Description of Externship:
The goal of the externship is to provide externs with numerous opportunities to increase their competency in couple-based prevention techniques (as well as some specific interventions) while serving a population that encompasses a broad variety of ages, cultures, psychiatric diagnoses, and levels of functioning. To accomplish this goal, the extern will be trained to conduct clinical assessments with couples and individuals, co-lead relationship education groups, design and lead workshops on topics of the extern's choice, provide ongoing supportive services to couples (e.g., crisis intervention), as well as contribute to marital research/program evaluation projects as available.
Specifically, over the course of the year externs will:
- Conduct intakes for couples interested in SHR to determine program eligibility, assess relationship dynamics, determine case management needs, and formulate a comprehensive conceptualization of each couple’s relationship.
- Co-lead up to 3 relationship education groups. Each cohort is comprised of an average of 10 couples, and meets for three hours weekly for twelve weeks.
- Carry a caseload that includes half of the couples from the extern’s groups, providing support as couples progress through the program. This may include addressing case management needs, and conducting up to 4 “priority sessions” (i.e., crisis intervention) for highly distressed/at-risk couples.
- Participate in ongoing research evaluating the efficacy and effectiveness of relationship education programs, and how variables of interest (e.g., hope about the relationship) may mediate/moderate specific treatment outcomes (e.g., communication skill acquisition).
- Receive comprehensive training in delivering empirically-supported relationship education curricula (LCLC; PREP), as well as Gottman method couples therapy, emotionally focused couples therapy (EFT), motivational interviewing (MI), cultural competency, and other interventions relevant to effectively serving low-income couples and their families.
General information about externship site:
Director of the Program: Traci Maynigo, Psy.D.
Training Director: Moshe Moeller, Ph.D.
Address: 334 East 148th Street, 2nd Floor Bronx, NY 10451
Telephone: 718-401-5050 Ext. 252
Please direct questions to Dr. Moshe Moeller using the contact information above.
URL for Externship Brochure: http://www.montefiore.org/supporting-healthy-relationshipsLength of externship: 12 Months
Start Date: 7/1/2019
End Date: 6/30/2020
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 16-20 hours; Tuesday afternoons are required; Two evenings per week are required
Specialty track: couples
Expected number of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 2-4
Minimum level of readiness: 3rd year and above (2nd year when applying); prior psychotherapy experience required; experience in group-based interventions, couples interventions, and/or psychoeducational workshops preferred but not required
Preferences: clinical, school/clinical; experience in group-based interventions, couples interventions, and/or psychoeducational workshops preferred but not required; Bilingual Spanish highly preferred, but not required
Do you provide a stipend? No
Affiliation Agreement between Montefiore Medical Center and student's doctoral program is required.
Applications and Interviews:
We will start accepting applications on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 9am, and we will start sending out offers on Monday, March 4, 2019 at 9am.
We will not be accepting applications from students who are simultaneously applying for internship. Acceptance to our program does not influence a student's prospects for being accepted to Montefiore's internship program.
When do you expect to begin interviews? Early February
Interview process: 2 individual interviews with supervising psychologists
Application materials required:
- Cover Letter (addressed to Moshe Moeller, Ph.D.)
- CV (with DCT's contact information)
- 2 letters of recommendation
- case summary/initial assessment (NOT a test report)
- Letter of eligibility from doctoral program to complete at least 16 hours per week of practicum training
Please upload your documents, including letters of recommendation, through this portal. If a reference prefers to email a letter directly, it can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accepted students will be required to complete an on-boarding process (health screening, background check, drug testing, etc.) prior to the externship start date.
Intervention and Assessment:
Intervention training experiences offered: Carry a caseload of 10-20 couples, providing support as couples progress through the program. This may include addressing case management needs, and conducting "booster sessions" (i.e. crisis intervention) for highly distressed/at-risk couples. Co-lead up to 3 relationship education groups. Each cohort is comprised of an average of 10 couples and meets for three hours weekly for 12 weeks. Conduct weekly intakes for groups.
Assessment training experiences commonly offered: Relationship dynamic/attachment history; social, emotional, behavioral assessment (e.g. rating scales, interviews); assessment of case management needs.
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship: N/A (This is not a testing site)
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: N/A
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: N/A
Training Models Offered:
Training is based on an integrative and systems approach using relevant literature to guide practice.
Specific couples therapy modalities offered:
- Loving Couples, Loving Children (LCLC)
- Prevention and Relationships Enhancement Program (PREP)
- Gottman Method Couples Therapy
- Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)
- Motivational Interviewing
- Cultural Competency
- In addition to these specific couples therapy modalities, supervisors have extensive training in psychodynamic, behavioral, family systems, trauma-focused, DBT, and mindfulness-based modalities
Adult couples (18+), ethnic, low-income/underserved, outpatient, expecting and new parents
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1-2 hours per week
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 2-3 hours per week
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 1 1/2 hours per week
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: 3-4 hours dailyEstimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: Daily; informal supervision is always welcome.
Describe supervision: Live in person, video
Specify: Aside from weekly scheduled individual supervision, live supervision occurs during assessment, consultation, and intervention.
Didactics are held in seminar form. Topics include, but are not limited to: healthy marriage/relationship education programs, experiential/behavioral couple therapy, cultural competency, parenting, fatherhood in underserved communities, psychological disorders most pertinent to our population (e.g. perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, sexual dysfunction), group dynamics, emotionally focused couples therapy (EFT), Gottman method couples therapy, and family systems therapy.
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"?: yes
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