Doctoral Psychology Internship Overview
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About Achieve

Achieve is a recognized leader in behavioral and emotional health care. Achieve primarily serves the Orthodox, Ultra-Orthodox and Hasidic population in Rockland County, New York.
Achieve combines the highest professional and clinical standards with deep cultural sensitivity and compassion.
Achieve offers a full array of services to approximately 2,000 adults and children annually, with the entire range of diagnostic presentations.
Achieve’s treatment options are all-inclusive, utilizing innovation, evidence and metric based protocols in conjunction with community supports.

Did you know?

  • Achieve is a NYS OMH and OASAS-licensed behavioral health center.
  • Achieve is one of only 66 centers in the USA that is federally designated as a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC).
  • Achieve has five locations: Monsey, Airmont, Pomona, Monroe and Wesley Hills, as well as clinics in more than 50 local schools.

Psychology Internship Goals

Gain proficiency in psychological assessment, DSM-5 clinical diagnosis, case conceptualization and treatment planning.

Learn to treat clients with varying psychopathologies across the lifespan.

Develop competency in evidence-based psychological treatment (ex. CBT, DBT, ACT).

Demonstrate knowledge of ethical issues pertaining to psychology practice.

Learn from clinical leaders in the Orthodox community and develop enduring collegial relationships with administration and staff.

Gain knowledge of cultural issues impacting the Jewish Orthodox and Hasidic population.

Achieve’s
Core Clinical
Requirements
Caseload of 15-20 clients (F/T interns);
7-10 clients (P/T interns)
Clinical
Didactics
Specialized Training Opportunities
Individual
and Group
Supervision
Grand
Rounds
Completion of
1750 hours

Clinical Rotations

In order to ensure the most well-rounded experience,
Achieve’s clinical rotations include:

REQUIRED:

  • Clinic Services, Adult, Child, Couples (12 months)

All full-time and part-time interns will spend the majority of their clinical time in our community-based mental health center, providing individual and couples therapy to adults and children. They will be assigned cases from a range of demographic backgrounds (gender, age, sexual orientation; clients will primarily be of the Jewish religion, though with varying levels of observance and traditions) and psychopathology in order to provide the interns with an array of therapeutic experiences. Interns are encouraged to practice from their clinical orientation of choice, but which best suits their client. These decisions will be made in conjunction with their individual supervisor.

  • Intake and Assessment (6 months)

All interns complete a 6-month rotation in our Intake Department. In this role, the psychology intern is the first clinician in our agency to be meeting with a new client. The psychology intern gathers information pertaining to background and history, and administers various clinical assessments, including the PHQ, GAD-7 and the CSSRS. The intern then formulates a case conceptualization and assigns a DSM-5 diagnosis to each client. The psychology intern is trained in this capacity by one of the intake supervisors and observes intakes conducted by others before conducting them independently. The psychology intern’s written intake assessments are then reviewed by an intake supervisor. Feedback is provided and revisions are suggested when relevant. Upon completion, the intake assessment is signed by both psychology intern and intake supervisor. Recommendations for assignment are then provided to the intake team so that the client is assigned appropriately to a therapist. Interns spend five hours/week in the Intake Department. These hours include three hours of intakes, one hour of intake individual supervision and one hour of participation in the intake team meeting. Part-time interns will also complete this same rotation in the intake department.

  • Crisis Services (6 months)

Both full-time and part-time interns are required to complete a 6-month rotation with Crisis Services. On this rotation, interns will reserve 8 hours/week to be available to answer Achieve’s crisis line. As the line has a 3-hour window for crisis clinicians to return phone calls, interns reserve slots within their schedules to respond to these calls. Interns provide support to clients in distress and dispatch mobile crisis when necessary. This rotation includes 30 minutes of group supervision and individual supervision, as needed.

OPTIONAL:

  • School-Based Counseling (10 months)

Both full-time and part-time interns are given the option of completing a percentage of clinical hours in a school. The number of hours varies, depending on the needs of the individual schools. Clinicians providing school-based counseling services operate within Achieve satellite clinics located within schools. This provides ease of access to appointments for the students, who can attend sessions within the structure of their school day, and do not need to attend after-school appointments. It also provides ease of access for clinicians to work together with school personnel (teachers, principals, learning specialists, etc.) to support the students at school. The clinic policies, procedures and rules of documentation, as well as clients’ access to other clinic services (medication management, etc) apply to school cases in the same way that they apply to clinic cases. Clients are identified by the school administration or teachers. They are then referred to Achieve and the parents complete an intake assessment in the same way as regular clinic clients. However, as mentioned previously, sessions take place in the school. Our school clinicians do not conduct testing or formal assessments.

  • Women’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) (6 months)

Full-time female interns will have the option to complete a 6-month rotation in Achieve’s IOP. They will provide individual therapy, facilitate groups and act as a DBT coach to high-risk clients enrolled in this program. Interns participate in team meetings and consultation groups. This rotation requires 12 hours/week, 6 of which are spent in direct clinical services.

