Population Served:

5-12, 13-17, 18-25

Mandatory Days:

Wednesday after 12

Appropriate for:

Third Externship

Training Model



November 15, 2018

New York Presbyterian/Ambulatory Care Network School-Based Health Center Program

Provide description of Externship:

The School-Based Health Center Program (SBHCP) is an outpatient primary care service that is part of the umbia University Mailman School of Public Health and NewYork-Presbyterian's Ambulatory Care Network (ACN). SBHCP works under the oversight of the New York City Department of Health to provide school-based services, including medical, dental, health education, and mental health in public schools throughout Northern Manhattan and the Bronx. The School-Based Health Center Program provides on-site clinical, psychiatric, case management, and school-consultation services to some elementary school children, adolescents from 6th to 12th grade, and their families. Patients frequently have a variety of adjustment problems as well as externalizing and internalizing disorders. The 16 hour per week (Mondays and Wednesdays) psychology externship provides opportunity for 4-5 individual or group therapy cases, mental health screening/assessment, diagnostic evaluations. Additionally, there will be potential opportunities to do family therapy, parenting support, teacher/staff consultation, participation in psychoeducation workshops, and age to appropriate community-based services. Services are provided on-site at the school and externs will have the opportunity to make in-house referrals and laborate with other disciplines to provide students with the spectrum of care available at the clinic. Psychology externs receive weekly individual and group supervision, monthly disciplinary meetings, monthly multidisciplinary team meetings, and didactic seminars. Externs will be placed at a school-based clinic located in either Harlem or Washington Heights.

General information about externship site:

Director of the Program: Yolanda Thomas

Training Director, (degree):Ph.D.

Website: https://www.columbiapsychiatry.org/education-and-training/clinical-psychology/psychology-externships

URL for Externship Brochure:

Length of externship (in months): 12

Start Date: July 1, 2019

End Date: June 30, 2020

How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 16

Specialty tracks: None

# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 2

Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants:
Preferences: Must be in at least third year of graduate training

Do you provide a stipend? If so how much?: No

When do you expect to begin interviews? (Applications can be submitted no earlier than Jan 22): February 18, 2019 to February 22, 2019

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?: Larger group informational and Individual interviews

What application materials are required (i.e., cv, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other?:

  • Letter of Application (Cover Letter)
  • CV
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Eligibility Letter

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 will carry a caseload of 3-5 patients with a range of diagnoses. Externs will participate in screening new clinic patients for behavioral health concerns. Externs will complete intake assessments. Externs may co-facilitate classroom presentations and one psychotherapy group.

Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe:

Behavioral health screening, suicide risk assessment and intervention planning, crisis interventions (including assessment for abuse and other high risk issues), diagnostic evaluations, supportive individual psychotherapy in collaboration with a primary care provider, group therapy, parenting support, classroom-based primary intervention. Opportunities for psychological testing are not available at this time. 

Specific Assessment Tools: Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale, PHQ-A, Mini Mental Status Exam, and Other basic Self-Report rating scales

Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): None

Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: None
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: N/A

Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1 hour

Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1 hour

Estimated hour/week of didactics: Didactic seminars, 1 hour in length, primarily take place during the summer (10 seminars) with additional didactics taking place during the school year (2 seminars)

Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: 1

Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): Externs will meet with school-based staff for didactic seminars and also have opportunities to attend addtional didactic seminars with trainees in the psychiatry department.

Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: Externs check-in with supervisors as needed, open-door policy around crisis issues and general support.

Describe direct supervision: Supervisors primarily Psychodynamic or Cognitive Behavioral with an Integrative approach to treatment interventions

Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation (audio, video, live in person (in treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream):

Live observation will occur in the treatment room during an intervention, assessment, and/or consultation


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?: Yes

Wheelchair accessible: Yes

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

Is a transportation stipend provided?: No

Company Name:

New York Presbyterian/Ambulatory Care Network School-Based Health Center Program


New York, New York

Population Served:


Mandatory Days:

Wednesday after 12

Appropriate for:

Third Externship

Training Model



November 15, 2018

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