Mount Sinai Beth Israel Clinical Psychology
Thank you for your interest in applying for a position in the 2016-2017 Mount Sinai Beth Israel Clinical Psychology Internship Program. Please be informed that the internship site will be participating in the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) Matching Program administered by National Matching Services, Inc. (NMS). In order to apply to our internship you must register with NMS for participation in the Matching Program at http://www.natmatch.com/psychint or by contacting NMS directly at (416) 977-3431. The program match code is: 146411.
Our application procedure requires completion of the AAPI application form available on the APPIC website: www.appic.org. If you cannot download the form from their website, please contact APPIC directly at:
Please complete the online AAPI application, a curriculum vitae, a graduate transcript and three letters of recommendation and direct it to:
Elizabeth Ochoa, Ph.D., Director of Training, Mount Sinai Beth Israel
Due to the large number of applications received, only a sub-group of applicants can be offered interviews. Should you be among those selected for an interview, we will contact you.
Applications must be available no later than November 1st, 2016.
The psychology division of the department of psychiatry at Mount Sinai Beth Israel offers a year-long, full-time, pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology. This program is available to matriculated doctoral students in clinical and counseling psychology programs accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). The internship program at Mount Sinai Beth Israel was re-accredited by the Accreditation Council of the American Psychological Association in 2015 for a full seven years through 2022.
Office of Program Consultation & Accreditation
Mount Sinai Beth Israel is a major, world renowned medical center located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City. The mission of Mount Sinai Beth Israel is to provide quality clinical care to patients, as well as to maintain academic and research programs of the highest caliber. Mount Sinai Beth Israel serves an urban population with a wide range of diversity in regards to ethnicity, culture, socio-economic status, religion, and sexual orientation. Patients seeking psychiatric care at Mount Sinai Beth Israel present with a wide range of DSM-V diagnoses, life stressors, and levels of functioning.
Our psychology internship program is founded on the principles and values of the local clinical scientist model (Stricker and Trierweiler in Volume 50, Number 12, American Psychologist, 1995, 995-1002). Accordingly, the clinical setting is considered analogous to a scientific laboratory in which the scientist-practitioner model is enacted. The model values the scientific skills of intensive observation and problem-solving and their specific application to particular settings and cases. The scientific attitude that is espoused by this model includes the following: there is receptivity to a multiplicity of approaches to a problem, empirical support is tempered by a skepticism about any foreclosed certainty, professional responsibility and knowledge are highly valued, there is an ongoing awareness of personal biases and their impact on observation, there is a need to attune to the ethical implications of interventions, and there is a need for collegial interaction and feedback.
GOALS OF THE PROGRAM
The primary goal of our internship program is: To provide an intensive, broad-based training experience that exposes the interns to a variety of clinical settings, populations, and applications of psychological interventions. The specific objectives of this goal include exposing the interns to the following settings and experiences: (a) inpatient and outpatient psychiatric services; (b) multidisciplinary treatment teams (including psychiatrists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, and occupational therapists); (c) child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients; (d) individual, group, and family treatment modalities; (e) empirically supported treatment modalities including psychoanalytic, cognitive-behavioral, dialectical behavioral, humanistic, and attachment self-regulation competency for trauma; (f) short versus long-term, and time-limited versus open-ended treatment models; (g) diagnostic assessment including clinical interviewing and intake evaluations; and (h) psychological and neuropsychological testing.
STRUCTURE OF THE TRAINING PROGRAM
The program is structured so that the interns' training experiences increase in complexity and autonomy throughout the year as their clinical skills develop. During the internship year, approximately half of an intern's time is allotted to the adult outpatient service, where he or she is exposed to an intensive experience involving diagnostic interviewing, psychological testing, and a variety of psychotherapeutic approaches (individual, family, and group modalities). The intern participates in a variety of professional activities on the outpatient services including consultation, disposition, clinical research, program evaluation, clinical seminars and case conferences.
The Outpatient Rotations represent the core of the intern's experience at Mount Sinai Beth Israel since trainees are assigned to these services on a half-time basis for the entire year. These rotations have a primary focus on providing psychotherapy for adults, children, and families who are seen throughout the year.
Psychiatric Outpatient Services for Adults Rotation:
Child and Adolescent Outpatient Rotation:
Multicultural Family Therapy Training Program:
Interns spend four months, half-time, on an adult inpatient psychiatry service. A supervising psychologist on each unit provides regular supervision for all of the intern's inpatient responsibilities. Interns are assigned to a general adult service, a dual diagnosis substance abuse service or a combination geropsychiatric and general adult service. The typical caseload for interns assigned to these services is two patients at any one time.
On all three units, interns organize, coordinate, and provide services for their assigned patients in the context of the multi-disciplinary treatment team. Ample opportunities for individual and family interventions as well as psychological and neuropsychological evaluations are available for interns on inpatient rotations. Medication and other biological treatments are managed by the intern's medical back-up, generally a senior psychiatric resident. Interns' observations and recommendations about such treatment, however, are integral components of patient care. Interns also co-lead with a psychiatric resident one inpatient psychotherapy group per week, an important aspect of the unit's milieu treatment program. In addition, interns have the opportunity to develop skills in clinical supervision by serving in the role of co-supervisor with the inpatient psychologist for a small group of psychology externs who lead weekly psychotherapeutic groups on the inpatient unit.
