Program Information: Psychology Department

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2506
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Sagamore Children's Psychiatric Center
Department: Psychology Department
Address: 197 Half Hollow Road
Dix Hills, New York 11746
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA
Distance from Major City: 20 miles from NYC
Phone: 631-370-1837
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Child/Adolescent Psychiatric or Pediatrics
Additional Agency Types:
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric or Pediatrics
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Shira Weiss
Chief Psychologist: Shira Weiss
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 13
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/26/2021
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 3
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class:
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 35000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
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 Interns to be fully integrated with a multidisciplinary team on an inpatient unit. Interns to hold up to four patients, provide group therapy and participate in family therapy. One day per week, Interns to work in a Sagamore outpatient clinic for children ages 5-10. Interns to hold two outpatient cases, provide socialization groups and work with families.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum Students
Do Psychology Interns/Postdocs Have the Opportunity to Supervise Practicum Students?No
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: 11/22/2020 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: 12/13/2019
Interview notification date time zone: Eastern Standard Time
Tentative interview date: 01/06/2020
Interview process description:
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: Ferkauf University, Fordham University, Long Island University, CW Post Campus, Fielding University
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 application deadline
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 325
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 75
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 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:
Program Description

Our training program is designed to prepare an intern to transition from student to qualified professional. The core clinical training for interns will occur in the Inpatient Facility. Each Intern is assigned to a unit, under a supervising psychologist, while holding two outpatient cases at the Waverly Avenue Clinic at Tecumseh Elementary School. Interns will provide individual, family and group therapy as well as parent guidance sessions. As part of their training, all interns will complete a minimum of twenty psychological evaluations. This comprehensive inpatient/outpatient experience affords interns the opportunity to be involved in the treatment and assessment of children and adolescents with severe and persistent mental illness/emotional disturbance along the developmental spectrum from age 5 through 17 years.


The training objectives of the doctoral psychology internship program at Sagamore reflects the mission of our hospital.  The program is designed to offer interns the opportunity to develop as clinicians and professionals with a strong emphasis on treatment modalities for children, adolescents and their families, further understanding of cultural and developmental processes, etiology of emotional disturbance, clinical decision making, assessing and measuring outcomes, and treatment planning.  Given the complexity of the population that we serve at Sagamore, interns are afforded the opportunity to enhance their interpersonal development on a team and to develop their professional identity while maintaining empathy and dedication to this underserved population. Unique to our site, Interns have the opportunity to work with children/adolescents and their families for an extended period of time. By the end of the internship year, interns are capable of providing the full range of services needed to work as clinical psychologists treating children and adolescents with complex, multilayered difficulties across both inpatient and outpatient populations.   


Sagamore is committed to providing interns with exposure to a broad range of patient populations experiencing severe and persistent mental illness. The Sagamore inpatient program affords interns the opportunity to work with children and adolescents presenting with psychopathology that is wide ranging not only in its severity, but in diagnoses, developmental presentation, and other mediating factors such as race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and gender identity.  The outpatient program offers interns the experience of working with children of a different age range and within the school/community setting. Our interns work closely with school districts and participate in all aspects of treatment planning, from admission to discharge.


Additionally, interns participate in all aspects of treatment planning and as part of their training, will work closely with school districts, participating in meetings with the Committee for Special Education and while closely supervised, help determine appropriate placement upon discharge. Interns are also exposed to and will interact with a variety of community resources, in order to support and help the children and adolescents maintain and further their treatment gains in the community. Interns are exposed to a full range of professional functions which may include teaching student nurses, consultation with professionals and paraprofessionals, performance improvement measures, and research. As treatment team members, interns present cases and discuss psychological evaluations at diagnostic conferences, develop treatment plans based on collaboration with other team members, participate in team and unit meetings, as well as participating in individual, group and family treatment.


As part of the breadth of experiences to interns, they will have the opportunity to work with children and adolescents remanded to the hospital from the courts. They may be part of the evaluation team (e.g., completing a psychological battery, functioning as the primary therapist) that assesses and makes recommendations to the court for the child/adolescent who is remanded to the facility.  Recommendations may include but are not limited to conversion to minor voluntary status or return to court with highly specific recommended treatment and disposition options.




Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults:
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
International Students:
Low income: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Individual Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Group Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Brief Psychotherapy:
Long-term Psychotherapy:
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Evidence Based Research: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Supervision of Practicum students :


Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Neuropsychology-Child: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Serious Mental Illness: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Anxiety Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Forensics/Corrections: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Offenders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
School: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy:
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation:
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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
Number of Completed Applications: 5 8
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 5 8
Total number of interns: 3 1
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 1
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 1
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 1
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 5 5
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 15 15
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 0 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 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 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 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 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0