The Department of Clinical Psychology at the New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center conducts an APA-approved pre-doctoral internship with ten internship positions. Internship activities are located within the Medical Center complex in northern Manhattan and utilize training facilities at Presbyterian Hospital, Babies Hospital, The New York State Psychiatric Institute, and other affiliated institutions.
The ten internships are apportioned between an Adult Track (six positions) and a Child Track (four positions) and are filled through the APPIC matching program. All interns participate in a core curriculum of courses and diagnostic evaluations and treatment of adult patients. Each track supplements the core curriculum with intensive specialized experience with adults or children. Adult Track clinical training takes place in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Child Track clinical training includes child, adolescent, and adult outpatients.
Internship training stresses intensive, direct clinical service that is closely supervised. The development of clinical skills is fostered in the areas of initial intake evaluation, individual psychotherapy, couples/family psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, and psychological testing. Training in a variety of treatment orientations, including psychodynamic psychotherapy and behavioral and cognitive behavioral techniques, is included in the curriculum. A strong academic program supports the intern's clinical activities. Exposure to ongoing research is integrated into the program and interns may participate in research on an elective basis.
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