Student Counseling Services

Psychology Internship

APA-Accredited 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 on the 2017 national list of "Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs." The list is produced by the Center for Higher Education Enterprise at Ohio State University, the 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 16, 2021. Our program code for the match is 238411.

Information for Applicants Regarding our Program's Response to COVID-19

Dear Prospective Intern,

Thank you for taking the time to learn about the APA-accredited Doctoral Psychology Internship program at Hofstra University’s Student Health and Counseling Center. We are aware that the process of securing an internship is challenging during the best of times and this year’s applicants are navigating uncharted territory. This letter describes how our application process and internship program have been impacted by COVID-19. We hope you will find it helpful. 

In light of COVID-19, Hofstra SHACC will exclusively use virtual interviews for the 2020-2021 application cycle. While we are disappointed that we will not be able to invite applicants to spend a day with our staff on campus this year, we are committed to developing a virtual interview process that prioritizes safety, equity, and accessibility. We anticipate that our virtual interview day will be about four hours in length. It will include an information session, virtual tour, four individual interviews with training staff, and an informal Q&A session with current interns. After interview day, we hope to provide prospective interns with a virtual packet of additional information (e.g., former intern bios and contact information, past intern outreach projects information, seminar syllabi, and information on the University offices we frequently collaborate with). We hope this additional information will enhance your understanding of our program and help compensate for anything that may be lost by switching to a virtual interview format.

We would also like to share how our internship program has been affected by COVID-19 thus far. Interns at Hofstra are NOT designated as essential staff. Our 2019-2020 cohort switched to remote work in March 2020 and completed the internship year remotely. Individual therapy sessions continued via HIPAA-compliant Zoom, as did supervision, seminars, and staff meetings. All interns were able to complete the 2,000-hour internship program with 500 or more direct contact hours on time. In addition, we created two new professional development opportunities, which were held regularly for the duration of remote work.  The first was an interdisciplinary case conference attended by externs, interns, and staff psychologists from Student Counseling Services as well as nurses and nurse practitioners from Student Health Services. The second was a weekly journal club attended by the same group of practitioners. Adding case conference and journal club to our schedule provided supplementary opportunities for our team to connect, communicate, learn from, and support one another while we were physically separate. 

Moving forward, we expect to provide a mix of teletherapy and in-person therapy for the 2020-2021 training year. Likewise, seminars and supervision will likely occur through mixed modalities (in person and remote). We plan to have interns working on-site; however, we are equipped to switch to a remote work/training environment if required by safety concerns. Applicants who have special circumstances that may require additional accommodations are welcome to discuss their situation with the training director. We will continue to develop our clinical services (e.g., exploring options for socially distanced or virtual groups, workshops, and outreach). Interns can expect to be actively engaged in conversations regarding program development in weekly staff meetings.    

Should you have any questions about our internship program, please reach out to any of our staff psychologists at any time. We wish you the best of luck in the match process!

Sincerely,
John Guthman, PhD

Doctoral Psychology Internship Training Program

The staff at the 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 to expand sensitivity to issues related to diversity. Seminars addressing various topics related to diversity and intercultural inclusion are provided throughout the year. 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 Training Director to initiate this process.

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 the 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, to develop a consistent, research-driven approach to a variety of clinical issues.

Interns are evaluated formally and informally throughout the training year. Informal discussion regarding intern progress occurs between supervisors and interns during supervision meetings 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 midpoint and end of the internship year.

Candidates may contact the Training Director 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.

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 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.

Interns also gain experience collaborating with various departments at the University in developing groups and psychoeducational workshops for clients from diverse and historically underrepresented backgrounds. Each intern has the opportunity to engage in activities that they value with the aim of addressing the needs of a diverse student population. The table below represents past intern collaborations with various Hofstra administrators highlighting outreach to underrepresented groups:

Year Group/Workshop/Project Collaborators
2016-17 Social Network Live Student Access Services
Women of Color (process group) Office of Intercultural Engagement and Inclusion
2017-18 Social Network Live Student Access Services
Home Away from Home International Student Affairs
2018-19 Hues & Beats (process group) Office of Intercultural Engagement and Inclusion
Home Away from Home International Student Affairs
Delete, Erase, Unfollow: Tips to Effectively Break Up on Social Media Office of Intercultural Engagement and Inclusion and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

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 (biweekly), Outreach Programming (weekly in the fall), Advanced CBT Skills (weekly) and Diversity (weekly in the spring) are provided. Additional topics relevant to college mental health are consistently addressed throughout the training at student counseling 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. Interns also provide supervision to a practicum student and meet with the Training Director of Supervision of their supervision.

TIME REQUIREMENTS

The internship is a full-time (40 hours per week), 12-month program, commencing on August 15. Training will total 2,000 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 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday during the academic semesters. Interns are present for a full complement of hours including morning and evening times 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 our University students. On average, 20 to 24 hours per week are spent involved in direct face-to-face clinical services during the academic semesters. Interns devote an additional nine 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 Hours
(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/Supervision of Supervision 1 hour Weekly
Provision of Supervision 1 hour Weekly

Professional Issues Seminar
1 hour Biweekly
Multicultural Seminar 1 hour Biweekly
Outreach Seminar 1 hour Biweekly
Advanced CBT Skills Seminar 1 hour Weekly
Total 10 hours  
Administration:    
Case Management/Documentation 4 hours Weekly
Program Planning/Research 2 hours Weekly
Total 6 hours  
Total Average Hours for Academic Semesters 40 hours  

John C. Guthman, PhD, Training Director
Merry McVey-Noble, PhD, Staff Psychologist and Assistant Clinical Director
Thea Bardin, PhD, Staff Psychologist

The Student Health and Counseling Center Doctoral Psychology Internship Training program offers a stipend of $22,500. 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's 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 video recording equipment for observation of clinical work. University library privileges and access to our 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 funded by the internship program are identified for interns to attend to supplement their training.

