Program Information: Psychology

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1482
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Jewish Child Care Association/ JCCA
Department: Psychology
Address: 555 Bergen Avenue
Fourth Floor
Bronx, New York 10455
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA
Distance from Major City: Foster Home Bronx, Brooklyn (within NYC); Westchester 30 minutes North of NYC
Phone: 914-351-6068x
Fax:
Email: morgensterna@jccany.org
Web Address: http://www.jccany.org
Brochure Website's Address: https://www.jccany.org/get-involved/psychology-internship-program/
Primary Agency Type: Child/Adolescent Psychiatric or Pediatrics
Additional Agency Types:
  • Community Mental Health Center
  • Psychology Department
  • Other
Member of APPIC since:
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Amy Morgenstern
Chief Psychologist: Amy Morgenstern
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 10
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 09/06/2022
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 6
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 25000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): All interns receive four weeks of vacation time, which can be used at the end of the training year. Interns also receive five sick days (which can be used in half day increments) and three personal days for graduation, dissertation defense, and career development. A $2,000 annual language differential is offered to interns who fluently speak languages needed at a particular site.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Each day of internship at JCCA is a little different and will vary based on site and caseload. The typical work day is comprised of a range of experiences. These experiences include, but are not limited to, individual and group psychotherapy, collateral work with staff and families/ foster families, intake assessment, psychological evaluations, and providing staff and foster parent trainings. Interns engage in weekly seminars, facilitated by JCCA staff as well as outside consultants who have expertise in various areas, such as Issues of Race and Ethnicity, Topics in DBT, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Working With Sexually Exploited Youth, and Life After Internship. Over the course of the year, interns have opportunities to present their dissertation research, areas of scholarly interest, and therapy modalities of interest. Interns also have opportunities to engage in group testing supervision and case presentations over the course of the training year. Interns receive two hours of individual supervision and one hours (delete s) of group supervision weekly, as well as monthly group supervision with the Internship Training Director. Please refer to the brochure on our website for an extensive review of the internship experience.
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: 12/01/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Optional
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/15/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/14/2022
Interview process description:

There will be three to four scheduled interview dates in January. Interns are offered preference of date on a first come, first serve basis per email invitation.  We ask that interns be available between 10am and 2pm on the day of their interview. 

During the 2021 APPIC interview process, all interviews will be conducted remotely via ZOOM or another video platform. Pre-recorded video tours of all three sites will be available in advance of the interview date and on an ongoing basis.  On each interview day, whether remote or on-site, an overview of the internship will be provided by training directors, followed by a question and answer session with the psychology staff.  Applicants will be interviewed by two staff members, one from foster home services and one from the Westchester Residential facility, for appoximately 45 minutes.  Applicants will also be given the opportunity to meet extensively with current interns and learn about their experiences. 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Pace University, Columbia Teacher's College, Yeshiva/ Ferkauf Long Island University- Brooklyn Campus, Long Island University- CW Post Campus, Hartford University, Adelphi University, Alliant International University San Francisco, Utah State University, and many others.
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: No
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 start of internship
Comprehensive Exams Passed: No
Dissertation Proposal Approved: No
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours:
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours:
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited
Non-Accredited Not Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree 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:
Program Description

JCCA’s psychology internship program has been sponsored by JCCA since 1970 and has been approved by the American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation since 1991.  The 12-month, full-time psychology internship program is open to advanced pre-doctoral psychology students in clinical, school and counseling psychology programs. Our practice is based on the science of psychology which, in turn, is influenced by the professional practice of psychology. The training program is sequential, cumulative, and graded in complexity.

JCCA accepts six interns each year: three at the Westchester Residential Treatment site in Pleasantville, New York, one at the Brooklyn Foster Home Services site, and two at the Bronx Foster home site. Although there is only one application, we have three separate match numbers, so applicants have the opportunity to rank any number of individual sites, or to rank all three.  Applicants may indicate site preference in their cover letter, but if invited for an interview will have the opportunity to be considered for all three sites.

Regardless of site placement, the goal of the internship is to train psychologists to work with children and families to develop and refine a broad set of professional competencies.  Our primary training objective is to prepare interns for future clinical practice in child and adolescent psychology. Furthermore, our interns leave their training year with a comprehensive understanding of the child welfare system and the specific needs of the children and families who function within this system. More generally, our graduating interns are fully prepared to recognize, understand and address the impact of the complex trauma that youth and families in underserved populations encounter. We recognize that there is a need for more trained clinicians to address the unique needs of such youth.

JCCA’s Westchester Campus offers various residential treatment programs for youth.  The campus’ location in a suburban town within Westchester County, approximately 30 miles north of Manhattan and outside of the five boroughs, makes it unique from the other two internship locations.  Interns match to the campus as a whole, with Edenwald Center (EC) and Pleasantville Cottage School (PCS) serving as primary placements for campus trainees.  Trainees are assigned to either EC or PCS for their training year, with strong consideration given to each intern’s preference; this assignment begins in the summer before the internship starts.  Edenwald Center serves youth who have diagnoses related to developmental delays and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder and are also experiencing severe emotional and/or behavioral difficulties.  PCS serves youth with severe emotional and behavioral difficulties.

The Foster Boarding Home Programis located in two separate offices: a commercial/residential area in the Bronx, and the Flatbush/Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. Both foster programs serve infants, children and teens living in foster homes.  The FHS psychology department in each site exists within a rich multidisciplinary setting, including psychiatric and medical staff, education specialists, social workers and case planners, among others. Interns are highly valued and integrated members of the multidisciplinary team.

Although interns are placed in three separate locations, the intern class comes together weekly for seminars, training, and additional group supervision.  In this way, interns benefit not only from their supervisors and the on-site interdisciplinary team, but from one another as well. 

JCCA is committed to the safety of all staff and clients, and is adhering to all CDC and local guidelines during the COVID 19 pandemic.  During the 2020-2021 training year, interns are engaging in a hybrid of clinical interventions, both on site and remote.   All interns are being fully trained in tele-health as a clinical modality in and of itself.  Our residential facility offers opportunities for some remote work, as well as face-to-face, outdoor interventions and large spaces for socially distanced clinical work.  Interns in our foster home facilities have access to large indoor spaces for some on-site interventions, as well as remote interventions with a large number of their therapy cases.  While we do not know exactly what the 2022 training year will look like, interns in the Brooklyn and Bronx offices should anticipate being on site at least part time, and interns on the Westchester campus should anticipate being on site full time.  All decisions related to on site work are subject to change, and we anticipate case-by-case exceptions to policy, as our priority continues to be ensuring the safety of all involved. 

Please see our brochure for additional information 

https://www.jccany.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Psych-Internship-Guide-2020.pdf

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults:
Family: Yes
Older Adults:
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: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other: youth in foster homes/ residential settings

Treatment Modalities

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

Experience

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

Child welfare, foster care, complex trauma

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: www.jccany.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
Number of Completed Applications: 87 73 97 114 81
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 47 43 54 65 66
Total number of interns: 6 6 6 6 6
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 6 6 6 6 6
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 2 2 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 3 3 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 1 0 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 2 2 3 2
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 5 8 3 5 5
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 23 23 24 25 20
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 6 0 3 3
Community Mental Health Center: 0 2 0 2 2
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 1
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 1
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 1 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 2 0 2 1
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 1 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 1
Independent Practice: 3 2 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 2 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 1