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Student Counseling

Doctoral Psychology Internship

Student Health and Counseling Center: An Overview

Hofstra University’s Student Health and Counseling Center, organized within the Division of Student Affairs, provides a full range of services and programs designed to promote the health and psychological well-being of our student community. The overall mission of the Hofstra University Student Health and Counseling Center (SHACC) Doctoral Psychology Internship program is to prepare interns for ethical and professional practice as clinical psychologists, with intercultural awareness of and sensitivity for the multiple dimensions of client diversity. The program values empirically supported clinical practice and a strong commitment to the scholar-practitioner model of clinical care. While training emphasizes breadth of outpatient clinical skills, its aim is to facilitate clinical competency in college mental health including integrative practice in a comprehensive campus-based health care clinic. This includes developing competency in cognitive-behavioral approaches to individual and group therapy, risk assessment and related triage interventions, and consultation and case management skills.

Hofstra University’s Division of Student Affairs is honored to be one of 18 divisions nationally on the 2017 list of "Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs", produced by the Center for Higher Education Enterprise at Ohio State Univesity, American College Personnel Association, and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. This is the second consecutive year being named to this prestigious list.

This is a full time internship program with the training year beginning on August 15th.

Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data

Doctoral Psychology Internship Training Program

  • Diversity and Non-Discrimination Statement

    Diversity and Non-Discrimination Statement

    The staff at Student Health and Counseling Center Internship training program is committed to the affirmation of diversity in all of our endeavors. We strive to recruit interns who are ready to embrace the challenges and rewards of providing services to a varied and broad-ranging population. Our training program respects and values diversity and attends to this throughout clinical practice with our diverse client population, as well as during supervision and intern seminars. The learning environment within the training program is one of inclusion and every effort is made to facilitate a climate of safety and respect for all staff and interns.

    The Student Health and Counseling Center adheres to an expected competency in individual and cultural diversity. Training experiences are offered to ensure interns are provided ample opportunity to gain competency in this domain. Interns are exposed to clients of differing ethnicities, cultures, sexual orientations, socioeconomic backgrounds, religious affiliations, ages, genders and abilities in order to expand sensitivity to issues related to diversity. Seminars are provided throughout the year addressing various topics related to diversity and intercultural inclusion. Supervision, both individual and group, provides additional learning support for interns to increase awareness and foster comfort with multicultural experiences.

    The Student Health and Counseling Center welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds. Diversity of our staff and interns contributes to a more well-rounded internship experience. The training program provides equal opportunity to all prospective interns and does not discriminate because of a person’s race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status or any other factor that is irrelevant to success as a psychology intern. Applicants are individually evaluated in terms of quality of previous training, practicum experiences, and fit with the internship program and goals. If accommodations are required, the applicant or intern should contact the assistant director of internship education and training to initiate this process.

  • Training Model and Approach

    Training Model and Approach

    The doctoral internship training program offered by Hofstra University’s Student Health and Counseling Center is designed to provide an interdisciplinary professional training experience in college student mental health. Our training philosophy is based on the scholar-practitioner perspective, focusing specifically on the investigation and dissemination of evidence-based therapeutic techniques. Emphasis is on experiential learning as well as the expectation that interns maintain current with scholarly publications. The internship program promotes a cognitive and behavioral approach to the spectrum of issues presented by the student body and university community. Interns will address problems from this data-based perspective and are expected to maintain an up-to-date awareness of developments in the field of cognitive and behavioral research and practice. Supervising psychologists are all trained within this paradigm and provide the structure to assist interns in developing within this theoretical structure. While we respect a variety of differing clinical perspectives, we specifically encourage that clinical problems be conceptualized within a cognitive and behavioral framework, in order to develop a consistent, research-driven approach to a variety of clinical issues.

  • Intern Evaluation

    Intern Evaluation

    Interns are evaluated both formally and informally throughout the training year. Informal discussion regarding intern progress occurs between supervisors and interns throughout the year during supervision meetings in order to optimize opportunities for professional growth. With input provided by all Training Committee supervisors, interns meet with the Training Director to discuss their formal evaluations at the midpoint and end of the internship year. The Student Health and Counseling Center requires that interns demonstrate minimum levels of achievement across all competencies and training elements. Evaluations are conducted using a standard Intern Evaluation Form which includes information about intern performance regarding all expected training competencies and the related learning elements. Interns also complete evaluations of their supervisors, seminars, and the program at the mid-point and end of the internship year.

