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In-Service & Training

The program is divided into a number of components, some of which are mandatory for the intern to attend, others of which the intern may choose voluntarily. They are expected to attend the in-service training sessions held on each unit to which they have been assigned. On the Inpatient Unit inservice, seminars relevant to the care of severely regressed patients are offered in such areas as assessment, psychopharmacology, group dynamics, etc. In the Child and Adolescent Service, the topic may be problems of foreign-born children adapting to life in the U.S.A. or the management of disorders specific to children. The Continuing Day Treatment Service offers a variety of case presentations on the severely and persistently mentally ill patient. Treatment and Planning Conferences are held on all units. At these conferences, the intern will learn how to effectively organize an exposition of his or her treatment of a case and how to account for and justify the approach within a context of interdisciplinary scrutiny. Understanding how cases are managed from different clinical and disciplinary perspectives will broaden comprehension of clinical problems and their amelioration.

For interns and externs, attendance is mandatory at a weekly psychodiagnostic seminar and at a monthly seminar where different staff members cover professional, ethical, and legal issues. A weekly psychotherapy seminar solely for interns is given by the chief psychologist. Included in this seminar are presentations by members of our multicultural staff about issues pertinent to their specific cultural backgrounds.

The Training Director holds weekly meetings for interns, as a vehicle to ensure contact amongst the interns who are otherwise in different units of service. Attendance is expected at the monthly Psychology colloquiums and at the weekly Grand Rounds where invited speakers address the entire Department of Psychiatry staff. Interns are also required to attend the psychology staff meetings where staff is involved in the business, professional and political components of psychology in a medical center.

Seminars are available to all interns and they are expected to attend two of their choice (see below). Seminars are run by senior staff members of the Department of Psychiatry and are usually held weekly. Multidisciplinary in their attendance, they are open to psychiatric residents, social work students and psychiatric nurses, as well as interested staff.

In-Service and Professional Training Seminars Available to the Psychology Intern

Psychiatry Grand Rounds

R. Tsivkin, MD
Child Psychotherapy A. Hilfer, PhD
Theories and Techniques of Supervision* A. Hilfer, PhD
Family Therapy* D. Miles, Psy.D

Brief Psychodynamic Psychotherapy*

S. Brennan, PhD
Professional Affairs and Ethical Standards
and Practices* (orientation)
A. Hilfer, PhD
Regulatory Issues as they affect the Practice
of Psychology in Hospitals*
M. Heinrich, PhD
Hoarding and Obsessive Compulsive Behavior A. Hernandez, PhD
CBT With Children A. Hernandez, PhD
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:
Theory and Treatment*
D. Miller, PhD
Split Treatment A. Hilfer, PhD

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

H.C. Chu, PhD
Complex Trauma Training R. Levine, PhD

Health Psychology

L. Altshuler, PhD

Cultural Awareness Lectures*

Psychologists, Guest speakers