Statement of Purpose

The Counseling Center's primary purpose is to assist clients to effectively define and attain personal, academic, and career goals. To accomplish this, the Counseling Center provides the following services to members of the Suffolk University community: individual and group counseling, consultations, outreach programs, and the supervision and training of pre-doctoral interns.

The Counseling Center is committed to providing an open and accepting environment in which all clients feel welcome and valued. Clients may bring any problem to Counseling Center psychologists who will either provide individual counseling and/or will make referrals to appropriate University offices or to mental health professionals/agencies.

Accreditations

The Suffolk University Counseling Center has been accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS) since 1975. It has been a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) since 1981. The Internship Program in Professional Psychology was originally accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) in 1995 and is accredited through 2017.

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  • Description of Internship Training Program

    Program Overview

    The APA-approved Internship in Professional Psychology includes supervised experiences and training activities provided in an atmosphere of dynamic personal and professional growth. The training program is specifically designed to offer a wide variety of opportunities to help interns begin functioning as autonomous professional psychologists. These opportunities include clinical service, consultation, outreach, training, administration, supervision, and professional development. Each supervisor is a licensed psychologist.

    Educational Philosophy

    The Counseling Center provides comprehensive counseling services within an integrated Health, Wellness, and Counseling Center to students of the University community. The Center maintains a focus on health rather than on pathology. In meeting the goal of helping clients function more effectively within the University environment, it is assumed that growth is an ongoing process and that many changes occur outside of the therapeutic relationship. The counseling process is viewed within the larger context of a person's total life experience. Clients are regarded as functional individuals who have problems, with a strong emphasis placed on their resilience, strengths, and resources when resolving issues brought to the therapeutic relationship.

    This health perspective is incorporated into the internship training program and is representative of the manner in which interns are selected and trained. In addition, a developmental/systems perspective is central to the training program and is emphasized when providing clinical and consultative services at individual, group, and community levels within the university.

    The Counseling Center is committed to creating and maintaining a welcoming and supportive environment that affirms the University's multicultural community. The staff believes that each clinician or consultant has the responsibility to respond effectively to an increasingly diverse client population. Every effort is made to maintain a staff and to select interns that represent various backgrounds and perspectives (See Commitment to Multicultural Competence).

    Training Model

    The Internship Program in Professional Psychology emphasizes the integration of clinical practice with scientific inquiry, using the Practitioner-Scholar model (Ellis, 1992), at its core, enacting it with a commitment to developing interns as "local clinical scientists" (Stricker and Trierweiler, 1995). The "local" focus of the training model reinforces the critical importance of translating and applying empirical scientific work to the realities of the particular context in which therapy is provided, or in this case a university setting. Staff members make every effort to stay abreast of the current empirical and theoretical literature and to incorporate this literature into teaching, training, and clinical practice initiatives. Interns are taught empirically based treatment approaches during the Empirically Supported Treatment Seminar and staff members place a high value on critical thinking skills in the evaluation and integration of information.

    Using the Practitioner-Scholar model to set and balance priorities, the Internship Program in Professional Psychology is based on a developmental/mentoring/systemic perspective with the goal of training competent and ethical generalist psychologists who are able to function effectively in a university counseling center setting. In this model, training for professional competence occurs through direct experience in providing comprehensive counseling services under the supervision of a senior staff member.

    The developmental component of the training model addresses the expectation that interns begin the year with an advanced graduate student level of basic skills and knowledge upon which to build, modify, and expand throughout the internship year. To enhance this developmental process, the internship program provides graduated learning opportunities whereby interns are expected to function with an increasingly higher level of autonomy, skill and responsibility as the year progresses. Interns are provided with guidance and support as they move through the developmental transitions from student/learner in the classroom, to learner/practitioner in the field, and to entry-level professional psychologist. The supervisory relationship and mentoring offered by staff members form the secure base from which interns can grow and develop. These relationships help to foster the integration of counseling and consulting skills with the underlying theory, research, and scientific content that leads to a high standard of professional practice.

    The mentoring component of the training model defines the atmosphere in which training takes place. The internship program attempts to foster a welcoming environment in which supportive relationships are formed between senior staff and the interns. Staff members uniformly believe that, with the support and encouragement of a professional mentor, interns can best expand their clinical, educational, and professional knowledge, become socialized into the profession, and increase the depth and complexity of their thinking about clients, self, and professional issues.

