Provide description of Externship:
The Psychology externship program at the Sunset Terrace Family Health Center at NYU Langone Brooklyn is committed to the teaching of cultural sensitivity and issues of multi-culturalism as they pertain to psychological practice. The externship has 2 available positions for the 2019-2020 externship year focusing on different aspects of service delivery - i.e. service delivery to adult outpatients and service delivery to populations with co-occurring disorders. Across all service delivery areas, externs provide individual and group therapy, psychodiagnostic testing and intake and screening activities.
General information about externship site:
Director of the Program: Carmen Rivera
Training Director, (degree):PhD
URL for Externship Brochure:
The time commitment includes Tuesday afternoons,
when the didactic component of the externship is scheduled.
Length of externship (in months): 9
Start Date: 9/17/19
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 16 hrs per week.
Because the externship at Sunset Terrace is a
front-line clinical position requiring a high degree of patient contact, it is
best suited to second and third year externs.
Specialty tracks: adult outpatient; integrated treatment for co-occurring disorders. Students should only apply to one track.
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 2
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants:
Externs choosing to emphasize adult outpatient
treatment receive the equivalent of 2 days training per week in a wide variety
of functions performed by psychologists in the public health sector. The adult outpatient extern provides
comprehensive service to a small caseload ( 6-8) of adult clinic patients spanning a broad range of
psychiatric diagnoses. These services
include individual and group psychotherapy as well as the provision of concrete
services, psychodiagnostic testing , and intake interviews.
Do you provide a stipend? NO. If so how much?:
When do you expect to begin interviews? (Applications can be submitted no earlier than Jan 22): The first week of 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?: Selected applicants are scheduled for individual interviews during the month of February. All completed applications are routed to the Supervisor of the specialty track that the student is applying to. The specialty track supervisor decides who to interview.
What application materials are required (i.e., cv, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other?: CV, transcript,1 reference letter, case or assessment summary, doctoral program verification letter, a letter indicating which of the two externship tracts the applicant is applying to
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:
The integrated treatment program for co-occurring disorders provides the extern with opportunities for acquiring skills in working with dually diagnosed populations. Extern activities include intake assessment, psychodiagnostic testing, individual treatment of 6-8 patients and co-leadership in group treatment modalities.
Externs are expected to complete 3 full
psychological batteries during the course of the externship year. Using a standard battery of intelligence and
projective tests externs evaluate
patients to produce differential diagnoses, to assist in referral placements to
other agencies or to explore the dynamics of patients. Externs receive supervision on all aspects of
psychodiagnostic assessment. Training in
dealing with issues of culture, particularly Latino and African-American
cultures, in psychological assessment are a distinctive aspect of testing
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe:
The emphasized individual supervision approach
focuses on comprehensive and intensive understanding of the patient, the
psychodynamics of personality and character development, the development of
patient-therapist relations, the impact of individual psychopathology on the
family and social systems in which the patient lives, and finally, the
interaction between culture and the individual
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): Three
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: Three
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: Exner
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: one
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: two
Estimated hour/week of didactics: two
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: one
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds):
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: as needed
Describe direct supervision:
Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation (audio, video, live in person (in treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream):
Direct observation of Intake assessments; co-facilitation or direct observation of group therapy