Provide description of Externship:
The graduate training program at William Paterson University of New Jersey is designed to help trainees obtain the necessary clinical counseling skills to function as competent clinicians. Trainees will begin to explore their identity as professional clinicians and come to understand and participate in providing the full range of services the center offers. Trainees will also learn how the center functions within a multidisciplinary counseling, health, and wellness center as well as within the larger university setting. A developmental and competency-based approach is used to assess each trainee's skill level and readiness to complete the different components of the training program.
General information about externship site:
Director of the Program: Daisy Rodriguez, LCSW (Associate Director), Richard Khan, Psy.D. (Assistant Director)
Training Director, (degree): Erica Rogers, PhD
URL for Externship Brochure:
Length of externship (in months): 9 months
Start Date: September 2019 (Orientation date end of August)
End Date: May 2020
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 16
Specialty tracks: Substance Use Evaluation and Treatment; Groups
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 3
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants:
Preferences: Clinical Experience Preferred
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):
Application deadline: February 15, 2019
Interviews will be held during the 3rd and 4th weeks of February.
If positions remain following the initial ion period, additional applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.
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?:
The interview is approximately 2 hours long and consists of the following three parts (in no particular order):
· Interview with Training Coordinator and Associate Director
· Interview with two of our staff clinicians
· Informal meeting with current externs
What application materials are required (i.e., cv, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other?:
▪A cover letter explaining how an externship at the Counseling, Health, and Wellness Center would fit with your short- and long-term professional goals.
▪A current resume/curriculum vitae.
▪A letter of recommendation from a clinical supervisor or faculty member in your academic department.
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: 8-10 individual patients; groups based on interest; emergency appointments and crisis intervention training; substance abuse treatment
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe: Substance abuse evaluations
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): 1-2
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: 1-2
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used:
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 2.5
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 1
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: 0 (optional)
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds):
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: drop in supervision welcome
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): video
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"?:
Is the agency readily accessible through public transportation?:
Are home visits required as part of the trainee's duties?:
Is a transportation stipend provided?:
The graduate training program at William Paterson University of New Jersey is designed to help trainees obtain the necessary counseling skills to function as competent clinicians. Trainees will begin to explore their entity as professional clinicians and come to understand and participate in providing the full range of services the center offers. Trainees will also learn how the Center functions within a multidisciplinary counseling, health, and wellness center as well as within the larger university setting. A developmental and competency-based approach is used to assess each trainee's skill level and readiness to complete the different components of the training program.