    The final component of the model is the emphasis placed on viewing the individual as part of a larger system. Staff members continually examine issues within the context of a multi-system perspective. Interns are encouraged to incorporate an understanding of how various systems may impact on the delivery and management of counseling services.

    [1] Ellis, H. C. "Graduate Education in Psychology: Past, Present, and Future," American Psychologist, April 1992, 570-576. return to text

    [2] Stricker, G. and Trierweiler, St. "The Local Clinical Scientist: A Bridge between Science and Practice", American Psychologist, 1995, Vol. 50, No. 12, 995-1002. return to text
    General Goals

    The Training Program is designed to develop, broaden, and consolidate interns' perspectives and skills as psychologists. The Training Program is organized to provide an open and stimulating learning environment where interns can maximize their potential in the following ways:

    1. Acquire and develop a comprehensive conceptual framework for the provision of psychological services in a university setting, using developmental and multi-modal approaches;

    2. Refine and expand clinical skills with special attention to brief therapies and to multicultural competence;

    3. Gain a comprehensive overview of priorities, goals, legal statutes, and requirements for professional practice in a university setting;

    4. Integrate and consolidate personal and professional identity as psychologists, with an emphasis on the power of authenticity.

  • Competencies

    The goal of the training program is to promote the development of skills and competencies required for entry-level professional practice as generalist psychologists, with a focus on developing skills specific to servicing a university community. The training program is designed to develop competencies in four primary areas: clinical services including Empirically Supported Treatments (EST); outreach, training, and consultative services (OTC); legal, ethical, administrative, and professional issues (LEAP); multicultural competence (MCC); and supervision skills and services (SOS). The five areas of competency are briefly described below. 

    1. Clinical Services

    Goal: Interns are able to plan and deliver high quality direct and indirect clinical services in a university setting.

    The primary clinical service activity for interns is the provision of individual counseling to students at the University. Interns carry a weekly caseload of 18 to 20 clients who represent a broad range of presenting concerns and severity of problems. A primary focus of supervised training is the development and improvement of intake and assessment skills, case conceptualizations, relationship skills, and individual and group intervention skills. Opportunities for interns to develop group counseling skills, co-lead or lead groups vary each year. In the past, several groups have been successful in attracting students such as: life improvement group, anxiety and depression group, DBT skills training group, Mindfulness based stress reduction, Law School student support group and support groups for international students. Although the Center promotes group counseling as a primary method of treatment for some clients, efforts to recruit participants is not always as successful as planned. The Center is committed to continue its efforts to expand the group program. In addition, training focuses on treatment planning, crisis intervention, and appropriate use of referral resources and professional consultation.

    Interns' assessment skills are enhanced by reviewing differential diagnoses using case-based criteria/examples and selected readings throughout the training year. They are also taught how to administer, score, and interpret the Center's standard screening instruments, Counseling Center Assessment of Psychological Symptoms (CCAPS, University of Michigan), Eating Attitudes Test-26 (EAT-26), Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (Y-BOCS), Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), and Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI), Prodrome Questionnaire Brief Version (PQ-B), and the Suicide Risk Assessment and Management Plan.

    Interns acquire knowledge and skills through a variety of training initiatives including the Empirically Supported Treatments (ESTs) seminar, as well as in their weekly individual supervision sessions and by participation in case conferences. The seminar includes a focus on the use of different assessment measures, development and documentation of treatment plans, selection and implementation of clinical interventions, and the effective management of the termination process. Short-term Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) are emphasized during the ESTs training seminars. However, they are only two of the numerous theoretical approaches supported and used by the Center staff. Interns receive training focused on crisis assessment and management during their orientation period. They are also closely supervised as they serve their twice weekly four hours of emergency coverage.  In the spring semester, interns may also rotate through the weekly on call system.

    Interns' clinical skills and knowledge are assessed regularly by supervisors and by staff members involved in the EST Seminar and in case conferences. Verbal feedback is provided to interns via supervision on a regular basis. Formal reviews take place twice a year, resulting in written evaluations that interns and supervisors review together. 

    2. Outreach, Training, and Consultation (OTC)

    Goal: Interns are able to plan and deliver high quality outreach, training and consultation services to a University community.

