Our internship in Clinical Psychology is housed within the Division of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Mt. Sinai Beth Israel. Our program provides a fast-paced, generalist experience in an urban medical center setting. Our patients include adults, children, and the elderly, are quite diverse and represent the range of DSM5 diagnoses (major affective disorders, personality disorders, substance use disorders, to name a few) The population is varied in psychsocial functioning and socioeconomic status, racial and cultural background, and gender identity. Treatment intervention techniques are derived from psychodynamic/analytic, CBT, DBT, evidence-based, family systens, trauma focused traditions.
The training experience is comprised three 4-month rotation system includes one elective, adult inpatient, and child outpatient rotations. Clinical experiences include intakes, individual/group psychotherapy, brief psychotherapy, DBT, family therapy, child trauma, CPEP, addictions, psychological testing, research opportunities. Didactics, seminars, case conferences, process group. DEI emphasized in all activities, with a dedicated DEI seminar. Extensive supervision provided. Opportunities to gain supervisory experiences are incorporated into the internship.
The cutlure of the program and the MSBI Psychiatry Department is one of openness, respect, and dedication to clinical service and training of students from Psychology, Psychiatry, Social Work, and medical students. The relationship between Psychiatry and Psychology faculty and trainees is strongly colleagial and creates a supportive, comfortable work environment. Trainees appreciate the availability of faculty for ad hoc supervision as well as fostering independence and self reliance as the year progresses. Interns have considerable input in selecting their clinical experiences while maintaining the required elements of the program.