Ramapo College Counseling Services Externship

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Last Update

September 27, 2017

Contact Information

Name of Externship: Ramapo College Center for Health and Counseling Services Externship

Name of Director/Coordinator:
Tara Sager, Ph.D.

Street Address:
505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, NJ 07430

(201) 684-7522

(201) 684-7995



General Information

Start Date:
August 27, 2018

End Date:
Mid May

Appropriate for:

A minimum of 16 hours per week is required, with Mondays required for didactic seminar, staff meeting, & group supervision. Other days are flexible based on office space availability and trainees' schedules.

Required level of readiness
Students must be in at least their 2nd year of a doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology. Masters students in psychology may be considered as well.

Preferred level of readiness(any prior experiences preferred for applicants):
Prior counseling experience with adults and/or young adults

Is there a stipend for externs? No

Application Process

Additional dates for applications?

No. We operate in accordance with the Psychology Directors of New York State (PSYDNYS) and the New York New Jersey Association of Directors of Training (NYNJADOT).

What materials need to be submitted?
-Cover letter
-2 Letters of recommendation
-Letter of readiness for externship
*Any applicant who is accepted to the externship will need to furnish proof of liability insurance coverage prior to their September start date.

How should it be submitted?
Please send application materials as e-mail attachments (Word or PDF documents) to: Tara Sager, Ph.D, Coordinator of Graduate Training Programs at tsager1@ramapo.edu. Please include your name and “Ramapo Externship” in the subject area.

A second option is to mail materials to: Tara Sager, Ph.D, Coordinator of Graduate Training Programs, Ramapo College of New Jersey, Counseling Services - D216, 505 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah, NJ 07430.

Description of Externship

Our center is a very warm and supportive atmosphere in which externs get the opportunity to refine their counseling skills and get training in the multitude of roles that college counselors play. The training program is dedicated to fostering curiosity, creativity, and enthusiasm for the therapeutic process through working with individuals, groups, working on outreach programs in the greater college community, and through close individual and group supervision. Counseling services also aims to create a training environment that promotes the development of trainees’ multicultural self-awareness, knowledge, and skills.

The externship provides training in short-term individual and group psychotherapy, assessment, referral, and outreach programming with an undergraduate and graduate student population. Two hours of weekly clinical supervision (1 hour of individual and 1 hour of group supervision), weekly didactic seminars, and attendance at staff meetings are included.

Counseling services staff engages in therapeutic practice, supervision, and outreach programming that embrace diversity and inclusion. Counseling services is strongly committed to promoting an overall university culture that is enriched by its individual and cultural differences.

Training models offered:


-PSYCHODYNAMIC (Interpersonal/Relational)




Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

-INDIVIDUAL THERAPY: Externs will carry a caseload of approximately 5-8 clients for short-term treatment. They will have 2 intake slots per week designed to provide them with a broad range of students to assess and absorb into their caseload.

-GROUP THERAPY: Depending on trainees’ interests and programmatic needs, trainees may have opportunities to co-facilitate psychoeducational and/or process groups (i.e. DBT-style, interpersonal process, support groups). Additional supervision of group therapy will be provided when externs are co-leading groups.

-SUPERVISION: Trainees will be assigned an individual supervisor who will provide a minimum of 1 hour of supervision per week. They will also have the opportunity to meet with their cohort for group supervision for 1 hour each week. Trainees’ sessions are videotaped using a webcam in order to provide trainees and supervisors an opportunity to focus on treatment in detail and to generate continuing goals for professional growth and development.

-TRAINING SEMINARS: Trainees will participate in weekly didactic seminars on a variety of topics germane to college counseling and will have the opportunity to present cases and obtain feedback from our multidisciplinary team at weekly staff meetings.

-OUTREACH & PREVENTION: Externs will present 1-2 outreach workshops per year in areas of interest and will be involved in staff-wide outreach (Wellness Fair, Depression Awareness Screenings, etc.) throughout the year.

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Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

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


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Other Comments

Located 25 miles northwest of New York City, Ramapo College is a warm and inviting campus surrounded by trees and beautiful views of the nearby Ramapo mountains. As a comprehensive institution of higher education, Ramapo prides itself on its interdisciplinary curriculum, experiential learning opportunities, and strong devotion to the liberal arts.