Training Program for Graduate Students in Mental Health Fields
The Graduate Training Program at Cabrini University’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers training opportunities for two Doctoral and/or Master’s Degree students in clinical or counseling psychology, social work, and related fields. We strive to provide excellent training experiences with high-quality supervision and a developmental approach to the trainee’s growth as a clinician. Practicum students/interns will provide services to a diverse population of undergraduate students, presenting with a wide range of clinical concerns and needs. Trainees will also have opportunities to engage in a variety of outreach and prevention initiatives throughout the year. Social Work interns also gain experience in case management and multidisciplinary support, both within CAPS as well as with other related teams at the University, such as our weekly committee to support struggling and at-risk students.
The Graduate Training Program begins in mid-to late August with a full-day training followed by the start of regularly scheduled hours to coincide with the beginning of the Cabrini fall academic schedule in late August. The training program ends in early May with the end of Cabrini’s spring semester. Extension into the summer is possible with prior approval for those students whose programs require this. Practicum students spend 2-3 days per week on-site during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4pm). All practicum students must attend the weekly case conference/ group supervision meetings on Fridays from 10am-12pm.
Clinical Training and Professional Development Activities
Intakes: Practicum students will conduct initial intake evaluations, following a biopsychosocial format, in order to gather initial information about presenting problems and counseling needs. This intake evaluation also allows practicum students to assess for clinical risks, provide feedback and psychoeducation to clients, develop an initial working alliance and rapport, and formulate diagnostic impressions and initial treatment recommendations.
Individual Therapy: Practicum students will carry a caseload of individual counseling clients, typically seeing 8-10 students per week, depending on the number of hours required by their educational program. Counseling clients will be Cabrini undergraduate students. While CAPS generally provides short-term therapy, the length of treatment is dependent on the needs of the clients. Practicum students can expect to see some longer-term cases and some whose needs are addressed in a shorter period of time.
Outreach: There are numerous opportunities for practicum students to engage in outreach and prevention initiatives during their training year. CAPS staff conduct Stress Management Workshops through the Center for Student Success, and will design and deliver outreach and prevention initiatives on a variety of topics of interest to the students and staff.
Consultation: Practicum students often have the opportunity to consult with various members of the campus community as well as off-campus providers and parents. Consultations may include facilitating additional supports for students with the Center for Student Success or other campus support services, involving parents in a student’s mental health care, collaborating with the Disability Resource Center, or consulting with a student on strategies for supporting a friend who is struggling.
Case Management: Social Work interns will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of support services and case management activities serving the students in the counseling center, as well as assisting with supporting students referred to the CARE Team (weekly committee meeting to review students who are struggling to determine which supports would be beneficial to them).
Supervision: All practicum students receive one hour per week of direct, face-to-face, individual supervision from a Staff Psychologist, Licensed Professional Counselor, or Licensed Clinical Social Worker. We take a developmental approach to supervision, matching the supervisee’s needs with training goals. Supervision will focus on individual therapy and intake skills, professional documentation, case conceptualization, treatment planning, outreach presentation skills, and professional behavior. Practicum students will receive ongoing feedback throughout the year, as well as summative evaluations at the end of each semester.
Case Conference: Case Conferences occur every Friday from 10am-12pm, and include all clinical staff (Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and all practicum students.) This weekly Case Conference provides an opportunity to engage in training for outreach initiatives and relevant clinical topics, and to present cases in a group setting. Practicum students will have the opportunity to present several cases throughout the year and are expected to actively participate in each weekly meeting. This is also an opportunity to gain group supervision on challenging clinical issues as they arise throughout the year.
Note: During the covid pandemic, most services at CAPS have shifted to a telehealth approach. As we move through 2021, decisions will be made regarding the continued use of telehealth vs returning to primarily in-person services for the 2021-2022 academic year. More information is to be shared as decisions are made on this. Practicum student activities may involve a combination of in-person and telehealth-based services, depending on the covid mitigation efforts in place for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Application Process and Deadlines
Cabrini University’s Counseling and Psychological Services accepts applications for the Graduate Training Program on a rolling basis beginning in December and continuing until both positions have been filled. Interviews will be offered to selected candidates for late January and into February. If all positions are not filled at that time, we will continue to accept and review applications until all positions have been filled. We are not currently participating in the Greater Philadelphia Area Uniform Time Line for Practicum Applications (PENDELDOT) program.
Applicants should submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae or resume via email to Dr. Alissa Brown, Director of Counseling, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Selected applicants will be invited for an interview to be held in person. Offers will be contingent upon clearance of a Criminal Background Check and Child Abuse Clearance to be provided by the applicant.
All questions about the Graduate Training Program or application process may be directed to Dr. Alissa Brown at email@example.com or 610-902-8596.