The New School for Social Research

  • First Year Practicum at the New School-Beth Israel Center

    In this mandatory 12 to 16 hour practicum, first year practicum students will conduct a one hour session of individual psychotherapy with a patient and receive 1 hour of supervision in the Brief Project at Beth Israel. In addition, 1st year students will partake in an intensive workshop at the beginning of the term. Students in their 2nd year will also conduct 1 hour of individual psychotherapy and receive 1 hour of clinical supervision in the Brief Psychotherapy Research Project. They also co-lead groups and conduct assessments on one of three inpatient units at the hospital: general, geriatric, or dual diagnosis. By training on both outpatient and inpatient units, students will be exposed to a culturally and diagnostically diverse patient population. In addition to receiving clinical training students will be involved in the evaluation of the effectiveness of various clinical interventions. In addition, students will develop research skills in collaborative projects led by clinical faculty members, such as the Psychotherapy Research Project, the Attachment Project, Cross-Racial Therapy Dyads Project, the Substance Abuse Project. The goal is to assist students in learning to integrate theory, research and practice.

    Eight-Hour Externship at the New School-Beth Israel Center Second year of the program

    Students in the second year of the program can apply for an advanced externship which offers longer-term psychotherapy training at the Center in addition to their first externship at an outside clinical facility. The time commitment is eight hours per week, which would allow students to see five outpatients, weekly supervision from an outside supervisor and, participation in a weekly externship meeting at Beth Israel Medical Center and complete paperwork. Students selected for this training option will continue at the Center during their third year of the program (see below for a full description of training opportunities). Students will be supervised from a psychodynamic perspective. Sessions may be videotaped or audiotaped for externs to review individually and with the supervisor. Please contact the Center Director at 212.420.4485 for details on applying.

    Third year of the program

    Third year students will focus predominantly on developing their skills in providing psychotherapy. Third year students elect to participate in one of several clinical research programs at Beth Israel. For example, students will have an opportunity to carry individual family and child therapy cases with live supervision via a one-way mirror. Those selected for the advanced externship will carry two to three individual psychotherapy cases.

    Another elective is the Brief Psychotherapy Research Program, which offers training in manualized, time-limited therapy and structured clinical interviewing. Other options are outpatient group therapy, inpatient group therapy, and assessment and treatment of substance abuse, depending on students' availability and interest.

    Additional training opportunities include a summer practicum in child/adolescent testing and clinical research externships. Please contact the Center Director at (212) 420-4485 for details on applying.

    M.A. Concentration in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling

    The Center also helps place students seeking opportunities to satisfy the academic eligibility requirements for Certified Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) examination. For more information about this program, go to the CMHSAC website.

    Clinical Research Externship

    Advanced students may apply for specialized training at BIMC in the area of their dissertation research. Such options include the Brief Psychotherapy Research Project, Personality Disorders, Geropsychiatry, and Neurobehavior, among others. The time commitment may vary from 4 to 12 hours per week, and may require up to a two-year commitment from students. Training activities may include individual and group therapy, structured clinical diagnostic interviews, coding of transcripts or of audio and/or videotapes, research presentations, and weekly individual supervision. Please contact the Center Director at 420-4485 for details on applying.