    The principal purpose of the Outreach, Training, and Consultation (OTC) program is to offer a voluntary, time-limited, and resolution-focused service to individuals and groups within the university community.

    The OTC Program consists of three types of activities:

    Outreach activities involve group presentations that describe the services of the Counseling Center and that acquaint members of these groups with Center staff. Outreach also may involve providing information to the campus community through the media and through general or specific flyers and brochures.

    Training activities involve workshops and other psycho-educational programs that are topic-focused and provide prevention and developmental interventions either to the campus community at large or to specific groups, organizations, offices, or academic courses that request such a program. Training activities may be designed and delivered by Counseling Center staff or by a collaborative effort between the Counseling Center and a sponsoring campus group.

    Consultation activities involve the formation of relationships with client systems on campus for the purpose of ongoing assistance in assessing needs, identifying goals, planning and completing projects, and solving problems. These activities may include direct interventions or collaboration by the Counseling Center staff; indirect interventions, such as management coaching, personal goal setting and problem solving; or serving as a sounding-board or feedback resource.

    In helping interns develop professional skills and a professional identity, the staff of the Counseling Center believes that learning about and providing indirect and preventative services is as important as learning about and providing direct clinical interventions. Interns are informed about the emphasis of outreach, training, and consultation programs during their initial orientation. During the year, each intern is given ample opportunities to shadow and observe senior staff involved in OTC activities. Interns also work with senior staff members in co-designing and co-delivering OTC services, where appropriate. Finally, each intern is observed by a senior staff member at least twice during the year as they facilitate an OTC program.

    During the year, each intern completes an outreach project, a training project, and a consultation project of their own. These projects are determined by the needs of the campus community and the skills. The interns are supported by a weekly Consultation Seminar that is both didactic and supervisory and by formal and informal supervision of their projects by a designated staff member. For each project, interns complete the OTC Initial Contact Form and the OTC Summary Form. Whenever possible, participants in OTC activities provide feedback on a standard OTC Group Participants Evaluation Form. All these records, including copies of handouts, are kept for supervisory purposes as well as for the planning of future interventions.

    Intern competencies involving OTC activities are assessed regularly by supervisors and by the staff member convening the Consultation Seminar. In addition, participant reactions, mid-year and year-end Intern Evaluations, and case-based assessment forms provide information about interns' competencies, growth and development. 

    3. Multicultural Competence (MC)

    Goal: Interns are able to function effectively in the delivery of comprehensive psychological services to a diverse college student population.

    The training staff believes that in clinical, consultative, teaching, supervision, programming and all other areas of service and training, psychologists have the responsibility for interacting effectively with an increasingly diverse population. Such effectiveness necessitates a commitment to continual training, self-monitoring, peer supervision, and research. The striving for achievement of multicultural competence is necessary not only as psychologists, but also as members of the university and wider community.

    A series of Multicultural Dialogues are conducted during the internship that provide intentional opportunities for interns to develop and maintain a personal awareness, knowledge base, and a repertoire of skills related to their multicultural competence as professionals. The Internship Program is committed to teaching and learning about diversity and multicultural competence in a positive, non-punitive educational context.

    Intern skills and knowledge involving Multicultural Competence are assessed regularly by supervisors and by staff members. In addition, informal comments from members of the campus community, midyear and year-end intern evaluations, provide information about interns' competencies, growth and development. 

    4. Supervision Skills and Services (SOS)

    Goal: Interns are able to provide high quality clinical supervision.

    Interns are expected to become more knowledgeable regarding the professional, legal, and ethical issues related to the provision of supervision, as well as to begin developing identities as qualified and experienced supervisors. The Supervision Skills and Services seminar includes a didactic component during the fall semester and a year-long supervision group. Topics addressed during training include: theories and models of individual and group supervision and supervision of group co-leaders/trainees, developmental stages and experience levels of supervisees, fostering trust and safety in supervisory relationships, issues of diversity in training and supervision, and legal/ethical issues which impact on the provision of supervision in clinical and academic settings. Interns apply knowledge gained from didactic and supervisory sessions while serving as supervisors to a Practicum student from the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program.

