Program Information: Psychology Department

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2539
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Provisional Membership
Site: Mid-Hudson Forensic Psychiatric Center
Department: Psychology Department
Address: 2834 Route 17M
New Hampton, New York 10958
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA
Distance from Major City: 65 miles north of Manhattan/New York City
Phone: 845-374-8894
Fax:
Email: antonino.camaj@omh.ny.gov
Web Address: https://omh.ny.gov/omhweb/facilities/mhpc/
Brochure Website's Address: https://omh.ny.gov/omhweb/facilities/mhpc/mhfpc-internship-brochure.pdf
Primary Agency Type: State/County/Other Public Hospital
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since:
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Antonino Camaj
Chief Psychologist: Antonino Camaj
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 7
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 09/01/2023
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 2
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 36587
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): Hazardous Duty pay, sick leave, vacation leave, personal leave, educational/conference time, and 13 paid holidays. Optional pre-tax dependent care accounts, optional pre-tax medical, dental, prescription, and vision/eyeglass insurance. Free parking.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site 8:00am to 4:30pm EST with 30 minutes granted for lunch. Some flexibility in hours may be granted under specific circumstances. A typical day includes attending morning rounds on the assigned unit/rotation, co-facilitating one or more therapy groups (typically 45minutes to 90 minutes in length), engaging patients in individual, one-on-one therapeutic interventions, psychological testing, or milieu management. In addition to clinical duties, interns will observe forensic evaluations conducted by licensed psychologists and observe related expert testimony in court. Interns will be given opportunities to participate in assessments of risk for violence under supervision. Interns will also participate in two hours of didactic training per week, and four hours of weekly supervision (two hours of individual supervision, one hour of psychological testing supervision, and one hour of group supervision) as per APA guidelines.
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: No
Application Due Date: The data is not updated for current year. We are showing the previous data.

Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes, with additions
An onsite interview is:
  • Preferred
Interview notification date: The data is not updated for current year. We are showing the previous data.

Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

This site will not accept applicants for the 2022-2023 internship year. We will accept applications beginning in the fall of 2022 for the following training year. 

 

Applicants should submit a redacted assessment report with their application materials. 

 

All applicants selected for interview will be notified on or before 12/15/22. Interviews will be conducted between 12/16/22 and 1/21/23. On-site interviews are preferred because we are a secure facility in which our access to cameras, photos, and other similar media are restricted to protect our patients and maintain security. While virtual interviews can be offered under certain circumstances, we cannot provide virtual tours. In-person interviews provide the best possible opportunity for the applicant to gain familiarity with our facility and our staff. More information may be provided/updated pending any future changes to regional or local covid-19 infection rates. 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs:
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: 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: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 400
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 50
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 4
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited Accepted
Non-Accredited 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: Hired interns will be required to submit to background checks including fingerprinting and employment will be dependent upon clearance by the Statewide Central Register for Child Abuse and Maltreatment. As of the November 1st, 2021, the New York State office of Mental Health will require that all persons working within this facility, including Psychology Interns, will need to have at least one dose of a vaccine for Covid-19 and will need to test for Covid-19 weekly until they are fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated means that at least two weeks have passed since receiving a one-dose (i.e. Johnson and Johnson) vaccine or the final dose of a two-dose vaccine (i.e. Moderna; Pfizer). This site will be unable to hire applicants who are not in compliance with these guidelines. Interns will need to be fully vaccinated by the start date of the internship and/or have an approved request for Reasonable Accommodation. Reasonable Accommodation requests need to be made in writing and MAY be granted for specific religious or medical reasons with documentation from the relevant religious organization or physician, respectively. The internship program cannot guarantee that the facility will accept a request for Reasonable Accommodation. Please check back regularly, as this information may be updated as new information or policies are determined.
Program Description

Psychology Training Program Setting: MHFPC is a secure psychiatric center located in New Hampton, New York and owned and operated by the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH). The hospital serves persons committed either under the provisions of Section 730 of the Criminal Procedure Law as lacking capacity to stand trial, under Section 330.20 as not criminally responsible due to mental illness or defect, under Part 57 of the Mental Hygiene Regulations for civil patients requiring confinement and treatment in a maximum security hospital, or under Correction Law 508 as pre-sentenced inmates in local county correctional facilities.

The hospital serves forensic patients from the entire state of New York with 60% of all admissions from New York City. The hospital consists of 18 units, two of which are mixed-gender environments, 15 of which house only men, and one which may house patients of any gender depending on their behavioral stability. Patients with serious medical issues are housed in our Acute Care Unit and patients with acute behavioral problems are housed in our Special Services Unit. In addition, MHFPC recently created two units for providing specialized treatment to specific populations. These include the Behavior Change Unit for patients with sexually based offenses, and the Substance Abuse Hope and Recovery unit, to treat patients with long hospital stays and/or histories of substance abuse.

The Psychology Department consists of seven fully licensed, full-time staff members and one unlicensed, full-time staff member. Psychologists at MFHPC generally function as part of the interdisciplinary treatment team and provide individual and group therapy, in addition to conducting assessments of patients in a number of specialized areas. The Licensed Psychologists are responsible for completing Forensic Examinations in order to determine if a patient is dangerously mentally ill and requires services in a secure setting, as well as providing expert testimony in court. Additional evaluations that are undertaken by the department include intelligence testing, personality assessment and other assessments such as examinations for malingering symptoms, fitness to stand trial, and possible cognitive impairments that interfere with competency to stand trial.

Psychology interns will have the opportunity to be part of an interdisciplinary team on each of their two rotations during the year. A treatment team generally consists of a psychiatrist, nurse, social worker, psychologist, and direct care staff. Interns will be required to attend morning rounds and other team meetings and participate in treatment planning. Interns are responsible for providing individual therapy for a caseload of 3-5 patients, co-leading at least two treatment groups per week, developing treatment plans, and conducting psychological assessments. Interns will complete a minimum of five supervised psychological assessment batteries within the training year which may include cognitive and achievement assessment, neuropsychological assessment, and personality assessment. In addition, interns will have the opportunity to be trained in conducting risk assessments utilizing the HCR-20v3 under direct supervision.

A unique aspect of our training site is the opportunity for interns to observe various aspects of the forensic process for patients served at this facility. Interns will have the opportunity to observe licensed psychologist and psychiatrist conduct forensic evaluations related to assessing a patient’s fitness to stand trial, assessing a patient’s risk related to dangerousness as that is legally defined, assessing needed level of care, among other forensic and related questions posed. Similarly, interns are able to attend court proceedings to observe psychology and psychiatry staff provide expert testimony. This unique opportunity for students provides an in-person introduction into how the judicial system operates in relation to mental hygiene laws and provides introduction into how clinicians may be involved in this system.

 

Please visit our brochure for more details about our program: 

https://omh.ny.gov/omhweb/facilities/mhpc/mhfpc-internship-brochure.pdf

 

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

Children:
Adolescents:
Adults: Yes
Family:
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients:
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
French-speaking: Yes
Deaf/Hearing-impaired:
Students:
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other: Justice-involved / Forensic

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Individual Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison:
Crisis Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice:
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Other: Forensic evaluation and risk assessment; Risk mitigation and management; competency restoration; expert witness testimony

Experience

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

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: https://omh.ny.gov/omhweb/facilities/mhpc/  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:
Number of applicants invited for interviews:
Total number of interns:
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Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs:
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs:
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Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written
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 0 0 0 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0
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 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 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 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 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 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0