Provide description of Externship:
Rockland Psychiatric Center (RPC) provides treatment, rehabilitation, and support to adults 18 and older who have been diagnosed with serious and persistent mental illness. Examples of diagnoses of patients include: schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, polysubstance and/or alcohol abuse, and personality disorders. In addition there are patients who have a forensic involvement including those under the Criminal Procedure Law.
RPC has services at multiple levels of care, including inpatient psychiatric services, ambulatory clinic care, Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams, clubhouses, transitional and other residences, and family care residences.
The externship program provides placement opportunities at the inpatient facility. The facility has a total of 13 units and each unit falls under one of 3 divisions: Admissions, Forensic/Specialty, and Community Re-integration. Under these divisions, there are opportunities to work with a variety of specialty populations including: multi-lingual/multicultural patients, geriatric patients, sex offenders, patients under the Criminal Procedure Law status, polysubstance and/or alcohol abuse, and those with personality disorders. The training models that are offered integrate a variety of theoretical orientations.
In order for externs to be eligible they must be enrolled in a clinical or counseling doctoral program. Both 3rd and 4th year doctoral students are welcomed. The externship will consist of 2 days a week placement, 16 hours total. Wednesday is a preferred day if the student's class schedule allows.
Each extern will have 2 rotations, each lasting half the year. Each extern will be assigned to one home unit and the psychologist on that unit will be their primary supervisor. They will become a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team and learn how to effectively work in such a setting. Each extern will be expected to attend treatment planning meetings, morning rounds, and community meetings. A psychology department meeting is held every Wednesday.
Externs will co-lead 3 groups with other psychologists to gain the experience of running groups with patients from all different units. Externs will have 3 or more individual therapy cases. Externs will complete at least 2 psychological assessments. Each extern will receive at least one hour individual supervision weekly. He/she will also receive supervision by the testing supervisor, while completing their assessments.
General information about externship site:
Director of the Program: Katherine Velez, Ph.D.
Training Director, (degree): Acting Chief of Psychology
URL for Externship Brochure:
Length of externship (in months): 9 months
Start Date: September
End Date: May
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 16 hours
Specialty tracks: Admissions, Forensic/Specialty, and Community Re-integration
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 4
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants): Externs must be enrolled in a clinical or counseling doctoral program. Both 3rd and 4th year doctoral students are welcomed.
Do you provide a stipend? If so how much?: We do not offer a stipend.
When do you expect to begin interviews? (Applications can be submitted no earlier than Jan 22): Early 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?: There will be an informational hour with the Chief of Psychology to discuss the externship program, individual interview with two psychologists, and a tour of a unit with the current externs.
What application materials are required (i.e., cv, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other?:CV, Letter of interest including expectations of the externship experience, letter of eligibility from the doctoral program, 2 letters of recommendation, assessment report
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 have at least 3 individuals cases and co-lead 3 groups.
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe: at least 2 psychological assessments will be completed in a year.
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): 2
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: 2
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used:
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: at minimum one hour a week, more as needed
Estimated hours/week of group supervision:
Estimated hour/week of didactics: at minimum one hour a week
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: 3
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): Grand Rounds, seminars
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):
Supervisors are in groups with externs and observe them live in person running a group.
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