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. It 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 Training Director for a complete copy of the Stipend, Benefits and Resources policy.

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 23, 2020 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 PhD or PsyD program. All or most academic work for the doctoral degree should be completed by the start of internship. Applicants must be matriculated at their home institutions, which confirms 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's 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 50 assessment hours;
3. Clinical experience working with young adults, especially college students;
4. Training in cognitive behavioral therapy;
5. Dissertation proposal approved;
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 8, 2020 if they have been selected for an interview. Interviews will be scheduled in early January.

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 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.

Hofstra University's Student Health and Counseling Center Psychology Internship program was granted full accreditation by the American Psychological Association on October 28, 2018 for a period of 10 years. 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

INTERNSHIP PROGRAM TABLES

Date Program Tables are updated: 7/2/2020
Internship Program Admissions

In narrative form, briefly describe important information to assist potential applicants in assessing their likely fit with your program. This description must be consistent with the program’s policies on intern selection and practicum and academic preparation requirements:

Hofstra University’s Student Health and Counseling Center’s internship involves 40 hours of varied clinical and didactic training totaling 2,000 hours for the training year. Interns receive intensive training in all aspects of outpatient clinical intervention, with a specific focus on individual psychotherapy and primary prevention activities designed to service the diverse Hofstra University community. Exposure to risk assessment practices, group psychotherapy, and collaborative referral and consultation practices are also organized within this scholar-practitioner training model. Interns are under the guidance of licensed, doctoral level psychologists and receive constructive supervision in their clinical work, including assessment, diagnosis, case formulation, and treatment within a Cognitive and Behavioral framework. Knowledge of empirically supported interventions is fundamental to the delivery of professional services and an integral part of the training model. 

Each intern receives a minimum of two hours weekly of individual supervision and two hours of weekly of group supervision, as well as the ongoing support of the supervising staff psychologists. Seminars, peer supervision and consultation, directed readings and case conceptualization and presentations enhance intern training. 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. In addition, the professional staff of the Student Health and Counseling Center work collaboratively with interns to address crisis and to provide outreach services to the Hofstra community.

Does the program require that applicants have received a minimum number of hours of the following at time of application? If Yes, indicate how many: Yes

Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours

N☐

Y☒

400 intervention hours

Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours

N☐

Y☒

50 assessment hours

Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:

Applicants must be doctoral degree candidates enrolled in either an APA-accredited clinical or counseling psychology PhD or PsyD program. All or most academic work for the doctoral degree should be completed by the start of the internship. It is strongly preferred that the applicant's dissertation proposal is approved prior to applying for 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 who have clinical experience working with young adults, especially college students, and demonstrate valuing of diversity through prior clinical experience.

Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year*

Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns

$22,500

Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns

N/A

Program provides access to medical insurance for intern?

Yes☐ No☒

If access to medical insurance is provided:

 

Trainee contribution to cost required?

Yes☐ No☒

Coverage of family member(s) available?

Yes☐ No☒

Coverage of legally married partner available?

Yes☐ No☒

Coverage of domestic partner available?

Yes☐ No☒

Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation)

80

Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave

*see below

In the event of medical conditions and/or family needs that require extended leave, does the program allow reasonable unpaid leave to interns/residents in excess of personal time off and sick leave?

 

Yes☒ No☐

Other Benefits (please describe):
Release time for workshop and conference attendance/presentations, dissertation defense, and job interviews is provided. Each intern is provided with a dedicated office fully equipped with a computer for access to the University's online portal and library services, the electronic health record program, and internet use. University library privileges and access to our campus fitness center are also provided.

*Sick leave is provided as needed and at the discretion of the Training Director (TD). Should absences accumulate in a manner that would adversely impact completion of the 2,000 hours, arrangements will be made to eliminate vacation days and/or extend the date of internship completion if deemed appropriate by the TD.

* Note: Programs are not required by the Commission on Accreditation to provide all benefits listed in this table.

Initial Post-Internship Positions

 

2016-2019

Total number of interns who were in the three cohorts

 

6

Total number of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree

 

1

 

PD

EP

Community mental health center

 1

 

Federally qualified health center

 

 

Independent primary care facility/clinic

 

 

University counseling center

1

 

Veterans Affairs medical center

 

 

Military health center

 

 

Academic health center

 

 

Other medical center or hospital

 

 

Psychiatric hospital

 

 

Academic university/department

 

 

Community college or other teaching setting

 

 

Independent research institution

 

 

Correctional facility

 

 

School district/system

 

 

Independent practice setting

 

3

Not currently employed

 

 

Changed to another field

 

 

Other

 

 

Unknown

 

Note: “PD” = Post-doctoral residency position; “EP” = Employed Position. Each individual represented in this table should be counted only one time. For former trainees working in more than one setting, select the setting that represents their primary position.

For questions regarding the Student Health and Counseling Center Doctoral Psychology Internship program, please contact:
John Guthman, PhD
Training Director, Executive Director
Student Health and Counseling Center, Hofstra University
516-463-6745
John.C.Guthman@hofstra.edu