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Clinical Training Program

Each academic year, we select three doctoral-level trainees. 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.
 

Staff

In the Counseling Center, we serve all full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students. We espouse a short term treatment model and the length of treatment is determined by client needs. Although our staff have a wide range of theoretical orientations, our focus is on helping trainees develop and enhance their own clinical identity through a developmental model. 

Our staff includes:

  • Five licensed psychologists
  • Consulting psychiatrist in office at least ten hours per week during the academic year
  • Administrative Staff Members

 

Requirements

  • Trainees generally carry 10 to 15 cases during the academic year, depending on their weekly schedule. Even though we operate on a short-term model, trainees can work with some clients throughout the academic year for training purposes.
  • Audiotaping is required for all sessions and tapes and audio recorders will be provided. Videotaping may also be used. 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 will also be expected to engage in weekly crisis intervention services.
  • Trainees are required to co-facilitate at least one counseling group and are required 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 are also required to present one case and one topical presentation during their training year. They will also participate in weekly peer supervision and didactic trainings.
  • Trainees must carry their own liability insurance and will be asked to provide documentation for office records at the start of their training.
  • For trainees with specific interests or unique training needs, our staff will do its best to accommodate when possible.
     

Supervision

In addition to case consultation time, trainees are assigned a primary and a secondary supervisor. Both supervisors 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. Trainees will also receive thirty minutes of group supervision each week when groups are running. In addition, trainees will attend biweekly peer supervision meetings.
 

Schedule

The training year begins the last week in August and continues through the middle of May, depending on program requirements. Trainees work 24 to 28 hours per week. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. We believe in encouraging and modeling a good work life balance so trainees should not plan on working when the office is closed.

Trainees and the training coordinator work together to determine their work schedule, however trainees must be present for our weekly case conference on Tuesdays from 8:30am-12pm. The case conference is attended by all clinical staff, trainees, and the consulting psychiatrist. The first hour focuses on case management while the second hour typically covers topical areas relevant to college counseling.

On a monthly basis staff from the Center for Health and Wellness attend these meetings. Other professionals in the university will also 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 mid to late 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.
 

Application Process

Our site is participating in the Practicum Training Collaborative (PTC) and will therefore be following their deadlines. Applications are accepted starting December 1, 2016 for the 2017-2018 academic year and candidates are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible.  Our application deadline is January 3, 2017. Applications are reviewed by the entire staff and selected applicants are invited to interview. Position nofication day is Monday, February 6, 2017. All three positions currently carry a stipend totaling $4,500. 

When selecting trainees, both previous experiences and degrees are considered; however, the most competitive candidates typically have counseling/therapy related supervised experience of at least one year. Trainees are typically students enrolled in a doctoral program in counseling or clinical psychology. 

To apply, send the following to Meghan Van Keuren, Psy.D, training coordinator, at mvankeuren@bentley.edu

  • Letter of interest
  • Resume or CV
  • Three references