Provide description of Externship: The Iona College Counseling Center externship program offers intensive clinical training within a supportive, collaborative environment. The Iona College Counseling Center provides individual and group psychotherapy, consultation, crisis intervention, and outreach services to undergraduate and graduate students of Iona College. Externs gain experience as primary therapists for a diverse population of clients, with a wide range of presenting concerns and psychiatric diagnoses. The externship is focused on developing psychotherapy skills and mental health outreach competency. Externs are trained to conduct clinical interviews and risk assessments, to provide psychotherapy, and to create case formulations and presentations in multiple theoretical models. In addition, externs gain experience in the assessment and intervention of alcohol and other drug abuse, sexual assault and interpersonal violence, bereavement, identity development and other presenting concerns frequently exhibited in college populations. Externs assist with the Counseling CEnter's mandate to promote community awareness of mental health issues both by assisting staff with existing programs and by creating and delivering their own outreach programs in a variety of "outreach tracks" including sexual assault, alcohol & other drug harm reduction, and neurodiversity.
Many of the clients seen at the Counseling Center are self-referred and therefore motivated to engage in psychotherapy. In addition, because the Counseling Center has earned an excellent reputation within the Iona College community, many of its constituents refer students frequently. The Center is highly regarded for its professionalism, responsiveness, wide range of clinical expertise, innovative programming, contribution to high-level College policies and protocols, inclusivity, multicultural competency, and its warm and welcoming environment.
Externship supervisors are experienced clinicians, capable of providing excellent, developmentally focused supervision. Externs typically rotate to a different supervisor during the second semester of the externship in order to gain expertise in utilizing a variety of theroetical approaches to psychotherapy. The Counseling Center's staff is proficient in a variety of modalities, including CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, and psychodynamic therapy. Out externship program provides one hour a week of individual supervision, one hour a week of group supervision, and weekly two-hour didactic seminars on a range of topics relevant to college mental health. The program accepts a maximum of four externs per year.
Iona College is located in New Rochelle, New York, a beautiful city in southern Westchester. It is easily accessible by car and by public transportation. new Rochelle station is a major Metro-North hub, and is a 25 minute direct ride from Grand Central Station. The college provides free shuttle service from the train station to campus every 30 minutes throughout the day. Externs who prefer to travel to Iona by car will be provided with free on-campus parking.
General information about externship site:
Director of the Program: Brielle Stark-Adler, Ph.D.
Training Director, (degree): Brielle Stark-Adler, Ph.D.
URL for Externship Brochure:
Length of externship (in months): 10
Start Date: 8.
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: Minimum of 16
Specialty tracks: No clinical specialty track; outreach tracks including Alcohol & Other Drugs, Sexual Assault/Interpersonal Violence, Suicide Prevention, Neurodiversity
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 4
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants: Completed coursework in Theories of Psychotherapy, Ethics, Counseling/Therapy Skills I
Preferences: One year of prior supervised clinical training preferred, not required
Do you provide a stipend? If so how much?: No stipend provided
When do you expect to begin interviews? (Applications can be submitted no earlier than Jan 22): Feb. 1, 2018
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?: Selected candidates will meet individually with the Director of Training
What application materials are required (i.e., cv, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other?: Letter of interest, CV, transcript, 2 letters of reference (one preferably from a clinical supervisor)
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: Extern caseloads are calculated according to the number of hours to which they are committed on a weekly basis. Externs generally carry 6-10 clients with whom they meet weekly for psychotherapy. Group therapy is offered each semester depending on student interest and is not a guaranteed clinical experience. Externs observe intakes and risk assessments and depending on readiness, conduct intakes independently during the second semester. Externs participate in mental health outreach and also create and deliver two programs independently. Externs conduct two case presentations per year based on a video recorded session.
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe: Full biopsychosocial interviews, psychiatric risk assessments, CCAPS
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: NA
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 2
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: 0
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): Seminars conducted by Counseling Center staff and outside content area experts; for example, seminars in Sports Psychology, trauma therapy, treatment of eating disorders, therapy with neuroatypical conditions
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: consistent daily curbside supervision; collaborative, open-door environment
Describe direct supervision: Supervision is provided by experienced clinical and counseling psychologists who have completed a Ph.D. or Psy.D. Any supervisors in the process of earning licensure hours are also supervised by licensed psychologists. Externs receive one hour of individual supervision and one hour of group supervision weekly. Staff have expertise in a variety of therapeutic modalities including CBT, DBT, psychodynamic therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and trauma therapy.
Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation (audio, video, live in person (in treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream): Video recording of sessions to be used in case presentations
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"?: NA
Is the agency readily accessible through public transportation?: Yes
Wheelchair accessible: Elevator under construction; not currently accessible by wheelchair
Are home visits required as part of the trainee's duties?: No
Is a transportation stipend provided?: No