    Weekly group supervision is provided. Interns demonstrate the acquisition and use of supervisory skills by writing formal evaluations and by providing both oral and written feedback to their supervisees. Verbal feedback by the seminar facilitator is provided on an ongoing basis and is supplemented by formal written assessments at the midyear and year-end evaluation periods.

  • Training Activities

    The Internship Program in Professional Psychology is specifically designed to offer interns a wide variety of supervised training and learning activities to assist them in developing skills in specific competency areas and to enhance and accelerate their professional development and identity as psychologists. Training activities and training seminars are described below. 

    Orientation

    The interns begin their training year in mid-August, approximately two weeks prior to the beginning of the fall semester. The first week of orientation is designed to help interns acclimate to the working and learning environment in the Counseling Center and to familiarize them with Suffolk University's urban campus and with the Beacon Hill/Boston area in which the University is located. The interns are given a campus and community tour and are introduced to key administrators, faculty and staff. Interns also meet with the Office Manager of the Center, who helps them to begin learning about office procedures and administrative requirements, as well as about University policies and procedures. They also meet daily with the Training Director to facilitate their transition to Suffolk University, to discuss the goals and requirements of the training program, and to plan training of Resident Assistants in the University's Residence Life program.

    During the second week of orientation, in collaboration with the Training Director, and/or the senior staff members, interns provide nine-to-twelve hours of training for Resident Assistants. RA training provides an early opportunity for interns to become familiar with the varied issues common to residence hall living, helping them to begin the development of a working relationship with each other, as well as initiating mentoring relationships with small groups of RAs.

    The third week of orientation is held the first week of the semester. During this period, interns meet with the staff of the Counseling Center in a variety of orientation/training sessions. Topics that are addressed include an introduction and review of Counseling Center policies and procedures, training in crisis intervention and referral procedures, and the Center's intake process and emergency procedures. Interns also meet with their primary supervisor to review the Intern Self-Assessment and to begin discussion of training goals and objectives. After discussions with their primary supervisor, training goals for each intern are incorporated into individual training contracts for the academic year.

    At the conclusion of the orientation period, interns begin working directly with clients who seek services in the Counseling Center. They also begin providing one half-day per week of walk-in/emergency coverage, on a rotational basis with other staff members. 

    Individual Clinical Supervision

    Interns are assigned primary clinical supervisors from September through the middle of May. Individual clinical and consultative supervision is provided by licensed psychologists, with each intern receiving a minimum of two hours of individual supervision and two hours of group supervision for a minimum of four hours weekly. On average, one hour of individual supervision is provided for every five clients seen by interns. The goal of individual supervision is to provide an ongoing mentoring relationship for interns and to provide support and intentional guidance for the development of the interns' conceptualizations, clinical assessment, and intervention skills. Individual supervision also allows for an in-depth evaluation of interns' clinical and professional development throughout the course of their training experience.

    In addition to case and clinical presentations and discussions, interns are required to present a minimum of eight videotapes of their clinical sessions per semester. These tapes are used in supervision to examine the therapeutic process, technique and case management issues, and the development of the helping relationship. The tapes are also used as part of the intern's supervision/training work with first year-Clinical trainees. Interns utilize tapes of their intake and treatment sessions to demonstrate counseling techniques.

    During the summer months, interns receive individual and group supervision for a minimum of four hours per week, provided by the senior staff on a rotational basis. This allows interns to have supervisory contacts with each member of the senior staff and to be exposed to different styles and goals for supervision. 

    Training Seminars & Supervision

    Three internship seminar series are offered concurrently throughout the academic year: (1) Empirically Supported Treatments, (2) Outreach, Training and Consultation, and (3) Supervision Skills and Services. There are also two monthly Dialogue Series: Multicultural Dialogue and Dialogue with the Training Director.

    Components of the seminars are sequenced and presented in such a way that they maximize learning opportunities for interns. After orientation to the topic area and how it fits the training and service goals of the Center, basic skills are reviewed and refined. This learning foundation is supported throughout the internship year by means of didactic information, experiential exercises and activities, and individual and/or group supervision of actual cases and clinical situations.

