Description of Training Program
The Brooklyn College Personal Counseling Program offers an excellent and rigorous training experience in a fast-paced college counseling environment. The training program offers students a broad range of supervised clinical and counseling experiences, including: diagnostic assessment, brief psychotherapy, longer‑term psychotherapy, crisis intervention, couples and family therapy, group treatment, psychological and educational testing (not required but available), and academic and life skills workshops. A personalized program of activities and supervision is planned for each student according to their training needs, abilities, and interests.
Individual and group supervision is provided by four licensed, full‑time clinical and counseling staff psychologists and approximately 7 - 10 additional part-time supervisors -- psychologists and social workers (most in private practice) and other faculty from the psychology department. Psychodynamic, cognitive‑behavioral, humanistic, experiential and other treatment approaches are represented.
We serve a very diverse, multi‑cultural (including international) college student and employee population which includes adults, adolescents and families with a range of income levels. Our clients are also clinically diverse and present with challenges ranging from normal issues of development and adaptation to a significant proportion of post-traumatic and other very serious, acute disorders.
Training and Intervention Experiences Offered:
I. Clinical Services:
- Intake/Disposition screenings
- Individual Short- and long-term psychotherapy (psychodynamic, eclectic, integrative, CBT)
- Co-facilitate a psychotherapy group (Interpersonal process, CBT, and Coping Skills group psychotherapy)
- Lead approximately 3 psychoeducational workshops/semester (e.g., stress management, study skills, social media addiction, time management)
- Referrals to community providers
- case management
- Testing experience is available if trainees have supervision and testing materials from home program
- Approximately 1 hour of individual supervision for every 2-3 cases (dispositions and individual therapy cases); trainees will work with at least two different supervisors for individual cases
- 2 hours of group supervision for additional individual cases
- Up to 1 hour of supervision for therapy groups
- Live supervision -- audio and/or video -- required at least once per semester. Most trainees will use audio- or video tape in supervision on a regular basis.
III. Didactic Seminars:
- Trainees will attend weekly, one-hour didactic seminars on topics specific to working at a lege counseling center and on more general topics designed to enhance clinical and theoretical knowledge.
Trainees are not required to conduct instrument-based assessment (testing) during their training, but if you are interested in testing, it is possible to arrange to do so. However, you must have access to testing materials and testing supervision through your home academic program.
General Information about Training Experience
Appropriate for: Clinical/Counseling/School
Psychology students; Counseling/Limited Permit MHC
- Externs are expected to work at least 16 hours/week to take advantage of all training opportunities and are invited to work additional hours if their programs allow it. Trainees are expected to work one weeknight until 7pm. All schedules are negotiated to meet applicant and site needs
- Interns/Post-docsare welcome to work part- or full-time (17.5 hours/week to 35 hours/week) and are expected work one weeknight until 7pm. All schedules are negotiated to meet applicant and site needs.
trainees receive up to two hours of weekly individual supervision and up to two
hours of weekly group supervision.
Trainees also receive up to one hour of supervision for the therapy
group(s) they co-facilitate.
Required level of
readiness: Doctoral level psychology trainees; Limited permit MHC
Preferred level of readiness: Rising 2nd year students and above are encouraged to apply.
Prior experience preferred for applicants: At least one year of doctoral training required.
Is there a stipend for trainees? No
Supervisory Experience for Advanced Externs, Interns, and Post-Docs
Advanced externs (3rd year and above), interns and post-docs who can commit to working at least 20 hours/week at our site may also have the opportunity to provide supervision to first-year MHC students
Optional Special Training Tracks for Advanced Externs, Interns and Post-Docs
Advanced externs (3rd year and above), interns and post-docs who can commit to working at least 20 hours/week at our site are invited to interview for placement in one of the three specialized training tracks we offer.
In addition to providing services to the general lege community, trainees in the Special Training Tracks will serve as counselors-in-residence for campus offices that serve special groups of students: Veterans Affairs and Counseling Center; the LGBTQ Resource Center; and the Center for Disability Services. Responsibilities will include providing individual and group counseling services; presenting targeted skills workshops; and serving as the liaison between the counseling center and the campus office. At least 3 hours of each 20 hour week will be spent providing services to the office where the trainee is assigned.
Application Process For Externs
Dates applications are accepted: January 22 - 28, 2019
Required application materials:
- BCPCP application, available at http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/off_dosa_pc/181026_BCPC_Application.pdf
- Letter of interest
- 2 letters of recommendation
How to submit application: Send materials via email to email@example.com
Process Details: Group interviews will be held in January and February.
Qualified applicants will receive interview notification via email no later
than February 4, 2019. An offer will be
made to ed candidates by March 4, 2019.
Application Process for Interns and Post-Docs
are accepted: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; start dates are
flexible. Individual interviews will be scheduled applicants and offers will be
made to qualified candidates within two weeks of interview.