The two general inpatient units treat individuals age 18 years and older. Patient diagnoses include affective disorders, schizophrenia and severe character disorders. Emphasis is on rapid resolution of acute distress and return to functioning. Since many inpatients will be referred for individual or family outpatient treatment, interns sometimes have the opportunity to provide continuing care for these patients following their discharge.
The psychiatric substance abuse inpatient service treats persons with a dual diagnosis of both a major psychiatric disorder and substance abuse. On this unit, the psychiatric disorder is complicated by the presence of alcohol and/or drug addiction. Interns on this rotation gain familiarity with psychiatric and neurological disorders specifically associated with substance abuse, e.g. antisocial personality disorder and substance-abuse induced psychosis. Because of the high incidence of HIV in IV drug users, interns gain additional training in AIDS related disorders.
The geropsychiatric inpatient service treats individuals age 65 and older who are diagnosed with a broad range of psychiatric disorders, particularly depression and dementia. Special efforts are made to integrate an understanding of biological, psychological and social dimensions of aging in conceptualizing the patient's illness and treatment.
A four month elective is chosen from a variety of ongoing services provided at the Medical Center. Potential electives currently include Brief Psychotherapy Research, Neuropsychology, Addictions Psychiatry, and HIV/HEP-C Mental Health.
Brief Psychotherapy Research Program: All psychology interns participate in the Brief Psychotherapy Research Program through carrying at least one case throughout the year. In addition, the intern may elect to do a four month research elective in brief therapy. In this rotation, the intern will conduct a research project involving data collected under the auspices of the Brief Psychotherapy Research Program. The idea for a research project is conceived early in the internship year in collaboration with a supervising psychologist. Since the program is mainly focused on the study of the therapeutic relationship in time-limited treatment, projects typically have this focus. They are also usually based on intensive, single case designs. The data base for the Brief Psychotherapy Program is rich and extensive, which permits a variety of interesting small-scale projects. The aim of this rotation is to complete a study worthy of presentation and/or publication. The intern has the opportunity to participate in the psychotherapy research seminar.
Neuropsychology Training Program: The Yarmon Neurobehavior & Alzheimer's Disease Center is a multidisciplinary center serving individuals who have neuropsychiatric disorders. All interns participate in a nine month weekly didactic seminar focused on neuropsychology topics. An intern may elect to participate in a four month neuropsychology rotation that has several core components: neuropsychological assessment, individual/couples/group psychotherapy and case conferences/rounds. The training experience is tailored to each intern's level of experience in neuropsychology. Those interns who elect this rotation are required to complete up to three neuropsychological assessments as part of their training.
The development of neuropsychological assessment skills is the foundation of the rotation. The intern is offered an opportunity to provide psychotherapy to one or two individuals and their families at the Neurobehavior Center. The primary goals of the psychotherapy are to help the individual and his/her family cope with adjustments to serious illness or brain injury. There are a wide variety of educational opportunities at the Neurobehavior Center that each intern is welcome to participate in.
Addictions Training Program: Interns will have the opportunity to work in several settings focused on treating issues related to substance use disorders. In the Psychiatric Outpatient Service for Adults clinic, interns will conduct substance abuse intakes, attend and present cases at disposition meetings, co-lead a weekly psychotherapy group, and carry up to three patients with addictions-related issues. In addition, interns will participate in available training opportunities and didactics through the Stuyvesant Square Chemical Dependency Service, including co-leading groups, conducting individual psychotherapy, and providing lectures on the outpatient rehabilitation unit.
The HIV/HEP-C Mental Health Program is a psychiatric outpatient clinic located within the Peter Krueger Clinic (PKC) for the Treatment of Immunological Disorders. The clinic provides a variety of onsite services to meet the needs of an HIV or HEP-C positive population. The Mental Health Program offers mental health evaluations, ongoing individual, group, and family therapies, and psychopharmacological care. The intern will be part of a multi-disciplinary treatment team comprised of psychologists, psychiatrists, and clinical social workers and will work closely with physicians, nurses, and other clinical staff. Training opportunities involve intake evaluations, ongoing individual psychotherapy, and group therapy.
Interns will have an introduction to understanding and treating child traumatic stress borrowing from four trauma-informed evidence-based models of treatment: Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Treatment (TARGET); Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competence (ARC); Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT); and Child Parent Psychotherapy(CPP). The approach is also grounded in the relational approach of the Brief Psychotherapy Program
For further information about the program, inquiries can be directed
CONFERENCES AND SEMINARS
Beth Israel Division of Psychology
Interns begin their training year by participating in a rigorous two day hospital orientation with house staff from various medical disciplines, where knowledge of general hospital practices is disseminated, such as privacy and confidentiality regulations, infection control, and security. In addition, the Department of Psychiatry and the Division of Psychology hold a two day orientation specific to learning the responsibilities associated with functioning as a member of the department. Interns also participate in a one day workshop on the management of the aggressive patient that emphasizes safety and de-escalation practices. The didactic seminar program begins with a series of weekly seminars that are designed to provide the background and technical competence necessary for functioning as a professional psychologist within a psychiatric/medical center setting. Seminars focus on various topics including risk assessment, psychopharmacology, interviewing and mental status, record keeping and general hospital psychiatry. Interns participate in these seminars along with psychiatric residents, beginning a year-long interdisciplinary collaboration.
