Population Served:

18-25, 26-64, Outpatient, Trauma

Mandatory Days:

Tuesday after 12

Appropriate for:

Second Externship

Training Model

Integrative

Posted

October 16, 2018

Montefiore Medical Center - The University Hospital for Albert Einstein College of Medicine - Supporting Healthy Relationships Program - Psychology Externship, Couples Track

Description of Externship:

This is a unique opportunity to gain experience working on a federally-funded relationship education research program serving couples in the South Bronx. The program, called Supporting Healthy Relationships (SHR), is designed specifically to enhance relationship skills and strengthen relationships for low-income couples in the greater NYC area. The curriculum utilized is Drs. John and Julie Gottman's Loving Couples Loving Children (LCLC), which was shaped by Gottman's many years of research on marital functioning. The curriculum has also been modified to fit our diverse community by adding aspects of Dr. Sue Johnson's Hold Me Tight curriculum (based on Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy) and the Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP by Stanley & Markman). While most clinicians work with couples using therapy as an intervention, our program encourages a clinician's role in prevention, before couples are distressed.


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

Email: mmoeller@montefiore.org     

Please direct questions to Dr. Moshe Moeller using the contact information above. 

Website: http://www.montefiore.org/supporting-healthy-relationships

URL for Externship Brochure: http://www.montefiore.org/supporting-healthy-relationships

Length 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 mmoeller@montefiore.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


Populations Served:

Adult couples (18+), ethnic, low-income/underserved, outpatient, expecting and new parents  


Supervision:

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 daily

Estimated 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:

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.


Support:

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

Company Name:

Montefiore Medical Center of the University Hospital for Albert Einstein College of Medicine – Supporting Healthy Relationships

Location:

Bronx, New York

Population Served:

18-25

Mandatory Days:

Tuesday after 12

Appropriate for:

Second Externship

Training Model

Integrative

Posted

October 16, 2018

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