The Child and Family Institute at Mount Sinai St. Luke's Roosevelt has offered a child and adolescent psychology internship program since the 1960's. The program is accredited by the American Psychological Association and provides doctoral-level psychology students with a full range of training experiences in clinical practice with an ethnically and socio-economically diverse population of urban children, adolescents and families. The internship is based on the St. Luke's campus in Manhattan's Morningside Heights, near Columbia University. CFI provides the neighboring communities of Harlem, East Harlem, the Upper West Side and Washington Heights, and all of New York City's boroughs with a broad array of mental health services. These include individual, group and family therapy, pharmacotherapy, crisis services, home and community-based services for chronically mentally-ill patients, intensive case management, neuropsychological assessment and alternative day programs for psychiatrically ill and/or substance dependent high school students. Child and adolescent psychology trainees have the benefit of learning through active participation in these modalities and services.

Child and Adolescent Internship Track Rotations
The internship consists of two major rotations and several minor rotations. Major rotations involve conducting psychotherapy with outpatients presenting with a variety of psychiatric, educational and psychosocial difficulties. Interns carry long-term treatment cases for the year in the Outpatient Clinic and by working in the Comprehensive Adolescent Rehabilitation and Education Service . CARES is an alternative school located on hospital grounds for high school students who require treatment for psychiatric difficulties and/or substance abuse. The day program uses a milieu treatment setting united by a Dialectical Behavior Therapy model for both group and individual treatment.

Minor rotations focus on learning neuropsychological testing and assessment skills, conducting intake evaluations with an emphasis on building DSM-IV diagnostic expertise; participating in clinical research projects and providing dyadic treatment to babies and caregivers in our Parent-Infant Clinic (PIC).

Didactic Seminars:
All interns participate in seminar courses focusing on child and adolescent psychotherapy, and neuropsychological assessment and may take optional courses in child and adolescent psychopathology and psychopharmacology. Additional teaching takes place in a weekly Intern Seminar, as well as in monthly in our Journal Club, Diversity Case Conference, CFI-wide Case Conference and Grand Rounds lectures.

Interns receive at least three hours of individual supervision each week on their treatment cases. They also participate in three to four hours of group supervision; attend weekly multi-disciplinary team meetings and a process group. The theoretical orientation of supervisors is diverse. Our thirteen-member psychology faculty includes those with psychodynamic and psychoanalytic training, family systems expertise, cognitive-behavioral expertise and strong grounding in Dialetical Behavior Therapy.

Stipend and Benefits:
The current stipend for the internship year is $25,000. Future stipends will not be less than this amount. Interns receive full health insurance benefits for themselves and their families. They receive four weeks of paid vacation, four personal days, twelve sick days and three conference days.

General Information for Applicants:
Mount Sinai St. Luke's Roosevelt only accepts on-line applications (the APPI) via the APPIC website. Applications are due in early November for the following academic year. Please review the information posted on the APPIC website for exact dates.

The Psychology Internship Training Program abides by all the rules governing the acceptance process of APPIC. Under these guidelines, once a candidate's application is under consideration, very little information about the status of the applicant may be released. The candidates who remain under consideration will be invited to participate in a set of interviews with our training faculty in December or January.

The internship begins on July 1st and ends on June 30th. The Faculty Training Committee regularly discusses each intern’s work in order to support and enhance his/her training experience, on an on-going basis. Interns are encouraged to discuss their work performance and training needs with their supervisors and the Directors of Training. Written evaluations of Interns' performances will be done mid-year and at the conclusion of the training.

For further information about the child track internship program please contact:
Genevieve Rosenbaum, Ph.D.
Director of Child and Adolescent Psychology Education

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