Mind-Body Clinical Research Center (MB-CRC)Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencePutnam Hall, South CampusStony Brook, NY 11794-8101Founding Director: Adam Gonzalez, Ph.D. Leonard Krasner Psychological Center (KPC)Stony Brook University Consortium Internship ProgramDepartment of PsychologyStony Brook, NY 11794-2500Internship Director: Dina Vivian, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychology Internship Program
We are proud to announce that as of 2016, the MBCRC is a member of the Stony Brook University Clinical Internship (SBU-CIP) Program
Clinical Psychology Internship Program
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The Stony Brook University Consortium Internship Program (SBU-CIP) offers a full-time, 12-month, doctoral internship in clinical psychology to qualified students in doctoral psychology programs. The SBU-CIP includes two-member agencies: the Leonard Krasner Psychological Center (KPC), a psychology training clinic associated with the doctoral program in clinical psychology, Department of Psychology (College of Arts and Sciences), and the Mind Body Clinical Research Center (MB-CRC), an outpatient facility associated with the Department of Psychiatry (Stony Brook Medicine). Although completely distinct in administration and location, both member agencies are part of the Stony Brook University (SBU). The SBU-CIP is partially affiliated with the SBU doctoral program in clinical psychology.
The overall aim of the SBU-CIP is to train and educate psychology interns to practice professional psychology competently based on a clinical scientist model. The training philosophy is informed by the Evidence Based Practice in Psychology (EBPP) approach, which encompasses the notion that best practice is grounded in the integration of the best available research with clinical expertise in the context of key patient characteristics (including culture, diversity, and preferences). A scientifically-minded approach informs every aspect of the SBU-CIP program. The patient population includes children, adolescents, and adults. For the 2019-2020 training year, there are 4 adult track positions and 1 child track position available.
The specific goals of the SBU-CIP are three-fold:
(1) To provide interns with training and experience in delivering services across various therapeutic settings, including outpatient mental health facilities and hospital-based programs. Our trainees rotate through a variety of hospital-based clinical settings (e.g., a psychiatric emergency room, inpatient psychiatry units (adult or child), and the hospital consultation/liaison service). Our primary training orientation is cognitive-behavioral (CBT), including third-wave CBT interventions [e.g., Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness-based therapies]. Interns also receive training in behavioral medicine and working in integrated medical settings (e.g., bariatric weight loss center).
(2) To provide interns with the necessary training that will enable them to develop and/or strengthen “generalist” skills. This is accomplished through instruction, supervision, and direct clinical experience in a wide spectrum of functions engaged in by a professional psychologist, including provision of psychological assessment/evaluation, psychotherapy services to clinical populations, supervision of others, and consultation and liaison services. The SBU-CIP trains interns to discharge their professional responsibilities upholding the highest standards of professional conduct and in ways that are thoughtful, compassionate, skillful, culturally sensitive, and ethical.
(3) To provide continual professional development by building on the interns’ existing skills and competencies via additional training in evidence-based methods. Each main program or rotation is designed to provide interns with training that is sequential, cumulative, and graded in complexity. Upon completion of the internship, SBU-CIP interns will have acquired the knowledge, skills, and professionalism to move to the postdoctoral resident level.
The goals of SBU-CIP are accomplished by capitalizing on the academic training resources and faculty professional expertise of Stony Brook University. The KPC and the MB-CRC have pooled resources to provide a training and experiential program that provides interns with wide breadth and strong depth of training.
The training curriculum is designed to promote acquisition of internship goals in a manner that is sequential, cumulative and graded in complexity. Training processes include as follows: (1) Didactics/Instruction –including structured lectures, presentations, and clinical workshops; (2) Supervision, (3) Mentoring in research/readings; and (4) Experiential Activities –including direct service delivery and professional development.
