CPS Pre-Doctoral Psychology Externship

CPS offers a nine-month pre-doctoral externship at both our Rose Hill and Lincoln Center offices that commences in August 2024. The externship provides a comprehensive training experience in university mental health with an emphasis on individual therapy, group therapy, crisis management, and outreach to a diverse undergraduate and graduate population of approximately 15,000 students. Clinical work and training are conducted primarily from a psychodynamic framework with particular emphasis on a social justice perspective and the integration of other treatment models. The externship requires a commitment of 16 hours per week. Externs are expected to maintain an active caseload of 10-12 individual psychotherapy clients, have 2 to 3 walk-in hours, and may have the opportunity to co-lead a psychotherapy group. They will also be expected to participate in outreach events.

Externs will receive 1 hour of weekly individual supervision with a staff psychologist and will be provided with additional supervision for co-leading groups and developing/implementing outreach activities. The externship also includes a weekly three-hour formal training component on Tuesdays from 10am to 1pm at the Lincoln Center campus that consists of case conference, group supervision, a seminar on psychotherapy theory and process in the Fall semester, and a multicultural seminar in the Spring semester.

Our counseling center is comprised of licensed psychologists, social workers, post-doctoral fellows, psychiatry residents and fellows and clinical externs from different graduate disciplines (doctoral programs, master in mental health programs, and social work programs). We value teamwork and have a strong emphasis on working collaboratively across different disciplines.

We accept doctoral students from APA-accredited programs in clinical, school, and counseling psychology. We work with externs at different levels of training. We are committed to diversifying our staff and to increasing diversity in the field through quality training. We welcome and encourage applications from individuals from all religious backgrounds, racial/ethnic minority individuals, immigrants and international students, LGBTQ and gender-expansive individuals, second-career/non-traditional-age applicants, individuals with disabilities, and others who are historically underrepresented in the mental health fields.

Completed applications, which include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcript (unofficial is fine), and two letters of recommendation, should be uploaded to the NYNJADOT externship portal https://nynjadot.apa.org/ following the NYNJADOT guidelines.

For any questions about the externship program, feel free to contact:

Samantha Mahr, Psy.D.
[email protected]