Wesleyan University - Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Name of Externship: Wesleyan University - Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Name of Director/Coordinator: Smith Kidkarndee, Psy.D., HSP / Training Coordinator
- Wesleyan University
- Counseling & Psychological Services
- 327 High Street, 2nd Floor
- Middletown, CT 06459
Start Date: Orientation in August 2017; start day in September 2017
End Date: Mid-May (although may work through June if additional hours are needed)
- 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?
Do you permit applications before January 15?
Additional dates for applications?
What materials need to be submitted?
- Letter of interest / Coverletter
- Curriculum vitae
- Letter of interest / Coverletter
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, email@example.com
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
- 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 (2hrs)
All trainees also attend a one-hour staff meeting each week.