    Empirically Supported Treatments (ESTs) Seminar: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

    In seminars held throughout the academic year, values and assumptions underlying brief therapies are made explicit and compared with values and assumptions inherent in longer-term dynamic therapy. Please note that DBT and ACT are not the predominant approaches of the Center: however, they are the focus of the ESTs seminar and are utilized by some supervisors. The format is didactic and experiential, with emphasis on reviewing theoretical concepts as well as learning, practicing and implementing DBT and ACT skills and techniques. Integration with psychodynamic models and other models is also discussed. The emphasis on ACT and DBT is supplemented by individual supervision, clinical case conferences, and presentations by guest speakers. Topics addressed in the seminar include identification and management of crisis situations, regulation of emotion, interpersonal difficulties, anxiety, panic and depression. Therapy skills and outcomes are evaluated via case assessments. 

    Outreach, Training, and Consultation

    Throughout the year, interns meet with a senior staff member in an Outreach, Training and Consultation seminar which is both didactic and supervisory. Initial focus is on the theories and methods of outreach, training, and consultation. In addition, personal skills and goals, needs assessment strategies, the role of consultation in the development of professional psychologists, and the organizational issues of the campus community are also discussed. During the year, interns are required to complete at least one outreach project, one training project, and one consultation project. These projects are determined by the needs of the campus community and the skills and interests of the interns involved. As interns develop their outreach, training, and consultation initiatives, the seminar also provides an opportunity for group supervision of their projects. Additional formal and informal supervision is also provided by various members of the senior staff. 

    Supervision Skills and Services

    Throughout the year, the interns meet in the Supervision of Supervision seminar that has both a didactic and supervisory orientation. Initial focus is on the theories and models of supervision, understanding the developmental stage and experience level of the supervisee, fostering a trusting and safe supervisory relationship, as well as on the professional, legal, and ethical issues that relate to the provision of supervision. Interns have the opportunity to provide supervision to a Practicum student from from the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program or Counseling, Masters Degree Program. Interns receive weekly group supervision of their supervision. Additional supervision is also available per request of the interns. The main focus of the supervision is the supervisees' counseling skills, development as a clinician, and/or clinical consultant. However, feedback is given to interns regarding specific skills and supervisory styles in order to further evaluate their growth in terms of their skills and comfort levels as supervisors. A case conference model is utilized with an emphasis on peer consultation, tape presentations, and dialogue. Interns receive feedback from participating staff supervisors and from their cohort group. 

    Dialogue with the Training Director

    The dialogues with the Training Director are designed to provide interns with a theoretical and practical overview of how ethical guidelines and professional standards inform and direct individual conduct as psychologists. The Training Director facilitates a series of discussions that address the significant clinical and administrative changes undergone by university counseling centers and highlight current professional standards and expectations for the delivery of counseling services on college campuses. External pressures which impact on the delivery of psychological services, including federal and state legislation and managed care initiatives, are also reviewed in an effort to prepare interns for practice as entry-level psychologists.

    At the conclusion of the internship, interns are expected to demonstrate applied knowledge of APA ethical principles and standards, as well as other relevant local and national statutes and guidelines for the practice of psychology. Such documents are available to interns and are reviewed during the orientation period and throughout the year, as needed. 

    Multicultural Dialogues/Multicultural Competence

    The Multicultural Dialogues provide a directed opportunity to develop personal awareness, discuss diverse topics, practice developing skills, and to learn from each other regarding multicultural issues. The goal of the dialogue is to help the interns and senior staff to develop, use and expand their personal awareness, knowledge, and skills to interact more effectively with an increasingly diverse population. Discussions, experiential exercises, and presentations by campus and community experts in culture and cultural diversity are used to increase awareness of culture-bound values and underlying assumptions and to build knowledge and skills related to the full range of psychologists' professional activities.
    Clinical Case Conference

    Each intern is responsible for a minimum of two clinical case presentations throughout the academic year. At least one of the case presentations must focus on multicultural relationship issues, cross-cultural communication, and/or cultural assumptions about counseling. The 60 to 90 minute group consultation focuses on the assessment, diagnostic, conceptual and intervention skills of the interns. Interns present videotaped counseling sessions when possible together with a written summary of the client and the issues/questions the intern wishes to address during the case conference. The interns are taught to use the Case Summary Worksheet and are required to follow this format in presenting clinical data for at least one of the case conferences. Clinical Case Conferences are facilitated by the Training Director and attended by at least one other senior clinician on a rotational basis. This system is intended to complement the more intensive weekly individual supervision and provides opportunities for interns to become familiar with the various supervisory styles and theoretical orientations of the senior staff.
    Meetings with Training Director

