Lehman College Counseling Center

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Updated 2/2/18

The Lehman College Counseling Center will NOT be accepting psychology externs for the 2018-2019 academic training year.

Contact Information

Name of Externship: Lehman College Counseling Center

Name of Director/Coordinator: Lucinda Bratini, PhD & Melissa Kalman, PsyD

Street Address:
Lehman College Counseling Center
Old Gym Building 114
250 Bedford Park Blvd
Bronx, NY 10468

Telephone: 718-960-8761

Fax: 718-960-6739

Email: CounselingLehman@gmail.com

Webpage: http://www.lehman.edu/counseling-center/internships.php#doctoral

General Information

Start Date: August 25, 2017
End Date: May 18, 2018

Appropriate for:
Doctoral students in Clinical and Counseling Psychology (PsyD/PhD)
Masters students in Social Work and Mental Health Counseling (MSW/MHC)

The externship begins in late August and ends in late May. Students are expected to be available 16-20 hours per week and be on-site 2-3 days per week. Fridays are required for training seminars and disposition meetings.

Required level of readiness:
Completion of a minimum of 1 year of externship training.
Completion of Multicultural or Cross-cultural counseling course.

Preferred level of readiness:
Preference will be given to applicants with experience in college mental health and crisis intervention experience.

Is there a stipend for externs?

Application Process

Dates for applications?
Preference will be given to applicants that submit all materials between January 17, 2017 and January 24, 2017.

What materials need to be submitted?
Please email all of the following materials to CounselingLehman@gmail.com:

  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Letter of Readiness from the applicant's Director of Training/Placement Coordinator
  • Verification of enrollment in a professional liability insurance program

How should it be submitted?
Email to Clinical Training Staff at CounselingLehman@gmail.com

Any details of the application process (e.g., interviewing, time frame, how decisions are made):
Interviews will be held on February 9, 10, 16, & 17. Offers will be made to selected candidates by February 27, 2017.

Description of Externship

General Information
The Counseling Center at Lehman College and its clinical training program maintain a focus on the human strength, resilience, and health of students served. For the upcoming academic year, there are two openings at this quality-driven Counseling Center for Psychology Externs. Under clinical supervision, externs provide clinical services via triage sessions, crisis intervention, short-term psychotherapy, group counseling, and outreach presentations to the diverse student body of this predominantly commuter and Hispanic serving institution. In addition, externs participate in didactic trainings, case seminars, and disposition meetings with an interdisciplinary team of clinicians.

The Lehman College Counseling Center works towards creating inclusive spaces and fostering open dialogue with students, faculty, and staff by providing counseling, consultation and psychoeducational services. Our goal is to ensure that all Lehman students persist toward graduation in order to achieve academic success and personal well-being for themselves, their families, and their communities. Our therapeutic framework is developmental, strengths-based, contextually-focused, and highlights student wellness.

The clinical training program is an interdisciplinary and collaborative experience for future psychologists, social workers, and mental health counselors. The training staff emphasizes critical thinking, diverse perspectives, cultural humility, and mutual respect. We hold that a learning environment that is safe, challenging, and collaborative is crucial to a trainee’s professional, cultural, and personal development. A developmental mentoring approach is at the core of our training program and its goals. This developmental framework is used to assist trainees in moving from interdependent students to competent mental health professionals. Additionally, a systemic/multicultural framework is integrated in order to facilitate awareness, knowledge, and skills for working with the sociocultural and political spheres that affect students’ experiences. As colleagues, supervisors, and mentors, the staff seeks to support and encourage trainees' growth, and help them to develop into confident and competent psychologists, social workers, and mental health counselors.

Populations commonly served:

College Students (including emerging adults, older adults, & first-generation students)
Ethnic Minorities
Low Income

Training models offered:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy/ACT
Family Systems

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Personal Counseling
Crisis Intervention
Academic Coaching
Group Therapy
Outreach and Psycho-educational Workshops

Expected number of cases seen at any one time: 6-10 personal counseling clients

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Crisis, Suicide, and Risk Assessment
Intake Report Writing
Triage Management


Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 1 hour
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1 hour
Estimated hours/week of didactics: 3 hours

Other Comments

Please visit our website at http://www.lehman.edu/counseling-center/ to learn more about us!