Population Served:

18-25, 26-64, Inpatient

Mandatory Days:


Appropriate for:

Any Level

Training Model



November 1, 2018

New York-Presbyterian - Westchester Division Track 2: Inpatient CBT for Affective Disorders

Description of Externship:

The Affective Disorders Unit (6 North) at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Westchester Division invites applications for its externship track. The Affective Disorders Unit is a 25-bed acute inpatient unit serving adults 18 years of age and older who have primary diagnoses of major depressive and bipolar disorders. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is the primary mode of psychotherapy on the unit. Externs provide skills-based interventions in both group and individual ats. Interaction with a strong interdisciplinary treatment team is a highlight of this externship. Opportunities for treatment of anxiety and psychotic symptoms from a CBT perspective are also available.

Trainees are expected to attend daily individual supervision and group supervision. They are also strongly encouraged to attend Psychology and Psychiatry Grand Rounds, and other training opportunities available during the year at the hospital. Additional experiences include attendance at seminars, case conferences, unit reports and rounds.  Primary supervisor: Victoria M Wilkins PhD. If you would like to speak with someone prior to submitting an application, please contact Dr. Wilkins at 914-682-5411 or atvmw2001@med.cornell.edu.

General information about externship site:

Director of the Program: Victoria Wilkins, PhD
Training ector, (degree): Victoria Wilkins, PhD
Website: https://psychiatry.weill.cornell.edu/externship-opportunities
URL for Externship Brochure: N/A
Length of externship (in months): 12
Start Date: July 1, 2019
End Date: June 28, 2020
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 16
Specialty tracks: NYPH Westchester Division offers 10 tracks, each of which will be posted separately.
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20:  1 to 2 for Track 2: Inpatient CBT for Affective Disorders

Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants: none

interest or prior experience working within a CBT framework

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

Attending this externship (located at the Westchester Division) will not impact students' chances of attending the Weill Cornell internship in Manhattan.

We will not interview students who are concurrently applying for internship.

For accepted applicants, prior to the externship start date, applicants must complete the following:

1) A health screening (including two PPDs) completed on theWestchester Campus prior to beginning the externship. The health screening includes drug testing.

2) Externs will need to pass a background check before starting the externship.

3) New York Presbyterian requires a completedAffiliation 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.

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 for this track will take place in mid-February.

Applicants will be invited for a 30-minute interview at the Westchester campus. Applicants will meet individually with Dr. Wilkins for 30 minutes. Applicants will be asked to present cases as well as respond to sample case vignettes.

Application materials: Please submit a cover letter describing your goals for the externship year and your match for this externship, a CV, eligibility letter (if applicable from your program), and two letters of recommendation.  Please note: 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 Victoria Wilkins at vmw2001@med.cornell.edu or mail to: Nina Huza, New York Presybterian Hospital Westchester Division, Outpatient Department, 21 Bloomingdale Road, White Plain NY 10605.

Intervention and Assessment:
Intervention training experiences offered: Externs will
lead approximately two inpatient CBT groups per week. Externs typically schedule between 4-8 individual sessions per week. Due to the quick turnover of inpatient units, externs will have an opportunity to meet with many different patients during their externship year. There also are opportunities for conducting cognitive screening, suicidal ideation/behavior and diagnostic assessment.

Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe: There will be no neuropsychological assessment as part of this externship track. 

Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): 0
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: 0
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used:  N/A

Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1

Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1

Estimated hour/week of didactics:  1 to 3 depending on days of externship.Example didactics are: neuropsychology rounds (Mondays), geriatric psychiatry seminar (Mondays), Psychiatry Grand Rounds (Tuesdays), Writing Seminar (Tuesdays), case conference (Wednesdays), CBT and DBT seminar and Psychology Grand Rounds (Thursdays),[1] and multidisciplinary CBT consultation group (Fridays)

Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: 1-2 hours per week

Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds):
neuropsychology rounds (Mondays), geriatric psychiatry seminar (Mondays), Psychiatry Grand Rounds (Tuesdays), Writing Seminar (Tuesdays), case conference (Wednesdays), CBT and DBT seminar and Psychology Grand Rounds (Thursdays),[2] and multidisciplinary CBT consultation group (Fridays)

Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: 
as needed

Describe supervision: direct supervision will be provided by co-leading groups and observing individual therapy on inpatient units.

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

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"?:  Not applicable, we have 25-30 externs at the Westchester Division across our multiple tracks

Is the agency readily accessible through public transportation?:  NYPH-Westchester Division is located a 5-minute cab ride or 30-minute walk from the White Plains Metro North stop. There is also a shuttle that comes from the Manhattan campus of NYP/Weill Cornell Medicine, 525 E. 68th Street (at York Ave) in the mornings (arriving on campus by 8:15) and returns to Manhattan leaving at 5 PM.

Wheelchair accessible: psychiatric units are Wheelchair accessible.

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

Is a transportation stipend provided?: No

Mandatory time is 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Company Name:

New York-Presbyterian - Westchester Division (Adult Inpatient CBT & Adult Inpatient Affective Disorders)


White Plains, New York

Population Served:


Mandatory Days:


Appropriate for:

Any Level

Training Model



November 1, 2018

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