Predoctoral Internship Programs in Child Psychology
The Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, Mount Sinai Roosevelt, and Mount Sinai Beth Israel are pleased to offer the following range of predoctoral internship programs in child psychology.
The Mount Sinai Hospital
The Mount Sinai Hospital sponsors an internship program that combines rotations on the inpatient child psychiatry unit, as well as rotations in the outpatient Centers of Excellence including the Seaver Autism Center, the Eating and Weight Disorders Program, the Pediatric Neuropsychology and Learning Disorders Program, and the Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders Program. Interns are exposed to a variety of didactics and supervision styles. The internship is not currently American Psychological Association (APA) approved.
Mount Sinai St Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt
Mount Sinai St Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt offer an APA-accredited Predoctoral Internship in Psychology with a track focused on working with children and adolescents. The internship provides doctoral level psychology students with experiences in individual, group and family therapy, 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. Interns have major rotations in the Outpatient Department and at CARES. Minor rotations focus on learning neuropsychological testing and assessment skills, conducting intake evaluations with an emphasis on building diagnostic expertise, participating in clinical research projects and conducting developmental screenings for babies and caregivers in the Parent-Infant Center. In addition, 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.
Mount Sinai Beth Israel
The Psychology Division of the Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Beth Israel offers a yearlong, full-time, predoctoral internship in clinical psychology with rotations in child psychology. This program is available to matriculated doctoral students in clinical and counseling psychology programs approved by the APA. The primary goal of the internship program is to provide an intensive, broad-based training experience that exposes the interns to a variety of clinical settings, populations, and applications of psychological interventions.
For the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Rotation, interns participate in a four-month rotation on the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Service, during which they conduct intake evaluations and psychological assessments. As part of their work with children and adolescents, interns regularly collaborate with various members of the child’s school or other community agencies, such as child welfare. Interns become familiar with a number of therapeutic approaches including play therapy, parenting skills training, family therapy, and cognitive behavior therapy.
The Clinical Psychology Internship at Mt. Sinai St. Lukes and Roosevelt Hospitals, urban, teaching hospitals, is designed to provide interns with a year-long intensive, generalist, clinical experience with diverse patients in a wide range of treatment settings. The Internship consists of Child and Adult Tracks -- which share a common integrationist approach. Within this, emphasis is placed on evidence-based intervention, psychotherapeutic process, and attunement to ethnocultural diversity. Applicants apply either to the Adult or Child Track. Both provide similar clinical and didactic education -- while generally offering separate, developmentally-appropriate Rotations. Adult Rotations include inpatient units, various intensive outpatient programs and outpatient clinic, and an adolescent school-based therapeutic milieu, for Adult and Child interns. Child Rotations include a parent-infant program, adolescent school-based therapeutic milieu, neuropsychological assessment and outpatient clinic. Outpatient work is emphasized. Interns have primary responsibility for their patients under supervision. Education and training integrates medical model, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, and other evidence-based techniques. Seminars and didactic courses are an important part of training. Classes include modules such as psychotherapeutic process, working with patients with character disorders, severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders, child psychopathology, systems theory, family therapy, mindfulness and acceptance interventions, and psychopharmacology. Child interns conduct neuropsychological and comprehensive psychodiagnostic assessment on a regular basis; adult interns conduct comprehensive psychodiagnostic assessment, on a regular basis. The Internship is a valued part of the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Health -- which includes a biobehavioral research, substance abuse treatment services, Child and Adult Psychiatry Residency Programs, and more programs.