The internship program at Beth Israel offers a rich didactic program that provides in-depth study of selected areas of interest, prepares interns to function in a number of new professional capacities and offers the opportunity to discuss, reflect upon and integrate all aspects of the internship program. Some of these seminars meet for the entire year, while others are short courses that meet for 1-6 weeks.
Multicultural Family Therapy: Theories and techniques of family therapy, informed by relational, structural and strategic approaches, attachment theory and the cultural context of couple and family therapy. This seminar meets for the entire training year.
Clinical Neuropsychology: An introduction to the brain-behavior relationship from theoretical as well as clinical perspectives with an emphasis on clinical assessment of behavioral changes associated with CNS dysfunction. This seminar meets for nine months.
For the remainder of the training year, this seminar is utilized to give Interns in-depth training in two evidence-based therapeutic approaches: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). The seminar will be split evenly in two five month blocks between these two therapeutic orientations. The seminar includes both didactics and the opportunity for Interns to present current outpatient psychotherapy cases, so that Interns learn to conceptualize cases and design interventions using those two evidence based therapeutic models.
Psychotherapy Seminar: In this weekly seminar that meets for the entire year, Interns have the opportunity to present outpatient psychotherapy cases for discussion and peer supervision. Interns are asked to show videotapes of their ongoing cases. Particular attention is given to cases that are challenging with respect to therapy process and counter-transference.
Professional Development: The Training Director meet with the Interns on a monthly basis to address issues in the area of professional development. Specific topics that are covered include: developing an identity as a clinician, licensure, private practice, post-doctoral fellowships and career options. Mount Sinai Beth Israel also offers two post-doctoral fellowship positions in our fee-for-service adult outpatient psychiatry clinic that are available for graduating interns.
Interdisciplinary Clinical Case Conference: On each inpatient service and on the outpatient child and adult services, interns and psychiatry residents present a case, focusing on the pertinent aspects of the diagnosis and treatment. An interview with the patient by a senior faculty member or a case presentation by a trainee, is followed by a multi-disciplinary group discussion facilitated by senior faculty. In the outpatient clinic, every other week, the clinical case conferences are used to present and discuss high risk cases. This seminar runs for 10 months and meets weekly.
Morbidity and Mortality Conference: Once a month trainees participate in this meeting designed to find ways to improve individual skills or departmental functioning by an in-depth study of diverse treatment outcomes. This seminar runs for 10 months.
Psychiatry Grand Rounds: Grand Rounds presentations of one and a quarter hour duration occur weekly, for ten months of the year. Topics presented include both clinical data and case material on a variety of clinical content domains and cutting edge research by local and world renowned scientists and practitioners.
The internship requires a full-time commitment for one calendar year. The training year begins on or about July 1, and concludes at the end of June of the following year. Interns receive four weeks paid vacation as well as leave to attend professional conferences.
Qualified applicants meet the following criteria:
MEMBERS OF ETHNIC MINORITIES ARE ESPECIALLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY AND MAY VOLUNTARILY INDICATE MINORITY STATUS IN THEIR APPLICATION MATERIALS.
The internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant prior to uniform notification day.
Procedures For Applications
Applicants should complete the APPIC online application, and submit a curriculum vitae, a graduate transcript and three letters of recommendation and direct them to:
Elizabeth Ochoa, Ph.D., Director of Training, Mount Sinai Beth Israel
Internship Offers & Acceptances
As a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral Internship Centers (APPIC), the internship program at Beth Israel fully complies with APPIC's policies regarding internship offers and acceptances.
Beth Israel offers a comprehensive benefits plan, including:
Stipends for the internship year, which are reviewed annually, are presently $30,000.
Beth Israel is an equal opportunity employer. Federal, State and New York City laws prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, sex, race, veteran status, religion, color, marital status, national origin, disability, sexual preference or pregnancy-related condition.
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Beth Israel Department of Psychology Faculty
Christopher Christian, Ph.D.
Catherine Eubanks-Carter, Ph.D
Jeremy Safran, Ph.D.
David Venarde, Ph.D.
Robyn Landow, Ph.D.
Suzanne Little, Ph.D.
Neil Newman, Ph.D.
Stephen Schneider, Ph.D.
Heather Silvestri, Ph.D.
Michelle Chung, Psy.D.
Claire Jackson Rabinowitz, M.D.
Rachel Lee, Ph.D.
Chaya Mermerstein, L.C.S.W.
Souha Nikowitz, Ph.D.
Michael Rothman, Ph.D.
Jason Staal, Psy.D.