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TRAINING

Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship

MISSION:

In 2007 the founders of Rose Hill Psychological Services (RHPS) envisioned the potential of an independent psychodynamic psychotherapy center devoted to the dual aims of making high quality psychodynamic treatment more accessible to individuals from all backgrounds and to training emerging clinicians who shared similar aspirations. Originally based in the Little Italy district of the Bronx, Rose Hill expanded in 2011 to include a second location in midtown Manhattan, where we have built a comprehensive graduate, post-graduate, and professional training program.  This program brings together the extensive experience and expertise of the founders with an illustrious faculty of domestic and international scholars to enrich the educational experience of an ever growing group of motivated therapists-in-training and interested participants from the broader clinical community, established and in training.   

In the conventional world of psychodynamic and psychoanalytic training, the barriers to entry (cost and time) typically remain beyond the means of most aspiring practitioners; thus, our mission ultimately is to provide in-depth clinical psychodynamic training in the context of the delivery of ongoing psychodynamic work with a clinical population in need of services, at a limited cost, to practitioners at all suitable levels. 

SETTING:

Rose Hill Psychological Services has three office locations in New York City: one in the Bronx, and two in Manhattan. Our primary Manhattan office is located at 80 Central Park West, a newly renovated facility including 9 treatment rooms, a group training room and a large waiting room with ample space to facilitate social distancing. The group training room accommodates 10-12 participants (socially distanced) and is equipped with a SMART TV to facilitate presentations and teleconferencing. The majority of our clinicians practice at this location, with scheduling based around two “shifts”, such that each office is used by two clinicians each day. Postdoctoral fellows will spend most of their time at our 80 Central Park West location. 

SERVICES:

Postdoctoral fellows provide individual, couples, and group counseling to adolescents and adults who seek private psychotherapy. Psychological interventions are predominantly rooted in evidence-based psychodynamic theory and technique. 

PATIENT POPULATION:

Patients served at our Manhattan and Bronx locations are diverse in terms of age, presenting problems, and identities. Concerns such as anxiety, depression, adjustment difficulties, career goals, relationship issues, family trouble, eating disorders, stress, gender conflicts, addictions and even severe psychopathology are commonly a focus of treatment. Our patients present a broad range of racial, ethnic, religious, sexual, and gender identities; many are individuals of middle socioeconomic status whose treatment is covered (wholly or in part) by private health insurance. A substantial portion of our referrals come through local colleges and universities, particularly at our Bronx location, and as such the majority of these patients are young adults ages 18-22. 

PROGRAM GOALS & OBJECTIVES:

Succinctly, our goals are: 

  1. To produce clinicians who demonstrate a deep understanding of psychodynamic theory and technique, with a focus on the skills of clinical listening and containment, through experiential learning in the form of direct clinical practice, supervision, and formal didactic training. 
  2. To produce clinicians who are competent in assessing and treating patients a) with a variety of diagnoses, problems, and needs, and b) who are diverse in age, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, ability, language, and socioeconomic status. 

TRAINING PHILOSOPHY:

Our approach to training focuses on the fundamentals of psychodynamic theory to facilitate an understanding of what it means to listen and intervene clinically. Our trainees will learn to use the full range of their experience in the moment, to sit with the often uncomfortable feelings that these experiences evoke, and to make meaning from them. These listening skills are learned through clinical experience conveyed at three levels: 

  1. Exposure to psychodynamic theory and its clinical applications through formal didactic training. 
  2. Providing patient contact for trainees to work on putting theory into practice. 
  3. Direct exposure through supervision to the style of clinical listening we teach.  

Through our expansive didactic curriculum our trainees will be introduced to an international array of presenters and speakers who bring unique perspectives to our work. The diverse range of racial, ethnic, religious, gender, and sexual identities held by our patients likewise contributes to the breadth of training we provide. Ultimately, we aim to develop our trainees’ ability to apply clinical listening and interpretation not only to their practice, but also to the sociopolitical concerns of our times. In particular, our curriculum explores racial/ethnic identity and aggression through a psychodynamic lens that we hope will enable our trainees to think critically, and perhaps compel them to action.   