    Candidates may contact the Assistant Director of Internship Education and Training for complete copies of the Intern Evaluation, Retention, and Termination Policy (which includes the Maintenance of Records Policy) and the Due Process and Grievance Policy.

     

  • Training Activities

    Training Activities

    CLINICAL SERVICES

    While involved with the Internship Program at the Student Health and Counseling Center, interns will receive intensive training in all aspects of clinical intervention, with a specific focus on individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, interdisciplinary consultation and collaboration, and psychoeducational workshops and presentations designed to service the diverse Hofstra University community. Interns are offered opportunities to collaborate with university departments (including International Student Affairs, Student Access Services, and Student Health Services staff) in developing groups and psychoeducational workshops for clients from diverse and historically underrepresented backgrounds. Interns are under the guidance of licensed, doctoral level psychologists and receive supervision in all aspects of their clinical work, including assessment, diagnosis, case formulation, and treatment, within a cognitive behavioral framework. Interns are also expected to gain a thorough understanding of how to handle crisis situations on a college campus. Ongoing assessments for dangerousness and risk are continuously conducted. 

    DIDACTICS AND SEMINARS

    Interns participate in didactic training seminars throughout the internship year that cover various clinical, ethical, and professional development topics. Seminars on Professional Issues (bi-weekly), Outreach Programming (bi-weekly), Advanced CBT Skills (weekly) and Diversity (bi-weekly in the Spring) are provided. Additional topics relevant to college mental health are consistently addressed throughout the training at student cnouseling and woven into the content of all seminars. Areas of training include the following: Schizophrenia prodrome, substance abuse, mood and anxiety disorders, personality disorders, domestic violence, eating disorders, psychopharmacology, Sexual Dysfunction and Paraphilias, body image, self-injury, suicide and crisis interventions, motivational interviewing, and therapist self-care.

    SUPERVISION

    Each intern receives two hours weekly of individual supervision and two hours weekly of group supervision, as well as the ongoing support of the supervising staff psychologists.  In addition, the supervisory staff work collaboratively with interns to address crises and to provide outreach services to the Hofstra community.

    TIME REQUIREMENTS
    The internship is a full time (40 hours per week), 12 month program, commencing on August 15th. Training will total 2000 hours for the internship year. Interns will spend the majority of their time in clinical work, with the remaining time spent in supervision, seminars, outreach workshops, and other administrative tasks. The office is open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm Monday through Friday during the academic semesters. Interns are present for a full complement of hours including morning and evening times in order to best experience mental health in the university community.

    WEEKLY TRAINING SCHEDULE
    Interns with the Student Health and Counseling Center provide a range of services to university students. On average, 20 to 24 hours per week during the academic semesters are spent involved in direct face-to-face clinical services. Interns devote an additional 9 hours per week in seminar training and supervision. The remainder of the time is allocated for administrative responsibilities, case management and special projects. During the January session and Summer terms, interns’ time is more focused on project development, outreach programming, research and administrative duties. Time is also granted for grand rounds and conference attendance off campus throughout the training year.

    Direct Service:
      
    Average hrs.
    (during Fall/Spring semesters)
    Individual Counseling  14 hours  Weekly

    Intake Evaluations

    5 hours Weekly
    Crisis Consultation/Triage 3 hours Weekly
    Group Counseling 1 hour Weekly
    Outreach/ University Consultation 1 hour Varies
    Total 24 hours

    Training Received:

    Individual Supervision 2 hours Weekly
    Group/Team Supervision 2 hours Weekly
    Supervision of Groups 1 hour Weekly

    Professional Issues Seminar
    1 hour Bi-Weekly
    Multicultural Seminar 1 hour Bi-Weekly
    Outreach Seminar 1 hour Bi-Weekly
    Advanced CBT Skills Seminar 1 hour Weekly
    Total 9 hours
    Administration:
    Case Management/Documentation 5 hours Weekly
    Program Planning/Research 2 hours Weekly
    Total 7 hours
    Total Average Hours for Academic Semesters 40 hours
  • Training Staff

    Training Staff

    John C. Guthman, Ph.D., Training Director
    Dodie A. Gillett, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist and Assistant Director of Internship Education and Training
    Merry McVey-Noble, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist and Assistant Clinical Director

