Program Overview & Activities

Program Overview & Activities

The overarching goal of the externship is to recruit, select, and train qualified psychology externs whose career goals include providing clinical services to adults on an individual and group basis, and engaging in consultation and outreach efforts. The nature of the program prepares the extern for pre-doctoral internship, work in university counseling centers and other outpatient settings through clinical, supervision, and consultation/outreach experiences in an academic support and service setting. The program does not subscribe to a single theoretical orientation, but draws from multicultural counseling, interpersonal-psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral and family systems perspectives in fostering the trainees’ ability to conceptualize and intervene at multiple levels. In accordance with the College’s mission to endow students with capacity for personal and social growth and creative problem solving, we emphasize developmental concerns such as shifting role in family and development of relationship and vocational identities.

Extern Activities

The externship is composed of a number of components. The following list details the estimated amount of time an extern is required to devote to specific training and service activities. Total hours range between 16-20 hours depending on the externs school requirements.

Activity

16 Hours/Week

20 Hours/Week

Walk-in/Intake

3-4

4-5

On-Going Individual Counseling

6

7-8

Group/Workshop/Consultation

1

1

Community Outreach

1

1

Individual Clinical Supervision

1

1

Group Clinical Supervision

2

2

Administrative Time

1

1

Research Assistantship or

Teaching Assistantship (lecture/grading)

 

3

(1.5/1.5)

 Total

16

20

 

Walk-in/Intake 

The Counseling Department sees clients on a walk-in or appointment basis. During walk-in hours externs are available in their assigned offices to meet with students typically for one-time academic advisement related sessions or to conduct non-appointment intake assessments.

On-Going Individual Counseling

Most externs are required to maintain a caseload of on-going clients. Individual counseling hours provide the time for this mode of intervention. Externs see scheduled appointments during these hours (some of which will include brief counseling with students on probation).

Group/Workshop/Consultation

Externs have the option to select one of numerous modes of counseling intervention beyond individual counseling for one hour per week. Opportunities for co-leading groups, presenting workshop seminars and consulting to special groups within the college community are available.

Community Outreach: Tabling 

Making services available to the college community beyond the walls of the counseling center is an important part of our mission. Externs participate in community outreach such as psychoeducation, depression, anxiety, eating disorder and alcohol screening through staffing information tables in public campus locations.

Individual Clinical Supervision  

Each extern will receive one hour of individual supervision weekly from a full-time faculty or staff member. Externs may request additional supervision support as needed for their group counseling or other intervention activity.

Group Clinical Supervision 

The externs meet weekly (Thursdays 12:30pm to 2:30pm) with the graduate training coordinator for clinical case and outreach supervision, didactic or experiential training. Guest speakers present throughout the academic year on topics relevant to clinical training.

Group Academic Advisement Supervision 

Each week for one hour the Coordinator of Academic Advisement meets with the externs to provide training and supervision for academic related issues.

Administrative Time 

One hour each week is allotted for preparation and completion of case notes and preparation for group or outreach activities.

Consultation Services for In-Service Students

Students who attend John Jay and are employed in law enforcement and other related career fields (correction officers, police officers, fire fighters, etc.) have unique needs with respect to their admission, transition to, and graduation from the college. There are academic policies and rules specifically designed to insure and support the success of in-service students. If you are one of these students, there are counselors within the Counseling Department trained to assist you in making any possible academic adjustments to further your academic progress while in attendance. The Counseling Department provides this specialized consultation service to all in-service students.

Due to the specialized benefits in terms of admission and graduation requirements for members of the New York City Police Department (NYPD), New York City Fire Department (FDNY), and New York City Department of Corrections (NYCDOC), meeting with an in-service counselor is essential. Please call the Counseling Department at (212)237-8111 to schedule an appointment with one of the following professionals:

Professor Robert DeLucia: Coordinator/Counselor for In-Service Consultation Program

Professor Heather Holtman: Counselor

Professor Joel Roscow: Counselor

Professor Felice Shoot: Counselor