Provide description of Externship:Externship site is a university counseling center with a diverse client population, integrative supervision, and community psychology opportunities. Interventions utilized include individual and group therapy as well as therapeutic workshops in a stepped-care model. In addition, trainees will be expected to provide some limited outreach work in the community which might include psycho-educational workshops, consultations, or assisting training for staff or student groups. Supervision is integrative rather than eclectic. Training offered in psychodynamic, motivational interviewing, IPT, schema, CBT, existential, brief dynamic, trauma-informed, mindfulness, culturally-sensitive psychotherapy, and systems/community psychology. Our focus is on the trainee's personal and professional growth through refining clinical/counseling skills, exploring personal style and developing a professional identity. Comprehensive intake assessments, brief psychotherapy, substance abuse treatment, outreach, and consultation are strong components of training. Trainees are encouraged to pursue their interests in both outreach and psychotherapy. Most therapy is brief treatment, but there are no specific session limits for clients in need.
General information about externship site:
Drew University's Office of Counseling and Psychological Services has a friendly staff of five full-time and one part-time professional therapists. Though the bulk of our work is group and individual psychotherapy, we also provide primary and secondary prevention work, congruent with our community psychology model. Our clients present with a surprisingly broad range of problems and levels of psychopathology. Many are from families with limited financial means or come from cultural backgrounds that frown upon therapy.Drew University, located on a beautiful, wooded,186-acre campus in Madison, New Jersey, includes the College of Liberal Arts, the Theological School and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. It has a total enrollment of more than 2,100 students with 145 full-time faculty members. Over 35% of our undergraduate students are from underrepresented groups, and we were recently ranked 19th among baccalaureate institutions for the number of international students enrolled. The Theological and Caspersen Schools offer master's and doctoral degrees, and the college confers bachelor's degrees in 32 disciplines.
Director of the Program: James, Mandala, Ph.D.
Training Director, (degree): James, Mandala, Ph.D.
URL for Externship Brochure: http://www.drew.edu/counseling/about-us/training/
Length of externship (in months): 9
Start Date: August 26, 2019 (approximate)
End Date: May 15, 2020 (approximate)
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: approximately 16
Specialty tracks: N/A
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 3
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants: 1st externship
Preferences: 2nd-4th year
Do you provide a stipend? If so how much?: N/A
When do you expect to begin interviews? (Applications can be submitted no earlier than Jan 22): January 24
Interview process (provide information about interview process- time frame, how decisions are made) Also, do you conduct individual and/or group interviews; case presentation, other information?: Individual interview, short case presentation expected.
What application materials are required (i.e., cv, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other?: CV, 2 letters of reference
Intervention and Assessment:
Intervention training experiences offered: Estimate average number of individual patients that students will carry; estimate number of groups and other types of interventions. Offer description: Approximately to 6 individual clients. Usually one therapy group, and possibly one therapeutic workshop. Outreach activities and include: consulting with campus groups, running workshops or activities, developing media, etc.
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe: Comprehensive intake interviewing, substance abuse assessment. No testing.
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): N/A
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: N/A
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: N/A
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 2
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1.5
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 1
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: 1
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds):
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: 1/2 hour/ day (more at the beginning of the year)
Describe direct supervision: One hour with the primary supervisor. One hour with a secondary supervisor to focus intensively on a single case. 1.5 hours in small group supervision. One hour didactic focused in MI and IPT. Usually an additional 1/2 hour by co-therapist for psychotherapy group.
Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation (audio, video, live in person (in treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream): In treatment room observations of intake interviews with new clients, audio recordings of psychotherapy sessions, direct observation of group therapy, therapeutic workshops, and psychoeducational workshops.
If you have only one extern, would you be to have the extern participate in a peer support consortium with other sites- live or "SKYPE"?: N/A
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