Provide description of Externship:
The New York Correction Department (NYCD) is one of the largest municipal jail systems in the United States. It provides for the care, custody and control of inmates accused of crimes or sentenced to incarceration of one year or less. The Department of Correction, handles approximately 81,000 admissions each year, manages an average daily population of over 11,500 inmates, and employs more than 10,000 uniformed and civilian staff.
The Applicant Investigation Unit (AIU) employs NYS licensed psychologists to perform pre-employment evaluations on Correction Officer (CO) applicants (and other area law enforcement, such as Probation Officers. AIU psychologists make psycholegal decisions on the psychological suitability of civilians for positions of public trust (i.e., law enforcement and public safety). Therefore, this externship is a specialized training for those interested in assessment, forensic evaluation, and police & public safety psychology.
· Conducting pre-employment psychological evaluations of officer candidates (firearm carrying & unarmed positions).
· Administering the written psychological examination to officer candidates - Specialized testing for law enforcement ion (e.g., PAI, CPI, WPT-R).
· Administering Rorschach evaluations (Exner CS) to correction officer candidates, as needed.
· Conducting research pertaining to programmatic development and broader topics related to public safety psychology. This research is conducted and completed with the ultimate goal of professional publication.
General information about externship site:
Director of the Program: Dr. Christopher Sbaratta
Training Director, (degree): PhD
URL for Externship Brochure:
Length of externship (in months): 10
Start Date: Early September
End Date: End of June
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 16-20
Specialty tracks: none
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 3
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants:
Do you provide a stipend? If so how much?: Not at present but have submitted for funding from the Department: Inquire at interview
When do you expect to begin interviews? (Applications can be submitted no earlier than Jan 22): Early February
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?: Individual interviews are scheduled with 1-2 staff psychologists.
What application materials are required (i.e., cv, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other?:
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: Each day can conduct 3-4 interviews (1 hr each). Also work with background investigators/officers on same caseload. Can be involved, bi-weekly on average in large group testings (~50-75 officer candidates).
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe: Each case/candidate includes testing of brief projective, cognitive, psychopathology and personality measures. Seminars include those of specialized testing for police and public safety selection.
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): Again, each case includes an integration of a testing batters, as well as clinical interview and background/collateral data. So average 3-4 per day, 2-3 days per week for approximately 10 months. This would be the upper limit of possible full assessment batteries completed. 150 would be a conservative estimate.
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: See above. Reports are required for each case completed. Again, 150 would be a conservative estimate. However, those disqualified from the position psychologically require more thorough reports
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: Exner CS
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 1
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: N/A
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): seminars
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: daily, constant if/as needed
Describe direct supervision: Supervision live in room during 1:1 interviewing. Also supervision during group proctoring and administration of testing.
Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation (audio, video, live in person (in treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream): In room and also supervision of report writing.
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 - subway to shuttle or bus
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Are home visits required as part of the trainee's duties?: No
Is a transportation stipend provided?: No but have submitted for funding from the Department: Inquire at interview