Graduate-Level Psychology Externship Program
The Baruch College Counseling Center will be offering six externship positions to clinical/counseling psychology doctoral level students for the 2023-2024 academic year. The Counseling Center is located in the Flatiron District of New City at 37 East 25th Street, 9th floor, New York, NY, 10010.
Baruch College, named after Bernard M. Baruch in 1953, originated from the United States’ first free public higher education institution, the Free Academy. It was founded by Townsend Harris who, in 1847, challenged the city to “let the children of the rich and poor take their seats together and know no distinctions save that of industry, good conduct, and intellect.” This later became the mission of Baruch College. Mr. Baruch graduated from City College, as the Free Academy was renamed, in 1866. He became a financier, philanthropist, and advisor to eight presidents. He established a school for business and college government administration in 1919. The School became informally known as “City College Downtown” and has since generated countless business and civic pioneers. In 1968, Baruch separated from City College and became a distinct senior college of the City University of New York. Comprised of undergraduate and graduate schools, Baruch sustains its original mission.
Baruch College of the City University of New York remains dedicated to being a catalyst for the social, cultural, and financial mobility of a diverse student body, reflective of its historical mission. Baruch College educates students for leadership roles in business, civic and cultural affairs, and academia. It offers rigorous baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral programs to qualified students who seek careers in business, public affairs, and the arts and sciences. Integrating professional education with the arts and sciences for undergraduates, Baruch College’s faculty cultivates its students’ analytical ability, critical thinking, cultural awareness, and ethical sensibility. The College’s graduate programs focus on professional preparation that enables students to become leaders and innovators in their fields. The faculty’s contributions to knowledge reflect a commitment to teaching, research, scholarship, public policy, and artistic creativity. Through executive education, continuing studies programs, and public events, Baruch engages the larger civic and international community which includes its supportive alumni, extending the College’s visibility and nurturing its global reputation.
Baruch attracts motivated students of proven achievement, who are seriously committed to making their dreams a reality, while offering a high-quality, low-cost education to students who might not otherwise be able to attend college. Baruch students reflect the ethnic diversity of New York City. The College has been ranked the most ethnically diverse masters-level college in the United States for well over a decade, according to U.S. News & World Report’s rankings. The students are predominantly immigrants, children of immigrants, and international students representing 107 languages and coming from 170 different countries; 69% of our students identify as students of color; more than half speak English as a second or third language. Baruch students also represent members of disadvantaged and underserved communities. Baruch, which draws the majority of its students from New York City’s public and parochial schools, serves many students with limited financial means – 40% with household incomes of $25,000 or less and almost 70% with household incomes of $50,000 or less; 39% are the first in their family to attend college; and 76% work at full- or part-time jobs while enrolled.
The Counseling Center, named democratically by the student body in 1995, has been offering psychological services since the 1970s. Through culturally-responsive and trauma-responsive counseling services and outreach, the mission of the Counseling Center is to assist students in achieving their personal goals. Counselors work collaboratively with students to improve their emotional well-being, balance priorities, enhance interpersonal relationships, and empower them with useful coping skills to attain success in and out of the classroom. Over 79% of students who use the Center’s services are students of color, many of whom are 1st generation American or international students, and many of whom are the first in their families to attend college. Over 23% of our clients identify as lesbian, gay, bi, pansexual, queer or questioning their sexual identity, and over 80% report a history of trauma. Many of the students who come to the Counseling Center typically would not—or could not—obtain or pay for mental health services. In line with national trends, the Counseling Center has observed an alarming increase in the demand for its services and in the severity and complexity of student symptoms over the past several years, including increased rates of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts.
The Center offers an array of free and confidential diagnostic, treatment, referral, and case management services, including trauma, depression, alcohol use, and cannabis use screenings. All students seeking treatment at the Center are initially assessed by the triage team and specialized treatment recommendations occur during our collaborative multidisciplinary disposition meetings. Treatment recommendations include individual therapy, group therapy, crisis management, psychological testing, evaluations for psychiatric medications and ongoing medication management, and consultation and referral. Treatment models, frequency of sessions, and duration of treatment are discussed during our disposition meetings, on-going supervision, and chart reviews to accommodate each student’s clinical needs. The Center’s outreach activities create collaborative opportunities with the Student Health and Wellness Center, the Campus Intervention Team (CIT), Residential Life, Office of International Students, Office of Student Disability Services, the Honors Program, student organizations, and other units across Baruch College.
The Center is staffed by six full-time NY-state licensed psychologists, four part-time psychologists, two part-time mental health counselors, three psychiatry residents from Mount Sinai Beth Israel, and an office manager. Our training class typically consists of two full-time doctoral psychology interns, two part-time CUNY doctoral fellows, and eight part-time graduate level psychology practicum externs.
Our externship training program follows a practitioner-scholar model whereby clinical practice is informed by scholarly inquiry. The emphasis is on clinical practice in which scholarly skills including critical thinking, conceptualization, and problem-solving are embedded. We are committed to training reflective and informed practitioners. As part of a university setting, Baruch’s Counseling Center is connected to a wider academic environment. We believe in the importance of teaching externs not just a set of skills; rather, we are committed to teaching externs how to learn, be reflective about their work, and assess the ways their experiences fit with what they have learned.
