Company Name:

Wesleyan University


Middletown, Connecticut

Population Served:



November 9, 2018

Wesleyan University - Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Description of Externship: 

Our externship program is designed to provide clinical training to exceptional doctoral level students in clinical/counseling/school psychology.  Trainees will receive supervised training in counseling/psychotherapy, comprehensive training and supervision in the assessment of learning disabilities, and mental health crisis intervention.  Trainees will also participate in didactic seminars, individual and group supervision, outreach and consultation activities.

Populations commonly served:

  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Racial, ethnic, religious, sexual, gender, & economic diversity

Common Experience:

  • Adjustment/Transition Concerns
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depression/Mood Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Learning Disability/ADHD
  • Relationship Issues
  • Sexual & Gender entity Disorders
  • Substance Abuse
  • Trauma/Abuse

General information about externship site:

Training Director, (degree): Smith Kidkarndee, Psy.D., HSP


URL for Externship Brochure:

Length of externship (in months): 9 - 10 months

Start Date: Orientation in August 2019; start day in September 2019

End Date: Mid-May (although may work through June if additional hours are needed)

How many hours a week are expected of extern?:  Externs are expected to work 20 hours/week, including one evening until 7 PM. Generally, externs schedule two 8-hour days and one 4-hour day. Externs are strongly encouraged to attend the CAPS staff meeting on Tuesdays from 12-2 PM, although their class schedules do not always allow this. Individual schedules are arranged over the summer prior to the start of the training year. Externs may adapt their schedules during the year, in consultation with their individual supervisors and the training director.

Specialty tracks: N/A

# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 5 - 6

Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants: Masters and doctoral level trainees

Preferences: CAPS generally only considers doctoral students who will be in their 3rd through 5th years of training at the time of their placement. However, consideration is given to rising 2nd-year doctoral students who have previous clinical experience.

Do you provide a stipend?: No

If so how much?: N/A


When do you expect to begin interviews? (Applications can be submitted no earlier than Jan 22):  In person / Onsite interviews are required. Interviews occur between January and March. 

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?:  

What application materials are required (i.e., cv, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other?:

  • Letter of interest /Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Reference Letter (1)

Intervention and Assessment:

Training models offered: 

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Contemporary psychodynamic (relational/intersubjective)
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Existential/Humanistic
  • Family Systems
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness-based Approaches
  • Short-term psychotherapy
  • Trauma-Informed Approaches 

Intervention training experiences offered:  

  • Academic Consultation
  • Crisis Intervention/Triage
  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Intake Assessment
  • Group Therapy
  • Outreach on Campus
  • Psychiatric Consultation
  • School Consultation
  • Testing Assessment (if applicable)

Depending upon level of readiness (e.g., past supervised clinical experiences, emergence of skill sets during course of supervision and seminars/workshops, integration of knowledge obtained during site provided-trainings), trainees may have the opportunity to engage in conducting intake assessments, co-leading group psychotherapy, and participating in campus-wide outreach events.

Estimate average number of individual patients that students will carry:  Approximately 8-10 therapy hours per week

Estimate number of groups and other types of interventions.

Offer description:

Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe:

  • Assessment Report Writing
  • Cognitive Assessment
  • Mental Status Exam
  • Neuropsychological Testing
  • Personality/Psychopathology Assessment
  • Psychoeducational Assessment

Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests):  Approx 1-2 full batteries

Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year:  Approx 1-2 integrated assessment reports

If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: Exner scoring system

Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 2 hours
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1 hour
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 3 hours
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: N/A
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): Seminars  [i.e., Cognitive Assessment, Psychotherapy, & Clinical Services)
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: As needed
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): Audio & Live-in-person

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?: No
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Are home visits required as part of the trainee's duties?: No
Is a transportation stipend provided?: No

Company Name:

Wesleyan University


Middletown, Connecticut

Population Served:



November 9, 2018

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