Each academic year, we select three doctoral-level practicum or intern students. Our training program is highly regarded; past trainees have commented on the collegiality of our staff and openness to working with them on all professional issues. In addition, the wide range of presenting concerns, the quality of the supervision and staff, and the psycho-educational opportunities make this a well-rounded experience.
The center is a pleasant space for staff and clients, and we maintain an informal atmosphere that seems best for the students. However, staff members are held to the highest professional expectations at all times and the relaxed atmosphere should not be mistaken for relaxed standards.
In the Counseling Center, we serve all full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students. Our staff includes:
- Five PhD psychologists
- Consulting psychiatrist in office at least six hours per week during the academic year
- Assistant director of disability services
In addition, we have a strong connection to the Center for Health and Wellness with regular joint meetings and consultation.
Although our staff have a wide range of theoretical orientations, we hold a strong student development bias and works closely with many on-campus offices. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for short-term therapy, with the length of treatment determined by client needs.
Trainees generally carry 10 to 15 cases during the academic year, depending on their weekly schedule. Although we operate on a short-term model, trainees can work with some clients for a longer term for training purposes.
Audiotaping is required for all sessions and tapes and audio recorders will be provided. Supervisors vary in their emphasis on the use of tapes during supervision. Psychological testing is not done on a routine basis. Trainees that have an interest in this area can work with their supervisor to identify appropriate clients for testing.
The Counseling Center uses Titanium, an electronic scheduling and documentation system that streamlines the documentation process. Documentation and scheduling must be completed in a timely manner.
Trainees are encouraged to co-facilitate any counseling groups we offer and are expected to engage in outreach or community prevention efforts for residence halls, student organizations, or academic classes or work groups when the opportunity is available.
Trainees must carry their own liability insurance and will be asked to provide documentation for office records.
In addition to case consultation time, trainees are assigned a primary and a secondary supervisor, both of whom are licensed psychologists and provide consistent, scheduled hourly individual supervision each week. Although two hours of supervision are scheduled, the entire staff is responsive to trainee needs, and informal consultation with any clinician is welcomed and encouraged.
The training year begins the last week in August and continues through the middle of May. Trainees work 20 to 28 hours weekly, depending on academic requirements. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Trainees should not plan on working when the office is closed.
Trainees determine their work schedule during office hours, but must be present for our weekly case conferences and staff meetings, which are usually on the same day. The case conference is attended by all clinical staff and covers topical areas relevant to college counseling for training purposes. We also discuss cases and other clinical issues. Trainees are expected to make one formal case presentation.
On a monthly basis, the consulting psychiatrist and staff from the Center for Health and Wellness attend these meetings. Other professionals in the university may be invited to provide trainees with an overview of relevant offices and student groups comprising the Bentley community.
A three-day orientation to Titanium, office policies and procedures, and the university occurs during the last week of August before the start of classes. The exact dates of this orientation are determined toward the end of the summer. In addition, orientation includes informal time with each staff member to encourage better integration and comfort with our entire staff.
Bentley is closed for one week between the Christmas and New Year holidays. Other time away from the office can be negotiated, particularly when classes are not in session. Every effort is made to meet program requirements for contact hours with clients and for supervision.
Applications are accepted in January for the following academic year. Although there is no deadline, we encourage applications in early January, as positions are filled on a rolling basiss. We will select the first three qualified applicants to apply. Applications are reviewed by the entire staff and selected applicants are invited to interview. All three positions carry a stipend.
When selecting trainees, both previous experiences and degrees are considered; however, the most competitive candidates have significant counseling/therapy experience with a firm academic grounding. Trainees usually have been doctoral students with a master’s degree or equivalent and have previous counseling experience.
To apply, send the following to Peter Forkner, Ph.D., training coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Letter of interest
- Resume or CV
- Three references