Description of Externship
In line with City College's vision of access to excellence, the mission of the Counseling Center is to provide high quality counseling services that are accessible to all undergraduate and graduate City College students. The Counseling Center's goal is to assist students in the resolution of any barriers that may hinder their ability to achieve their highest academic potential, while ensuring their mental health needs are met, regardless of ability to pay.
The Counseling Center provides short-term, student-centered, and culturally informed psychological services from a modern and integrative theoretical orientation, treating all students with respect and recognition of their unique strengths. The Counseling Center is a liaison to the community, linking students to more intensive and longer term services when needed. Counselors are committed to supporting faculty in the identification of students who may benefit from counseling services and reaching students in need. The Counseling Center provides education to the City College community and works towards wellness and prevention in its outreach models.
The Counseling Center staff consists of psychologists, psychology externs and fellows, and City College students who act as College Assistants.
Psychology externship candidates must be currently enrolled in a Ph.D./Psy.D. Program in clinical or counseling psychology. Externs are required to be on site 16 hours/week. Required level of readiness: at least one prior externship/practicum placement conducting psychotherapy. Students in their third year and above will be given preference, but all are encouraged to apply. Prior to starting their work at the CCNY Counseling Center, usually mid-August, externs attend two full days of orientation with the Counseling Center Director of Training and staff.
Externs have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of training experiences, primarily conducting short-term therapy, retaining two long-term cases for the year, conducting intake interviews, and participating in crisis management and therapeutic case management. Externs also conduct workshops and provide outreach to our large and diverse student . Other training opportunities include formal individual and group supervision, informal case consultation with other graduate trainees, and group counseling.
Externs engage in one hour of individual supervision weekly. They are also required to attend a two hour meeting on Thursdays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm every week. Time on Thursdays is divided into a thirty minutes administrative discussion (case disposition and administrative issues) and a ninety minutes group supervision meeting, which includes didactic training activities and case presentations. If externs are engaged in group counseling, additional supervision for group work is provided.
The Counseling Center's orientation is primarily integrative, with a focus on short-term psychotherapy and outreach - externs will have exposure to numerous orientations/models, including but not limited to Cognitive Behavioral, Solution Focused, Emotionally Focused, and Brief Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.
General information about externship site
Director of the Program: Laura Iocin, Ph.D.
Training Director (degree): Laura Iocin, Ph.D.
The City College of New York
160 Convent Avenue, Marshak Science Building, Room J-15
New York, NY 10031
Telephone: (212) 650-8222
Fax: (212) 650-8227
URL for Externship Information: https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/counseling/training-programs
Length of externship (in months): 9 months
Start Date: Late August
End Date: Mid-June
How many hours a week are expected of extern: 16 hours a week
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-2020: 4 to 6
Minimum level of readiness: At least one prior externship/practicum placement conducting psychotherapy
Preferences: Students in their third year and above
Do you provide a stipend: No
When do you expect to begin interviews: Applications will be accepted starting with January 22, 2019. Interviews will start Monday January 28, 2019.
Interview process: Selected candidates will have one individual interview with the Director of Training, which will last approximately 40 minutes. Interviews will be scheduled Monday through Friday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.
Required application materials: To apply, candidates should send their CVs, cover letter explaining their interest in the externship, and 2-3 letters of reference. The cover letter should include name and contact information for their doctoral program Training Director.
Intervention and Assessment
Intervention training experiences offered: 7-8 individual therapy cases, possibility of co-leading a counseling group during one semester, 3-5 outreach activities for the year.
Assessment training experiences commonly offered: Clinical Interview, CCAPS, Intakes, Crisis Intervention / Walk-in Assessment and Management, Mental Status Exam.
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): N/A
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: N/A
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: N/A
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: One hour a week
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: Two hours a week
Estimated hour/week of didactics: Externs attend two full days of orientation prior to starting their work at the CCNY Counseling Center. Throughout the year, didactic activities are offered during the two hour weekly group supervision meeting.
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: As needed.
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): Presentations from off-campus clinicians on different treatment modalities and diagnoses (generally one every three weeks).
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: Available year round.
Describe direct supervision: In depth discussion of individual therapy cases, case management, review of documentation, administrative issues.
Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation (audio, video, live in person (in treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream): Video recording of sessions (first intake, then regular session) once each semester.
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: Yes.
Wheelchair accessible: Yes.
Are home visits required as part of the trainee's duties: No.
Is a transportation stipend provided: No.