Field Work & Seminar

BC3473 Fieldwork Course in Psychological Services
Next offered in Spring 2015

Julia Sheehy, Ph.D. and Marjorie Silverman, Ph.D.


Course Description:

This course introduces students to clinical and counseling work, and to psychodynamic ways of understanding and supporting people in psychological distress.  Students secure a clinical placement for the course, and apply readings on psychodynamic notions of parenting, psychopathology, and therapeutic process to their clinical experiences.  The course helps students clarify their professional goals, and provides the clinical experience that strengthens applications to social work programs, and that is required for applications to clinical and counseling doctoral programs.

Application Process:

Apply for the course by submitting an application to Professors Sheehy and Silverman (

Secure a placement for the course.   Use the list of placements below as a guide in your search; some of the listed placements may no longer have openings, and you may contact sites not currently on the list.  Finding a suitable placement requires time and perseverance, contact us at any point for guidance  (

 Arrange to work at least seven hours per week at your placement, and to begin there no later than the first class.  Find an on-site supervisor who has professional training, preferably in an area you might be interested in pursuing. The supervisor must commit to supervise you once per week and to write a brief final evaluation.

Contact us for approval.   Your place in the course is not final until your application and placement have both been approved. 

Sign and have your on-site supervisor sign the attached contract. Make three copies - one for your supervisor, one for Professors Sheehy and Silverman, and one for you. 

See below for examples of previous field placement sites that to the best of our knowledge remain current options.


Fieldwork Placement Opportunities 


- ALBERT  EINSTEIN  COLLEGE  OF  MEDICINE  of  Yeshiva  University

Anxiety  &  Depression  Clinic;  Department  of  Psychiatry;  Montefiore  Medical  Center;

111  East  210  Street,  Bronx,  NY

Simon Rego, PsyD, Director, Psychology Training, 718-920-6215,

Evaluation and cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety, panic, phobia, obsessive compulsive disorder, PTSD. Excellent opportunity to be part of comprehensive program. Observe individual and group treatment, attend staff meetings, supervision with graduate  students.



12 Route 17 North, Paramus, NJ 07652

Judy Gurfein, Ph.D., ABBP Director

Suzanne Troya, Internship Coordinator,,  201-368-3700

Excellent opportunity for hands on experience in a "real life" setting. Multidisciplinary private mental health center for children and adults. Training and supervision by a licensed psychologist. Work as intake counselor dealing with diverse problems including emotional and substance abuse. Opportunities to learn research, administration, practice management, and marketing in

preparation for health care reform. The commute is not difficult and worth the effort. They would like at least one full day. (Avery Lin Ye '05)


- Barbara Bartlik, MD, 917-570-4017,,

55 Central Park W.  Suite 1C, New York, NY 10023

Psychiatrist, Sex Therapist, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College

Work in private office or shadow at a nursing home or a homeless shelter.

Assist with therapy groups for women who want to enhance pleasure, or who are having difficulty meeting a partner, and single men who are anxious about dating. Participate in research on sexuality and hormones in postmenopausal women on Prozac-like medications.



Jewish Health System, Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics

Dr. Andrew Adesman, Director of Internship Program,

Jill Sonnenklar, PhD,

Christine Peck, assistant, 516 802-6101

An 8-10-week program in clinical research related to developmental and behavioral disorders in children and adolescents. Students will work closely with a faculty mentor on one or more research projects related to normal or abnormal child development.

Students will assist the faculty member in an ongoing research project and/or work collaboratively with the mentor in designing a new project of mutual interest.  Although the internship is primarily focused on clinical research, there is also an opportunity to co-author a review article for immediate publication in a peer-reviewed pediatric journal.

While participating in the program, students will be expected to attend some introductory clinical lectures about child development and developmental disorders. Students will also be encouraged to attend other lectures of interest available through the Department of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital. For further information please contact Dr. Adesman.


