St. Joseph's College Counseling Center

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Last Update

January 8th, 2018

Contact Information

Name of Externship: St. Joseph's College, The Counseling and Wellness Center

Name of Director/Coordinator: Mary W. Schultz, Ph.D.

Street Address:

St. Joseph's College
319 West Roe Boulevard
Patchogue, NY 11772

Telephone: 631-687-4588




General Information

Start Date: Early September
End Date: Late May

Appropriate for:


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

16 Hours per week or according to program requirements

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

2nd year

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

Is there a stipend for externs?


Application Process

Additional dates for applications?

Applications not accepted before January 16 2018_

What materials need to be submitted?

  • Letter of interest
  • CV
  • One sample of written clinical material (intake summary preferred)
  • One letter of recommendation

How should it be submitted?

email to : Mary W. Schultz, Ph.D

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

_Not specified_

Description of Externship

The externship program is designed to give pre-doctoral psychology students the opportunity to practice and improve clinical skills by providing psychodynamic psychotherapy services to a diverse population of undergraduate and graduate students in a college counseling center. A primary goal of this externship program is to assist externs in translating theoretical knowledge into clinical practice, developing technical skills and exploring professional identity in an environment committed to growth and learning. Externs will be encouraged to develop and pursue their own interests and supported in personalizing their training experience.

The extern will work two days a week during the academic year (Sept. – May). The primary service is individual therapy but may also include group therapy (support groups, process groups, meditation groups), intake assessments, outreach, consultation, and educational workshops. An extern can anticipate carrying a caseload of approximately 8 individual therapy clients. The opportunity to conduct integrated diagnostic testing batteries will be made available to externs who are interested. Externs' Weekly Schedule in hours - Individual Psychotherapy: 8.0, Assessment and Intakes: 2.0, Supervision: 2.0 (1 HR Individual, 1 HR Case Conference), Group Therapy: 1.5, Didactic Seminar: 1.0, Staff meetings, Outreach, Other: 1 - 2.

Externs will work with clients who are struggling with a broad range of issues including: anxiety, depression and mood disorders, developmental issues (separation/individuation/ transition to adulthood), relationship and family conflict issues, identity struggles (including LGBTQ population), personality disorders, trauma, bereavement, etc. The extern may also be expected to attend staff meetings, participate in service development, and collaborate with other offices and student clubs as needed to enhance psychological services provision on the college campus.

Supervision will be provided primarily from a psychodynamic orientation, integrating experiential, cognitive-behavioral, and short term model approaches as appropriate. One hour weekly individual supervision will be provided by a N.Y. State licensed psychologist. In addition there will be a 1 hour/weekly case conference in which externs will have the opportunity to present and discuss cases.

Site and Institution Description: The Counseling and Wellness Center is staffed by a small group of N.Y. State licensed psychodynamically oriented psychologists, and approximately 2- 3 trainees per year. The center provides confidential services, free of charge, including individual and group therapy, support groups, meditation training and special programs aimed at enhancing student’s emotional, social and psychological well-being. The center emphasizes a holistic approach to student wellness incorporating aspects of mindfulness meditation into the therapeutic approach as well as offering and encouraging participation in meditation training and other wellness programs.

Founded in Brooklyn in 1916, St. Joseph’s College is independent and coeducational. The mission of St. Joseph’s College is to provide a strong academic and value-oriented education rooted in a liberal arts tradition that supports provision for career preparation and enhancement. The Long Island Campus is located in Patchogue, NY on the south shore of Long Island. It serves a population of approximately 4,000 students who live within commuting distance of the college. For more information please visit our website at


If any of these populations are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:

_Not specified_

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Training models offered:


If any of these models are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:

_Not specified_

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Individual Psychotherapy
Group Therapy
School Consultation
Mindfulness Meditation Training
Psychotherapy Seminar
Intake Assessment

Expected number of cases seen at any one time: _Not specified_

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

For those externs who are motivated and interested there is the opportunity to conduct integrated diagnostic testing batteries. Externs will need to have already acquired the ability to assess and score the Rorschach and WAIS.

Integrated diagnostic test batteries will include: WAIS, Rorschach, Bender, TAT and PAI. Other assessment tools may be incorporated if needed.

If any of these assessment experiences are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:

_Not specified_

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

According to extern motivation and readiness

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

According to extern motivation and readiness


Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 1
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1
Estimated hours/week of didactic seminar:1

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