Clinical Psychology Internship Electives
Adult Psychology Track interns select an elective, a year-long experience that provides exposure to specialty services offered at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue in addition to the three primary rotation experiences. In consultation with the internship director, interns may express their preference to participate in one of the following elective options. Electives are approximately three hours a week and include clinical and didactic elements. Individual psychotherapy patients seen in the elective will be counted as part of interns’ outpatient caseloads.
Child and Adolescent Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic Elective
The Child and Adolescent Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic serves a multicultural, socioeconomically diverse population under the age of 18. Interns evaluate and treat a broad spectrum of developmental and psychiatric disorders by conducting individual and group psychotherapy; participating in a multidisciplinary team that includes psychiatry residents and fellows, attending psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, and other psychology trainees; and receiving supervision according to a variety of theoretic approaches.
Interns co-lead a psychotherapy group tailored to specific age groups and parenting needs, carry an additional child or adolescent individual psychotherapy case, and participate in weekly supervision. No prior experience working with children or adolescents is required.
Child and Adolescent Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program Elective
The Child and Adolescent Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (C-CPEP) provides triage, psychiatric evaluation, and extended observation in the C-CPEP emergency room and interim crisis clinic. The C-CPEP serves a cross-section of child and adolescent patients with diverse psychiatric presentations. This elective provides interns with experience in rapid psychiatric assessment and differential diagnosis through training and refinement of interviewing techniques, conducting mental status exams, and providing brief psychotherapeutic crisis interventions for children, adolescents, and families.
The intern serves as a primary clinician and provides diagnostic evaluation, mental status exam, and formulating a disposition plan. Interns also have the opportunity to provide individual psychotherapy and co-lead group treatment for patients admitted to the extended observation unit or interim crisis clinic. No prior experience working with children or adolescents is required.
Comprehensive Psychiatry Emergency Program Elective
The Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) provides comprehensive psychiatric services, including triage, psychiatric evaluation and extended observation in the CPEP emergency room, the interim crisis clinic, and the mobile crisis unit, which provides assessment in the community. This elective provides interns with experience in rapid psychiatric assessment and differential diagnosis through training and refinement of interviewing techniques, conducting mental status exams, and providing brief psychotherapeutic crisis interventions. Interns may also administer brief cognitive screenings.
Interns serve as a primary clinician and provide diagnostic evaluation, mental status examination, and disposition plan formulation. Interns also have the opportunity to provide individual psychotherapy for patients in the interim crisis clinic and to accompany Bellevue’s Mobile Crisis Unit into the community to conduct psychiatric evaluations.
Neuropsychological and Psychological Assessment Service
The Neuropsychological and Psychological Assessment Service provides evaluations to adults across the hospital’s inpatient and outpatient settings and departments, including psychiatry, neurology, and medicine. The service addresses a variety of referral questions such as diagnostic clarification, current cognitive status, and treatment recommendations.
This elective offers interns an opportunity to gain specific experience in the assessment of adults with a broad spectrum of psychiatric, neurological, and other medical conditions with the aim of gaining a better understanding of brain–behavior relationships and strengthening assessment skills, including the ability to select, administer, and score neuropsychological measures; interpret tests results; conceptualize cases; and effectively communicate findings to patients and referring clinicians. Interns participate in the weekly Neuropsychology Seminar and receive supervision tailored to their specific needs and level of experience. Prior experience is valuable, though not required.
OnTrackNY is an innovative treatment program for adolescents and young adults between the ages of 16 and 30 who have experienced psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations, unusual thoughts or beliefs, or disorganized thinking for between one week and two years. OnTrackNY’s integrated clinical team is made up of specialists in early psychosis. Services include psychiatric treatment, employment and educational support, substance abuse treatment, and family education and support.
Interns work as part of a small interdisciplinary team that collaborates closely to provide care to participants and families. Interns have the opportunity to learn about evidence-based treatments for first-episode psychosis while providing individual and family therapy for participants, as well as co-leading psychoeducation and support groups. Interns may also have the opportunity to participate in eligibility evaluations and learn more about differential diagnosis.
Substance Use Disorders Treatment Service Elective
The Substance Use Disorders Treatment Service is housed within the Addictions Division and consists of the dual diagnosis inpatient psychiatry unit and the Chemical Dependency Outpatient Program (CDOP). Interns spend six months on each service to gain a broad understanding of substance use disorder treatment in multiple settings.
Trainees gain experience and knowledge in harm reduction, motivational interviewing, and relapse prevention. Clinical work includes individual psychotherapy using various treatment approaches and leading either a harm reduction or relapse prevention group. Interns participate on an interdisciplinary treatment team and gain experience conducting diagnostic evaluations and individual psychotherapy or co-leading a weekly group. No prior experience with substance use disorders is needed for this elective.
World Trade Center Environmental Health Center Mental Health Program Elective
The World Trade Center Environmental Health Center Program (WTC-EHC) is the largest of three clinical centers of excellence dedicated to serving the local residents, workers, and community members who were impacted by the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. The WTC-EHC Mental Health Program offers an array of diagnostic and treatment options to its eligible members. These include diagnostic evaluation, individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, psycho-pharmacological treatment, and drop-in workshops. Most WTC-EHC patients are medically complex adults.
This elective provides interns an in-depth experience in integrative and interdisciplinary treatment for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use disorders, anxiety, and depression exacerbated by a wide range of medical problems. Interns conduct brief assessment interviews, provide individual psychotherapy, and develop a clinical understanding of the medical, psychosocial, and psychological sequelae of terrorist-related disaster trauma.