Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
|Program graduates Drs. Colleen Jacobsen and Jennifer Muehlenkamp presenting at the annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies|
Being an academic medical center, we place a heavy emphasis on training and education throughout the internship year. Some examples include our intense and thorough clinical supervision, didactics day, frequent case conferences, and weekly departmental grand rounds (September through May) featuring renowned speakers from around the nation. In addition, interns are frequently invited to participate in research and writing projects, as well as on presentations at conferences, in the hospital, and in the community.
At the Psychology Internship Training Program we place great emphasis on supervision. On average, interns in all of our specializations receive between 5-7 hours of supervision per week, 4-5 of which are individual supervision hours and 1-2 of which are group or dyadic supervision hours. As mentioned above, the Psychology Internship Training Program has faculty who are experts in providing supervision in a number of different theoretical approaches (e.g., Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Interpersonal, etc.) and modalities (e.g., individual, couples, family systems, group). In addition, supervision includes participating weekly on multidisciplinary treatment teams and monthly at our departmental meeting. Finally, depending on your rotation and supervisor, supervision may involve the audio and/or videotaping of your sessions, review of your process notes, being observed behind a two-way mirror, and/or engaging in co-therapy.
|Special private afternoon workshop for interns given by Dr. Alec Pollard after his presentation in the Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds and lunch with the interns|
The department uses Thursday as its academic day. In so doing, interns all attend curriculum seminars from 9:00 - 10:15 am and from 1:00 - 3:00 pm, throughout the entire year. Some of these seminars are conjointly attended by psychiatry residents and fellows, as well as psychology externs. The curriculum, which is presented by members of the faculty and other select invitees, is organized around a number of modules that are directly connected to our goal and objectives, including several lectures on culture and diversity, as well as others on special topics of importance to new professional psychologists.
In most years, the curriculum will include: emergency management, psychopharmacology for psychologists, general psychopathology, psychological testing, neuropsychology, learning disabilities, as well as a variety of specific therapeutic approaches, including: cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Psychoanalytic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy for Children, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness Training, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. In addition, we provide lectures on the various therapy modalities, including: Family Therapy, Couples Therapy, Marriage/Relationship Education, Group and Milieu Therapy for Children, and Sex Therapy. We also often provide lectures on how to treat specific disorders and populations, including: Disruptive Behavior Disorders, Substance Abuse, Geriatrics and End of Life Issues, Sleep Disorders, and Headache and Pain.
Finally, we feature a series of lectures meant to broaden our interns’ knowledge on the various career possibilities of psychologists in different settings, such as: Pediatric Consultation/Liaison Psychology, Family and Social Medicine, an AIDS Center, Integrated Primary Care, Transplant Programs, and Forensic Psychology and finish the year with a series on various professional development issues, including: Psychology Licensure, Building a Private Practice, Ethical Issues, Becoming a Supervisor, Self-Care and Burnout, and Dealing Effectively with the Media.
Grand Rounds and Case Conferences
|Interns at a private lunch with Dr. Judy Beck after her presentation in the Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds|
Each Thursday between 10:30 and 12:00 interns are also required to attend the Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds series. This series frequently has distinguished invited speakers from across the nation presented on various topics in psychiatry and psychology. Past presenters have included: Linda Carter Sobell, Douglas Woods, Blair Simpson, Barbara Milrod, Lata McGinn, Moira Rhynn, David Barlow, Alec Pollard, David Moscovitch, Jonathan Abramowitz, Robert Kohlenberg and Mavis Tsai, Kelly Posner, Fugen Neziroglu, Scott Lilienfeld, Susan Orsillo, Dianne Chambless, Katherine Shear, Rachel Yehuda, Joseph Garner, Adam Radomsky, Kristene Doyle, Douglas Mennin, Martin Franklin, Randy Frost, Nancy McWiliams, Terence Wilson, Martin Antony, and Judith Beck. Many of these speakers have stayed for a special, private lunch with the interns immediately following Grand Rounds, and, on occasion, stayed after lunch to provide a practical workshop for the interns in place of the afternoon didactics.
Each clinical service to which an intern is assigned also has its own weekly case conferences and/or multidisciplinary team meetings, which provide our interns with the opportunity to receive consultation with experts and specialists on current clinical cases.
Research, Writing Projects, and Presentations
|Training Director Dr. Simon Rego with program graduate and current faculty member, Dr. Shelby Harris, presenting at the annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies|
Finally, the Psychology Internship Training Program at Montefiore Medical offers numerous ways in which interns can get involved in scholarly projects. For example, many of faculty are actively engaged in research and often present our interns with opportunities to collaborate on a research and/or writing projects. In some cases, interns have done this on top of their regular activities, while in other cases they have done this by replacing an elective with research time. Interns choosing to create a formal research elective can protect time for mentored research, with proportionate reductions in their clinical case loads. In addition, each year interns typically are presented with numerous opportunities to get involved in other scholarly activities with the faculty, including participating in conference presentations and/or invited presentations and collaborating on writing projects such as book chapters, book reviews, journal articles, and even co-authoring a book.