• CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM, PSYD

  • Other Training Areas

    The Clinical Psychology Program at Ferkauf also offers elective training in the following areas.

  • Anxiety and Depression

    Overview:  Students with a particular interest in anxiety and mood disorders may pursue concentrated and intensive study in this area. The clinical program offers substantive training on theoretical foundations, research and interventions for anxiety and mood disorders. Students may choose to conduct research and/or receive training in anxiety and depressive disorders including panic disorder, agoraphobia, social anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, specific phobia, and depression.

    Clinical Training: Students have the opportunity to comprehensively assess anxiety and depressive disorders using a combination of measures. They also learn how to conceptualize cases and formulate treatment plans, and implement and conduct strategies through the use of simulated exercises, role-plays, illustrative case examples and videotapes. Additionally, students have the opportunity to treat between one to three patients a year up for a maximum of two years and receive three hours of weekly supervision on cases.

    Clinical research

    Students have the opportunity to conduct clinical research in the areas of depression (unipolar and bipolar depression), anxiety disorders (Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Specific Phobia), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Hoarding, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Faculty members in the CBT program study the phenomenology, prevalence, vulnerability, prevention and treatment of these conditions.

    These areas of research are facilitated through two-semester research seminars that eventually lead to Doctoral Research Projects I and II:

     

    Coursework

    Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Anxiety and Depression I and II -- (6470 and 6471) Lata K. McGinn, PhD

    Theory and Research in Anxiety and Depression I and II -- (PSC 6474 & 6475) Lata K. McGinn, PhD

    Investigating Mood Pathology: Assessment, Course & Treatment of Bipolar Spectrum Disorders -- (PSC 6540 & 6541) Anna Van Meter, PhD

    Violence, Emotional Regulation, & Substance Abuse -- (PSC 6548 & 6549) Kate Walsh, PhD

    OCD, Hoarding, and Related Disorders -- (PSC 6546 & 6547) Michael Wheaton, PhD

    Faculty:

    Dr. Lata K. McGinn

    Dr. Anna Van Meter

    Dr. Kate Walsh

    Dr. Michael Wheaton

    Understanding and Working with Underserved Populations

    Overview:  Students with a particular interest in working with underserved populations may pursue concentrated and intensive study in this area. The clinical Psy.D program at Ferkauf offers training in working with underserved populations including asylum seekers and refugees, persons with severe and persistent mental illness, older adults, and LGBTQ persons. The training includes coursework that provides theoretical models relevant to these populations and also coursework that provides treatment strategies and clinical skills. In addition, students have the opportunity to do research in this area.

    Clinical Training: Students have the opportunity to learn both theoretical models and clinical skills that prepare them to work with underserved populations. The theoretical models are presented in coursework that offers the student a broad perspective on multicultural and diversity issues. Course processes include classroom lectures and discussions, academic papers, and internet mediated discussion forums. The clinical skills are developed in coursework that trains students to develop and implement treatment plans. Course processes include role playing, illustrative case examples, and videotaped instructional materials. In addition, students have the opportunity to treat individuals from underserved populations who are patients at the Parnes clinic.

    Research Training: Students have the opportunity to conduct clinical research in understanding and working with underserved populations through several two-semester research seminars that eventually lead to Doctoral Research Projects I and II.

    Clinical Coursework

    1. Multicultural and Diversity Issues (required for all students)

    (PSA 6181) Dr. Carl Auerbach

    1. Working with Asylum Seekers and Refugees

    (PSC6544) Drs. Carl Auerbach and William Salton

    1. Sexuality and Gender Counseling

    (PSM 6500) Irene Javors, MA

    1. Assessment & Treatment of Severe Mental Illness

    (PSC6827) Dr. Ilene West

    1. Issues of Gender Identity and Sexuality in Treatment

    Dr. Aaron Malark

    1. Assessment and Treatment of Older Adults

     (PSC 6448, 6449) Dr. Richard Zweig

     

    Faculty:

    Dr. Carl Auerbach

    Irene Javors, MA

    Dr. Aaron Malark

    Dr. William Salton

    Dr. Ilene West

    Dr. Richard Zweig

    Supervision

    Overview: Clinical students have the opportunity to receive training in supervision. Training in supervision for all students is conducted through the professional seminar course. Additionally, elective training in supervision is provided didactic coursework and clinical experience in supervision. Advanced students have the opportunity to supervise first-year students conducting assessment batteries. Advanced training is also offered in supervision from an interpersonal-relational psychodynamic perspective. Students receive supervision on their supervision of first-year students’ clinical interviews. In addition, theories of supervision and clinical, developmental, ethical and personal issues in the teaching and learning of psychotherapy are discussed.

