Provide description of Externship:
The Psychology Externship Program at NYC Health +
Hospitals/Jacobi (formerly Jacobi Medical Center) is offered by the Department of
Psychology within the Department of Psychiatry. Jacobi is a municipal
hospital included within the North Bronx Healthcare Network (NBHN). Jacobi
is located in the East Bronx, which serves Puerto Rican, Dominican, African
American, West Indian, South Asian, Albanian, Italian, Russian, and many other
ethnic communities. Mental health and other services are routinely
provided in Spanish and English, with translators available for patients
speaking over 200 other languages.
The purpose of the Psychology Externship Program is to provide qualified psychology graduate students with a rich variety of supervised clinical experiences in an urban community hospital setting. Externs are selected from applicants who are currently enrolled in doctoral programs in psychology. To qualify for application, students must be at least in their second year of a clinical, school, counseling, or health psychology doctoral program. In addition, students who are concurrently applying for internship will not be considered for an interview. It is understood that the graduate school will provide a fieldwork supervisor who is responsible for ongoing communication and liaison with Jacobi, as well as the extern's insurance coverage. The externship will meet the school's academic requirements for course or fieldwork credit.
Externship students participate in selected clinical functions under the supervision of psychologists and professional staff from other disciplines. The externship program also provides opportunities for students to participate in a variety of didactic and other clinical experiences, including inpatient milieu treatment, weekly team meetings, weekly didactic seminars, and weekly ground rounds.
General information about externship site:
Directors of the Program: Frances Alcantara, Ph.D. and Gabrielle Cione, Ph.D.
URL for Externship Brochure:
Length of externship (in months): 9 months
Start Date: September 20th, 2019
End Date: June 26th, 2020
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 20 hours (minimum)
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 6
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants: At least in the second year of clinical training when applying
Preferences: Bilingual Spanish-speaking
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):
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?:
Generally, interviews take 1.5-2 hours. Each student is interviewed individually for 30mins to an hour by one staff psychologist, and then for one additional hour by a second staff psychologist.
What application materials are required (i.e., cv, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other?:
CV, cover letter, 2 letters of recommendation, letter of readiness from your DCT, and a personal essay are required.
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:
Intervention hours vary depending on rotation. All students will rotate through inpatient psychiatry for half of the training year. The other half of the year is spent on an outpatient service where you will conduct intake evaluations, facilitate 1-2 groups, and carry a clinical caseload of 2-4 patients, depending on the service.
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe:
Externs are often offered the opportunity to conduct focal assessments of cognitive, neuropsychological, and/or adaptive functioning in order to assist with discharge or treatment planning. Occasionally, an extern may be assigned a full psychological test battery.
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests):
Full assessment batteries are not required for externs.
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year:
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used:
Exner system is preferred, though RPAS is also acceptable.
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1-2
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 1.5
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: 0
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): seminars
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: varies
Describe direct supervision: Supervision is largely dynamic in given supervisors' orientation, but may vary depending on the needs of the student and patients.
Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation (audio, video, live in person (in treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream): Live supervision is conducted in the treatment room, especially at the start of any new rotation. Students are regularly trained via observation of the supervisor prior to having the supervisor observe the student.
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