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 and trainees are held to the highest professional expectations at all times.
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
- Trainees generally carry 12 to 20 cases during the academic year, depending on their weekly schedule. Trainees will have clients they see for shorter term treatment, while also having the opportunity to work with some clients throughout the academic year. Trainees typically see 10-15 clients per week.
- Audiotaping is required for all sessions and tapes and audio recorders will be provided. Videotaping is also 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 gain experience with crisis intervention and risk assessment via emergency appointments and intakes.
- Trainees are required to co-facilitate at least one Interpersonal Process Group assuming their schedules allow for it. Trainees will also develop and lead a skills group with the other trainees each semester.
- Trainees are required to engage in outreach and/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.
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 where their audio recordings are presented.
The training year begins the second to last week in August and continues through the middle to end of May, depending on program requirements. We require that trainees work a minimum of 24 hours per week, however many trainees work 27-30 hours depending on program requirements. 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 and the weekly training/peer supervision hour on Tuesday mornings (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 consultation with other departments and topical areas relevant to college counseling.
On a weekly 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 mandatory three-day orientation to Titanium, office policies and procedures, and the university occurs during the second to last week of August before the start of classes. The exact dates of this orientation are determined by early 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.
Our site is participating in the Practicum Training Collaborative (PTC) and will therefore be following their deadlines. Applications are accepted starting December 1, 2018 for the 2018-2019 academic year and candidates are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible. Our application deadline is January 2, 2019. Applications are reviewed by the entire staff and selected applicants are invited to interview. Position notification day is Monday, February 18, 2019. All three positions currently carry a stipend.
When selecting trainees, both previous experience and degrees are considered; however, the most competitive candidates typically have counseling/therapy related supervised experience of at least one to two years. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org;
- Letter of interest
- Resume or CV
- Three references