The SBU-CIP offers two or more formal presentations/lectures/clinical workshops weekly across member agencies, including as follows: (1) in-house presentations at the KPC; (2) Grand Rounds offered by the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Health; (3) Supervision course at the KPC; (4) selected presentations offered by the Psychiatry Residency training program, and (5) brown bag presentations within the doctoral program in clinical psychology associated with the KPC. Additional readings and instruction about theories and methods of supervision are provided during the group supervision of supervision. The interns are expected to attend all didactics offered by the program (as a cohort activity) and do associated readings (e.g., the in-house presentations at the KPC include a minimum of two readings weekly).
The SBU-CIP takes a developmental approach to supervision that is sequential, cumulative, and graded in complexity. Face-to-face supervision is provided both individually and in groups. The supervisors are NYS licensed clinical psychologists who are also clinical faculty members across academic departments in the two member agencies. Supervision in minor programs/rotations may be provided by NYS licensed psychologists or psychiatrists. Supervision includes observational methods, namely, live streaming and/or direct observation. Interns are assigned supervisors who are leaders in the various experiential training programs (main and minor).
C. Experiential Activities: Face-to-Face service delivery of psychological services.
All interns participate in the two main outpatient training opportunities throughout the academic year, namely, the general outpatient program at the KPC and the behavioral medicine program at the MB-CRC. In addition, all interns complete several full-battery psychoeducational and/or psychological evaluations at the KPC. Specifically, interns complete at least 4 full-battery psycho-educational evaluations for learning problems, or, if less than 4 full-battery evaluations, a combination of 5 to 6 psycho-educational/psychological evaluations, including evaluations for learning problems, ADHD, disability determinations, mental health clearance, and/or IQ testing for giftedness. Main programs include an average total of about 12 hours of face-to-face client contact through individual or group interventions weekly combined across sites plus an average total of about 4 hours weekly related to assessment (e.g., psycho-educational evaluations, clinical intakes, etc.). Main programs include an average of 16 hours/weekly of face-to-face client contact for treatment (combining individual and group therapy and averaging across sites) plus 4 full battery psycho-educational/psychological evaluations at KPC.
Major rotations generally include an average of 10-12 hours of face-to-face client contact weekly for a period of 4 months. As such, interns may complete up to 3 rotations during the academic training year. Interns have the opportunity to rotate through a variety of inpatient and outpatient psychiatric services at Stony Brook Medicine. These programs include:
prehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP). The CPEP provides emergency psychiatric services to people in urgent need of psychiatric evaluation, acute intervention, and referral services. Interns work closely with a multidisciplinary team to evaluate and coordinate care for individuals in urgent need of psychiatric services. Interns receive training in conducting psychiatric evaluations, treatment formulation and disposition, and care coordination within the context of the emergency department.
Adult Inpatient Psychiatry Unit. The Adult Inpatient Psychiatry Unit is a self-contained 30-bed unit designed for the acute short-term stabilization treatment of adult inpatients with a variety of psychiatric and behavioral problems including suicidality, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, and severe anxiety disorders. Interns work closely with a psychologist and with a multidisciplinary team to evaluate and care for patients on the Inpatient Psychiatry Unit. Interns participate in patient rounds with the team and co-run anger management, mindfulness, and DBT-based skills groups.
Child Inpatient Psychiatry Unit. The Child Inpatient Unit is a self-contained 10-bed unit designed for the acute short-term stabilization treatment of child inpatients (ages 5-12) with a variety of internalizing and externalizing psychiatric and behavioral problems. Every child receives a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary evaluation by our team of child psychiatrists, nurses, psychologists, social workers, and special education teachers. Children also attend school on the unit. Interns participate in patient rounds with the team, co-run DBT-based skills groups, and provide individual services.
Consultation and Liaison (C&L) Psychiatry. The C&L service provides psychiatric consultation throughout the hospital. Interns attend patient rounds with a multidisciplinary team and provide psychiatric and psychological evaluations, short term interventions, and consultation to patients and clinicians on medical and surgical inpatient units throughout the SBU Hospital.
