Provide description of Externship:
Counseling & Wellness Services' externship training program is designed for doctoral-level Clinical and Counseling Psychology students from APA Accredited programs. For the 2018-2019 Academic Year, we will be accepting 2-3 psychology externs to join our multidisciplinary staff and trainee group, which consists of approximately 8 trainees yearly. Our program offers the opportunity to work with a diverse client base. The Counseling staff is committed to preparing future mental health professionals for the field, and is dedicated to providing an outstanding training experience tailored to meet the developmental needs of each trainee. A range of training and educational experiences are offered both within CWS and through collaboration with other areas within Student Services.
General information about externship site:
Director of the Program: Martin Pino, Psy.D.
Training Director, (degree): Martin Pino, Psy.D.
Supervisor(s): Sheila Brosnahan, Ph.D. and Staci Ortiz, Ph.D.
URL for Externship Brochure:
Only open to doctoral level trainees. Completion of at least one full year of course work is required.
Length of externship (in months): 9
Start Date: August, 2018
End Date: May 31, 2019
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 16
Specialty tracks: N/A
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 2-3
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants:
Open to second year students and above. Preference will be given to applicants with previous clinical/ research/assessment experiences that are relevant.
Do you provide a stipend? No If so how much?: N/A
When do you expect to begin interviews? (Applications can be submitted no earlier than Jan 22): Interviews will begin on February 1, 2018.
Interviews will be granted on a rolling basis following review of completed applications. We have two rounds of interviews-- one group interview will take place with Individual Clinical Supervisors followed by a second group interview with the Individual Supervisors and the Director of Counseling Services.
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?:
• Cover Letter
• Letter of readiness from clinical director
• 2 letters of reference
What application materials are required (i.e., cv, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other?:
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:
At the height of the fall and spring semesters, trainees should expect to carry 10-15 clients on their caseloads. It is important to note that a short-term model is employed at CWS, wherein roughly half the students on a counselor's caseload will be seen for approximately 10 sessions, while the other half may be seen for 2-3 sessions in order to facilitate discussion of referral for more comprehensive services within the community. Trainees will also have the opportunity to conduct brief triage assessment, crisis intervention, and initial intake assessment. There may also be an opportunity to participate in workshops and outreach events.
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe:
Though no formal assessment opportunities provided, trainees will become well versed in rapid risk assessment and semi-structured intake assessment. Repeated measures self-report symptom inventories are also administered in order to track progress of psychotherapy and inform treatment planning.
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): 0
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: 0
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: N/A
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 2 Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 0 Estimated hour/week of didactics: 1.5 Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: 0 Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds):
At the beginning of the training year, extensive orientation is provided to prepare externs for their roles and duties at CWS. Externs will be oriented to the overall operations of CWS, in addition to learning how CWS fits into the Division of Student Affairs and the overall vision and goals of the College. Externs will learn about the CWS mission and population served, CWS policies and procedures, crisis policies and procedures, and assessment and intervention modalities employed. Externs will receive training in Titanium, the Electronic Medical Records system, as well as documentation requirements. Orientation also includes seminars for suicide and violence risk assessment, mandated reporting, assessment of mental status, confidentiality and professional ethics, intake assessment and introduction to the short-term counseling model.
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision:
CWS employs a team-oriented model of service provision and supervision. Though each trainee will have a designated primary supervisor, trainees will have many opportunities to consult with other clinical staff throughout the year. The culture of our center is one of collaboration and all supervisors share responsibility over the training and oversight of externs. As such, we have an open door policy and trainees are encouraged, and expected, to consult with clinical staff regularly throughout the day/ week.
Describe direct supervision: Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation (audio, video, live in person (in treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream):
During the beginning of the year, trainees begin by observing staff members conduct initial intake assessments in-vivo within the treatment room. After observing 1-2 intakes, externs will begin conducting intakes in the presence of their primary supervisor (and other supervisors scheduling permitting), which allows for direct observation, appropriate modeling of assessment technique/ intervention, and identification of initial strengths and growing edges). Externs will participate in observed intakes until such time that they are deemed ready to conduct intakes on their own. In those cases, trainees will be expected to consult briefly with a staff member before end of intake session, particularly when issues of risk become evident.
Following intake, counseling sessions are recorded using video or audio (with client's consent) and session material is reviewed within supervision. Videotapes are also reviewed within the weekly didactic case presentation, wherein trainees rotate and present a formal written case conceptualization along with session recording to discuss difficulties and receive feedback from peers and all supervisors.
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"?: Yes 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