Clinical Training, Externship, & Internship

The Psychological Center serves as the primary practicum site for doctoral student training. Students conduct psychological evaluations, treat adult & child patients, conduct group and couples psychotherapy, and administer neuropsychological assessments. Externships and clinical fellowships are optional for students and complement training at The Psychological Center. All practicum are integrated into the PhD curriculum through courses, clinic teams, and supervision.
Clinical Training Year One

Weekly Clinic Supervisory Teams:  All students participate in a Clinic Supervisory Team beginning in their first semester and for the duration that students treat patients at The Psychological Center. Students present clinical cases and engage in an ongoing weekly dialogue with each other and the Clinic Directors regarding crisis, clinical emergencies, ongoing treatments, termination of care, and disposition of cases.

Psychological Screenings & Desk Duty: Students conduct preliminary psychological evaluations of incoming patients & operate the front desk for one hour per week.

Intake & Psychotherapy: Beginning in the second semester of year one, students take either the Child Intake or Adult Intake course, where they learn how to conduct comprehensive child or adult evaluations. Upon completion of these courses, students begin to treat their first patients for ongoing psychotherapy and simultaneously begin to meet weekly with a supervisor for each therapy case.

Clinical Training Year Two

Increase Psychotherapy Caseload: Students continue to treat their patients from the previous year. In the fall semester, students take a practicum course (either Child Practicum if Child Intake was completed in Year 1 or Adult Practicum if they completed Adult Intake). In addition, students enroll in the intake course (Adult or Child) not yet completed. In the spring semester, students take the practicum course not yet completed (Adult or Child Practicum). By the Spring semester, students have full caseloads (3 case minimum).

1:1 supervision in first year: Students receive one supervisor per case in their first year of training.

Neuropsychological Testing: In the third semester (fall of the second year), students complete their first battery as part of the Neuropsychological Assessment course. In the fourth semester (the spring of their second year), students usually complete a second battery.

Continue to attend Clinic Supervisory Teams & conduct screenings via desk duty

Clinical Training Years Three & Four

Ongoing psychotherapy: Students continue to carry a minimum of six direct intervention hours per week.

Neuropsychological Testing: In the first semester of third year, students will complete their third battery. In the Spring semester of their third year, students will be required to complete the two remaining batteries.

EBT treatment: In addition, students may choose to receive training in an empirically supported treatment and/or co-lead a psychotherapy group. 

Clinical Hours: Students complete their mandatory residency at The Clinic at the end of their 4th year and also must have a minimum of 500 direct clinical hours.

Externships: Additional clinical experiences are available through external externships & fellowships after a student completes the prerequisite hours and courses at The Clinic. These additional clinical experiences complement the in-house clinical work by offering students an opportunity to work with particular populations (i.e. serious mental illness, LGTBQ, school-based, hospital, inpatient).

CUNY Fellowships: Clinical fellowships offer students the opportunity to serve as a therapist within the CUNY system. These experiences increase the range of clinical experiences students can have while in the program by specifically offering training at counseling centers. Students can apply for a fellowship in their 3rd year or beyond.

Externship Placements 2024-2025: CITPD (2 Placements), Montefiore Medical Center GABI, Manhattan VA, Mt Sinai Word Trade Center (2 Placements), NCB Hospital, Elm Place Hospital, NYU Postdoc, Bronx Psychiatric Hospital, Mt. Sinai Parent & Infant, Bronx Lebanon Hospital, Maimonides Medical Center, Mt Sinai Beth Israel - 3 placements, NYU World Trade Center, St. Barnabas Hospital, The Greene Clinic, Mt Sinai Beth Israel Child Trauma
Externship Placements 2023-2024: Mt. Sinai CARES, Mt. Sinai CITPD, Montefiore Medical Substance Abuse Treatment Center, Manhattan VA, Rikers Island Correctional Health, Mt. Sinai Child Adolescent Family Services, Gouverneur Health - NYC Health + Hospitals, Mt. Sinai CARES-AIMS: UPRISE Program, Icahn School of Med at Mt. Sinai World Trade Center Program, Maimonides Medical Center - Integrated Child, Cornell Weill Program for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Studies, Kingsboro Psychiatric Center, SBH H
Previous Externship Placement Sites: King’s County Medical Center, Brooklyn VA Medical Center, Columbia University/New York Presbyterian Hospital, Memorial Sloane Kettering Medical Center, MIT Counseling Center, NYU Post Doctoral Program, Ackerman Institute of Family Therapy, Bellevue Hospital, North Central Bronx Medical Center, The Addictions Institute, Manhattan School of Music, Jacobi Medical Center, Mt. Sinai/St. Luke's Hospital, Columbia Psychoanalytic Institute
Clinical Training Internship

Students are required to complete a year-long APA-accredited internship in Clinical Psychology before graduating from the Program. The internship experience normally takes place during the fifth or sixth year of a student’s training, although the timing of the internship is usually based on the student’s pace of finishing other requirements, and completion of the dissertation proposal, as well as other personal considerations. The Program has an outstanding record of acceptances to highly competitive APA-approved internships in the New York Metropolitan Area. These internships typically involve rigorous training in a range of clinical competencies, some of which are new to students but at which they typically excel. Virtually all internships involve work with diverse populations and many are located in New York City.

Internship Placements 2024-2025: Bellevue Hospital, Manhattan VA, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Montefiore Medical Center, Lenox Hill Hospital, Mount Sinai-Elmhurst Hospital, Maimonides Medical Center, Lincoln Hospital, Kings County Hospital Child & Adult,  Mt Sinai Adolescent; Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Internship Placements 2024-2025: Bellevue Hospital, Manhattan VA, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Montefiore Medical Center, Lenox Hill Hospital, Mount Sinai-Elmhurst Hospital, Maimonides Medical Center, Lincoln Hospital, Kings County Hospital Child & Adult,  Mt Sinai Adolescent
Internship Placements 2023-2024: Mt. Sinai Morningside & West, Lenox Hill Hospital, Maimonides Medical Center, Mt. Sinai Beth Israel - 2 placements, North Central Bronx Hospital - 5 placements, The Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut, Adelphi Derner Consortium
Previous Internship Placement Sites: Montefiore Medical Center, Maimonides Medical Center, Columbia University/New York Presbyterian Hospital, VA Hudson Valley Health Care System, Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, VA Cincinnati Healthcare System, Albany Consortium/Albany Medical College, Bellevue Hospital, VA New Jersey Healthcare System, Madison Park Psychological Services, Pace University Counseling Center, YCS Institute for Infant & Preschool Mental Health, UC, Davis, VA Sierra Nevada

Last Updated: 03/24/2024 13:38