    Regular informal meetings with the Training Director offer additional support in a collegial settings. These meetings provide a forum for interns to discuss their training and supervisory experiences with someone other than their primary supervisors. These meetings provide an opportunity for open discussion of relationships with other university staff and faculty as well as any other concerns that may arise. The Training Director provides regular feedback on interns' overall performance as members of the Counseling Center staff, and interns in turn provide feedback on the training program. Finally, such meetings allow the interns the opportunity to share and discuss concerns about their training experiences with a non-supervising staff member. 

    Peer Supervision/Intern Support

    Interns meet weekly to build an effective collegial cadre, to provide peer supervision and support, and to discuss reactions and needs related to the training program. The format of the group meetings are determined by each intern group. 

    In-Service Presentations and Seminars

    Fall In-Service seminars are designed to provide interns with didactic information related to the provision of clinical services to student populations on campus. Specific summer presentations are scheduled based upon intern requests, availability of funds, and availability of speakers. If interns are interested in special topics that have not been addressed during the spring or fall, the Training Director schedules speakers when possible. Recent in-service seminars, presented by either senior staff or invited speakers, have included:

    • Rape Trauma Assessment, Treatment, and Referrals
    • Evaluation and Treatment of Eating Disorders on Campus
    • Crises Intervention: Assessment and Interventions
    • Motivational Interviewing and Substance Abuse Treatment
    • Early Career Development and Licensing

    Off-Campus Conferences, Workshops, and Professional Meetings

    Interns are provided with opportunities to attend off-campus conferences, continuing education workshops/seminars and professional meetings. The Counseling Center provides release time and participation in training and professional development activities in the Greater Boston area.

  • Training Requirements

    In order to meet expectations as psychologists-in-training, interns are required to complete the following assignments during the training year:

    • Participate in the initial and ongoing orientation program.
    • Participate in the training of Residence Hall assistants.
    • Be responsible for managing a client caseload of 18-20 clients
    • Schedule appointments and manage client caseloads by using Counseling Center computer scheduling program (Titanium Scheduler).
    • Be conversant with and adhere to all policies and procedures of the Suffolk University Counseling Center.
    • Develop treatment plans for clients who have attended four or more sessions (using the Treatment Planning Form), and review/update plans on a regular basis with clinical supervisor.
    • Bring to each supervision session a written summary for each client, including: name, file number, session number, a short synopsis of treatment status, and discussion points for supervision.
    • Notify clients of training status in the Counseling Center, including the time-limited nature of their treatment and the requirements inherent in supervisory and consultative relationship;
    • Maintain comprehensive case notes for each client contact;
    • Present a minimum of two (2) clinical case conference presentations during the internship year; including submitting written summaries for each clinical presentation. At least one of the case presentations must focus on multicultural relationship issues, cross-cultural communication, and/or cultural assumptions about counseling;
    • Videotape all clients who consent to be taped:
      • A minimum of 8 different clients' sessions need to be reviewed in supervision each semester, at least 4 clients per supervisor.
      • Webcams should be prepared prior to each intake session and all appropriate clients should be approached at that time.
      • Supervisors will be provided with a least one session to review by September 15th.
    • Participate in all meetings, in-service presentation and training seminars;
    • Design, implement and evaluate a minimum of one outreach project, a training project, a consultation project and/or a group co-facilitation project;
    • Obtain signed consent forms from each client for any contact made on behalf of the client and for audio/video taping of sessions;
    • Complete termination summaries for all clients seen for four or more sessions during the internship year;
    • Complete all required paperwork 
    • Complete the following evaluation forms: Self-Assessment, Orientation Evaluation, Intern Evaluation, Internship Program Evaluation, Intern Evaluation of Supervisor, Evaluation of Co-facilitator/Supervisee, Internship Program Summary/Narrative Evaluation;
    • Adhere to established ethical standards and guidelines for the practice of psychology, including the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists, Standards of Providers of Psychological Services, Specialty Guidelines for the Delivery of Psychological Services, Accreditation Guidelines for University and College Counseling Services (IACS); Guidelines for Psychotherapy with Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Clients; APA Guidelines for Providers of Psychological Services to Ethnic, Linguistic, and Culturally Diverse Populations;
    • Adhere to existing state, local and national statures governing the practice of psychology.
    • Utilize Medicat to keep tract of all internship hours including: direct clinical contact hours, case management, preparation for seminars, hours spent on dissertation or other research, preparation for OTC projects, indirect service hours and all other work related activities. Hours should total to 2000 or more for the year.
    • Provide 500 hours of direct clinical service of direct clinical service which is defined as face to face individual and group counseling.
    • Five personal days are allotted for the year. Time off requests should be made at least 10 days in advance. Any personal leave time granted beyond 5 days must be made-up during the year.
  • Intern Evaluation Process

