 31, 2018

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