Description of the Externship:
The Counseling & Accessibility Services Externship Program at LIM College is designed for doctoral level students in psychology, counseling, or social work who are entering their second or third externship placement. Students entering their first doctoral externship may be considered if they have previous clinical experience. Counseling externs participate alongside senior staff in all ongoing counseling and accessibility services and activities. They are responsible for intake/assessment, crisis intervention, individual counseling, outreach activities and programming, and consultation to faculty and staff. Intensive supervision is provided by Licensed Psychologists and careful consideration is given to ensure the diversity of clinical experience to further expand the intern's clinical and counseling skills.
LIM College is devoted exclusively to the business of fashion, and provides students with a unique combination of strong academics and extensive hands-on experience to prepare them for successful careers. LIM College's Office of Counseling & Accessibility Services is dedicated to promoting the growth and mental health of LIM College students, whether through direct psychotherapeutic service and support, or through consultation with the broader college community. The mission of the Counseling Externship Program is to help prepare professional therapists who are self-aware and equipped with a depth of theoretical knowledge and clinical skill.
REQUIRED HOURS: Friday PM. Remaining hours on Monday, Tuesday, and/or Friday during office hours (9am-5pm).
Externs complete intakes and maintain a caseload of 6-10 ongoing individual clients. Externs complete crisis assessments as needed with support from senior staff. Opportunities are available for presenting at workshops or seminars and consulting with faculty and members of the college community. Additionally, externs participate in outreach events to raise awareness of mental health issues and Counseling & Accessibility services within the college community. Programs include wellness events, seminars on nutrition and image, and sexual assault, among others.
General information about externship site:
Director of the Program: Jodi N. Licht, Psy.D., Senior Director of Counseling & Accessibility Services
Training Director: Heather S. O'Leary, Ph.D., Part-time Licensed Psychologist
Length of externship: 9 months
Start Date: August 26, 2019
End Date: May 15, 2020 (with some flexibility in start and end dates)
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 16-20
Specialty tracks: N/A
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 1
Minimum level of readiness: Previous experience providing individual therapy (1 year)
Do you provide a stipend? If so how much?: No
Interview process: Interviews are expected to begin early February 2019. The interview will consist of a 45-60 minute individual interview with Dr. O'Leary or Dr. Licht
Required application materials: Cover Letter, CV, Letter of Readiness, 2 Recommendation Letters, Case Summary
Intervention and Assessment:
Intervention training experiences offered: Regular intake assessments. Caseload of 6-10 individual therapy clients for the duration of the year. Opportunity to run seminars and participate in outreach efforts.
Assessment training experiences commonly offered: NA
Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 2
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 0
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 0.5
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: Crisis assessment with supervisors as needed
Didactics: Weekly psychodynamic and trauma focused readings/discussion
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: As needed
Describe direct supervision: Direct observation twice per year, with additional opportunities to process transcripts of individual sessions
Participation in a peer support consortium with other sites - either in person or through 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