Provide description of Externship:Counseling Services addresses the developmental and psychological needs of students through educational, therapeutic, and preventative services. Staff members facilitate students' personal, social, and intellectual growth, as well as adjustment to and engagement within the university community. Students are assisted with entifying and working through personal barriers, normal developmental issues and stressors, and clinical problems which could impede academic success. While students exhibit a broad spectrum of psychological issues, anxiety, depression, interpersonal difficulties, and substance abuse are among the most frequent presenting problems.
Services include: short-term individual psychotherapy; group therapy; crisis intervention; consultation for faculty, students, and parents; and community referrals. CS staff engage in therapeutic practice, supervision, and outreach programming that embrace diversity and inclusion. CS is strongly committed to promoting an overall university culture that is enriched by its individual and cultural differences.
The training program is dedicated to fostering curiosity, creativity, and enthusiasm for the psychotherapeutic process, and encourages this through its warm and supportive atmosphere. CS aims to create a training environment that promotes the development of trainees' multicultural self-awareness, knowledge, and skills. It is designed to help trainees refine their clinical skills in order to function as competent practitioners working independently and within the community. Over the course of the year, trainees will participate in providing the full range of services the counseling center offers.
General information about externship site:
Director of the Program: Tara Sager, Ph.D.
Training Director, (degree): Tara Sager, Ph.D.
URL for Externship Brochure:https://www.ramapo.edu/counseling/training-programs/
Length of externship (in months): 10
Start Date: July 2019
End Date: May 2020
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 16-20, depending on the extern's year in their program
Specialty tracks: College Counseling
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 3-4
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants): completion of first year of graduate school
Preferences: some individual therapy experience
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?: Typically a one-hour group interview with most of the staff and a half hour meet and greet with current trainees
What application materials are required (i.e., cv, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other?: cover letter, CV, two letters of recommendation
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: Approximately 5 individual clients per week plus two intake appointments, possibly co-leading a group, and seeing walk-in emergencies
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe: weekly symptom checklist completed by each student, learn and administer the C-SSRS suicide assessment
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: 1
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 1
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: 1, if you are interested in co-leading a group
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): seminars with all trainees
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: as needed
Describe direct supervision: externs videotape all sessions, and then have one hour per week to review their tapes and send their supervisors clips they'd like the supervisor to watch. Supervisor then watches those clips before supervision. Video is utilized during supervision sessions as well as more traditional supervision.
Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation (audio, video, live in person (in treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream): all sessions externs conduct are videotaped and videos are used in supervision.
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"?: possibly, though we have always had more than one extern
Is the agency readily accessible through public transportation?: No
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Are home visits required as part of the trainee's duties?: No
Is a transportation stipend provided?: No