The Motherhood Center of New York
Clinical Psychology Externship Position
Specializing in Perinatal Psychiatry
Site Location: 205 Lexington Avenue, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10016
Contact: Nicole Van Nortwick, PhD, Director of Outpatient Services & Clinical Training
Phone Number: (212)335-0034
To apply & arrange interview: Email to Dr. Nicole Van Nortwick a cover letter, CV, 1 sample case formulation write-up & 2 letters of recommendation (be sure to replace all personal identifiers in sample write ups). *If emailing, please email all materials together; not in separate messages. Applications accepted through Friday, February 12, 2019. Unfortunately, we cannot interview every applicant.
Length of program & time commitment: 1 year; part-time position (16-20 hours per week/over preferably 2 1/2 days). Start date July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020.
Qualifications needed: This position requires some previous experience conducting therapy, group therapy, and structured intakes. Preference will be given for 2nd, 3rd and 4th year externs.
Description of setting: The Motherhood Center is an independent group practice, singular in NYC, serving women with a wide range of psychiatric disorders who come from different age groups, socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. The Motherhood Center is pleased to extend its commitment to excellence in academic training to externship applicants interested in learning how to treat perinatal women in an acute, short-term partial hospital setting as well as in ongoing outpatient psychotherapy.
The Motherhood Center treats psychiatric issues related to the adjustment and complications of motherhood, including psychiatric/medical issues, trauma, preexisting psychiatric issues, infertility, reproductive psychiatry, and perinatal loss. The Motherhood Center is both an outpatient program and partial hospitalization program. The outpatient program provides consultations, psychotherapy and aftercare for women with perinatal psychiatry issues. The partial hospitalization program offers services daily from 9:45am-2:45pm, with five group therapies each day, and individual and family therapy each week; length of stay can be from one week to eight weeks, dependent on their psychiatric needs. Each patient is assigned an individual therapist and psychiatrist to coordinate their care. Our acute and intensive day treatment model offers short term care for the stabilization of mood issues, high-risk symptomatology and a uniquely tailored treatment plan for each patient's adjustment to motherhood. A fully staffed nursery is available onsite for women to bring their babies in an effort to facilitate attachment and bonding while receiving intensive psychiatric services during partial hospitalization program hours.
Description of agency mission: At The Motherhood Center, we provide supportive services for new and expecting moms, including a range of treatments for women suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADS). The Motherhood Center offers something to every woman making the transition to parenthood. Staffed by experienced professionals, we take an interdisciplinary approach to tackling pre- and post-natal care, PMADs, and everything in between.
Description of standard externship experience: The Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and Outpatient Program (OP) are two distinct therapeutic programs that are separate from one another while also informing each other.
Partial Hospitalization Program:
- Conduct psychiatric intakes with diagnosis, treatment planning and coordination of care.
- Conduct and hone skills in Dyadic psychotherapy for partial hospitalization programming with specific focus on optimizing treatment for perinatal patients.
- Please note that we also offer a DBT opportunity in which qualified externs can conduct group DBT sessions.
- Develop group psychotherapy skills in IPT, DBT and/or Dyadic in orientation. Five groups run daily for partial hospitalization program patients. Externs will have the opportunity to co-lead group therapy sessions.
- Family and couples therapy opportunity. Intensive supervision, with an expert in the field, focusing on various techniques addressing the management of current stressors, communication patterns, adjustment to new roles, and addressing adaptive and maladaptive intergenerational patterns in the family.
- Receive supervision. A minimum of 2-hours of supervision will be provided for psychotherapy cases, including individual, dyadic, couples/family, group therapy and psychiatric intakes.
- Attend and participate in rounds with an interdisciplinary team of psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and medical practitioners.
- This role requires collaboration with all members of The Motherhood Center staff and interaction with both partial hospitalization day program patients and outpatient program patients.
Outpatient experience: The extern will treat perinatal women who require treatment due to perinatal mood and anxiety symptoms, attachment/bonding issues, traumatic birth experiences or acute psychiatric crises. Externs will treat 4-6 individual psychotherapy cases, conduct psychiatric intakes, co-lead at least one group therapy each day, and have opportunities to participate in dyadic and family/couples treatment with their assigned patients.
Seminars & conferences: The externship program will offer access to ongoing didactics, case conferences and journal clubs to help deepen the clinician's knowledge in the following topics:
Perinatal psychiatry, short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy, dyadic therapy, dialectical-behavior therapy, trauma, Axis II disorders, psychopharmacology, couples/family therapy, systems, case formulation, professional development and a review of current research publications pertaining to the field. Please note that the mandatory seminar time is Wednesday's at 3-4pm.
Supervision arrangements/ratio: The extern will be provided with the following supervision: one + hour of individual supervision for psychotherapy cases depending on caseload, with multiple supervisors with expertise in the field as well as group supervisions in speciality areas. Supervisions are held 1:1 and in group supervision formats.
Research opportunities: The extern will have an opportunity, if interested, to utilize some portion of time allotted during the training year to address research goals related to perinatal psychiatry and/or material related to work at The Motherhood Center at conferences, including posters and case presentations, and elaborate with The Motherhood Center team on research related projects furthering the understanding and treatment of perinatal psychiatry.