    The Intern Self-Assessment is completed during orientation. The assessment is shared with the primary supervisor prior to setting training/learning goals for the internship program. The goals established will help frame the work of supervision and training. The Suffolk University Counseling Center Intern Evaluation Form is completed by both the primary supervisor and the intern (self-evaluation) in December and May. Each supervisory dyad reviews the intern's performance as reflected by the various means of evaluation in December and May. Summary evaluations of each intern are completed by the Training Director at the middle and end of the internship experience and submitted to the Training Director of the intern's graduate program. In addition to the formal evaluation, staff members provide ongoing assessment and feedback to interns using the following means:

    • Weekly supervision sessions
    • Case conferences where interns share their clinical work with two senior staff and other intern
    • Scheduled meetings with the Training Director
    • Weekly consultation and outreach supervision
    • Informal (unscheduled) individual supervisory meetings
    • Scheduled training seminars throughout the year

    INTERNSHIP PROGRAM IN PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
    APPLICATION PROCESS

    Internships Available

    Three full-time twelve month internships are available for the academic year 2013-2014. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited doctoral program in psychology and have recent supervised clinical experience. The internship provides 2000 supervised hours during the training year. Candidates do not have to be United States citizens to apply. The stipend for 2013-2014 will be approximately $28,000.
    Criteria for Selection of Interns

    The following criteria are among those considered when selecting interns:

    • Emotional and social maturity
    • Relevant clinical experience demonstrating skills in areas such as: intake assessment, individual and group treatment, consultation, outreach, and research
    • Experience and interest in working with diverse client populations and commitment to continuing development of multicultural competencies
    • Willingness to learn and apply new clinical conceptualizations and strategies in a university setting
    • Capacity to participate effectively as a team member of the Counseling Center staff
    • Overall sense of goodness of fit with supervisors and administrators in the Center
    • Ability to use various conceptual frameworks in applied psychology.
    • Interest and/or experience in conducting consultation and outreach programs
    • Interest and/or experience in conducting crisis assessments and emergency hospitalization
    • Interest and/or experience in conducting supervision

    Application Procedures

    Applicants for a Suffolk University Counseling Center Internship in Professional Psychology must submit the following by November 8, 2013.

    • APPIC Application for Psychology Internship (AAPI2013) Form (This on-line application form is available from the APPIC Web Site at http://www.appic.org/ ).
    • Transcripts of related graduate work (official copy not required)
    • Three (3) letters of reference, including one from the most recent clinical supervisor. Letters from clinical supervisors are preferred.
    • Current Vita

    Applicants must register to participate in the APPIC Matching Program. To do so, each applicant must complete an Applicant Agreement Form and return it to National Matching Services, Inc.

    To obtain an Applicant Agreement Form and materials describing the APPIC Matching Program, you must complete the Request For Applicant Agreement Package form and return it to the National Matching Services, Inc. An Agreement package will be sent by first class mail. Please note that it may take up to two (2) weeks to receive this package. If you wish to contact National Matching Services, Inc. directly, use the address below:

    National Matching Services, Inc.
    595 Bay Street
    Suite 301, Box 29
    Toronto, Ontario
    CANADA M5G 2C2
    Telephone: (416) 977-3431
    Fax: (416) 977-5020

    If you have other questions concerning internship applications and/or guidelines, please contact the American Psychological Association at the following address:

    Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
    American Psychological Association
    750 First Street, N.E.
    Washington, D.C. 20002-4242
    Telephone: (202) 336-5979
    Fax: (202) 336-5978
    Internship Matching Program, Schedule of Dates

