Provide description of Externship:
This externship allows trainees to gain clinical experience at the university counseling center of one of the most diverse college campuses on the east coast. Externs spend 16 hours per week at our site conducting intake evaluations; individual, group, and couple's therapy; crisis intervention; psychological testing; and outreach to the broader campus community. Our training program utilizes an integrative psychodynamic orientation, meaning that externs receive supervision and didactic training from a primarily
psychodynamic perspective while also receiving instruction in the use and
integration of techniques from other types of therapy, such as CBT. Our students come from a variety of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, and their presenting difficulties run the gamut from mild adjustment disorders to psychosis and severe personality disorders. Our center has no firm session limits, so externs gain experience providing both short- and longer-term psychotherapy and are usually able to carry some of their clients throughout the academic year. Our staff is small and close-knit, and we practice an open-door policy, allowing frequent interactions between sessions. We have two externs and two interns at our site each year, so our trainees can enjoy the support and camaraderie of a training cohort. We try to have our externs have one day in common on site, usually Monday or Tuesday.
General information about externship site:
Director of the Program: Trisha Billard, Ph.D.
Training Director, (degree): Lauren Becker, Psy.D.
Length of externship (in months): 9
Start Date: 8/29/19
End Date: 5/15/20
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 16
Specialty tracks: None
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 2
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants): none
Preferences: prior clinical experience preferred
Do you provide a stipend? If so how much?: None
When do you expect to begin interviews? (Applications can be submitted no earlier than Jan 22): 1/28/18
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?: Applicants are interviewed by the training director in a joint meeting with 1-2 other staff members (counseling center director and/or associate director). Applicants are interviewed separately from each other, with no group interview. Interviews include discussion of one or more cases.
What application materials are required (i.e., cv, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other?: cover letter, CV, 2 letters of reference, optional 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: Externs carry a caseload of approximately 8 weekly psychotherapy clients, and they conduct intakes and crisis management sessions on an as-needed basis. Externs typically co-lead one weekly group during each academic semester.
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe: Assessment clients are generally seeking evaluation of possible learning disabilities and/or ADHD. Therefore, batteries typically involve cognitive, achievement, and executive functioning tests. Some personality testing can also be conducted depending on extern and client interest.
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): Externs typically conduct one assessment battery per academic semester (2 per year). Externs who wish to gain additional testing experience can do so during the winter and summer breaks, when externship attendance is not otherwise required.
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: 2 (or more if externs choose to gain additional experience during winter and summer breaks)
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: Exner
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
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): seminars wither trainees
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: frequent/daily
Describe direct supervision:
Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation (audio, video, live in person (in treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream): Externs video record at least 5 individual sessions per academic semester and will select excerpts to view during supervision sessions. Externs also typically co-lead one weekly group per academic semester with a supervisor.
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?: It is possible, but somewhat difficult (requires taking LIRR and then shuttle to campus)
Wheelchair accessible: yes
Are home visits required as part of the trainee's duties?: no
Is a transportation stipend provided?: no