Beth Israel Clinical Psychology Internship Program
Thank you for your interest in applying for a position in the 2013-2014 Beth Israel Medical Center 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 site, you must request an Application Agreement package from NMS through the Matching Program web site at http://www.natmatch.com/psychint or by contacting NMS directly at (416) 977-3431. The program match code is: 146411.
The application procedure for Beth Israel Medical Center requires completion of the AAPI application form available on the APPIC website: www.appic.org. If you do not have access and cannot download from the APPIC 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, Beth Israel Medical Center
Because of the large number of applicants received, only a sub-group can be offered interviews. Should you be among those selected for interview, we will contact you.
Applications must be available no later than November 1st, 2012.
The psychology division of the department of psychiatry at Beth Israel Medical Center offers a year-long, full-time, predoctoral internship in clinical psychology. This program is available to matriculated doctoral students in clinical and counseling psychology programs approved by the American Psychological Association (APA). The internship program at Beth Israel was re-accredited in 2008 for a full seven years by the Accreditation Council of the American Psychological Association through 2015.
Office of Program Consultation & Accreditation
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.
Adult Outpatient Program:
Interns are scheduled to conduct weekly intake interviews with new clinic
patients throughout the year. The intake process is a closely supervised
experience, with live supervision during the initial interview. The interns
will be responsible for making differential diagnoses, collecting collateral
information, designing treatment plans, and presenting their cases to
an interdisciplinary disposition team.
Both the Multicultural Family Therapy Training Program and Brief Psychotherapy
Research Program serve as integral parts of the outpatient experience
and occur throughout the entire year.
Interns spend four months, half-time, on adult inpatient services. A supervising psychologist on each unit provides regular supervision for all of the intern's inpatient responsibilities. Assignments are made to either 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 units, interns organize and coordinate the delivery of 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. Additionally, interns co-lead up to two inpatient psychotherapy groups, an important aspect of the unit’s milieu treatment program.
The two general inpatient units treat individuals age 14 years and older, although typically a very limited number of adolescents are admitted. Patient problems 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 outpatient, individual or family treatment, interns sometimes have the opportunity to provide continuing care for these persons following their discharge.
The psychiatric substance abuse inpatient service treats persons with a dual diagnosis of 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 biological, psychological and social dimensions of the patient's illness.
A four month elective is chosen from a variety of ongoing services provided at the Medical Center. Potential electives which currently include Brief Psychotherapy Research, Neuropsychology, Addictions Psychiatry, and HIV 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 the project is conceived early in the internship year in collaboration with a supervising psychologist. Since the program is mainly focused on the study of 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 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.
Neuropsychology Training Program: The Yarmon Neurobehavior & Alzheimer's Disease Center is a multi-disciplinary center serving individuals who have neuropsychiatric disorders. All interns participate in a year long weekly didactic seminar focused on neuropsychology topics and are required to complete at least one neuropsychological evaluation during the year. In addition, 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.
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 a serious illness. There are a wide variety of educational opportunities at the Neurobehavior Center that each intern is welcome to participate in.
AddictionsTraining Program: Interns will have the opportunity to work in several settings focused on treating issues related to substance abuse and dependence. On the Psychiatric Outpatient Service for Adults, interns will conduct substance abuse intakes, attend disposition meetings, co-lead a weekly psychotherapy group, and carry up to three patients with addictions-related issues. There also will be opportunities to participate in evaluations, seminars and rounds on the psychiatric substance abuse (dual diagnosis) inpatient service, where the interns will train alongside psychiatric residents and fellows. Interns also are encouraged to participate in available training opportunities and didactics through Stuyvesant Square Chemical Dependency Service.
HIV Mental Health Program:
The HIV 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 on site services to meet the
needs of an HIV 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 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.
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 series of short seminars that are designed to provide the background and technical competence necessary for functioning as a professional psychologist within a psychiatric/medical setting. Seminars are offered focusing on various topics including psychopharmacology, interviewing and mental status, 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, 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 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 9 months.
Psychotherapy Seminar: In this weekly seminar that meets for the entire year, Interns will have the opportunity to present outpatient psychotherapy cases for discussion and peer supervision. Particular attention will be given to cases that are challenging with respect to therapy process and counter-transference.
Interdisciplinary Clinical Case Conference: On each inpatient service and on the outpatient child and adult services, a case is presented and pertinent aspects of the diagnosis and treatment are discussed weekly. An interview with the patient by a senior faculty member or a case presentation by a trainee is scheduled. This seminar runs for 10 months.
Morbidity and Mortality Conference: Once a month all regular case conferences are cancelled so that trainees can 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.
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, including a curriculum vitae, a graduate transcript and three letters of recommendation and direct them to:
Elizabeth Ochoa, Ph.D., Director of Training, 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:
Health Care Coverage
Life and accident insurance
Twenty vacation days annually
Stipends for the internship year, which are reviewed annually, are presently $25,000.
Beth Israel Medical Center 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.
For further information about the program, inquiries can be directed to: email@example.com.
Beth Israel Department of Psychology Faculty
Christopher Christian, Ph.D.
Bernard Gorman, Ph.D.
Chaya Mermerstein, LCSW
Madeline Schwartz, Psy.D.
David Venarde, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Bowman, Ph.D.
Rachel Lee, Ph.D.
Suzanne Little, Ph.D.
Gene Lubow, Ph.D.
Neil Newman, Ph.D.
Michael Rothman, Ph.D.
Heather Silvestri, Ph.D.
Elisa Ventur, Ph.D.
Deborah Waxenberg, Ph.D.