A. Program Training Aim:
The Stony Brook University Consortium Internship Program (SBU-CIP) is a two-member agency program that offers a 12-month doctoral internship in clinical psychology to qualified students in doctoral psychology programs. The member agencies include the Leonard Krasner Psychological Center (KPC), a psychology training clinic associated with the doctoral program in clinical psychology, Department of Psychology (College of Arts and Sciences); and the Mind Body Clinical Research Center (MB-CRC), an outpatient facility associated with the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Health (Stony Brook Medicine).
The SBU-CIP is designed to provide interns with training and experience in delivering services primarily to adults across various therapeutic settings, including outpatient mental health facilities and hospital-based programs (i.e., psychiatric emergency medicine, inpatient psychiatry -adult and children, and consultation/liaison). Training and experience in providing cognitive-behavioral therapies (including third-wave models), behavioral medicine, integrated care in primary care settings, and in-hospital psychiatric services are targeted. The SBU-CIP targets patients across the lifespan.
The internship includes approximately 40 hours of training weekly, including didactics/clinical workshops, supervision (receiving and providing supervision to less experienced trainees), and administrative responsibilities, for a total of 2000 doctoral internship training hours.
B. Training Opportunities
1) Outpatient Programs
Main outpatient programs include an average of 12-14 hours of face-to-face client contact weekly combined across sites plus a minimum of 3 full battery psychoeducational evaluations at the KPC site or a combination of 4 integrative reports, including evaluations for ADHD, disability determinations, and/or mental health clearance over the course of the internship. The main outpatient programs are:
KPC: Psychological services are provided to clients across the lifespan and with a wide range of clinical problems. Specialized clinics offer training in CBT, Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP) for chronic mood disorders, ER/P for anxiety disorders, and psychological assessment.
MB-CRC: Psychological services are provided to clients across the lifespan, including diagnostic assessments and individual CBT-based psychotherapy for mood and anxiety disorders. Specialty programs also include a full DBT program and group-based psychotherapy (Stress Management and Resilience Training, SMART).
2) Inpatient Programs
Main inpatient programs include an average of 16 hours of face-to-face contact hours weekly. Interns will participate in three 4-month rotations (see list below).
Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP). CPEP provides emergency psychiatric services to patients in need of psychiatric evaluation, acute intervention, and referral services. Interns work closely with a multidisciplinary team to evaluate and coordinate care.
Adult and Child Inpatient Psychiatry Units. In these units, interns work closely with psychologists and interdisciplinary teams to evaluate and stabilize patients, participating in patient rounds with the team and co-running skills groups. The adult unit is a self-contained 30-bed unit designed for the acute short-term stabilization treatment of patients presenting with severe mental illness, including suicidality, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, and severe anxiety disorders. The child unit is a 10-bed unit, servicing youth aged 8-14.
Consultation Liaison (CL) Psychiatry. CL provides psychiatric consultation throughout the hospital, including medical and surgical inpatient units. Interns attend patient rounds with a multidisciplinary team and provide psychological evaluations, short term interventions, and consultation to patients and clinicians.
3) Minor Areas of Concentration
Minor areas of concentration involve a minimum of 4 hours of training activities weekly (range 4–8) across the whole period of the internship or for specified periods of time (e.g., 4 months). The minor programs/rotations include psychological assessment (administration and supervision of testing) at the KPC, and Obesity/Disordered Eating Clinic at the MBCRC.
An additional training opportunity concerning Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) & Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (ND) is partially-supported by the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and other related Disabilities (LEND) grant program. It includes didactics, research, scholarly presentations, mentorship, and practicum in clinical or community-based settings focused on treating ASD/ND, as well as patients presenting with Tics & Tourette syndrome [e.g., experience with Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT)].