Provide description of Externship: The Program for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Studies (PATSS) at Weill Cornell Medical lege is seeking two clinical psychology graduate students for clinical-research externships focused on trauma and psychological recovery. Major responsibilities include: 1) Conducting outpatient assessments using semi-structured clinical interviews (e.g., CAPS and MINI) in the context of clinical research studies of general trauma and a general mental health clinic for the military community, the NYP Military Family Wellness Center at WCM; 2) Providing evidence-based treatments for PTSD and related conditions in outpatient clinical-research settings, for instance using prolonged exposure, CPT, and possibly more recently-developed treatments for PTSD including IPT and virtual reality-enhanced therapy for PTSD; 3) Assessing psychiatric symptoms and providing brief, focused interventions for hospitalized inpatients at the William Randolph Hearst Burn Center at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Externs will be able to assist in ongoing research on trauma in inpatients and outpatients, including at all stages of study: data lection, analysis, and potentially manuscript preparation. Successful externs will have the opportunity to conduct independent research projects using archival and newly-collected data sets on a range of trauma populations and clinical research studies, including World Trade Center attack disaster workers, d-cycloserine-enhanced exposure therapy, and virtual reality-enhanced exposure therapy. Externs will be supervised by licensed Clinical Psychologists in inpatient and outpatient roles. The Burn Center is a multidisciplinary clinical environment, and externs will act as part of the team of surgeons, nurses, physical/occupational therapists, and social workers. Health psychology and/or trauma experience preferred.
General information about externship site: The Program for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Studies (PATSS) is a specialized clinical research program within the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical lege that focuses on trauma and its sequelae, including Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety disorders, and depression. Led by JoAnn Difede, Ph.D., a pioneer in the use of virtual reality technology for World Trade Center and combat-related PTSD, the program aims to develop and test innovative treatments for PTSD, improve the effectiveness of existing treatments, and entify genetic, psychophysiological, and cognitive-emotional factors that influence the development of PTSD and predict treatment response.
Director of the Program: JoAnn Difede
Training Director, (degree): JoAnn Difede, PhD
URL for Externship Brochure: na
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: na
# 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 at least 2nd year graduate student and have completed at least 1 externship prior to starting
Do you provide a stipend? If so how much? No
Interviews:When do you expect to begin interviews? (Applications can be submitted no earlier than Jan 22): We will accept applications between January 22nd and February 5th, 2019. Interviews will take place in mid-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?: Interviews will be conducted individually.
What application materials are required (i.e., cv, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other?:
Letter of rec. #1
Letter of rec. #2
If your mentors prefer to submit their letters separately, please request that they indicate your name and the track to which you are applying in their email subject line and send the letters to Melissa Peskin at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to: Melissa Peskin, Program for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Studies, Department of Psychiatry, Box 200, 525 East 68th Street, NY, NY 10065
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: Students will have the opportunity to learn evidence-based treatments for PTSD including prolonged exposure and cognitive processing therapy. They will carry 1-3 individual outpatients at a time. They may also have the opportunity to gain experience employing cognitive-behavioral approaches to treat anxiety and depressive disorders. They will receive training in providing brief cognitive-behavioral interventions at bedside to recently traumatized patients in the William Randolph Hearst Burn Center at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe: Externs will be trained in using the Clinician Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS), the gold-standard diagnostic instrument for assessing PTSD. They will also be trained in administering the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI), a brief semi-structured assessment instrument for diagnosing DSM-5 disorders. They will also receive training in brief assessment at bedside in recently traumatized individuals in theWilliam Randolph Hearst Burn Center at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): na
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: Externs will complete reports consisting of psychodiagnostic instruments, such as the CAPS and MINI, but will not perform neuropsychiatric testing.
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: na
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1.5
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 3
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 1-2
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: varies over training year, especially at the Burn Center
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): case conferences, seminars, grand rounds, viewing and discussing existing archival videos of treatment and assessment cases.
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: available as needed
Describe direct supervision: Externs have regularly-scheduled individual and group supervision with 2-3 licensed psychologists per week.
Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation (audio, video, live in person (in treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream): Burn Center supervision is combination of live a in-room and consultation. Outpatient supervision for both assessment and treatment services is consultation using audio/video recordings.
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
Additional information:Students who extern at New York Presbyterian's Cornell sites (either at the Westchester Division or Weill Cornell Medicine Manhattan site) must complete a health screening (including two PPDs) on the Westchester Campus prior to beginning the externship. The health screening includes drug testing.
Externs will need to pass a background check before starting the externship. New York Presbyterian requires a completed Affiliation Agreement with each student's program. Many of the local NYC metro area schools have an existing agreement with New York Presbyterian. If there is not an existing agreement, we will work with your program to create one.
Either Monday or Thursday would be helpful
Ability to work one evening (until 7 PM) desirable
second externship, third externship, fourth externship,