TRAINING CURRICULUM:

The following describes the content, duration, and frequency of each of the three levels of experiential training we provide: 

  • Didactic Training: Occurs regularly on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, for a total of 3 hours per week. Currently, on Monday we hold our Seminar on the Disaffected States of Contemporary Patients and Psychosomatics, our Thursday seminar is An Exploration of the Clinical Implications of Freudian and Post-Freudian Theories of the Drives, and our Friday seminar is an Introduction to Psychodynamic Theory and Clinical Technique. A breakdown of our Fall ’21 – Spring ’22 training schedule, including detailed descriptions of each seminar, can be found HERE (link forthcoming).
  • Direct clinical services: Our postdoctoral fellow will begin receiving case assignments within their first week of training and continue to build their caseload with new assignments until reaching an average of 20 regularly scheduled sessions per week. The treatment of each new case will begin with assessment and diagnosis and will develop into long-term psychotherapy for the duration of the fellow’s training. 
  • Supervision: Each fellow will receive regularly scheduled individual, group, and peer supervision. Individual supervision will be held face-to-face with one of our co-founders for a minimum of two hours per week. Supervisors are also responsible for reviewing and cosigning all clinical documentation via our practice management software. Interdisciplinary group supervision occurs during our weekly Wednesday case conference, where trainees take turns presenting cases on which they receive supervision from our faculty. Finally, our interdisciplinary team of graduate and post-graduate trainees holds weekly peer supervision for one hour every Tuesday. 

PROGRAM FACULTY & STAFF:

The Rose Hill Psychological Services doctoral internship program is administered by the following faculty/staff:

Our Training Director, Vaia Tsolas, PhD, LPA, is a New York State licensed psychologist and psychoanalyst with decades of clinical experience who holds faculty appointments at Albert Einstein College of Medicine as well as Columbia University, Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. The Clinical Director assists the Training Director in administration of the program and is responsible for clinical supervision of doctoral interns as well as co-facilitation of didactic training and group supervision/case conference. 

Our Clinical Director, Michael Civin, PhD, LPA, is a New York State licensed psychologist and psychoanalyst with more than 30 years of clinical experience who has published, delivered papers, and taught both domestically and internationally. The Training Director is responsible for the integrity and quality of our training program, including directing and organizing the training program and its resources, selecting interns, monitoring and evaluating the training program’s goals and activities, and documenting and maintaining interns’ training records. In addition to his administrative role, the Training Director is responsible for clinical supervision of doctoral interns as well as co-facilitation of didactic training and group supervision/case conference. 

Our Quality Assurance Director, Alissa Silverstein, LMSW, is a New York State Licensed Social Worker with years of experience in the administration of training programs. The Quality Assurance Director is responsible for oversight of our Masters-level and Continuing Education training programs and assists with administration of interdisciplinary functions, including didactic training, communications, and record-keeping. 

Our Clinical Coordinator, Rana Sioufi, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who has extensive experience working with college and graduate students, having completed an internship and a postdoctoral fellowship at Fordham University, Counseling and Psychological Services. The Clinical Coordinator is responsible for assignment and administrative oversight of the doctoral interns’ cases and assists with didactic training, communications, and record-keeping.  

REQUIREMENTS for PROGRAM COMPLETION:

The following requirements must be met to the satisfaction of the Director of Training to receive a certificate of fellowship completion: 

  1. Postdoctoral fellows are required to work a minimum of 35 hours per week, including at minimum an average of 20 direct clinical hours per week and accumulating to a total of at least 1,750 clock hours of supervised experience. 
  2. Regular attendance at all weekly didactic activities (Monday, Thursday, and Friday seminars), case conference, and peer supervision is expected, as is completion of assigned reading. Fellows who are ill or use approved vacation time are excused from didactics but are responsible for reviewing the material presented, 
  3. Attendance at regularly scheduled individual and group supervision is expected. Fellows who are ill or use approved vacation time may be excused so long as the required ratio of no less than one hour of supervision for every 20 internship hours is maintained.  
  4. Fellows are required to pass mid-year and final supervisor evaluations with average ratings of “4” (mostly competent) and “5” (very competent), respectively.  
  5. Satisfactory completion of any due process and/or remediation plans is required. 
  6. All assigned clinical documentation and administrative record keeping must be completed. 

ELIGIBILITY:

Postdoctoral fellows must have completed adequate and appropriate prerequisite training prior to the fellowship. This would include both: 

a. Completion of all professional doctoral degree requirements from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or an APA/CPA-accredited program and predoctoral internship meeting APPIC standards, and

b. Closely supervised experiential training in professional psychology skills conducted in non-classroom settings. 

STIPEND & BENEFITS:

The intern stipend is $45,000 per year, payable semimonthly. PTO benefits include 6 statutory holidays and 10 vacation/personal days. Additional time off is at the discretion of the intern and their supervisor, subject to the minimum 1,750-hour program completion requirement. 

Rose Hill offers additional health and commuter benefits to our faculty, staff, and full-time interns/fellows, a summary of which is available here.

DUE PROCESS & GRIEVANCES:

View a document outlining our due process and grievance procedures here

To obtain further information, please e-mail our Quality Assurance Director, Alissa Silverstein, LMSW at a.silverstein@rhps.nyc or call (347) 685-4670. 

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