    • August, 2013 - Internship Site agreements for participation in the Match are sent to internship training directors, who must return their Agreements to National Matching Services Inc.
    • August, 2013 - December, 2013 - Beginning in August, applicants can register for the APPIC Match online via the Match web site at www.natmatch.com/psychint.
      Applicants must contact and apply internship programs independently of the Match. Application deadlines for programs vary: therefore, applicants should check with programs regarding their deadline dates.
    • October 1, 2013 - By this date, a list of programs participating in the Match will be available for access by applicants and programs on the Match web site at www.natmatch.com/psychint.
    • November 8, 2013 - Suffolk University Counseling Center Application Deadline
    • December 1, 2013 - Recommended date by which applicants should register for the Match.
    • December 31, 2013 - By this date, instructions for submitting Rank Order Lists and obtaining Match results will be available to applicants and training sites registered to participate in the Match.
    • January 23, 2014- Applicants and programs will be able to submit Rank Order Lists for Phase I of the Match beginning on this date.
    • February 6, 2014 - Phase I Rank Order List Deadline: The deadline for submission of applicant and program Rank Order Lists for Phase I of the Match will be 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on this date. No applicant or program registrations for the Match can be accepted after this date.
    • February 22, 2014 - APPIC Phase I Match Day: Results of Phase I of the Match are released to applicants and training directors. Internship training directors must send letters of confirmation of the Match result for Phase I to matched applicants and their academic training directors within 72 hours, according to the APPIC Match Policies.
      The list of programs with unfilled positions in Phase I of the Match will be provided on the Match web site beginning at 11:00 am. Easter Standard Time on this date. No action to fill positions remaining unfilled after Phase I is to be taken prior to 11:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on this date.
    • February 28, 2014 - The deadline for applicants to submit applications to programs participating in Phase II of the Match will be 11:00 am Eastern Standard Time on this date. All programs participating in Phase II of the Match must accept applications until this deadline. Programs may elect to continue accepting applications for Phase II of the Match beyond this deadline, but are not required to do so.
    • March 18, 2014 - Phase II Rank Order List Deadline: The deadline for submission of applicant and program Rank Order Lists for Phase II of the Match will be 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on this date.
    • March 25, 2014 - APPIC Phase II Match Day: Results of Phase II of the Match are released to applicant and training directors. Internship training directors must send letters of confirmation of the Match result for Phase II to matched applicants and their academic training directors within 72 hours, according to the APPIC Match Policies.
      The APPIC Post-Match Vacancy service will provide information on open positions beginning at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on this date. No action to fill positions remaining unfilled after Phase II is to be taken prior to 11:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on this date.

    This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant.

    Submit On-Line Application materials to:

    E-Mail: mailto:cci@suffolk.edu
    Dr. Lynda Field, Director of Training
    Suffolk University Counseling Center
    8 Ashburton Place
    Boston, MA 02108-2770

    Tel: (617) 573-8226
    Fax: (617) 227-3685

  • Counseling Center Staff

    Counseling Center Staff

    Jean M. Joyce-Brady, Ph.D.
    University of Maryland
    jmjoyce-brady@suffolk.edu

    Paul R. Korn, Ph.D.
    University of Connecticut
    pkorn@suffolk.edu

    Lynda D. Field, Ph.D.
    University of Denver
    lfield@suffolk.edu

    Kathryn Jackson, Ph.D.
    Temple University
    kjackson@suffolk.edu

    Bryan Mendiola, Psy.D.
    University of Denver
    bmendiola@suffolk.edu

    Kinga A. Pastuszak, Psy.D.
    George Washington University
    kpastusz@suffolk.edu 

    Teresa Blevins, Ph.D., CLYL       
    Aurburn University
    tblevins@suffolk.edu

    Interns, 2013-2014

    Ashley Kies, M.S.
    University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
    E-mail: alkies@suffolk.edu

    Samantha Morris, M.A. 
    University of Hartford
    E-mail: srmorris@suffolk.edu

    Sarah Piontkowski, M.A.
    University of Maryland at College Park
    E-mail: spiontkowski@suffolk.edu

    Staff Adminstration

    Sheila McCarthy
    smccarth@suffolk.edu

    Joyce Gilardi
    jgilardi@suffolk.edu