Ramapo College Counseling Services Externship

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Last Update

January 11, 2016

Contact Information

Name of Externship: Ramapo College Counseling Center Externship

Name of Director/Coordinator:
Michael Alcee, Ph.D.

Street Address:
505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, NJ 07430

(201) 684-7522

(201) 684-7995



General Information

Start Date:
First week of September

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.

Required level of readiness
This externship is suitable for 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year doctoral students from a Clinical or Counseling Psychology program.

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 are 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?
*If an applicant is accepted to the Externship, they will need to furnish proof of liability insurance coverage prior to their Sept. start date.

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

A second option is to mail materials to: Michael Alcee, Ph.D, Director of Clinical Training, Ramapo College Counseling Center, 505 Ramapo Valley Road, D-216, 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 and helps externs develop their 'therapeutic voice' over the course of the year. CS also aims to create a training environment that promotes the development of trainees’ multicultural sefl-awareness, knowledge, and skills.

The externship provides training in short-term individual and group psychotherapy, assessment, referral, and outreach programming with a college 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.

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

Training models offered:


-PSYCHODYNAMIC (Interpersonal/Relational)




Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

-INDIVIDUAL THERAPY: Externs will carry a caseload of approximately 6-8 clients for short-term treatment. They will have 2 intake slots a 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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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.