Wesleyan University - Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

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Contact Information

Name of Externship: Wesleyan University - Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Name of Director/Coordinator: Smith Kidkarndee, Psy.D., HSPP / Training Coordinator

Street Address:

Wesleyan University
Counseling & Psychological Services
327 High Street, 2nd Floor
Middletown, CT 06459

Telephone: 860-685-2377

Fax: 860-685-3961

Email: skidkarndee@wesleyan.edu

Webpage: http://www.wesleyan.edu/caps/

General Information

Start Date: Orientation in August 2018; start day in September 2018
End Date: Mid-May (although may work through June if additional hours are needed)

Appropriate for:

Clinical, Counseling, or Social Work graduate students

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

Trainees are expected to work 20 hours/week, including one evening until 7 PM. Generally, trainees schedule two 8-hour days and one 4-hour day. Trainees are strongly encouraged to attend the CAPS staff meeting on Tuesdays from 12-2 PM, although their class schedules do not always allow this. Individual schedules are arranged over the summer prior to the start of the training year. Trainees may adapt their schedules during the year, in consultation with their individual supervisors and the director.

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

Masters and doctoral level trainees

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

CAPS generally only considers doctoral students who will be in their 3rd through 5th years of training at the time of their placement. However, consideration is given to rising 2nd-year doctoral students who have previous clinical experience.

Is there a stipend for externs?


Application Process

Do you permit applications before January 15?


Additional dates for applications?


What materials need to be submitted?

  • Letter of interest / Coverletter
  • Curriculum vitae

How should it be submitted?

Email preferred, fax and mail acceptable. Applicants wishing to confirm receipt of their application should direct queries to Dr. Kidkarndee, skidkarndee@wesleyan.edu

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

In person / Onsite interviews are required. Interviews occur between December and March. Accepted trainees will be expected to provide proof of liability insurance through their graduate training program.

Description of Externship

Populations commonly served:

Racial, ethnic, religious, sexual, gender, & economic diversity

Common Experience:

Adjustment/Transition Concerns
Anxiety Disorders
Depression/Mood Disorders
Eating Disorders
Learning Disability/ADHD
Relationship Issues
Sexual & Gender Identity Disorders
Substance Abuse

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

Not Applicable

Training models offered:

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Contemporary psychodynamic (relational/intersubjective)
Crisis Intervention
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Family Systems
Mindfulness-based Approaches
Short-term psychotherapy
Trauma-Informed Approaches

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

Not Applicable

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Academic Consultation
Crisis Intervention/Triage
Individual Psychotherapy
Intake Assessment
Group Therapy
Outreach on Campus
Psychiatric Consultation
School Consultation
Testing Assessment (if applicable)

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/workshops, integration of knowledge obtained during site provided-trainings), trainees may have the opportunity to engage in conducting intake assessments, co-leading group psychotherapy, 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:

Assessment Report Writing
Cognitive Assessment
Mental Status Exam
Neuropsychological Testing
Personality/Psychopathology Assessment
Psychoeducational Assessment

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

Depending upon level of readiness

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

Approx 1-2 full batteries

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

Approx 1-2, you may elect to do none or more, it’s up to the student to request.


Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: Two hours weekly or more based on need
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: One hour weekly
Estimated hours/week of didactics: Three hours weekly:
1). Psychotherapy & Clinical Services Seminar (1hr)
2). Cognitive Assessment Seminar (1hr)

All trainees also attend a one-hour staff meeting each week.

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