  • Group Therapy (2-12 months)

Full-time interns are encouraged to co-lead group therapy with a more senior clinician when there is an available opportunity. Groups range from skills-based groups, such as DBT and social skills groups, as well as support groups, such as support for mothers of clients with SPMI. Opportunities to provide group therapy vary, as the needs for group therapy vary within the clinic. There are fewer opportunities for male than female interns, as our population tends to prefer same-gendered facilitator and single sexed groups (ie. male clinician facilitation and all male group, female clinician facilitating an all female group) due to cultural sensitivities. As Achieve tends to have fewer male clients interested and willing to participate in group therapy, there tends to be limited opportunities for male interns in this area. That being said, we are committed to trying to provide this training opportunity when it is available. For part-time clinicians, this rotation is optional.

  • Anxiety/OCD Program (12 months)

Full-time and part-time interns will have the option to participate in a year-long rotation in this track. They will be trained in EBT to treat adults struggling with panic attacks, phobias, social anxiety, GAD, and OCD.

  • Applied Clinical Data Analytics and Research (12 months)

Interns Participate in real-time analysis of clinical data. They receive training in clinical data management, and effective dissemination within a research-to-practice pipeline. Interns also collaborate with clinic leadership in data intelligence gathering – formulation of meaningful questions and identifying meaningful data within clinical mental healthcare. Interns also learn methods for using data for practice implementation on data intelligence findings.

Benefits

Annual stipend: $35,000
Health and time-off benefits

Supervision, Training and Support

  • 2 hours weekly individual supervision (F/T interns; 1 hour for P/T interns)
  • 1 hour weekly group supervision
  • Additional supervision for all clinical rotations
  • Weekly didactics
  • Grand Rounds
  • Specialized training opportunities

Psychology Internship Supervisors

Isaac Schechter, Psy.D.
Jonathan Frohlich, Ph.D.
Jonathan Feiner, Ph.D.
Michal Goldberg, Ph.D.
Joshua Halle, Psy.D.

Stephanie Hartman, Psy.D.
Gabriel Hoffnung, Ph.D.
Sara Markowitz, Ph.D.
Yael Mayefsky, Ph.D.

Doctoral interns provide clinical services
at the following locations:

Monsey Location

Individual, family and group therapy for children, adolescents and adults. The intake department is also located
at this location.

 

Airmont Location

Individual, family and group therapy for children, adolescents and adults.

 

Pomona Location

This outpatient office is certified for individual, family and group therapy for children and adolescents. In addition, psychiatric and health monitoring services are provided here. The office is open Sunday-Friday.

 

Monroe Location

Individual, family and group therapy for children, adolescents and adults. This office primarily serves Yiddish
speaking clients.

 

Various Schools in Monsey, NY

Achieve is aliated with 57 schools in Rockland County. Psychology Interns are commonly placed in the
following schools:

Adolph Schreiber Hebrew Academy of Rockland (ASHAR)
Cheder Chabad of Monsey, Boys Elementary School
Cheder Chabad of Monsey, Preschool and Girls Elementary School
Cheder D’Monsey
Yeshiva Bais HaChinuch
Yeshiva of Spring Valley, Girls Building
Yeshiva Ohr Reuven
Yeshiva of Spring Valley, Boys Building

 

Wesley Hills Location

This outpatient office houses Achieve’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). The IOP serves adolescent and adult women who benefit from intensive, outpatient DBT-based individual and group therapy, DBT coaching, targeted case management, psych rehabilitation services, as well as medication management. The office is open Monday-Friday.

*Individual supervisors and the Training Director provide all relevant supervision.

How to Apply

Pre-requisites to apply for the psychology internship –

  1. Four years of successful completion of doctoral coursework and practica in clinical psychology
  2. Familiarity with Orthodox Jewish and Hasidic culture

Complete the online application and make sure to include your CV, two letters of reference and a brief cover letter outlining clinical and/or personal expectations of working in the Orthodox, Ultra-Orthodox and Hasidic Jewish community.

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Application
Timeline
1. Documentation
accepted on rolling basis
2. Interviews
3. Notification

Clinical Leadership

Isaac Schechter, PsyD
Chief Clinical Officer

Jonathan Frohlich, PhD
Senior Clinical Director
Clinical Director, Child and Adolescent Center

Jonathan Feiner, PhD
Clinical Director, Adult Center

Stephanie Hartman, PsyD
Clinical Director, Recovery and Crisis Center

Sara Markowitz, PhD
Director of Intensive Outpatient Program

Joseph Nissenfeld, MD
Medical Director

Contacts

Michal Goldberg, PhD, Director of Psychology Training
mgoldberg@achievebh.org 845.425.5252 x 332