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Since 1974 Hamilton-Madison House has provided the full range of mental health services to a community composed of Chinese, Spanish, and African American, Italian, Jewish and many other individuals and families in the melting pot which is the lower part of Manhattan. We serve one of the most diverse communities in New York and possibly in America. From before birth to old age and beyond, we provide social and physiological services to thousands of individuals and families.


The clinic is located in Downtown Manhattan with public transportation steps from the clinic. Subway lines F, M, J and Z all provide stops located within easy walking distance from the practice base. Several avenue and cross street bus lines provide easy access. Students will find that the neighborhood is rich in the diversity offered by an urban setting. The clinic is within walking distance of Pace University, New York City Hall and many historical sites and governmental buildings. The surrounding area is rich in old architecture, shopping, restaurants and cultural aspects.


The Hamilton-Madison House Behavioral Health Services has been an active and integral mental health service provider for many years coordinating its services with neighboring hospitals, substance abuse treatment centers and other community mental health agencies, and managed care providers. The population served includes children, adolescents, adults, elderly, gay/lesbian/transgendered/bisexual, ethnic minorities, urban, and low-income patients. Our services include psychiatric evaluation, individual, group and family therapy, brief and long-term psychotherapy, medication management, crisis intervention, psychological evaluation, and consultation. Focused areas of treatment include chronic mental illness, depression, anxiety, family problems, parenting issues, post-traumatic stress disorders, relationship problems, self-esteem, issues with aging, adjustment issues, acculturation distress, living with HIV/AIDS, substance abuse disorders, trauma including sexual abuse, character logical disorders, physical disabilities, sexual disorders, neurotic and psychotic diagnoses, and work/life challenges.

Selection Process

All applications are screened by members of the Internship Committee. Committee members conduct interviews and provide recommendations to the Internship Training Director for APPIC match rankings. The Training Director makes the final ranking decisions and submits them to the National Matching Service.

Every effort is made to ensure diversity in selected trainees. Selections are non-discriminatory on the basis of age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, and socioeconomic status. Consistent with the training mission and the population served, interns who speak Chinese and demonstrate ability to work with the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community will be given preference.

Once interns are matched to the site, an email of matching acknowledgement is sent to matched interns within a week. This email includes information about start and end dates, internship salary, contact information for the Training Director, and other relevant information about the internship.

Psychology Interns matched to our program are required to complete human resources processing and be prepared to submit fingerprintings for Office of Mental Health (OMH) criminal background checks.

Goals and Objectives

The psychology training program aims to provide a broad spectrum of training opportunities wherein the candidate is exposed to the full range of ambulatory, psychological disorders observable in a large urban community. Through clinical contact and didactic experiences under the supervision of seasoned licensed clinical psychologists, the intern will gain a strong foundation for future success in a wide variety of clinical settings. The goals for the psychology intern are as follows:

  • Goal 1: Intern will demonstrate research competency with the integration of science and practice.
  • Goal 2: Intern will demonstrate competence in incorporating professional ethics, standards and legal requirements into practice.
  • Goal 3: Intern will demonstrate multicultural competency in clinical practice.
  • Goal 4: Intern will demonstrate development in professional values, attitudes, and behaviors.
  • Goal 5: Intern will demonstrate competency in communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Goal 6: Intern will demonstrate competency in intake assessment and psychological testing.
  • Goal 7: Intern will demonstrate competency in clinical intervention.
  • Goal 8: Intern will demonstrate competency in supervision.
  • Goal 9: Intern will demonstrate competency in consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills.

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