Program Information: Psychology

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2566
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Provisional Membership
Program Category: Match Participant Category I
Site: Achieve Behavioral Health
Department: Psychology
Address: 25 Robert Pitt Dr.
St. 101
Monsey, New York 10952
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA
Distance from Major City: 35 miles north of NYC
Phone: 845-425-5252x1332
Fax:
Email: mgoldberg@achievebh.org
Web Address: https://achievebh.org/
Brochure Website's Address: https://achievebh.org/psychology-pre-doctoral-internship/
Primary Agency Type: Community Mental Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric or Pediatrics
  • Other
Member of APPIC since: 07/21/2022
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Michal Goldberg
Chief Psychologist: Isaac Schechter
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 13
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 2
Position Information
Start Date: 09/05/2023
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 5
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 2
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 35000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 17500
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Paid time off for the Jewish holidays.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns choose from three tracks - General Clinic, Women's IOP and School/Child Specialization. All interns are assigned cases in the general clinic, as well as from within their specific track. (See Program Description for additional details.) The majority of clients are from the Jewish Orthodox and Hassidic community. All interns are also required to complete rotations in the following departments: Intake and Assessment, Crisis Services and Group Therapy (as available). Optional rotations include: Anxiety/OCD Program and Applied Clinical Data Analytics and Research. Interns also attend individual supervision, group supervision, didactics, Grand Rounds and specialized trainings.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsNo
Do Psychology Interns/Postdocs Have the Opportunity to Supervise Practicum Students?No
Is this program fully affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Is this program partially affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 11/15/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/19/2022
Tentative interview date: N/A
Interview process description:

Applicants will be notified via email about their interview status on 12/19/2022. All interviews will be conducted virtually and will take place between late December to mid-January. Each applicant will have 2-half hour interviews with internship staff members, as well as the opportunity to meet with current interns and post docs, in order to inquire more about the program and training experience at Achieve.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: N/A - This is Achieve's first year participating in the Match.
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: Yes
If NOT a U.S. Citizen, Authorization to Work or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in the US is Required: Yes
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a Canadian Citizen, Authorization to Work in Canada or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in Canada is Required: No
Masters Degree Required: Yes, by application deadline
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: No
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable): 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Not Accepted
School Psychology Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited Not Accepted
Non-Accredited Not Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree Not Accepted
This institution, department, internship, or postdoctoral program requires trainees to sign a statement about personal behavior and/or religious beliefs as a condition of admission and/or retention in the program: No
How to obtain text of statement:
Other Requirements: Fingerprinting and criminal background check
Program Description

The overall goals of the Achieve Pre-Doctoral Internship Program are for interns to: 

1. Gain proficiency in psychological assessment, DSM-5 clinical diagnosis, case conceptualization and treatment planning. 

2. Learn to treat clients with varying psychopathologies across the lifespan. 

3. Develop competency in evidence-based psychological treatment (ex. CBT, DBT, ACT). 

4. Demonstrate knowledge of ethical issues pertaining to psychology practice. 

5. Learn from clinical leaders in the Orthodox community and develop enduring collegial relationships with administration and staff. 

6. Gain knowledge of cultural issues impacting the Jewish Orthodox and Hassidic population. 

Clinical Experience:

1. GENERAL CLINIC TRACK: Psychology interns in this track spend the majority of their time providing individual therapy to adults, couples and children, primarily from the Jewish Orthodox and Hassidic community. They will also complete rotations in the following departments: Intake and Assessment (mandatory), Crisis Services (mandatory), Group Therapy (mandatory as available), as well as the Anxiety/OCD Program (optional) and Data Analytics and Clinical Metrics (optional). 
*This track is the only track that offers a part-time option.
 
2. SCHOOL/CHILD SPECIALIZATION: Psychology interns in this track spend the majority of their time providing individual therapy to children and providing parent support at Achieve's school-based clinics, located in various Jewish Orthodox and Hassidic schools in Rockland and Orange Counties, and/or providing individual therapy to children and parent support in the Achieve BH Child Center. They will also provide individual therapy to a small caseload of adults in the general clinic. Interns in this track will also complete rotations in the following departments: Intake and Assessment (mandatory), Crisis Services (mandatory), Group Therapy (mandatory as available), as well as the Anxiety/OCD Program (optional) and Data Analytics and Clinical Metrics (optional).
 
3. WOMEN'S INTENSIVE OUTPATIENT PROGRAM (IOP) SPECIALIZATION: Psychology interns in this track spend 2 days/week providing group therapy, DBT coaching, case management and crisis management in the Women's Intensive Outpatient Program. They will also provide individual therapy to adults and children in the general clinic. Interns in this track will also complete rotations in the following departments: Intake and Assessment (mandatory), Crisis Services (mandatory), as well as the Anxiety/OCD Program (optional) and Data Analytics and Clinical Metrics (optional).
 

Supervision:

Full-time interns are assigned two individual supervisors for the span of their internship and part-time interns are assigned one individual supervisor. Each supervisor provides one hour of individual supervision/week. All interns will attend one hour of weekly group supervision. This supervision will be facilitated by a rotation of clinical supervisors in order to provide the interns with exposure to various orientations and clinical styles. 

Didactics and Formal Education: 

Full-time and part-time interns will attend two hours of weekly didactics, which will include a curriculum that is tailored to the intern's educational needs. In addition, interns are encouraged to attend at least one hour of weekly Grand Rounds and/or specialized trainings (provided both by Achieve clinical staff, as well as in collaboration with experts in the field from outside of Achieve). 

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients:
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
French-speaking:
Deaf/Hearing-impaired:
Students: Yes
International Students:
Rural:
Urban:
Low income: Yes
Homelessness:
Other: Large majority of Jewish Orthodox and Ultra Orthodox clients; Yiddish speaking clients

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Group Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Consultation/Liaison: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students :
Other:

Experience

Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
HIV/AIDS:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment:
Neuropsychology-Adult:
Neuropsychology-Child:
Serious Mental Illness: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Anxiety Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Trauma/PTSD: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sexual Abuse: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Forensics/Corrections:
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Pediatrics: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
School: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Counseling:
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy:
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation:
Supervision:
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration:
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:
Other:

Achieve empasizes clinical experience in our community mental health center, with a primary focus on working with the Jewish Orthodox and Hassidic population. Interns can choose to focus their work on clients across the lifespan in the general clinic. There are also specialized tracks where interns can focus on specific populations within this community, including: School/Child Specialization and the Women's Intensive Outpatient Program (see above for detailed description). 

Additional information about training opportunities: Not all rotations or training experiences may be available as described in the APPIC Directory. Please consult the program's application materials or their website at: https://achievebh.org/  for a complete description of the training opportunities available at this training site. IF the site has not updated their information by August 1, feel free to contact the Training Director for additional information.

Summary of the Characteristics of the Specified Internship Class
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022 2022-2023
Number of Completed Applications: 1
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 1
Total number of interns: 1
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 1
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 1
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 0
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0 0 0 1
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 0 0 0 1
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0 1
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 0 0 0 1
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0 0