Provide description of Externship:
The externship at St. Barnabas provides students with an excellent opportunity to work with severely and persistently mentally ill adults in a private hospital, in an inner-city setting. The patients come from varied cultural backgrounds, and educational levels with diagnostic categories that include major depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis, and issues related to unemployment and homelessness. In addition, many of our patients suffer from ADHD, poly-substance dependence, and personality disorders. It is a 12-month Externship, with the year being split into three rotations. The Externs spend 4-months on each of the two-inpatient units, for a total of 8-months on the units, and 4-months in the Emergency Department.
While in the Emergency Department, the Externs help with the triageing of adult and pediatric patients; by interviewing them, assessing their mental status, and writing up the consultations. The students also contact family members and treatment programs for collateral information, call other hospitals to help with the transfer of patients when our inpatient units are full, and interact with medical staff in the ED.
The St. Barnabas Externship requires a commitment of between 16 and 20 hours/week for an entire year, usually starting at the beginning of July and going until the end of June of the following year. We prefer clinical students going into their 3rd and 4th year, but we have accepted exceptional second year students in the past.
Students are required to be on site 2 full days, usually Mondays & Thursdays or Tuesdays and Fridays. Depending on the schedule of the majority of the externs, some or all of the students may be required to attend an additional 1/2 day for group supervision.
General information about externship site:
Director of the Program: Daphna Locker, Ph.D.
Training Director, (degree): Daphna Locker, Ph.D,
Website: General SBH website - www.sbhny.org
URL for Externship Brochure: None
Length of externship (in months): 12 months
Start Date: Monday after the July 4th holiday
End Date: Last week in June
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: Between 16 & 20 hours/week depending on the student's year in school
Specialty tracks: None
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 6 Externs
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants: Ideally the students will be at least 3rd year students, our setting is not appropriate for a 1st or 2nd year student.
Preferences: 3rd or 4th year students
Do you provide a stipend? If so how much?: No stipend provided, do provide food vouchers for lunch in the hospital cafeteria
When do you expect to begin interviews? (Applications can be submitted no earlier than Jan 22): Interviews will begin about a week after the start of application season.
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?: We conduct individual interviews, they last about 45 minutes to an hour, and decisions are based on previous experience and presentation during the interview.
What application materials are required (i.e., cv, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other?: We require a cover letter, your CV and letters of reference. We do not require your transcript.
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:
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe: This is not a testing site, but the Externs do have the opportunity to do testing for a number of patients. Tests that have been conducted have been: MMPI-2, Rorschach, TAT, PAI, MOCA,
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): Usually no more than 2
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: Usually no more than 2/externs
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: Exner
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1 hour/week
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1.5 hours/week
Estimated hour/week of didactics: Varies from week to week and month to month
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: Varies over the course of the year
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): Grand Rounds, Resident Seminars
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision:ted informal open door "curbside" supervision: Always available, externs come in and out of our offices all day
Describe direct supervision: Meeting in Psychologist's office for a sit down supervision and during group supervision with all 6 externs
Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation (audio, video, live in person (in treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream): Observations occurs during groups, during testing sessions and during assessments in the ED
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"?: Have more than 1 extern on any given day, there are usually 3 externs/day in the hospital
Is the agency readily accessible through public transportation?: Yes - both by bus and by subway, also there is a parking garage on site and plenty of street parking
Wheelchair accessible: Hospital is wheelchair accessible, having a wheelchair on the in-patient unit may be difficult
Are home visits required as part of the trainee's duties?: No
Is a transportation stipend provided?: No