  • Stipend, Benefits and Resources

    Stipend, Benefits and Resources

    The Student Health and Counseling Center Doctoral Psychology Internship Training Program offers a stipend of $21,700. Interns are entitled to apply for additional financial support toward the purchase of individual health insurance during the term of their internship placement. Each intern is provided with a dedicated office fully equipped with a computer for access to the university online portal and library services, the electronic health record program and internet use. Interns have full access to IT support from the university's technical support center. Interns also have use of videorecording equipment for observation of clinical work. University library privileges and access to our on-campus fitness center are also provided. Release time for workshop and conference attendance/presentations, dissertation defense, and job interviews is granted on an as-needed basis pending approval by the Training Director. Throughout the training year, off campus workshops and conferences are identified for interns to attend to supplement their training and are funded by the internship program.

    The internship program primarily takes place in the Student Health and Counseling Center located in the Wellness and Campus Living Center on Hofstra University's north campus. The office is comprised of various offices that house both counseling and health services staff. Counseling office space includes four rooms for full time staff, three therapy rooms for psychology externs, two intern offices, a front office reception area, a conference room and a break room for all staff. Other offices including seminar, group and conference space are located throughout the Wellness and Campus Living Center building. In addition, workshops and outreach programming take place in the residence halls, within the student center and in various departments throughout the campus.

    Candidates may contact the Assistant Director of Internship Education and Training for a complete copy of the Stipend, Benefits and Resources policy.

  • Intern Selection and Academic Preparation

    Intern Selection and Academic Preparation

    Application Process

    The program has two full-time internship positions. Applicants for the Hofstra University Student Health and Counseling Center Doctoral Internship Program must submit the following application materials through the Applicant Portal on APPIC's webpage (www.appic.org) no later than November 12th, 2018 at 11:59 PM (EST):

         • Completed APPIC Application for Psychology Internship (AAPI) form. The AAPI may be downloaded from www.appic.org.
         • A cover letter describing your relevant professional experiences and how they relate to our training program. Please include how your goals for internship match with our site.
         • Curriculum vitae
         • Official transcripts of graduate course work
         • Three letters of recommendation, with at least two from supervisors with direct knowledge of your clinical work

    Application Screening and Interview Process

    Applicants must be doctoral degree candidates enrolled in either a clinical or counseling psychology Ph.D. or Psy.D program. All or most academic work for the doctoral degree should be complete by the start of internship. Applicants must be matriculated at their home institutions which confirm they are providing academic credit for their internship. Candidates are expected to have had specific training in assessment and diagnosis, as well as relevant practicum experience. Approval to pursue an internship from the respective program Training Director is required.

    Preference will be given to candidates in good standing from APA-accredited doctoral programs who have met the following qualifications prior to beginning internship:
         1. A minimum of 400 intervention hours;
         2. A minimum of 100 assessment hours;
         3. Clinical experience working with young adults, especially college students;
         4. Training in cognitive behavioral therapy;
         5. Dissertation proposal defended;
         6. Demonstrates valuing of diversity through prior clinical experience.

    The selection committee will review all applications using a standard Intern Applicant Review Form, and evaluated for potential goodness of fit with the internship program. Candidates will be notified by December 7th, 2018 if they have been selected for an interview. Interviews will be scheduled in December and early January and will occur in person with the entire Training Committee. In person interviews are highly preferred, however, accommodations may be requested for a Skype interview should the candidate be unable to travel.

    Hofstra University Student Health and Counseling Center adheres to the procedures established by the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) for the recruitment and selection of doctoral interns and participates in the match. This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use and ranking-related information from any intern applicant. Hofstra University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering diversity in its faculty, administrative staff and student body, and encourages applications from the entire spectrum of a diverse community.

    Our program code for the match is 238411.

    This program is not APA-accredited. The program submitted an initial self study to the Commission on Accreditation and completed a site visit on June 15th, 2018. Be advised that there is no assurance at this time that the program will be able to successfully achieve accreditation. Questions related to the program’s accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

    Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
    American Psychological Association
    750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
    Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org
    Web: http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation


For Questions regarding the Student Health and Counseling Center Doctoral Psychology Internship program, please contact:
Dodie A. Gillett, Ph.D.
Assistant Director of Internship Education and Training
Student Health and Counseling Center, Hofstra University
(516) 463-6745
Dodie.Gillett@hofstra.edu