Provide description of Externship:
Our externship provides broad clinical training in our busy college counseling center. Externs have the opportunity to gain experience in: intake assessments, short-term and somewhat longer-term (the full externship year) personal counseling, co-leading a counseling group, crisis intervention, academic counseling, referral and liaison with outside providers, participation in outreach and educational initiatives. We enjoy training our externs, we want them to feel that they are a part of the counseling center, and we value their work with students.
The student population at Queens College represents an extremely diverse group of college and graduate students, including many international students, students from immigrant families, a wide range of ages, religions, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, and a mixture of dorming and commuter students. As is true of most college counseling centers, the whole continuum of psychopathology comes through our doors, so our externs are exposed to a range of psychiatric disorders. Our counseling center is well utilized and our externs will meet with many students over the course of the year and build up counseling caseloads of approximately 7-12 clients. Externs work 16-20 hours per week at the counseling center depending on the requirements of their graduate program.
General information about externship site:
Director of the Health and Wellness: Barbara Moore, Ph.D.
Externship Director: Simon Shagrin, Ph.D.
Length of externship (in months): 9 months. Late August to late May. Externs who are interested in starting earlier or staying later into the summer are welcome to do so.
Start Date: Late August, 2019
End Date: Mid May, 2020
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 16
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 2
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants: Some prior clinical experience with intake assessments and psychotherapy is preferred.
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): Interviews will begin on Monday, January 28, 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?: Interviews are individual and
What application materials are required (i.e., cv, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other?: CV, cover letter, 2 letters of recommendation, letter of readiness
Intervention and Assessment:
Intervention training experiences offered: Externs will do intake assessments and then build up a counseling caseload of around 7-12 individual patients each semester. Training is focused on short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy and integrating CBT, supportive and mindfulness based techniques in a psychodynamic framework. There are counseling groups offered each semester and externs may be able to co-lead a group each semester depending on scheduling and availability.
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe: Intake assessments are semi-structured interviews, combined with some self-report measures. Instrument-based testing is not used at the counseling center.
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 1
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): Didactics take place in our weekly staff meeting in which there are case presentations, discussion of assigned readings, and review of clinical procedures in the counseling center.
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: 1/2 hour per week. I encourage externs to ask questions and talk to me outside of scheduled supervision when needed.
Describe direct supervision: Supervision is 1 hr per week. One semester of supervision with Dr. Moore and one semester with Dr. Shagrin.
Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation (audio, video, live in person (in treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream): Direct observation occurs during one intake assessment each semester with myself or Dr. Moore in the treatment room.
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