Provide description of Externship:
Stony Brook University is located 60 miles east of New York City on Long Island's North Shore, with the LIRR stopping right on campus. The University was built to serve the metropolitan New York City region and provides access to higher education for a richly diverse population of New York as well as international students. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) serves an undergraduate, graduate, and professional student of over 25,000. In all, the university is an eal setting for practicum training, offering the opportunity to work with clients of extremely diverse backgrounds and levels of functioning, as well as varied presenting problems. Given recent campus events in national news, it is apparent that clinical care for university populations is of more importance than ever.
The primary theoretical orientation of the majority of supervising clinicians at SBU's CAPS is contemporary psychodynamic (relational/intersubjective). Practicum training focuses on developing a strong grounding in this approach; trainees learn contemporary psychodynamic theory and practice as applied to a student population. Beginning doctoral student trainees are welcome; also, many who have previously only had exposure to cognitive behavioral theory and practice have been trained in psychodynamic work with us. In practice and training, we have integrated alternate treatment modalities (CBT, SFBT, Motivational Interviewing, DBT, Mindfulness, etc.), so that we now consider ourselves an integrative psychodynamic program. For practicum students more advanced in psychodynamic theory and practice, techniques from these other modalities may be woven into our essentially psychodynamic philosophy of understanding clinical phenomena.
Our integrative psychodynamic approach to treatment is reflected in practicum training as follows: during the psychotherapy seminar, trainees review Object Relations and Self Psychological theories, leading to a strong foundation in contemporary analytic theory. While understanding personality development and psychopathology from this perspective, training also focuses on principles of change and varieties of therapeutic technique. Through didactics and supervision, trainees may learn how to hold true to a central philosophy of mind while at the same time expanding their technical repertoire, taking into consideration the presenting problems, deficits, and capacities of the individual client.
This approach is especially fruitful in working with a student population, whose developmental trajectories are still unfolding and whose diversity challenges clinical categorizations: some may come in simply needing solution-focused reminders of their strengths; others may need practice at challenging negative cognitions. Some present with complex interplays of history, culture, uage and sexual orientation; while others need corrective relational experiences to challenge maladaptive internal representations of self with other. As lege students, clients often have the capacities - and the willingness - to change. Thus, trainees have the opportunity to actually witness the impact of their interventions: to see what works, for whom, and why. The use of assessments is woven into a clinician's understanding, not only of what needs treatment, but how treatment might best be utilized towards optimal change.
Training goals for the practicum program at CAPS are two-fold:
- Improvement of clinical skills for pre-doctoral psychology students working with a diverse population of young adults, providing psychodynamic psychotherapy.
- Development of the training psychologists' professional knowledge, skills and attitudes, in preparation for their internship year.
The 10-month practicum will begin the week of September 2, 2019 and end May 25, 2020. Practicum students carry a caseload of approximately eight clients. Trainees may have the opportunity to co-lead groups and conduct intake interviews, depending on trainee readiness. Each practicum student will have two supervisors for clinical work, one a senior staff clinician and the other a predoctoral psychology intern from an APA-accredited psychology doctoral program. Up to four practicum students are accepted each year.
General information about externship site:
Coordinator for Externship: Marissa Clements, Psy.D.
URL for Externship Brochure: https://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/studentaffairs/caps/training/DoctoralPracticum.php
Length of externship (in months): 10
Start Date: Week of September 2, 2019
End Date: Week of May 25, 2020
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: a minimum of 16 hours weekly, two full days
Specialty tracks: N/A
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 4
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants: All pre-doctoral psychology students may apply. Early trainees are welcome, as long as they have had some clinical experience prior to attending.
Do you provide a stipend? If so how much?: A stipend is not provided.
When do you expect to begin interviews? (Applications can be submitted no earlier than Jan 22): End of January / beginning of February
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 typically two hours, on site, with the coordinator and other supervising psychologists. Applicants will be asked to discuss a case.
What application materials are required (i.e., cv, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other)?:
· Letter of interest / Coverletter
· Curriculum vitae
· Clinical writing sample (Intake preferred)
· One recommendation letter (ideally from a previous supervisor)
· Statement of readiness from graduate program director
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:
Initial Consultations and Consultation Follow-ups (20-30 minute visits): average 2-3 hours weekly, depending on trainee readiness
Individual psychotherapy: 8 hours maximum, weekly
Group therapy/Mindfulness Meditation: 2 hours weekly, depending on trainee readiness
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe: We do not provide experience in psychological testing
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): None
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: None
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: N/A
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 2
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 0
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 1
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: 0
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): Seminar
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: The culture of our center is one of ongoing consultation, with an open-door atmosphere among our multidisciplinary staff.
Describe direct supervision: Direct individual supervision integrates case discussion, review of audio recordings, and review of clinical documentation. Supervision typically comes from a psychodynamic frame, attending to relational, cultural, and other factors, which also at times integrating additional orientations (e.g. DBT, ACT) depending upon the specific orientation of the supervisor. Supervision is weekly, with an licensed psychologist for 1 hour and with a predoctoral intern for the second hour.
Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation (audio, video, live in person (in treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream): Audio of intake assessments and psychotherapy. Live supervision may occur in the context of co-leading groups and during the orientation period of CAPS when more senior clinicians will observe initial consultations.
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"?: Yes
Is the agency readily accessible through public transportation?: Yes, LIRR is on campus and walking distance to CAPS.
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Are home visits required as part of the trainee's duties?: No
Is a transportation stipend provided?: No