Brooklyn College

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Last Update

January 26, 2015

Contact Information

Name of Externship: Brooklyn College

Name of Director/Coordinator: Dr. Gregory Kuhlman

Street Address:

2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210-2889

Telephone: 718-951-5363

Fax: 718-951-5734



General Information

Start Date: 2015
End Date: 2016

Appropriate for:

Externs, Interns, MHC Limited Permit Holders, Post-Doctoral Trainees

Scheduling (e.g., required/optional days of week, # hrs per day, total hours per week, flexibility in scheduling):

Practicum and intern positions require a minimum two day (at least 14 hours total) per week work commitment by arrangement (and at least part of a third day is strongly suggested). We also ask that externs work into the evening until at least 7 pm, one day per week. We are open seven days a week, so weekend hours are possible (but not required; although preference may be given to applicants who can commit to some weekend hours). Schedule is arranged by negotiation. No specific days are required. Please note that scheduling tends to be tight, so once you commit to a work schedule it may be difficult to change work days.

There are several intersession and holiday periods (in January and for ten days during early spring) when staff provides coverage by rotation.

The basic schedule issue is that you need to be here sufficient hours to make the experience worthwhile (for you and for your clients) and workable from a clinical and administrative point of view. By the time you take time out for some supervision, training sessions, writing notes/reports, etc., it can be too limiting on the amount of time you're available to see clients unless you are here enough hours. So then you end up only being able to see a few clients and don't get much experience.

Please also keep in mind that Brooklyn College classes and exams usually begin in late August before Labor Day and run through late May, so you need to think in terms of your commitment to your clients and thus your in/externship beginning in late August and running at least until late May, regardless of when your own classes and program begin and wind up. Trainees have the option to continue work through some or all of the summer. About half continue for some or all of the summer.

Required level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants):

We consider applications from psychology and counseling masters and doctoral program students; and post-doctoral (including re-specialization) professionals. You must be enrolled in a program leading to eligibility for NYS licensing in an appropriate profession or otherwise eligible to conduct clinical / counseling work under supervision in NY State.

Applicants need not have prior clinical experience, but must have sufficient instruction (including concurrent course work) and/or other preparation to permit them to begin assessment and counseling / psychotherapy work with clients under supervision without extensive additional didactic instruction.

Approximately 12 – 14 externs, interns and post-docs participate from 6 - 12 different home programs, bringing diverse academic and personal perspectives and prior training and experiences.

Preferred level of readiness(any prior experiences preferred for applicants):

Not specified.

Is there a stipend for externs?


Application Process

What materials need to be submitted?

To apply, e-mail (preferred), fax, or mail a resume, names and phone numbers of up to three references (contact info at least; letters optional, if available), and anything else you think would help us assess your clinical experience (e.g., a case report, optional, if available). Also, fill out and send the application found on the following link: You can send reference letters if you have them already or need them for other applications, but it's not necessary to have letters written specially for your application here—likewise, for case report, etc.

While we are not an APPIC or APA participating site (since we do not offer a stipend), we do offer a quality internship experience for those who do not require a stipend, don't match, etc. We can provide documentation of program compliance with all other APPIC / APA standards (except stipend).

See for more information about the program and for information about the college.

See for information on our current clinical supervisors.

How should it be submitted? Apply to Dr. Sally Robles by email to (preferred) ; by fax to 718-951-5734; or by mail to Personal Counseling, Attn: Director of Training, Brooklyn College, 2900 Bedford Av., Brooklyn, NY 11210.

Any details of the application process (e.g., interviewing, time frame, how decisions are made): We ask accepted applicants to let us know whether they will accept our offer as soon as is convenient in consideration of other applicants. Of course, we understand that you may need to wait to hear from and give reasonable consideration to other placement sites that interest you. We can usually negotiate a reasonable decision timeframe for applicants who need additional decision time. We comply with NYC-area psychology training program recommended externship application protocols.

Description of Externship

Populations commonly served:

The personal counseling program provides intake assessment and referral, crisis intervention, couples counseling, brief and longer-term individual counseling, group counseling and counseling workshops for students at the college—traditional college-age and some older Adults. Interns and practicum students also have the opportunity to provide longer-term counseling. Presenting problems range from serious disorders to problems of normal development. We also provide consultation and referral for faculty and staff members. Over 3,000 sessions of service are provided each year to more than 700 clients. The client population is extremely diverse with a very broad range of pathology, ethnicity, race, religion, age and immigration status represented.

