Program Information: Psychology

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1425
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital
Department: Psychology
Address: 59 Koch Ave
Morris Plains, New Jersey 07950
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA
Distance from Major City: 30 miles west of New York City
Phone: 973-538-1800x4578
Fax:
Email: Jennifer.Romei@doh.nj.gov
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address: https://www.state.nj.us/health/integratedhealth/documents/hospitals/greystone/GPPH_Internship_Brochure_2019-2020.pdf
Primary Agency Type: State/County/Other Public Hospital
Additional Agency Types:
  • Private General Hospital
Member of APPIC since:
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Jennifer Romei
Chief Psychologist: Jennifer Romei
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 12
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 06/21/2021
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 4
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 30951
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): 12 State Holidays paid at 80% rate
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site An intern's typical work day at GPPH consists of attending morning briefing, participating in a therapeutic community meeting, running a psychotherapy group, attending treatment team meetings with different patients, taking a lunch break, then seeing patients for individual psychotherapy or psychological assessment, writing progress notes, supervising an extern, participating in individual supervision and/or participating in a group seminar or didactic training. One day per week interns receive training at nearby Summit Oaks Hospital and will have exposure to adult and adolescent inpatient and partial care units, and adult and adolescent addiction units depending on supervisor availability.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Do Psychology Interns/Postdocs Have the Opportunity to Supervise Practicum Students?Yes
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: 11/06/2020 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 11/23/2020
Interview notification date time zone: Eastern Standard Time
Tentative interview date: 11/30/2020
Interview process description:

Minimum requirements for applications include: 500 intervention hours, 50 assessment hours, three letters of recommendation, and a portion of practicum experience occurring under the direct observation of a supervisor or supervised audio/video tape review.  Applicants will be notified about their interview status by 11/23/2020.   Due to covid-19 restrictions, virtual interviews will be scheduled Monday through Thursday during the weeks of 11/30/20 and 12/7/20, with supervising faculty and current interns hosting informal virtual group information sessions on 12/4/20 and 12/11/20. During these meetings, applicants will have a chance to meet with department supervisors, ask questions about specific units or training opportunities, and speak confidentially to our current interns. We will primarily be using the Microsoft Teams platform for our virtual meetings. At the time of scheduling the interview, applicants will be given a schedule of times and presenters for the information sessions. 

 

How to obtain application info: Email the Program
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Alliant/CSPP Midwestern University-Glendale Immaculata University University at Albany-SUNY Fairleigh Dickinson University Long Island University-Brooklyn Long Island University-CW Post PCOM Seton Hall University Xavier University John Jay College Rutgers University/GSAPP Yeshiva University/Ferkauf University of Indianapolis University of Virginia Azusa Pacific University University of Hartford Wright State University Indiana University of Pennsylvania William James College Kean University William Paterson University
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: No
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: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: No
Dissertation Proposal Approved: No
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 500
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 50
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Not 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: In order to be hired, prospective interns are required to complete a thorough a background check that will include fingerprinting and pre-employment drug testing at the applicant's expense. Disqualification for employment during the background check and medical exam include a positive urine drug test (please note that recreational cannabis is not legal in NJ), a history of arrest for possession of a controlled and dangerous substance, history of arrest for any charges related to interpersonal violence (such as assault, kidnapping, sexual offense charges, homicide, etc.), and history of arrest for any charges related to theft, burglary, or robbery. In addition, like all NJ Department of Health employees, GPPH interns may be subjected to random drug testing during their employment/internship year.
Program Description

GPPH offers an APA-accredited full-time, year-long internship in a state-of-the-art 500-bed state psychiatric hospital for adults. Patients vary widely in their diagnoses and symptom severity, offering training experiences across the continuum of psychopathology. GPPH celebrates rich cultural diversity among both staff and patients, adding to the depth of the training experience. In fact, the Psychology Department chairs the hospital's Diversity Council which aims to celebrate diversity in all forms and create a welcoming environment for both patients and staff, and interns play an active role on this committee. Examining the ways in which we are all alike and different is a common thread throughout the internship training year.

Faculty believe that learning takes place best in an environment that provides support and encouragement, and interns are never viewed or treated as auxiliary staff. Following the Local Clinical Scientist model, training focus is on individual and group psychotherapy and psychological testing, with an emphasis on the education of the intern to meet his/her individualized training goals. Supervision and training in dynamic, CBT, integrative, DBT, schema therapy, and trauma-informed care perspectives among others is provided, and interns will be challenged to learn a theory that is outside of their comfort zone.

The training year is structured into three 4-month clinical rotations with the following populations, depending on supervisor availability: admissions, forensic, extended care/treatment refractory, personality disordered, geriatric, dementia, and DD-MI. We also have the only state-funded unit for the treatment of deaf mentally ill patients in New Jersey as an available training rotation. Interns have a testing supervisor and therapy supervisor for each of the three rotations.   In addition, interns will spend one day per week receiving training at nearby Summit Oaks Hospital. Training opportunities at Summit Oaks can include, based on supervisor availability: adult inpatient mental health unit, adult inpatient co-occurring unit, adult inpatient detoxification unit, adult inpatient drug and alcohol unit, child and adolescent inpatient unit, adult outpatient psychiatric program, adult outpatient co-occurring program, adult outpatient drug and alcohol program, or the partial hospitalization program. These experiences differ greatly from GPPH’s patient population and are intended to provide interns with a balanced, well-rounded training experience.   The varied clinical and supervisory experinces are designed to shape the intern's professional development as they prepare for competent independent practice.

In order to fully prepare interns for independent practice, interns will also gain experience in providing supervision to externs while at GPPH, and will receive supervision of their supervision by the Director of Psychology. Interns are exposed to a multidisciplinary team approach and actively encouraged to integrate theory into practice, with particular focus on evidence-based interventions. The training faculty at GPPH are committed to providing a safe environment that fosters growth and independence.  The faculty believe this is best achieved by collaborating with interns on identifying training goals that both expose interns to new learning experiences and sharpen skills in familiar areas.  Growth is also reinforced by supplementing clinical work and individual supervision with scholarly readings, participation in formal case conceptualizations, and didactic trainings.

Interns also participate in an "end of the year" project, in which they assume the role of a consultant and identify an area within the organization that could use improving.  Prior projects have focused on modifying the physical space and schedule of units for our special treatment populations, instituting functional assessments to provide data to the courts that supports discharge to independent apartments, improving staff morale and HR resources during the closure of nearby state facilities and reduction in force, and designing clinical training for direct care staff who provide 1:1 nursing observation. Interns work collaboratively on creating a plan for an improvement project, and many of these plans end up being implemented by the hospital's executive leadership.  The Psychology Department is especially proud that our interns oftentimes leave the hospital better than how they found us.

Regarding application requirements, prospective interns should have 500 intervention practicum hours at time they submit an application, and 1000 hours by the internship start date.  Similarly, applicants should have at least 50 assessment hours when applying, with a preferred minimum of 5 integrated reports by the internship start date.  GPPH uses the APPI online and 3 letters of recommendation.

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

Children:
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family:
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
French-speaking:
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
Students:
International Students:
Rural:
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other:

Treatment Modalities

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

Experience

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

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: 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
Number of Completed Applications: 95 77 69 57
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 31 32 30 30
Total number of interns: 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 1 1 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 4 4 4 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 10 1 3 4
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 21 25 24 45
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 1 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 3 2 0 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 1 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 1 0 4
Correctional Facility: 1 0 1 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 1 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 1 0