Provide description of Externship:
The Counseling Services Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice offers several graduate training programs: an externship for psychology doctoral students, a social work internship, and a mental health counseling internship. The psychology externship provides valuable clinical experiences for future psychologists. Psychology externs obtain training and supervised experience in individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, consultation, outreach and education, and conducting initial intake assessments. Externs have the opportunity to work with a diverse student population who present with a wide range of concerns. The student population served at John Jay present to us with significant life stressors, including homelessness, poverty, immigration issues, family conflict, and trauma. Our college counseling center is unique in that we do not have session limits and see students for individual counseling for as long as treatment is needed. We also do not refer out as many students have concerns about seeking treatment in the community, and we have a psychiatrist on staff that allows for us to see students with severe mental illness. Therefore, we are able to conduct in-depth therapy with a high-risk student population, creating a unique training opportunity.
The overarching goal of the training program is to recruit, select, and train qualified graduate students whose career goals include providing clinical services to adults on an individual and group basis and engaging in consultation and outreach efforts. The nature of the program prepares the graduate student for future externships and internships as well as work in university counseling centers and other outpatient settings through supervised clinical experience. The program does not subscribe to a single theoretical orientation but draws from multicultural counseling, interpersonal-psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and family systems perspectives in fostering the trainees’ ability to conceptualize and intervene at multiple levels. In accordance with the College’s mission to endow students with capacity for personal and social growth and creative problem solving, we emphasize developmental concerns such as the shifting role in family and the development of relationship and vocational identities.
REQUIRED HOURS: Graduate Seminar is conducted on Thursday mornings and all externs/interns are required to attend. Additionally, externs must be on site either one late night (Tuesday or Wednesday until 7pm) OR Friday 9-5pm.
The Counseling Services Center sees clients on a walk-in or appointment basis. During walk-in hours, externs are available in their assigned offices to meet with students typically for an intake session in the first semester. In the second semester, externs will be available for crisis management during their walk-in hours.
On-Going Individual Counseling: Externs are required to maintain a caseload of on-going clients. Caseloads range from 7-10 clients.
Group/Workshop/Consultation: Externs have the option to select one of numerous modes of counseling intervention beyond individual counseling for one hour per week. Opportunities for co-leading groups, presenting workshop seminars, and consulting to special groups within the college community are available.
Community Outreach - Tabling: Making services available to the college community beyond the walls of the Counseling Center is an important part of our mission. Externs may have an opportunity to participate in community outreach for depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and alcohol screening through staffing information tables in public campus locations.
Individual Clinical Supervision: Each extern will receive one hour of individual supervision weekly from a licensed psychologist. Externs may request additional supervision support as needed for their group counseling or other intervention activity.
Group Clinical Supervision: The externs meet weekly (Thursdays 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM) with the graduate training coordinators for clinical case presentations, supervision, didactics, or experiential training. Guest speakers present throughout the academic year on topics relevant to clinical training.
Research Assistantship: Externs interested in research may assist one of the faculty members with a project(s) they are working on. Three hours per week may be allotted to this activity for externs on a 20-hour week schedule.
Teaching Assistantship: Externs interested in teaching may assist a faculty member who is teaching one of the counseling or human service courses with lecturing or grading. Three hours per week may be allotted to this activity for externs on a 20-hour week schedule (1.5 hours in class and 1.5 hours out of class).
Psychological/Academic Testing: For psychology externs, there may be opportunities for limited educational/cognitive assessments of John Jay College students throughout the training year. Testing is completed on an individual basis to determine if a student requires accessibility services in the college.
General information about externship site:
Director of the Program: Gerard Bryant, Ph.D. (Director of Counseling Services Center)
Training Director, (degree): Cory Head, Ph.D.
URL for Externship Brochure: https://www.jjay.cuny.edu/program-overview-activities
Length of externship (in months): 9
Start Date: August 22, 2019
End Date: May 24, 2020 (flexible - can end earlier or stay later)
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 16-20
Specialty tracks: N/A
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 2-4
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants: Previous experience providing individual therapy (1 year)
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): Early February 2019
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?: 45-60 minute individual interview with a clinician
What application materials are required (i.e., cv, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other?: Cover Letter, CV, Letter of Readiness, 2 Recommendation Letters, Case Summary
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: 7-10 individual therapy clients carried throughout the year, possibility to run groups/seminars/outreach throughout the year
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe: potential opportunities for academic testing/assessment
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): 0-2
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: 0-2
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: Exner but not guaranteed to conduct testing in this setting
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 2
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 2
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: ongoing opportunities for crisis assessment with supervisors
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): 2 hour graduate seminar with all trainees
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: ongoing - at least an extra hour per week
Describe direct supervision: 1-on-1 60 minute session with opportunity to view video/audio or transcripts of individual sessions
Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation (audio, video, live in person (in treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream): We have webcams to video tape individual sessions with therapy clients (with the client's permission)
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