Another important philosophy is our awareness that we are training externs to work in a diverse world. Baruch serves students from varied economic, religious, and ethnic backgrounds who present with a wide range of concerns. As such, we are committed to multiculturally-competent clinical practice and outreach. Our model stresses the need for externs to develop an understanding of how their own personal histories and cultural identities affect how they understand and interact with people different from themselves and to develop relevant interventions to meet a wide range of needs. Our commitment to this area goes beyond one domain, and it runs across the different modalities we offer. In support of our multicultural model, externs who speak a second or third language are able to offer individual therapy in languages other than English.
We value a trauma-informed multi-disciplinary approach to working with students. As a training staff, our backgrounds are in clinical and counseling psychology, and we offer a range of perspectives – including humanistic, multicultural, mindfulness-informed cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, gestalt, feminist, and creative arts. We model the value of utilizing different approaches to understanding and treating a diverse college population through our multidisciplinary collaborations and supervisory activities.
The externship program provides experience throughout the adult life span that may be tailored to meet individual educational, counseling, and training goals. As part of their experience, and because we value an interdisciplinary approach to care and training, externs will work with other professionals, including psychiatry residents who are on staff.
Externs receive at least one weekly individual supervision and one weekly trauma-informed group supervision with licensed psychologists. Externs also have the option to join the weekly Multicultural Counseling Seminar.
Supervised clinical training is complimented with weekly didactic seminars. Training seminars include topics such as suicide assessment and prevention, psychopharmacology, multicultural counseling, substance use, trauma, working with student veterans, and biofeedback.
Two-hour case conference presentations occur approximately 6 times per semester in lieu of the two hour didactic seminar. Interns and externs take turns presenting in-depth on an individual psychotherapy case with a written intake and case conceptualization. Interns and externs present one case per semester, and senior supervisor staff collaborate with the training team to provide feedback about the case.
Externs will have the opportunity to provide weekly individual therapy to approximately 8 to 12 students. Additionally, externs may have the opportunity to facilitate workshops on campus or co-facilitate a psychotherapy group. An hour of weekly group supervision is provided for those externs co-facilitating a psychotherapy group. Example workshop and outreach topics include: introduction to counseling, overcoming mental health stigma within Latinx or Black communities, managing stress, mental health issues within the LGBTQI community.
Testing experience is available if applicable to extern’s interest and is conducted on a voluntary basis above the clinical hour requirement described above or during the summer and winter breaks.
Populations commonly served:
- First generation college students
- First generation Americans
- International students
- Students of color
- Students with LGBTQI+ identities
- Adults clients with complex trauma histories
- Students from low income households/families
Various diagnoses include:
- Anxiety Disorders
- Depressive Disorders
- Psychotic Disorders
- Eating Disorders
- Personality Disorders
- Substance Use Disorders
Types of tests used in assessments:
- WAIS IV
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): As needed or requested
Expected number of assessment reports completed during externship (defined as writing reports based on a battery of standardized tests: As needed or requested
Address: 137 E. 25th Street between Lexington and 3rd Avenues, 9th floor, New York, NY
Program Director: Teresa Hurst, PhD
Contact for Questions: Associate Director, Dr. Lynn Kaplan – firstname.lastname@example.org
End Date: May 17, 2024 with option to continue into summer
Group supervision is held on Fridays from 9-10am and didactic seminars and case conferences are held on Fridays from 10-12pm. As such, all trainees are required to be present during this block of time. Students are also expected to be available at least 13-16 additional hours (preferably over 2 days other than Friday) for counseling services.
Required level of readiness:
Clinical/counseling/school psychology doctoral students who will be in their third, fourth and fifth years for the 2023-2024 academic year are invited to apply. Doctoral students with sufficient clinical experience who will be in their second year will also be considered.
Preferred level of readiness (any prior experiences preferred for applicants):
Preference will be given to applicants with relevant clinical/research/assessment experiences.
Is there a stipend for externs? No
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Is the site accessible through public transportation: Yes
Are home visits required as part of the trainee’s duties? No
Additional dates for applications:
Applications will be accepted through the APA externship portal site nynjadot.apa.org in January of 2023. Exact dates can be found on the portal site. We will not be accepting applications past the portal dates (or via email).
What materials need to be submitted?
- Cover letter
- Eligibility letter
- EITHER a case summary or an assessment report
- Two letters of recommendation (LOR) – at least one from a clinical supervisor or someone who can speak about the student’s clinical skills
Options for LOR’s: 1) If the letter writer permits the applicant to read the LOR, then the applicant can upload the LOR to the site directly through the portal as part of their application, OR 2) If the letter writer does not permit the applicant to see the LOR, then the letter writer should email the letter to email@example.com before the application deadline.
Any details of the application process (e.g., interviewing, time frame, how decisions are made):
Group interviews will be held throughout the month of February, 2023. Offers will be made to candidates in March of 2023 (exact date will be announced on the nynjadot.apa.org portal).