Provide description of Externship:
The Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) Counseling Center is pleased to offer an externship for two graduate students in the areas of psychology, social work or mental health counseling. The center has a large, multi-theoretical, culturally diverse staff of psychologists, social workers, and mental health counselors who work closely to support the mission of the college. We are committed to providing trainees with a comprehensive clinical training experience with a focus on quality clinical services, awareness of social and cultural context, and highest adherence to ethical principles. Externs will have the opportunity to consult with various members of the team as needed thus increasing their exposure to various theoretical and practical approaches.
Externs have the opportunity to join a multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals in clinical, consultative, and outreach roles. Among the duties performed are:
· Initial triage and intake assessments
· Personal counseling - (primarily short term with an opportunity for long term work)
· Crisis intervention
· Outreach, including the opportunity to develop and present workshops and develop psycho-educational materials
· Academic counseling
· Attend and present at bi-weekly case conference
· Collaborate with offices around the college
· Consult with members of the campus community
· Receive two hours of supervision per week
· Participate in Counseling Center trainings
· Monthly didactic trainings from experts within and outside the Counseling Center
· Individual projects where externs have the opportunity to pitch and develop projects based on personal and research interests
The externship takes place over 9 months requiring a commitment of 16 hours per week. There is an opportunity to work additional hours if desired. Schedules are negotiated on an individual basis. Case consultation and didactic training will be held on Thursdays between 11am and 1pm -- externs are required to be available during that time frame.
BMCC COUNSELING CENTER:
The Counseling Center supports the academic mission of the university and the academic success of students by providing high quality counseling and mental health services to students and consultative services to faculty and staff. Along with direct counseling services, the center provides community based referrals, psycho-educational workshops, consultation to faculty and staff, and maintains a robust outreach program. Counselors work from a variety of theoretical orientations rooted in a foundation of cultural competence. The atmosphere is warm and supportive, and there is a genuine commitment to the personal and professional growth of trainees. Attention is given to the ways personal and academic factors influence each other and impact an individual's academic success and emotional wellness. As one of the largest CUNY campuses serving over 27,000 students, there are opportunities for externs to address an array of psychological needs in a diverse student .
The Counseling Center is located in BMCC's main building at 199 Chambers Street, NY, NY, in TriBeCa, close to multiple subway lines and buses.
Please contact the Coordinator of Clinical Training via e-mail with any questions about the externship program or application materials:
Erica J. Seidel, Psy.D.
Coordinator of Clinical Training
Borough of Manhattan Community College
199 Chambers Street, S-343
New York, NY 10007
General information about externship site:
Director of the Program: Cicely Horsham-Brathwaite, Ph.D.
Training Director, (degree): Erica Seidel, Psy.D.
Length of externship (in months): 9
Start Date: August 27, 2019
End Date: May 29, 2020
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 16
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: Two
Minimum level of readiness: Preference will be given to students with at least one year of clinical experience though all are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be in good standing in their graduate program. Applicants are allowed to interview while concurrently applying for internship.
Preferences: Preference will be given to students with at least one year of clinical experience.
Do you provide a stipend? If so how much?: No
When do you expect to begin interviews? (Applications can be submitted no earlier than Jan 22): Individual interviews will be held on a rolling basis throughout the month of February. Offers will be made on March 4, 2019.
What application materials are required (i.e., cv, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other?: Applications should include a curriculum vitae, letter of interest, and two letters of recommendation. It is preferred (though not required) that applications be submitted via email as a single PDF document.
Intervention and Assessment:
Intervention training experiences offered: Individual intakes and ongoing therapy; outreach; possible group work
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): N/A
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1 - 2 hours
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): Bi-monthly case conference, seminars, webinars, other opportunities as they arise
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: As needed with individual supervisor and large staff of mental health professionals
Is the agency readily accessible through public transportation?: Yes
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Are home visits required as part of the trainee's duties?: No
Is a transportation stipend provided?: No