- Columbia Couples Lab, CU Psychology Department

219 Schermerhorn, 1190 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027

212 854-0127,

Research assistants and interns are involved in all stages of studying dyads including recruitment, instrument development, data collection, data analysis, interpretation, and preparation for publications.

Currently hiring interns for a research project on antiretroviral adherence factors in HIV positive Black men who have sex with men. Email your resume and your research interests.


- The Door - A Center of Alternatives,

Elise Schuster, MPH, 212-941-9090 ext. 3334,

Member Engagement Coordinator

Excellent opportunity to work with adolescents in distress. Help evaluate and refer young people from many cultures and walks of life who are experiencing a

wide range of social, emotional, and educational difficulties. Direct short term contact with

clients, intake interviews and placement. Great supervision and work environment.

They have recently updated their training and supervision which now includes an intensive supplementary training day which covers many of the systems (foster care, shelters) which affect their population. They also now require reflection papers from intake counselors, which are used to provide focused feedback.

They are particularly in need of bilingual interns (Mandarin, Spanish, French preferred). Need interns and volunteers Monday through Friday between the hours of 2 and 6pm, with extended hours until 8pm on Wednesdays. Students who are in their Junior or Senior years, and who have prior experience with urban youth populations are preferred. Send a cover letter and resume to Elise Schuster to set up an interview. Please include your name of Professor and program affiliation in cover letter. Further information at


- DOROT, Inc.

171 West 85th Street, New York, NY 10024

Tamar L. Landes, LCSW (Barnard ’85), 917-441-3711,

Associate Executive Director, Community and Volunteer Relations

Mobilize community to support aging at homeGeriatric treatment focusing on the physical and emotional needs of the elderly and those caring for them. Friendly visitor program, bereavement counseling, outreach, staff meetings assessing normal/abnormal aging and its issues. Support groups for those caring for the elderly; University without Walls; Homelessness Prevention Program; Health & Wellness Center with mind/body therapy. Intergenerational work with young volunteers and the elderly. Great opportunity in a growing and enthusiastic program with excellent supervision. 4 Barnard alums on staff!


- FEGS Health & Human Services

315 Hudson Street, 6th floor, New York, NY 10013

Stacey Rosenbluth, LCSW, (917) 606-6548,

Program Manager, Student Intern and Volunteer Services

Email resume with interests and desired start/end dates to find a match.


- FEGS Health & Human Services - Internships sponsored by the UJA for work with the Russian-Jewish community

Karen Klein, 212-524-5779,

Seeking bilingual (English/Russian) Jewish students. Call and email resume with interests and desired start/end dates to find a match.


- William Fifer. Ph.D., 212-543-5708,

NYSPI and Children's Hospital, CUMC

Clinical research project studying brain/behavior development in fetuses and infants. Spanish speaking students particularly needed.



800 Cross River Road, Katonah, NY 10536 Samuel Klagsbrun, M.D., Director

Barbara Kurian, Supervisor 1-800-528-6624 ext. 2528,

Large psychiatric center offers excellent experience and supervision. Well worth the trip.

Full-time summer, part-time year round internships. Professional level seminars and training available to interns. Children and adults, Inpatient/outpatient. Beautiful site!



135 W. 50th St. 6th Floor

New York, NY 10020

Natasha Gray, (212) 632-4687,,

Volunteer Services

Non-denominational, over 100 programs throughout the city. Placements available in all boroughs,

JBFCS is one of the nation’s premier voluntary mental health and social service agencies, touching the lives of more than 65,000 New Yorkers each year through a wide range of community-based, working with emotionally disturbed children, domestic violence, therapeutic nursery, geriatric care, mentally ill adults, AIDS patients, special education. 

JBFCS is a teaching center of the Columbia School of Social Work.

Begin application process 4-6 weeks prior to beginning of internship. They will need two written references, a State Central Register Clearance Form for work with minors, fingerprints for certain positions.

