Drew University Counseling and Psychological Services

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Last Update

January 26, 2016

Contact Information

Name of Externship: Drew University Counseling and Psychological Services

Name of Director/Coordinator: James Mandala, Ph.D.

Street Address:

Counseling and Psychological Services
Drew University
Madison, NJ 07940

Telephone: 973-408-3398

Fax: 908-408-3750

Email: James Mandala

Webpage: http://www.drew.edu/Counseling/apply-for-training

General Information

Start Date: September 2016
End Date: May 14, 2017

Appropriate for:


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

2-3 days a week, 8 hrs per day, flexibility in scheduling

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

any year

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

2nd year

Is there a stipend for externs?


Application Process

Additional dates for applications?

Applicants are encouraged to inquire about the training at any time

What materials need to be submitted?

  • A letter of interest, including a statement describing self, training and professional goals;
  • A current resume of CV
  • Two letters of reference from professional persons familiar with the applicant’s academic and counseling performance. It is recommended that at least one one be a clinical/counseling supervisor.
  • Letter of readiness from the director of the applicant’s graduate psychology training program

How should it be submitted?

Please email application materials to Dr. Mandala at jmandala@drew.edu

Any details of the application process (e.g., interviewing, time frame, how decisions are made):

Letters of reference do not need to be included in the initial application. Students who are not local can arrange for a telephone interview.

Description of Externship

Populations commonly served:

All clients are university students, primarily undergraduate but some graduate
Ethnic and sexual minorities Minorities

Training models offered:

Motivational Interviewing
Systems Theory
Community Psychology and Prevention

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

Because of our strong training on the use of self in therapy, beginning trainees are expected to choose an theoretical model to root their supervision in. More advanced trainees are encouraged to be integrative in their approach, utilizing techniques from a variety of modalities. Development of a therapeutic self is encouraged, independent of theoretical treatment paradigm.

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Individual Psychotherapy
Group Therapy
Step-model Therapeutic Workshops
Diagnostic interviewing, assessment, and treatment planning
Crisis counseling and assessment on occasion
Couples Therapy on occasion

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

While most clients are seen for brief treatment, there are no session limits. Trainees are encouraged to see a few clients longer term when appropriate.

Expected number of cases seen at any one time:

6-12 depending on trainee readiness, number of days working, and number of groups facilitated

Community psychology experiences commonly offered:

Primary prevention workshops for university students
Consultation with staff
Trainings for paraprofessional (Student) staff
Trainings for staff and faculty

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

No formal psychological testing experiences.
Comprehensive, multi-modal, psychodiagnostic assessments are expected

for client intakes and treatment planning.


Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 2 hrs
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 2.5 hrs

Trainee group supervision is 1 hour on substance abuse treatment and assessment and 1.5 hours small group supervision.
Additionally, trainees are invited to attend 1 hour of peer supervision with all professional staff as well as 1 hour a week of professional development with senior staff.

Additional Supervision Offerings Dependent on Trainee's Schedule:

Estimated hours/week of didactics: 1 hr
Estimated hours/week of group supervision with senior staff: 2 hrs

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