Iona College Counseling Center

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Last Update: 9/8/17

IONA COLLEGE COUNSELING CENTER EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM

INTRODUCTION

The Iona College Counseling Center externship program offers intensive clinical training and experience within a supportive, collegial environment. The Iona College Counseling Center provides psychotherapy, consultation, crisis intervention, and outreach services to undergraduate and graduate students of Iona College. Externs gain experience as primary therapists for a diverse population of clients, with a wide range of presenting concerns and clinical diagnoses. The externship is focused on developing therapy, consultation, and crisis intervention skills. Externs are trained to conduct clinical interviews and emergency risk assessments, to provide psychotherapy, and to create case formulations and presentations in several theoretical models. In addition, externs gain experience in the assessment of alcohol and other drug problems, clinical interventions to address sexual assault and interpersonal violence, bereavement, identity development and other presenting concerns frequently exhibited in college settings. Externs assist with the Counseling Center's mandate to promote community awareness of mental health issues both by assisting staff with existing programs and by creating and delivering their own outreach programs on the topics they are most interested in. Externs are required to create and deliver one new program each semester, and to assist with ongoing programming as requested.

Externship supervisors are experienced clinicians, capable of providing excellent clinical training in a warm and supportive environment. Externs typically rotate to a different supervisor for the second semester of the externship in order to gain expertise in using a variety of theoretical approaches to psychotherapy. The Counseling Center's staff is proficient in a variety of therapeutic modalities, including CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, and psychodynamic therapy. Our externship program provides weekly didactic seminars on a range of clinical topics. Externs participate in weekly individual supervision and group supervision. The program accepts three externs per year.

Iona College is located in New Rochelle, New York, a beautiful city in southern Westchester. It is easily accessible by car and by public transportation. New Rochelle station is a major hub for Metro-North, and is a 25-minute direct ride from Grand Central Station. The college provides free shuttle service from the train station to the campus every 30 minutes throughout the day. Externs with the ability to travel to Iona by car will be provided with on-campus parking.

WHO OUR CLIENTS ARE
Many of the clients seen at the Counseling Center are self-referred and are therefore motivated to engage in psychotherapy. In addition, because the Counseling Center has earned an excellent reputation within the Iona College community, many of its constituents refer students to us. The Center is highly regarded for its professionalism, wide range of clinical expertise, and its warm and welcoming environment. Clients of the Center often seek help for the following concerns, among many others:

  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Self-injurious behavior
  • Grief and loss
  • Trauma
  • Addictions
  • Relationship problems
  • Personality disorders
  • Neuroatypical conditions


SUPERVISION
Supervision is provided by experienced clinical and counseling psychologists who have completed a Ph.D. or Psy.D. Any supervisors in the process of earning licensure hours are also supervised by licensed psychologists. Externs receive one hour of individual supervision and one hour of group supervision weekly. The senior staff have expertise in a variety of theoretical orientations including CBT, psychodynamic therapy, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, and bereavement therapy.

TRAINING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Training and professional development is provided each week via case conferences and in-service seminars with professional speakers representing a variety of specializations. All externs receive training in clinical interviewing, suicide assessment and crisis management, conducting mental status examinations and assessment for alcohol and other drug abuse. Externs are invited to make suggestions for clinical topics that they are particularly interested in learning more about.

QUALIFICATIONS
To be considered, applicants must be in their second year of doctoral study in Clinical or Counseling Psychology, or in their last year of a Master's program in Mental Health Counseling, during their externship year. Completion of one supervised clinical experience prior to beginning the externship at Iona is strongly preferred, but not required. All applicants must have completed coursework in psychotherapy skills and theories.

EXTERNSHIP REQUIREMENTS
Externs are required to fulfill a minimum commitment of two days per week (16 hours), and are strongly encouraged to add additional clinical hours. The externship program begins in late August and ends in mid-May. At least one and a half days are devoted to direct clinical service and outreach (externs select their clinical days based on their availability) and ahalf day (Tuesday mornings, 9:00am-12pm, required) is devoted to in-service seminars and group supervision. The hours are typically distributed as shown:

Activity Hours
Direct clinical service: 8-10 hrs
Individual Supervision: 1hr
Group Supervision: 1hr
In-service Training/
Case conference: 2hrs
Documentation 1hr
Outreach 1-2 hrs Approximately:

Externs will be expected to provide individual and group counseling services to Iona students, participate in individual and group supervision, be present for all in-service training and case conferences, and to plan and deliver psychoeducational outreach programs both independently and with senior staff co-presenters.

APPLYING TO THE EXTERNSHIP
Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, a CV and two letters of reference from professionals familiar with their work. At least one letter should be from a professional who can attest to the applicant's clinical skills. Candidates should consult their Directors of Clinical Training regarding the start date for submitting applications. Applications should be submitted by email to:

Dr. Brielle Stark-Adler, Director
E-mail: bstarkadler@iona.edu.

Additional information about the Counseling Center and the Externship can be obtained through our website: www.iona.edu/studentlife/counsel/, or by calling our office: 914-633-2038.


Contact Information

Name of Externship: Iona College Counseling Center

Name of Director/Coordinator: Dr. Brielle Stark-Adler

Street Address:

715 North Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10801-1890


Telephone: (914) 633-2038

Fax: (914) 637-7787

Email: [1]

Webpage: http://www.iona.edu/studentlife/counsel/

General Information

Start Date: 1st Day of Fall Semester (Approx Aug. 23rd)
End Date: At end of Spring Semester (Approx May 15)

Appropriate for:

Clinical
Counseling


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

Minimum of 16 hours per week, Tuesday mornings from 9:30 AM to 12 PM (in service trainings and group discussion) required. Additional clinical hours are strongly encouraged, for a total of 16-20 hours.

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

Candidates should be in their 2nd year of a doctoral program (or beyond) during their externship training. Master's level Mental Health Counseling students may apply to take part in the externship during their final year of study. Applicants who have completed one prior clinical field experience are preferred.

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

One prior clinical field experience.

Is there a stipend for externs?

No

Application Process

Do you permit applications before January 15?

Iona College Counseling Center permits, but does not review, applications prior to the Match deadline.

What materials need to be submitted?

  • A cover letter
  • C.V.
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • All submitted before the interview


How should it be submitted?

Online via email


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

Interviews are scheduled with applicants who will meet with the staff of the Center. Candidates will have the opportunity to meet with a current extern to discuss the extern's experiences in the program.