NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in collaboration with Weill Cornell Medical College’s Department of Psychiatry offers a one-year predoctoral internship program accredited by the American Psychological Association and directed by Susan Evans, PhD. The program is a member of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science (APCS) and follows a clinical science model of training. The highly selective program recruits psychology graduate students for four internship positions. The training program is designed to provide clinical experience in the evaluation and treatment of patients with a wide range of mental health concerns and illness. The program includes a research placement program that protects 4- 6 hours of time for mentored research. The patient population includes individuals representing different developmental stages in the life cycle and all major forms of psychopathology. A wide spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic techniques is covered. All phases of the internship are closely supervised and evaluated. Trainees typically have four to five hours of supervision per week that examine all phases of evaluation, management, and treatment. Supervision is provided by full-time and voluntary psychology and psychiatry faculty. A program of clinical and didactic seminars accompanies each clinical experience. Most teaching is done individually or in small groups.
A central goal of the internship is to create confident, competent independent clinical scientists who are skilled in a variety of treatment modalities and treatment settings. Interns receive intensive training in cognitive therapy in the Weill Cornell Cognitive Therapy Clinic (CTC) with adults experiencing a range of symptoms and life problems. Several of the faculty supervising cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) are certified cognitive therapists through the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Interns may also participate in the Personality Disorders Institute, the focus of which is the treatment of individuals with borderline and narcissistic personality disorders. Each intern receives training in psychodynamic psychotherapy.
In addition to these outpatient therapy experiences, interns participate in the following hospital services: the Psychiatric Emergency Room, Evaluation Service, and may conduct a rotation in Psychological Assessment. These services provide the intern with the opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary fashion with psychiatrists, social workers and nurses and to develop skills in diagnosis, rapid assessment, triage, consultation liaison and crisis interventions. Psychological assessment involves inpatient and outpatient psychological testing with particular emphasis on basic neuropsychological assessment. This aspect of the program is complemented by weekly didactic seminars during the year, which provide the theoretical basis of psychological and neuropsychological assessment and relevant case examples.
Interns may elect to spend 4 or 8 month rotations for in-depth specialized training in a number of areas including child and adolescent psychiatry, geropsychology, eating disorders, anxiety and traumatic stress, inpatient treatment, neuropsychology, and consultation liaison. Training may take place across sites including NYP/Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan, the NYP/Westchester Division in White Plains, New York and at affiliate institutions including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.