Provide description of Externship: The Student Counseling Service at the GC Wellness Center offers counseling to the 4,000 doctoral and masters students at the CUNY Graduate Center. Externs provide short-term psychotherapy -- 12 sessions of psychodynamic/CBT/integrative therapy to individuals and couples -- as well as group therapy, academic consultations, and outreach seminars, during our year-long, 15 hour per week externship. Training is a major goal of our Center. We provide 2 hours per week of supervision and a weekly 2.5 hour didactic and case presentation meeting that focuses on short-term dynamic therapy and CBT, as well as other relevant topics (mandatory, held Fridays 10:00 -12:30).
General information about externship site:
Director of the Program: Robert L. Hatcher, PhD
Training Director, (degree):
URL for Externship Brochure:
Length of externship (in months):
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 15
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 3-4
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants: 3rd year or beyond preferred
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): January 22, 2019
Interview process (provide information about interview process- time frame, how decisions are made) We conduct a half-hour individual interview, attended by 2-3 senior staff. We ask prospective externs to provide a CV, 2 letters of reference, and a brief case write-up/case summary; a brief case report requested during the interview. Interviews occur during January and early February.
Intervention and Assessment:
Intervention training experiences offered:Externs provide short-term psychotherapy -- 12 sessions of psychodynamic/CBT/integrative therapy to individuals and couples -- as well as group therapy, academic consultations, and outreach seminars. Externs carry up to 7 clients weekly, and conduct at least one group; groups include LGBTQA++, a general group, a multicultural group, and dissertation completion groups. We do not do testing/assessment batteries beyond the standard questionnaires that clients fill out for their initial evaluation, a weekly progress measure (OQ45), an alliance measure, and an end-of-treatment questionnaire.
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 2
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 0-1
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 2.5
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: 1
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): Friday seminar focuses on short-term dynamic psychotherapy, CBT and related treatments, and on other clinical issues (e.g., working with transgender clients, couples treatment, emergencies).
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: Senior staff always available for ad hoc supervision and support.
Describe direct supervision: individual and couples sessions are video-recorded with client permission; some consent to audio recording only and reviewed with supervisor.
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