*See email with application forms



Jacob Kader, 646-672-6767,

Adult inpatient chronic care facility for mentally ill and drug addicted persons. Co-lead groups, work individually, attend staff meetings. Excellent supervision. Difficult but challenging and interesting. Affiliated with NYU Med Center. They would like an intern with some experience (emphasize this on application). (Michelle Goggin, '03)


- Marianne Goodman, MD,

Bronx VA Hospital Research Project

Large funded grant in suicide research

Research on the neurological underpinnings and treatment of personality disorders using Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Students will function as co-therapists in the DBT skills training group, participate in supervision groups with psychiatric residents and interns and develop a small research or clinical project depending upon particular interests. Excellent  opportunity with outstanding supervision. (Mumta Dadlani, '02; Abby Belcher, '03; Laura Michonski, '03; Chloe Carmichael, '04, Estie Wolf '06)


- MOUNT SINAI Kravis Children's Hospital, Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department

1 Gustave L. Levy Place New York, NY 10029.

Wanda Valdez, Internship/Student Coordinator, 212-241-6797,

Caroline Boynton, Volunteer Coordinator,

Internship and volunteer positions available.

Intensive internships link theory to actual “hands-on” practices with children, youth and families.  This internship program will help clinically prepare students in skills that can be applied to any setting as a Child Life Specialist. They offer the framework and support necessary for interns to build independence in developing thorough assessments, providing appropriate interventions, and creating unique programming for children and families. In addition, interns increase their skills and focus their learning through curriculum focus readings, seminars and relevant assignments.

Internships: Fall-Spring Session, 24 hours per week for 25 weeks, total of 600 hours

Summer Session, 40 hours per week for 15 weeks, total of 600 hours

Volunteer positions: A minimum commitment of 4 consecutive hours per week for 4 consecutive months. A condensed summer program is available.

Full information at


- MOUNT SINAI Therapeutic Nursery

1240 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10029

Mona Dreier, Associate Director, 212-241-6878,

Work closely with disturbed parents and young children as a member of a therapeutic team. Training program for child psychiatrists, psychologists and special educators. Attend seminars, case conferences; encouraging and supportive staff. Taking volunteers, open to discussing internships.


- NATIONAL  CENTER  ON  ADDICTION  AND  SUBSTANCE  ABUSE  AT  COLUMBIA; (CASA), 633  Third  Ave,  19th  floor,  NY, NY  10017-6706 

Susan  Brown, 212  841-5250;

Work on innovative treatment research study of substance abusing women on welfare. In  Newark, NJ and midtown Manhattan. Assist with record reviews, data coding, collection of data. Opportunity to learn about state-of-the-art substance abuse and psychiatric research.




165 West 46th Street, Suite 402, New York, NY 10036

Various opportunities with Helpline and project research.

See website for detailed descriptions and application:



Deborah Ellis, Chief Program Officer, 212-537-5170,

Prema Menon, Director of Human Resources and Volunteer Services

(212) 537-5080,

Community-based agency serving single homeless adults. Comprehensive care. Observe and co-facilitate groups, attend community meetings. Several different sites and divisions including residence, interim housing, outreach, job works, learning works.

Position descriptions at



Volunteer to help throughout NYC in a flexible program that also has opportunities during the weekend.



Margaret Becker, 212-886-4095,

Brief respite program for stressed parents whose children are at risk for abuse or neglect. Crisis intervention counseling and referrals to long term services. Opportunities may include 1)24-hour parent help telephone line 2)secretarial/clerical 3)childcare. They are taking volunteers and have a mother-child program.


- NYPH Adult Psych Women's Team

Joan E. Storey PhD, 212-305-4660,

The Women’s Team of the New York Presbyterian Hospital Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Service is looking for a Barnard psychology student with an interest in women’s mental health - to work for 14 weeks over the spring semester for 7-10 hours per week to be supervised Nicole Van Nortwick, PHD, Carisa Kymissis, MD, or another clinician on the team for 45 minutes per week.

