Stony Brook University Counseling and Psych Services
February 28, 2017
Name of Externship: Stony Brook University Counseling and Psychological Services
Name of Director/Coordinator: Marissa Clements, Psy.D.
- Stony Brook University
- Counseling and Psychological Services
- One Stadium Road
- Stony Brook, NY 11794-3100
Telephone: (631) 632.6720
Fax: (631) 632.9754
Email:  email@example.com
Start Date: week of September 5, 2017
End Date: week of May 28, 2018
- All pre-doctoral psychology students may apply. Early trainees are welcome, as long as they have had some clinical experience prior to attending. We ask that letters of recommendation be submitted from a supervisor (if possible) who is familiar with your clinical work.
- Students from other related disciplines, such as mental health counseling and social work, with a strong foundation in and integration of psychodynamic theory, in addition to previous clinical training experience, may also apply.
Scheduling (e.g., required/optional days of week, # hrs per day, total hours per week, flexibility in scheduling):
- Two full days/week, for 16 hours on site at minimum.
Required level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants):
- All levels welcome; some clinical contact prior to start of the practicum is required.
Preferred level of readiness(any prior experiences preferred for applicants):
- Some clinical contact required prior to start of practicum.
How many open slots are currently available for the 2017-2018 training year?
Is there a stipend for externs?
Are there opportunities for testing/assessment batteries?
Do you permit applications before January 15?
What materials need to be submitted?
- Letter of interest / Coverletter
- Curriculum vitae
- Clinical writing sample (Intake preferred)
- One recommendation letter (ideally from a previous supervisor)
- Statement of readiness from graduate program director
- Letter of interest / Coverletter
How should it be submitted?
- Email preferred, fax and mail acceptable
When is the application deadline?
- June 1st
Any details of the application process (e.g., interviewing, time frame, how decisions are made):
- Submit application materials directly to Dr. Clements.
- In person / on site interviews are required.
- Interviews occur beginning in February.
- Accepted trainees will be expected to provide proof of liability insurance through their graduate training program.
Description of Externship
Program Purpose and Description
Training goals for the practicum program at CAPS are two-fold:
Improvement of clinical skills for pre-doctoral psychology students working with a diverse population of young adults, providing psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Development of the training psychologists’ professional knowledge, skills and attitudes, in preparation for their internship year.
The 10-month practicum will begin the week of September 5, 2016 and end the week of May 26, 2017. Practicum students carry a caseload of approximately eight clients. Trainees may have the opportunity to co-lead groups and conduct intake interviews, depending on trainee readiness. Each practicum student will have two supervisors for clinical work, one a senior staff clinician and the other a predoctoral psychology intern from an APA-accredited psychology doctoral program. Up to four practicum students are accepted each year.
Anticipated Weekly Schedule
Individual psychotherapy (8 hours maximum)
Intake assessments (1-2 hours, depending on trainee readiness)
Group therapy/Mindfulness Meditation (1-2 hours, depending on trainee readiness)
Individual supervision (2 hours)
Team meetings, staff development (1-2 hours, depending upon days on site)
Psychotherapy Seminar (1 hour)
Approximately 16-20 hours total (including paperwork)
The primary theoretical orientation of the majority of supervising clinicians at SBU’s CAPS is contemporary psychodynamic (relational/intersubjective). Practicum training focuses on developing a strong grounding in this approach; trainees learn contemporary psychodynamic theory and practice as applied to a student population. Beginning doctoral student trainees are welcome; also, many who have previously only had exposure to cognitive behavioral theory and practice have been trained in psychodynamic work with us. In practice and training, we have integrated alternate treatment modalities (CBT, SFBT, Motivational Interviewing, DBT, Mindfulness, etc.), so that we now consider ourselves an integrative psychodynamic program. For practicum students more advanced in psychodynamic theory and practice, techniques from these other modalities may be woven into our essentially psychodynamic philosophy of understanding clinical phenomena.
Our integrative psychodynamic approach to treatment is reflected in practicum training as follows: during the psychotherapy seminar, trainees review Object Relations and Self Psychological theories, leading to a strong foundation in contemporary analytic theory. While understanding personality development and psychopathology from this perspective, training also focuses on principles of change and varieties of therapeutic technique. Through didactics and supervision, trainees may learn how to hold true to a central philosophy of mind while at the same time expanding their technical repertoire, taking into consideration the presenting problems, deficits, and capacities of the individual client.
This approach is especially fruitful in working with a student population, whose developmental trajectories are still unfolding and whose diversity challenges clinical categorizations: some may come in simply needing solution-focused reminders of their strengths; others may need practice at challenging negative cognitions. Some present with complex interplays of history, culture, language and sexual orientation; while others need corrective relational experiences to challenge maladaptive internal representations of self with other. As college students, clients often have the capacities – and the willingness – to change. Thus, trainees have the opportunity to actually witness the impact of their interventions: to see what works, for whom, and why. The use of assessments is woven into a clinician’s understanding, not only of what needs treatment, but how treatment might best be utilized towards optimal change.
Populations commonly served:
If any of these populations are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:
- Not specified.
Training models offered:
- Contemporary psychodynamic/integrative
- The primary theoretical orientation of the majority of supervising clinicians at SBU’s CAPS is contemporary psychodynamic (relational/intersubjective). Practicum training focuses on developing a strong grounding in this approach; trainees learn contemporary psychodynamic theory and practice as applied to a student population. In practice and training, we have integrated alternate treatment modalities (CBT, SFBT, Motivational Interviewing, DBT, Mindfulness, etc.), so that we now consider ourselves an integrative psychodynamic program. For practicum students more advanced in psychodynamic theory and practice, techniques from these other modalities may be woven into our essentially psychodynamic philosophy of understanding clinical phenomena.
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, Intakes, and Outreach are possibilities, depending on level of readiness
If any of these intervention experiences are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:
- Depending upon level of readiness (e.g. past supervised clinical experiences, emergence of skill sets during course of supervision and seminars, integration of knowledge obtained during site-provided trainings), trainees may have the opportunity to engage in conducting intake assessments, co-leading group therapy (such as mindful meditation), and participating in campus-wide outreach events.
Expected number of cases seen at any one time: Approximately 8-10 therapy hours per week.
Assessment training experiences commonly offered:
- This practicum does not provide opportunities in the administration of psychological tests/batteries.
If any of these assessment experiences are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests):
Expected number of assessment reports completed during externship (defined as writing reports based on a battery of standardized tests:
Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: Two hours weekly - One hour from a licensed senior clinician; One hour from a predoctoral psychology intern.
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: N/A
Estimated hours/week of didactics: 1 hour weekly - Psychotherapy & Clinical Services Seminar.
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- Consistent with federal and state guidelines, Stony Brook University does not discriminate on the basis of any protected class including race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, national origin, age, disability, marital status or status as a veteran or disabled veteran in its educational programs or in employment. Title IX also prohibits other forms of sex discrimination such as harassment or sexual violence.
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- Marjolie Leonard
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- Stony Brook, NY 11794-0251
- Fax 631.632.9428
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