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Externs will have the opportunity to treat individual patients in psychodynamic psychotherapy for up to 6 hours each week. When at full caseload, each extern will conduct twice-weekly psychotherapy with 3 patients. Patients range in age from late-adolescence through adult.
Clinical work takes place in the Neurological Institute of New York, part of the Columbia University Medical Center. Externs work collaboratively with the staff of Neuro 12, a teaching site of the Columbia University psychiatry residency program. Clinic hours are on Mondays and Thursdays after 3pm.
At least two hours a week of individual clinical supervision will be offered to each extern by licensed psychologists-psychoanalysts, all graduates and faculty members of the Columbia Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.
Externs take approximately 5 hours/week of classes. They can choose from the mix offered by day to the Center’s psychoanalytic candidates and by night to the Center’s psychotherapy students. Day classes meet Mondays from 11-3 and Thursdays from 1:15-3. Evening classes meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 8-9:30pm.
Classes include Freud’s Thinking and Theorizing, Core Concepts in Psychoanalysis, Clinical Theory and Technique, and Child & Adolescent Development, among others.
Externs will learn to integrate the results of psychological testing with basic psychodynamic principles. Supervision will emphasize the use of testing to elaborate patients’ ego capacities, quality of relationships conflicts, defenses and fantasies. A minimum of 2 test batteries will be completed during the year.
It is expected that externs will have completed the basic assessment sequence provided by their doctoral training programs prior to the start of the externship year.
Externs will attend 4-5 case conferences during the year, organized by the psychology faculty of Columbia Psychoanalytic. They will have the opportunity to hear clinical material presented by faculty and to present their own work.
The intellectually and clinical rich Grand Rounds of the Department of Psychiatry and the monthly Tuesday evening meetings of the Association for Psychoanalytic Medicine are other ways in which externs can learn and grow in our program.
The externship program welcomes applicants who are advanced students in APA accredited Clinical Psychology doctoral programs. Applicants should be in at least the third year of training at the time the externship begins.