Provide description of Externship:
Goals: The educational goals of the Externship are to develop existing skills in assessment and treatment, to familiarize trainees with the complexities of severe psychopathology and the role of the psychologist in institutional settings, and to provide opportunities for professional growth. Clinical work with families is considered a crucial aspect of the training. Sensitivity to both cultural diversity and ethical standards is considered essential.
Responsibilities: Externs typically see a minimum of two patients and families concurrently; co-lead psychotherapy groups; complete eight to ten psychological assessments per year; participate in treatment team activities and attend hospital Grand Rounds, diagnostic and case conferences, and training lectures.
Supervision: Externs are provided with at least two hours of individual supervision per week by a supervising psychologist who directly oversees Externs’ work on the units to which they are assigned. Additional supervision is provided as needed.
Seminars: In addition to weekly psychotherapy and assessment supervision, Externs participate in didactics and clinical treatment seminars, including psychopharmacology case consultations, seminars on Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Psychopathology & Psychological Assessment, and supervision on Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Externs are expected, when able, to participate in other training seminars and hospital sponsored lectures and workshops, including Grand Rounds.
General information about externship site:
Patient Population: There are 51 inpatient beds and more than 200 day hospital and clinic patients receiving behavioral health care services at NYCCC-Queens. Youngsters up to age 18 are eligible for services. Admissions are generally on a voluntary basis, with referrals from acute care psychiatric hospitals, schools, clinics, courts, and community agencies.
Clinical Services: The comprehensive program of care includes medical, psychiatric and psychological evaluations; individualized treatment plans; educational programming; family therapy; and supervised group experience to facilitate development of social skills.
Director of the Program: Endra K. Henry, PhD
Training Director, (degree): Endra K. Henry, PhD
URL for Externship Brochure: https://www.omh.ny.gov/omhweb/facilities/nyccc/qcpc/brochures/web-externship-brochure.pdf
Length of externship (in months): 10
Start Date: Monday after Labor Day
End Date: End of June
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 20
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 3
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants: Full time, matriculated candidates who are enrolled in clinical or school psychology programs whose Externship or clinical practicum will be used to satisfy degree requirements will be considered. Students who are selected for the Externship must have completed at least two years of full-time graduate study. Students should also have completed basic courses in cognitive assessment and projective testing by the beginning of the Externship year.
Preferences: Consideration for Inpatient units will be given to candidates who will be 4th year students at the start of Externship.
Do you provide a stipend? If so how much?: N/A
When do you expect to begin interviews? (Applications can be submitted no earlier than Jan 22): The week of February 4th
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?:
The Externship program at NYCCC-Queens adheres to PSYDNYS-NYNJADOT Guidelines, including regarding application submission and offer time-frames. Candidates are notified by e-mail of their interview status and will be interviewed during the second and third weeks of February. Interviews are in group format (4-6 candidates), led by two or three faculty members, and typically last about 90 minutes. On the day of their interview, candidates are provided an opportunity to meet with current Externs to learn about the day-to-day workings of the Externship.
What application materials are required (i.e., cv, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other?:
Required application materials:1) Letter of Eligibility from University
2) Cover Letter
3) Curriculum vitae (CV)
4) Letters of Recommendation x2
5) Comprehensive psychological assessment report (including projectives)
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:
Externs typically see a minimum of two patients and families concurrently; co-lead psychotherapy groups; complete eight to ten psychological assessments per year; participate in treatment team activities and attend hospital Grand Rounds, diagnostic and case conferences, and training lectures.
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe:Psychological assessment, report writing, and clinical presentations are considered core components of the Externship. In addition to weekly assessment supervision, Externs participate in didactics and clinical treatment seminars, including a seminar on Psychopathology and Psychological Assessment.
Externs are expected to complete 8 to 10 reports during the training year, refining their skills in administration, scoring, and interpretation of cognitive, objective, and projective measures, and in differential diagnosis. Externs are also afforded exposure to administration and scoring of some neuropsychological tests. Most testing is done on the Extern's primary units, though there may be opportunities to complete psychological testing on units other than the units to which an Extern has been assigned.
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): 8-10
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: 8-10
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: Exner
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: minimum of 2
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 3-4
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors:
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds):
Core didactics and clinical treatment seminars include weekly Psychopharmacology Case Consultation, seminars on Family Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Psychopathology and Psychological Assessment, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis, and supervision on Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Externs are expected, when able, to participate in other training seminars and hospital sponsored lectures and workshops, including Grand Rounds.
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: As often as needed
Describe direct supervision:
Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation (audio, video, live in person (in treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream):
Observation occurs in the milieu in diverse contexts, including during intervention and assessment, and in context of in-person and via telephone family meetings and collateral contacts.
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?:
E or F train) to Union Turnpike (Kew Gardens) station, then the Q 46 bus East to Commonwealth Boulevard
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Are home visits required as part of the trainee's duties?: No
Is a transportation stipend provided?: No