The student must be present on Tuesday from 11:30 until 3. If the student wants to come two days a week, there is a Women’s team conference on Wednesdays 10-11 as well as guest lectures and more training opportunities on late Wednesday afternoons.

Women who are pregnant or whom have had babies within the last year and who are having psychiatric problems are evaluated and treated by a multi-disciplinary team.  Patients have a 2-3 session evaluation.  Most patients receive group therapy after the evaluation, but some receive individual treatment.

The intern will sit in on the evaluation meetings and will have the opportunity to observe evaluations.  The women may bring their children to appointments.  The student will assist by working with the children while the parent is seen. Her observations regarding the children’s behavior will be incorporated in the team’s understanding of the patient and her problems. The student will also, at times, spend time with the parent/child modeling nurturing behaviors and helping parents learn how to support their child’s development.  A main project for the student will be to put together a resources list of places where parents can get support, companies that provide free supplies for new mothers, and of places to refer patients who need care elsewhere.

The student should contact Joan Storey, PhD by email (JES125@COLUMBIA.EDU).  Please include a letter of interest and a resume.  Dr. Storey will contact the applicant. Some applicants will be asked in for an interview with Dr. Van Nortwick.

The credentialing requirement for Volunteers at NYPH is very rigorous.  Applicants must be able to start this process in early December in order to be able to begin the internship in January.  The credentialing requirement includes: a meeting with Volunteer Services, two visits to occupational health, one day of volunteer training on hospital policies and safety, and fingerprinting and a child abuse clearance.

*See email with application form



Barbara Milrod., MD,

Charlie Gross, Research Coordinator,

One of the few outcome studies of psychodynamic psychotherapy of anxiety and panic disorder with one of the more outstanding clinical researchers in the area. Independent, motivated and experienced students preferred. Responsibilities will depend on the level of commitment and time available. Opportunity to attend staff meetings, be intensively trained in many aspects of treatment and research, do community outreach. One year commitment preferred. Best to apply early to get through the intake procedure for staff which can be time consuming.


- NY  PRESBYTERIAN/COLUMBIA/Psychiatry Department

1051 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10032

Matt Gold, CTRS, 212-543-5240,

Director of Volunteer Services

A variety of volunteer opportunities in the Department of Psychiatry including clinical, occupational,

and recreational services. Information a t


- NYSPI Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence

Andel Nicasio.

Seeking a bilingual (English/Spanish) psychology major to work for 14 weeks over the Spring semester for 7 hours per week, to be supervised by Ms. Andel Nicasio, MSEd, CRC, CASAC, for 45 minutes per week. The intern will work on their dental-psychiatry collaboration project. Intern will administer a survey to psychiatric patients at the Inwood Clinic. The survey will assess the oral health status and needs of this population, and the data will be used to inform future initiatives and a potential grant application. The student may also do data entry and will participate in the dental-psychiatric collaboration meetings as well as the Center’s weekly research meetings. The student needs to be available every Thursday afternoon from 2-3 (when the research meeting is held). The student needs to be bilingual (English/Spanish), as many of the patients are Spanish speakers. Please email a resume and cover letter to Andel Nicasio. The intern will also have to undergo volunteer training requirements at NYSPI.


- Robert C. Smith M..D., Ph. D., 845-398-6531; 516-569-1810 (better for messages)

Research Professor of Psychiatry, NYU Medical School, Dept. Psychiatry

Research Scientist (Psychiatrist III), Neurochemistry, Nathan Kline Institute, Orangeburg, NJ

Research and treatment of schizophrenic/schizoaffective patients. Student would likely need a car for commute to Orangeburg. (Michelle  Goggin; 11 /03)




24-hour confidential crisis response hotline. There is a December 2012 training class. Generally involved one day/week and one overnight shift/month.

Application instructions:



270 West 96th Street, New York, NY 10025, 212-222-9575

Samantha Schwendemen,

Innovative programming for in the field of developmental disabilities. Opportunities to lead Day and Evening programs as well as overnight trips for small groups.                                  

More information at