    Coursework

    Professional Seminar

    Clinical Assessment I and II

    Individual Psychotherapy Practicum

    Teaching and Learning Psychotherapy

    Couples and Family Therapy Practicum I and II

    Clinical Neuropsychology I and II

     

    Faculty

    Dr. Shelly Goldklank

    Dr. Roee Holzer

    Dr. Martin Rock

    Dr. Jamie Schumpf

    Dr. Richard Zweig

     


     

    Treatment Process

    Overview:  All students receive an introduction to psychotherapy process research through the Concepts in Psychotherapy course, which is taken in the first year.  This course draws on the psychotherapy process and outcome research literature to introduce students to transtheoretical concepts such as the therapeutic alliance, patient and therapist expectations, and corrective experiences.  Students may also choose to conduct research and receive additional training in psychotherapy process.

    Clinical Training:  In Dr. Rock's supervision course (Teaching and Learning of Psychotherapy) and Advanced Psychodynamic Individual Psychotherapy Practicum, Dr. Rock draws on the psychotherapy process literature to teach students to recognize important process markers that are opportunities for interventions and he integrates these conceptualizations and research with Interpersonal and Relational Psychoanalytic theory of intervention.  In addition, in Dr. Rock's Interpersonal and Relational Psychotherapy course, students read and discuss, and Dr. Rock lectures on Interpersonal and Relational Psychoanalytic theories of psychotherapy process and change.

    Research Training: Students have the opportunity to conduct clinical research in psychotherapy process through Dr. Eubanks and Dr. Rock's research seminars, which eventually lead to Doctoral Research Projects I and II.  Students working with Dr. Eubanks also have the opportunity to be trained as coders on one of several psychotherapy process measures, and to apply their skills by coding videotaped therapy sessions from an archival database.  Students report that this training has a positive impact on their clinical work by increasing their sensitivity to subtle but important shifts in the process within therapy sessions.  Students working with Dr. Rock may investigate patients' or therapists' experience of the process of psychotherapy or psychotherapy supervision.

     

    Coursework:

    Concepts of Psychotherapy

    (6191, Catherine F. Eubanks, Ph.D.)

    Effective Therapists I and II

    (6520, 6528, Catherine F. Eubanks, Ph.D.)

    Research in Psychotherapy

    (6524, Martin H. Rock, Ph.D.)

    Teaching & Learning of Psychotherapy

    (6509, Martin H. Rock, Ph.D.)

    Advanced Psychodynamic Individual Psychotherapy Practicum

    (6494, 6495, Martin H. Rock, Ph.D.)

    Interpersonal and Relational Psychotherapy

    (6498, Martin H. Rock, Ph.D.)

     

    Faculty:

    Dr. Catherine F. Eubanks

    Dr. Martin H. Rock




     

    Serious and Persistent Mental Illness

    Overview: The Clinical PsyD Program at Ferkauf offers specialty training in Serious and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI). Students with a particular interest in SPMI may pursue concentrated and intensive study in this area. The clinical program offers training on theoretical foundations, research, and interventions for SPMI. Students may choose to conduct research and/or receive clinical training in trauma. A portion of this curriculum is part of the CTP-SPMI Grant awarded to the clinical program in 2012.

    Coursework
    Psychopathology
    Assessment and Treatment of Severe and Persistent Mental Illness
    Investigating Mood Pathology: Assessment, Course & Treatment of Bipolar Spectrum Disorders (PSC 6540 & 6541)

    Faculty
    Dr. Anna Van Meter
    Dr. Ilene West
    Dr. James Beacher - Director of Training, Bronx Psychiatric Center, Adjunct Clinical Supervisor, Yeshiva University;

    Colloquia
    Experts in the field provide additional lectures on SPMI topics at FGSP, sponsored by the CTP-SPMI Grant.

    Fieldwork
    Students may elect SPMI focused Externships in their 2nd, 3rd or 4th year. They may also apply for our affiliated internship for their 5th year of full-time training at Bronx Psychiatric Center.

    Additional opportunities:
    All first year students are invited to attend a Therapeutic Community Meeting on the Training Unit at Bronx Psychiatric Center under the supervision of Dr. James Beacher.

    Three first year students with an interest in SPMI were selected to complete a year-long "pre externship" shadowing. Under the supervision of Dr. James Beacher, students spend one full day at Bronx Psychiatric attending morning rounds, Therapeutic Community Meetings, Seminars/grand rounds and observe and later co-lead groups with patients and participate in individual supervision with an intern.

    First year students enrolled in Clinical Interviewing have the opportunity to spend one class period at Bronx Psychiatric to observe a real clinical interview conducted by the instructor of the course, Dr. Vicki Passman and with Dr. James Beacher. 

     

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