Department : Art 31 Mental Health

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2493
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: New Alternatives for Children
Department: Art 31 Mental Health
Address: 825 7th Avenue
6th Floor
New York, New York 10019
Country: United States
Metro Area: New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 646-352-9025x
Training Director Email:
Co-Training Director Email:
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Community Mental Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric or Pediatrics
  • Community Mental Health Center
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director: Shauna Balch
Chief Psychologist: Ashley Golub
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 5
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 07/07/2025
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 2
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class:
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 35000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class:
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above):
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Psychology interns are incorporated into the Article 31 mental health clinic at New Alternatives for Children. They are considered integral members of the mental health team. Psychology interns provide individual, family, dyadic and group psychotherapy; psychological and developmental evaluation; parent training; coordination of care; and consultation services. Services are provided to individuals across the lifespan, with a range of diagnostic concerns and treatment needs, such as anxiety and mood disorders, trauma, developmental disabilities, personality disorders and behavioral challenges. A range of psychotherapeutic modalities are utilized, including cognitive behavioral and behavior therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, play therapy, and supportive counseling. Delivery of services in the NAC mental health is trauma-informed and takes into consideration one’s culture, identity, racial and ethnic backgrounds. Clinicians in the mental health clinic also learn and utilize a parent-child psychotherapy model developed at NAC, called Building Blocks. The Building Blocks program seeks to repair and strengthen attachment between caregivers and their young children, most of whom have experienced numerous adverse childhood experiences in their early childhoods.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsNo
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: 11/27/2023 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
A Virtual Interview is: Optional
Interview notification date: 12/08/2023
Tentative interview date: 01/05/24
Interview process description:

An on-site interview is preferred. However, given the uncertainty of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and our dedication to prioritizing safety, we will maintain the option of having virtual interviews. Virtual interviews are also optional for candidates who do not reside in the NYC area and are unable to travel from a differnt state. 

Applicants are asked to attend one of several interview sessions, during which an overview of the internship program at NAC will be provided in detail. Individual interviews will follow, as well as an opportunity to speak with current interns. Applicants should allot approximately three hours total.

Please include a redacted testing report in your application. 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology/Yeshiva University, Fordham University, Pace University, Temple University, SUNY - University at Albany.
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: Yes, by application deadline
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: No
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Does your program require applicants to submit supplemental materials (i.e., an assessment report and/or a case/treatment summary):
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable): 4
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree
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

New Alternatives for Children, Inc. (NAC) is an incorporated New York State not-for-profit health and child welfare agency providing comprehensive services for children with severe disabilities and/or chronic illnesses. NAC provides a multidisciplinary continuum of care that meets the needs of the entire family. Our professional staff consists of master-level social workers, doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health clinicians, nurses, parent advocates, educational specialists, recreational associates and vocational and resource specialists. Together we collaborate with families to provide support and services needed to achieve safety, stability, and independent family functioning.

The Comprehensive Healthcare Center at NAC specializes in providing a unique blend of medical and mental health services not only to NAC children and their families but also to New York City’s most socio-economically disadvantaged, underserved and vulnerable population. These are children with chronic diseases, developmental disabilities and/or co-occurring mental health disorders, and their families, who live with a myriad of psychosocial stressors. NAC’s families carry the emotional scars of inter-generational trauma and they have complex histories. They live in poverty, they frequently have histories of abuse and neglect and domestic violence is common as is homelessness. We serve families residing throughout the five boroughs.

The Comprehensive Healthcare Center at NAC offers an array of outpatient medical and mental health services through a licensed Article 28 Diagnostic and Treatment Center and a licensed Article 31 Mental Health Clinic. The clinics provide treatment to children and adults.

Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults:
Outpatients: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
International Students:
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
People without housing: Yes

Treatment Modalities

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


Health Psychology: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Women's Health: Exposure (1% to 20%)
HIV/AIDS: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Learning Disabilities: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Developmental Disabilities: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Assessment: Experience (21% to 30%)
Serious Mental Illness: Experience (21% to 30%)
Anxiety Disorders: Experience (21% to 30%)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: Experience (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders:
Pediatrics: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Experience (21% to 30%)
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation:
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:

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 2021-2022 2022-2023 2023-2024 2024-2025
Number of Completed Applications: 20 18 18 22 19 20
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 18 18 17 22 19 20
Total number of interns: 2 2 2 2 2 2
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 2 2 2 2 2 2
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 1 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 1 2 2 1 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs:
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 1 1 1
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 1 1 2 2 2 1
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 20 20 0 4 0 1
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 30 30 44 35 47 26
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
2022-2023 2023-2024
Academic teaching:
Community mental health center: 1 0
Consortium: 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0
Hospital/Medical Center: 0 0
Veterans Affairs Health Care System: 0 0
Psychiatric facility: 0 0
Correctional facility: 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0
School district/system: 0 0
Independent practice setting: 1 0
Other (Academic Psychology Department): 0 0
Link to Program's Trainee Admissions, Support, and Outcome Data: