The Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center (MSAHC) is the home of the Division of Adolescent Medicine of the Department of Pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and part of the Mount Sinai Hospital. Although it is part of a larger health system and medical school, the MSAHC is a freestanding outpatient facility, which provides confidential, comprehensive and integrated healthcare to young people ages 10-24.Today, the MSAHC stands as the largest program of its kind in the country and is recognized as a successful model for other similar healthcare efforts around the world. All of the services at the MSAHC are confidential and are provided regardless of ability to pay or insurance status. The multidisciplinary staff at the MSAHC also engages in applied research activities, presents widely in the community, and participates in numerous advocacy efforts.
The MSAHC Doctoral Internship Training Program offers a full-time, APA-Accredited training program to three psychology interns a year. All candidates enter the program through the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) match process. The doctoral psychology internship program is one of several training programs that runs at the MSAHC. The MSAHC is also home to an adolescent medicine fellowship, a psychology externship, a social work internship program, and medical residency and medical school rotations. Interns work side-by-side with other trainees and are fully immersed into the clinical and learning environment at the MSAHC.
The internship curriculum places emphasis on training interns to become competent providers of evidence-informed and culturally competent care to youth from marginalized backgrounds. The MSAHC has a long history of breaking down economic and social barriers to care for underserved populations, and this aspect of the MSAHC’s mission informs the vision of the psychology training program. In addition, a broad aim of the training program is to provide interns with the necessary experience and skills to practice in interdisciplinary healthcare settings. Throughout the training year, interns provide individual, family and group therapy to a diverse range of 10-24 youth. An emphasis is placed on providing evidence-based, trauma-informed interventions. Interns also conduct comprehensive psychological assessment batteries. Finally, interns have the option of choosing between a range of elective intervention experiences, including the Teen Parent Program, the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Elective, the Behavioral Health-Primary Care Integration Elective and the Integrated Transgender Healthcare Service.
Interns attend weekly didactic and supervision sessions. Interns receive, at minimum, 2 hours of individual supervision and 4 hours of group supervision per week. Each intern will supervise a psychology extern as part of their training experience. For more information, and a copy of our internship brochure, visit: http://icahn.mssm.edu/research/ahc/predoctoral-internship-program.