Please note that the primary focus of the personal counseling program is mental health services to college students. Applicants need to have training and/or experience that will prepare them for this type of work (i.e., psychotherapy and assessment). If you are looking for a different kind of college counseling experience, focused on academic or career issues, you should look for a different placement.

If any of these populations are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:

Not specified.

Training models offered:

A variety of professional interests and approaches are represented on staff, including Psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, gestalt/experiential and other (e.g., Gottman couples work, group therapy) perspectives.

Most supervisors have a Psychodynamic foundation perspective, so even if the clinical approach is CBT in a particular case an extern will be expected to understand dynamic / developmental issues in the case, as well as clinical CBT interventions and framework. For this reason, this is not a good placement for externs who wish to work exclusively in a CBT approach or are averse to a Psychodynamic orientation. At least 50 – 60 percent of clinical work is conducted from an eclectic Psychodynamic approach.

In addition to the above personal counseling staff, you would also work closely with other counseling interns/externs, with staff from affiliated programs, including the Health Clinic, Women's Center, Veteran's Counseling Office, Office for Students with Disabilities, the LGBTQ Resource Center, and with the faculty and staff of other college departments.

If any of these models are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:

Not specified.

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Psychodynamic psychotherapy, gestalt, interpersonal process group psychotherapy, CBT psychotherapy, psychoeducational workshops (e.g., stress management, study skills, time management), crisis intervention, veterans issues, immigrant adjustment issues, bicultural identity development, couples therapy.

If any of these intervention experiences are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:
We offer a limited number of off-site consultation-liaison placements in the following campus departments: Veteran's Counseling Office, Women's Center, the LGBTQ Resource Center and the Office for Students with Disabilities. Selected externs are trained in the clinical supervision of Masters-level practicum trainees. There is much room to help trainees develop an individualized training experience that builds on their abilities and interests.

Not specified.

Expected number of cases seen at any one time: Externs spend approximately 40 percent of their time in direct service, so a 2 day per week extern might build a caseload of about 6 on-going cases (including groups). We like externs to keep some time open for conducting intake assessments, running workshops and groups, and, of course, supervision.

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Trainees are not required to conduct instrument-based assessment (testing). Testing clients are available if you need or wish to complete one or more test batteries. You must have testing instruction through your home academic program and have testing supervision provided by your program.

If any of these assessment experiences are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:

Not specified.

Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests):

Not specified.

Expected number of assessment reports completed during externship (defined as writing reports based on a battery of standardized tests:

Not specified.


Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 1-2
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1
Estimated hours/week of didactics: 1.

Interns and practicum students receive supervision from a group supervisor and from one or more individual supervisors, so the supervisory experience is diverse. Consistency is maintained, as a specific case is usually followed by a single supervisor.

All interns attend a weekly supervision group. Each intern presents one case in their supervision group. Each intern receives an average of approximately 20 - 30 minutes of supervision in the group. Interns participate in the discussion of work presented.

Work with additional clients is supervised individually. Individual supervision hours are assigned as case load requires. Work with two to three clients may be supervised in each individual supervision hour. Depending on case load, an intern/practicum student may have one, two or more individual supervisors, in addition to the supervision group. Overall, practicum students receive one hour of supervision for each two to three cases, depending on need. Each additional hours of individual supervision is provided by a different supervisor whenever possible, so the trainee gets a diverse experience of supervisory styles, orientations, etc.

Who are the supervisor staff members?

Members of the full-time personal counseling supervisory staff include:

Dr. Margery Frosch, Psychologist

Dr. Adriana DiMatteo, Psychologist

Dr. Sally Robles, Psychologist, Training Director

Dr. Greg Kuhlman, Psychologist, Director (and also director of the Psychology Dept. MA Program in Mental Health Counseling)

Affiliated staff include approximately 7 - 10 additional part-time supervisors--psychologists and social workers (most in private practice) and other faculty from the psychology department. The clinical supervisors are approachable, knowledgeable and supportive. The working environment is collegial with an emphasis on helping a trainee develop their clinical "voice".

Didactic Instruction

There is a one-day orientation in late August before the beginning of classes here. Externs receive a series of articles and other orientation materials to read. Additional, didactic instruction is provided in supervision groups as well as during a weekly didactic seminar.

Amichaelides 14:57, 29 Nov 2009 (EST)

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