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Clinical Training Program
Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Clinical Training Program at Emerson Counseling and Psychological Services (ECAPS). Please browse the following information about our training program and application process, and feel free to contact ECAPS and/or the Training Director, Patricia Challan, Psy.D. for additional information.
Overview of Clinical Training Program
Each year, Emerson Counseling and Psychological Services (ECAPS) offers advanced training opportunities in college mental health. Our primary focus is providing triage and intake assessment and brief individual and group psychotherapy with a creative and accomplished student population. Trainees also have flexibility to see a few students longer term over the course of the academic year. We offer a unique balance of exposure to a high volume of client contact and the ability to focus on one’s own development as a clinician. Through intensive supervision, the use of process recordings and videotaping, and a variety of opportunities to present and discuss one’s clinical work, trainees leave ECAPS with increased experience, competence, and comfort conducting psychotherapy and in crisis management with a young adult population.
ECAPS is dedicated to the process of training students through the use of a trusting supervisory relationship. We encourage trainees to develop their own individual styles of counseling, with a solid foundation of experience and education to support their own individual professional growth. Supervision is a highly valued and essential component of our training program. Through dialogue and self-reflection, the focus of supervision is not only trainees’ clinical work, but also the professional and personal development of the therapist-in-training.
The training at ECAPS is designed to be a practical, pragmatic training for graduate students in the core functions of a psychologist or social worker in a college counseling center. Trainees have the opportunity to participate in a full range of activities engaged in by ECAPS staff, including individual and group psychotherapy, crisis intervention and risk assessment, outreach program development/presentation, consultation, and case management. The development of the trainee’s identity as a social worker or psychologist is an important part of the training experience. Aspects of that identity that are stressed include ethical awareness, appreciation of group and individual differences, multicultural awareness, and development of one's personal style as a professional.
All aspects of the training program are designed to facilitate the goals of the training year. Through the bi-weekly seminar series and monthly in-services, the trainee's knowledge base is broadened in specific topical and theoretical areas relating to brief treatment in a college setting. This may include eating disorders, self-injury, GLBTQ theory and practice, DBT, CBT, etc. Through the case conference and clinical team meetings, trainees refine their skills in presenting cases both in-depth and very succinctly. Through group supervision, trainees learn to be an effective peer supervisor with their colleagues and develop as group members.
Trainees are assigned a primary and secondary supervisor for the training year. Both supervisors are licensed and provide consistent, scheduled hourly individual supervision each week. In addition, each trainee will receive an hour of group supervision every other week. Although supervision time is scheduled, the entire ECAPS staff is available and responsive to trainee needs and informal consultation with any clinician is welcomed and encouraged.
ECAPS offers a variety of unpaid training opportunities to advanced practicum level students. We typically have three positions available each academic year, beginning in late August and ending in mid May. Students in psychology must be in their second year or above of a doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology by Fall 2019. Social work students must be in their second year of a master’s in social work program. Students may elect to be on site 24 hours/3 days per week (800 hours) or 32 hours/4 days per week (960 hours). Wednesday mornings are a required so that trainees can attend clinical team meetings and other training activities. Applicants must have at least one year of supervised clinical experience conducting individual therapy with an adolescent or adult population.
The post-doctoral position is full-time, 12-month placement. This position is funded, with full-benefits. More information and a full position description is available on the job posting web-page and in the Post-Doctoral Fellowship outline. Application deadline for the post-doctoral fellowship is January 15, 2019. Please feel free to contact Dr. Patricia Challan (see contact information below) for more information.
Application Deadline for Advanced Practicum: Priority application deadline is January 7, 2019 (received by date). Submissions prior to this date may allow for greater flexibility in scheduling of interviews. Applications may be accepted on a rolling basis after that date until all three positions are filled.?
Applicants should submit:
A cover letter detailing interest in the position
Current curriculum vitae
Current graduate transcripts
3 letters of recommendation (letters from placement supervisors preferred)
Send application materials to (emailed applications are?preferred):
Patricia A. Challan, Psy.D.
Director of Clinical Training
Emerson Counseling and Psychological Services
120 Boylston Street (mailing address)
216 Tremont Street (physical address)
Boston, MA 02116
Email:?patricia_challanemerson [dot] edu
For advanced practicum positions, ECAPS will abide by the policies recommended by the Practicum Training Collaborative (PTC). Please go to the?Massachusetts Practicum Training Collaborative website?for more information.?For the 2019-2020 recruitment cycle, applications are preferred in December 2018, but will be accepted until January 7, 2019.