Hunter College Counseling Services

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Last Update

Feb 12, 2017

Contact Information

Name of Externship: Hunter College Counseling Services

Name of Director/Coordinator: Ariella Soffer, PhD, Externship Coordinator

Street Address:

Hunter College Counseling and Wellness Services
695 Park Avenue
Room East 1103
Student Services/ Dean of Students
New York, NY 10065

Telephone: (212) 772-4931

Fax: Not given.

Email: ariella.soffer@hunter.cuny.edu

Webpage: http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/studentservices/pcs/internship

General Information

Start Date: August
End Date: June 1st

Appropriate for:

Clinical
Counseling


Scheduling (e.g., required/optional days of week, # hrs per day, total hours per week, flexibility in scheduling): Psychology externs are required to be on site 16 hrs per week and can expect to maintain a caseload of at least 10 active cases. The time requirement and work schedule are agreed upon by Counseling supervisors and the trainee. Trainees should be available to be on site three part-days per week. Monday there is a required training seminar in the afternoon, and outside of this required time there is flexibility in scheduling. .

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

Only open to doctoral level trainees. Completion of at least one full year of course work is required.

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

Open to second year students. Preference will be given to applicants with previous clinical/ research/assessment experiences that are relevant.

Is there a stipend for externs?

No

Application Process

Do you permit applications before January 15?

No, we plan to follow the externship guidelines put out by PSIDNYS

What materials need to be submitted?

  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • Letter of readiness from clinical director
  • 2 letters of reference


How should it be submitted?

Email complete application (preferably in one email) to Ariella Soffer, PhD - asoffer@hunter.cuny.edu


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

Interviews will be granted on a rolling basis following review of completed applications. We have two rounds of interviews, one with Individual Clinical Supervisors and a second including the Director of Counseling Services.

Description of Externship

Populations commonly served:

Adolescents
Adults
Ethnic Minorities
LGBTQ


Graduate Training Program

Counseling & Wellness Services' externship training program is designed for doctoral-level Clinical and Counseling Psychology students from APA Accredited programs. For the 2016-17 Academic Year we will be accepting three psychology externs to join our multidisciplinary staff and trainee group that consists of a total of 8 trainees yearly. Our program offers the opportunity to work with a diverse client base. The Counseling staff is committed to preparing future mental health professionals for the field, and is dedicated to providing an outstanding training experience tailored to meet the developmental needs of each trainee. A range of training and educational experiences are offered both within CWS and through collaboration with other areas within Student Services.

Goals of the Training Program

The Graduate Training Program focuses on the following areas of development.

Trainees will:

Integrate and apply various theories/conceptual knowledge.

Increase competency in clinical practice.

Increase cultural competency and sensitivity in work with our diverse student body—using these skills for assessment and intervention.

Develop sensitivity to gender-specific issues.

Heighten awareness of, and learn to address, personal issues that may impact professional functioning.

Learn and integrate the legal and ethical guidelines that govern the practice of mental health professionals.

Become more knowledgeable about, and learn to address, the impact of the academic environment on the student-client's sense of well-being.


Training Curriculum

I. Practice Individual counseling

Initial Evaluation (Intake)

Crisis intervention

Consultation, outreach and psychoeducation

Task projects (e.g. mental health screenings)

Relevant Office of Student Services activities (e.g. health fairs, first-year orientation seminar)

Administrative responsibility

Participation in research


II. Supervision To enhance the diversified experiences working with individual students, trainees are supervised by a licensed psychologist, who offers a broad range of professional expertise. The primary theoretical orientation of the supervision is psychodynamic, focusing on the short-term nature of the services provided.

Trainees will participate in:


An hour and a half didactic seminar/case conference weekly

An hour and a half of individual supervision by primary supervisor

An hour group supervision with supervisor and fellow psychology externs

Individual/group supervision by task supervisor when appropriate

Workshop, outreach, consultation, referral, and crisis supervision as needed

Research Meeting

III. Seminars, Conferences, and Meetings


Disposition Meeting: Following completion of the initial evaluation, the Intake or other clinician, presents all new clients to CWS staff during Case Disposition Meeting. Schedule permitting, trainees are welcome to observe or present new clients.

Case Conference: This weekly two-hour conference, during which trainees present and discuss their cases, is attended by all trainees and supervisors.

Didactic Seminars: Seminars are conducted by CWS and other Hunter College staff/faculty and invited guests on topics of special interest (crisis intervention, suicide risk assessment, eating disorders, etc.).


Qualifications

Candidates must be enrolled in an APA Accredited PhD or PsyD programs in Clinical or Counseling Psychology.

Time Commitment

Psychology externs are required to be on site 16 hrs per week and can expect to maintain a caseload of at least 10 active cases. The time requirement and work schedule are agreed upon by Counseling supervisors and the trainee. Trainees should be available to be on site three part-days per week.





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

Not specified.

Training models offered:

CBT
Psychodynamic
Systems/Strategic


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

Not specified.

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Individual Psychotherapy
Diagnostic Assessment
School Consultation
Mental Health Consultation
Group Psychotherapy or Outreach



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

Not specified.

Expected number of cases seen at any one time: 10 -12 .


Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Intakes
Intake Report Writing
Triage
Behavioral Assessment
Personality/Psychopathology Assessment
Mental Status Exam

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):

0

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

0

Supervision:

Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 1.5 is a minimum per week of individual supervision. The role of supervision in our externship program is primary and additional supervisory time is always available as needed.
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: Training seminar is conducted as case conference/group supervision for 1.5 hrs/week, and there is a 45 minute group supervision for psychology externs
Estimated hours/week of didactics: 1.5 hrs/week

Amichaelides 22:42, 3 Dec 2009 (EST)



Other Comments

For the 2016-17 Academic Year Hunter CWS will offer 3 Psychology Externship positions.