Obesity and Weight Management Clinic (OWMC)The OWMC program is designed to include an average of 10 hours of face-to-face client contact weekly. Interns will have the opportunity to rotate through the OWMC every 4 months. Interns conduct pre-surgical and post-surgical psychiatric diagnostic evaluations and pre- and post-surgical interdisciplinary skills training groups in an outpatient interdisciplinary setting.
Minor rotations involve a minimum of 4 additional hours/weekly of training activities across the whole period of the internship or for specified periods of time (e.g., 4 months). Interns can participate in minor programs at the KPC and/or at the MB-CRC, based on intern interest and supervisor approval.
(a) Minor programs at the KPC:
- Psychological/Psycho-educational assessment. This program/rotation involves conducting additional psychological/ psycho-educational evaluation with individuals with ADHD and/or learning problems or disabilities, in addition to the minimum required psycho-educational/psychological assessments (see above description in the KPC main program section). This program is particularly suited for interns who intend to specialize in providing these types of services in their professional career.
- Mental Health Training & Administration. This program involves two main areas of experience, including:
- Internship/Externship Administration: An intern who elects this training experience may work on one or more projects, either conjointly with or with guidance from the SBU-CIP TD, Dr. Dina Vivian, who is also the Director of the KPC; tasks may involve assistance in running the KPC and associate doctoral internship and externship programs. This hands-on experience in administration is appropriate for interns who have career goals in psychology training.
- Mental Health Leadership & Administration: An intern who elects this training experience receives training related to preparation for the opportunities and challenges in mental health leadership and administration, including assisting the TD and Assistant to the Director in generating and implementing plans for enhancing patient care, increasing patient referrals, participating in quality assurance initiatives, and conducting outcome research at the KPC.
- Community Educational Outreach. This experience requires interns to plan and provide presentations that address community needs as well as engage in translational efforts to disseminate clinical research to the community. Examples may include presentations in community and campus settings regarding evidence-based methods for the treatment of depressive disorders, mental health screening on campus, mental health outreach efforts with the international students on campus, etc. Essentially, the intern acts as liaison between the KPC and various community organizations both on and off campus (e.g., campus residence halls, schools) to increase the reciprocal communication between the KPC and outside entities.
- Pain Management. This program involves providing psychological treatment services to medical patients who suffer from chronic or acute pain conditions related to their illnesses. These patients are referred to the KPC by the director of the Pain Management Program at the SBU Hospital, who also serves as the clinical supervisor for these interventions.
- Advanced Communication and Counseling Course on CBT for Dietitians: This experience involves teaching a spring and, depending on enrollment, a summer, web-based 15-week course(s) on advanced communication and counseling to students in the Nutrition Masters’ Program through the Department of Family Medicine. As the course material is already developed the bulk of the “work” includes grading a final exam; nevertheless, this internship experience strengthens the interns’ teaching competencies. The class size does not exceed 20 students. Genna Hymowitz, Ph.D. is the supervisor for this course.
(b) Minor programs at the MB-CRC:
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Program. This program involves providing individual and group based DBT to patients of the MB-CRC. This also involves providing between sessions phone based skills coaching and participation in the weekly DBT treatment team meeting. Participation in additional DBT related didactics and training experiences throughout the year may be required.
D. Accreditation Status
The SBU-CIP is currently accredited by the American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation (APA CoA) (2017-2027). The SBU-CIP is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC), member site # 2371, since 09/26/2016. It can be found in the National Matching Services (NMS) rank system as program code #2371-11.
Questions related to the program’s accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1 st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202)336-5979 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
E. Application and Contact Information
Interested students should upload their application onto the APPIC portal. The SBU-CIP is currently listed as a member site #2371. In addition to the standard application materials listed in the APPIC program, prospective applicants should include two additional clinical reports, including a “Case Formulation and Treatment Planning” and a “Psychoeducational Evaluation.”
Dina Vivian, Ph.D.
Training Director, Stony Brook University Consortium Internship Program (SBU-CIP)
Phone: (631) 632-7848/7830
Internship Application Deadline: November 9, 2018.