Queens College Counseling Services

From Psychpracticum
Jump to: navigation, search

Last Update


Contact Information

Name of Externship: Queens College Counseling Services

Name of Director/Coordinator: Barbara Moore, Ph.D., Director of Health and Wellness

Simon Shagrin, Ph.D., Director of Training

Street Address:

Counseling Services
Frese Hall, 1st Floor
Queens College, CUNY
65-30 Kissena Blvd
Queens, NY 11367

Telephone: 718-997-5420

Fax: 718-997-5508

Email: Simon Shagrin, Ph.D.

Webpage: http://www.qc.cuny.edu/StudentLife/services/counseling/counseling

General Information

Start Date: late August
End Date: late May

Appropriate for:


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

Externs work 2 days, or a total of 15 hours per week, which can be divided over several days. There is some flexibility in scheduling, but it is limited by office space availability and juggling all of the externs' schedules. The only requirement is that externs are present on Thursday mornings from 9am to 12pm for meetings and supervision.

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

Doctoral level trainees. Applicants should have some prior clinical experience, preferably with intake assessments and/or counseling.

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

Coursework in therapeutic techniques, assessment, some knowledge of psychopathology preferred. Due to the potential for clients at the counseling center presenting with high risk, applicants with no prior clinical experience are not an ideal fit.

Is there a stipend for externs?


Application Process

Additional dates for applications?

No. We are in accordance with the Psychology Directors of New York State (PSYDNYS) and the New York New Jersey Association of Directors of Training (NYNJADOT). We do not review applications before January 16. Externship offers will not be made before February 26 at 9am in accordance with PSYDNYS.

What materials need to be submitted?

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Letter of readiness
If you want to submit a writing sample, such as a case summary, to demonstrate your clinical thinking and help us get to know you, you're welcome to do so but it's not required.

How should it be submitted?

We prefer you email your application to simon.shagrin@qc.cuny.edu, or you can send it by regular mail to:
Attn: Simon Shagrin, Ph.D.
Counseling Services
Frese Hall, 1st Floor
Queens College, CUNY
65-30 Kissena Blvd
Queens, NY 11367

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

We spend about one or two weeks reviewing applications. Then we contact applicants for on-site interviews. Externship offers will not be made until February 26th in accordance with PSYDNYS Guidelines.

Description of Externship

Populations commonly served:

Late Adolescents
The student population at Queens College represents an extremely diverse group of college and graduate students, including many international students, students from immigrant families, a wide range of ages, religions, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, and a mixture of dorming and commuter students. As is true of most college counseling centers, the whole continuum of psychopathology comes through our doors, so our externs are exposed to a range of psychiatric disorders.

Training models offered:


Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Intake assessments
Short term and somewhat longer term (the full externship year) personal counseling
Crisis intervention
Academic counseling
Group counseling
Referral and liaison with outside providers
Participation in outreach and educational initiatives

Expected number of cases seen at any one time: Our counseling center is well utilized and our externs will meet with many students over the course of the year and build up counseling caseloads of approximately 5-10 clients per week.

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Intake Assessments
Mental Status Exam
We do not perform instrument-based testing

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

Not Applicable

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

Not Applicable


Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 1
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: About once a month the externs meet as a group for supervision
Estimated hours/week of didactics: Not specified

We enjoy training our externs, we want them to feel that they are a part of the counseling center, and we value their work with students. The externship includes one hour of supervision per week: one semester with the director, Dr. Moore, and one semester with the director of training, Dr. Shagrin. About once a month the externs and supervisors meet as a group for supervision. The group format allows the externs to hear about each other's cases, learn from each other and get more feedback. There is also a weekly one hour staff meeting where we review new intakes, present ongoing cases and externs are exposed to the work of other staff members. Our initial training includes integrating academic performance and psychological health, suicide assessment, intake assessments, and clinical note taking.

Other Comments