Externship in Psycho-Oncology

Externship in Psycho-Oncology

Supervisor: Yasmin Asvat, Ph.D.

1 Position

Overview:  This is an advanced health psychology externship designed to provide training in Psycho-Oncology.  Externs will provide evaluation, consultation, and short-term evidence-based treatments for oncology patients with comorbid medical and mental health issues. Two distinct opportunities are available and the specific distribution of time will be discussed during the interview process: 1) Inpatient consultation – externs will work embedded within the Psychiatry Consultation/Liaison team to provide brief, targeted psychotherapy support for oncology patients who are hospitalized and who have been referred by the primary medical team for psychosocial evaluation and support. In this capacity, externs will have the opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary team including oncologists, psychiatrists, residents, fellows, social workers, nurses, and medical students; 2) Outpatient psychotherapy – externs will work embedded within the oncology outpatient clinics to provide psychosocial evaluation and evidence-based treatment to cancer patients and survivors. Presenting problems may include adjustment reactions to a newly diagnosed cancer or the transition to cancer survivorship, depression, anxiety, trauma reactions, and behavioral symptom management needs (fatigue, insomnia, nausea, pain). Externs will see approximately 6-8 patients per week. They will receive at least one hour of individual supervision provided by Dr. Asvat and are also expended to attend Psychiatry C/L rounds once a week (Wednesday mornings).

Didactics:  Didactic training includes assigned readings and discussion of relevant health psychology and psycho-oncology materials. Externs are able to attend other didactics depending on which day they are on site.  These offerings include Grand Rounds, the Health Psychology Seminar, the CBT Seminar, Psychosocial Oncology Team Meeting, Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Conference, Professional Issues Seminar, and Consultation-Liaison Case Conference. 

Requirements:  Please read the following list carefully to determine whether you are eligible to apply for this externship.

·         Able to devote 16-20 hours per week (2 full days on site). One day must be Wednesday. Additional day could be Thursday or Friday.

·         Current enrollment in an APA-accredited doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology

·         Completion of Master’s degree at the time of application

·         At least 2 previous practicum experiences, with a preference for previous experience in health psychology

·         Training year runs from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.

Application:  Students interested in applying for the Psycho-Oncology Externship should send the following materials by electronic mail to Dr. Yasmin Asvat (yasvat@yoda.bsd.uchicago.edu) by November 17, 2017. 

1.  Letter of interest

2.  Current curriculum vita (CV)

3.  Copy of current academic transcript

4.  Three letters of recommendation (one must be from a current faculty member supervising your training and two should be from individuals familiar with your clinical work).  Letters should be emailed directly to: yasvat@yoda.bsd.uchicago.edu

Applications should be submitted by November 17, 2017 for full consideration.  Review of applications will continue until positions are filled, ideally by December 18, 2017.  Offers will be extended on an ongoing basis.  Questions about the externship should be directed to Dr. Asvat via e-mail yasvat@bsd.uchicago.edu.  Candidates who are offered a position will be provided with a time frame within which they must make a decision. Please note that we DO NOT follow ACEPT guidelines