Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Psychology Practice
The mission of the fellowship is to provide high quality training to Fellows who have a passion for university counseling and who would like to further their professional development in college mental health practices with particular focus on clinical work with art students. The goal is that upon completion Fellows will be prepared for independent clinical work at a university counseling center or other clinical placements. With this aim, the post-doctoral program follows a practitioner-scholar model whereby clinical practice is informed by scholarly inquiry. As part of their training, Fellows participate in reading seminars and workshops run by invited speakers from the wider clinical community and whose expertise reflects the clinical concerns encountered working with young adults. The emphasis is on clinical practice embedded with scholarly skills including critical thinking, conceptualization, problem solving, and involvement in research/program evaluation. We are committed to training reflective and informed practitioners. The integration of practice and scholarship defines the training program.
The post-doctoral program in psychology offers three full-time psychoanalytically oriented fellowships for a 12-month training in college counseling with a stipend of $60,000 for 2024-25 year pending funding approval. Fellows are considered full members of staff and will deliver the full range of clinical service under supervision by a multidisciplinary team of licensed psychologists, clinical social workers, and psychiatrists. Fellows provide clinical care to students including individual and group therapy, triage consultations, intake assessments, case management, crisis intervention, urgent care, psycho-educational workshops, outreach, and referrals. All students seeking treatment are screened in a triage consultation for their first appointment. Fellows serve as members of the Triage Team and present their assessments during our disposition meetings where senior supervisory staff provide treatment recommendations. During these meetings Fellows have a voice in designing their caseloads based on experience level and interest. The majority of the Fellows time is spent providing individual psychotherapy which is coupled with extensive supervision, individually and in a group format alongside a weekly reading seminar with topics ranging from how to think about time as a function of clinical work with young adults, to the relationship between the individual and the social, to the study of the creative process. The Counseling Center does not have a fixed number of sessions and Fellows have an opportunity do goal-oriented work as well as more intensive work depending on students clinical need and presentation.
Clinical Training: 1 hour of individual supervision per week 2 hours of group supervision per week for individual therapy cases 1 hour of group supervision for group therapy 3 hours of multi-disciplinary disposition meetings per week 1 hour of staff meeting 2 hours didactic seminar per week Clinical Experience: Individual therapy – approximately 15 client caseload, intake interviewing, and assessment, group therapy case management crisis assessment, intervention, and urgent care consultation, referrals, outreach, and psycho-educational workshops.
We will begin reviewing applications in January. Interviews occur on a rolling basis for an August start date coinciding with the beginning of the university’s academic calendar. Orientation occurs virtually prior to the Fall semester. We will give priority to applications received before January 16th, 2024. Applications will be considered until positions are filled.
Training Program Contact Information
- Pre-doctoral externship in college mental health 2024-25: Currently accepting applications; applicants preferred entering 3rd year and above
The Counseling Center at the Pratt Institute offers services to its diverse and international community of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students studying in the Schools of Art, Design, Architecture, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Information. We are staffed by six full-time experienced clinicians; four psychologists and two clinical social workers, a part-time psychiatrist and three postdoctoral fellows in psychology, whose practice is informed by humanistic, developmental, psychodynamic, and cognitive behavioral theoretical orientations. Counseling Services are located in the main Brooklyn campus in the historic neighborhood of Clinton Hill and offers satellite services in its Manhattan campus in Union Square.
The pre-doctoral externship program in psychology offers four part-time (16 hours), psychoanalytically oriented externship positions for the 2024-25 academic year.
Externs provide clinical care to students including intake consultation, individual therapy, case management, crisis intervention and urgent care, and referrals. Externs have a voice in designing their caseloads based on experience level and interest. The majority of the externs time is spent providing individual psychotherapy under supervision. Externs are expected to see between 6 to 10 patients weekly. Externs participate together with our postdoctoral fellows in weekly reading and clinical seminars on topics ranging from how to think about time as a function of clinical work with young adults to the relationship between the individual and the social environment to the study of the creative process. Externs receive 1 hour of weekly individual supervision, 1 hour of weekly group supervision, 1 hour of multidisciplinary disposition team meeting, and 2 hours of didactics (a reading seminar on a wide range of clinical psychoanalytic topics and an adolescent development seminar). Additional clinical opportunities such as running groups and workshops are also possible with an additional 1 hour of weekly group supervision.
The Counseling Center does not have a fixed number of sessions and Externs have an opportunity do goal-oriented work as well as more intensive work depending on students’ clinical need and presentation.
Preference is given to students who are entering their 3rd year of clinical training at the start of the externship and have some prior clinical experience. Advanced students are especially encouraged to apply. Given the psychoanalytic nature of the externship we are especially interested in candidates who have a strong interest in applying psychoanalytic eas to working in a university based counseling center.
Please send application materials electronically in one pdf file including CV, cover letter and three references to Caroline Kasnakian, Psy.D, Director firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications can also be submitted through the portal.
In compliance with APPIC guidelines for the 2024-25 internship match, interviews will occur either in person or remote.
General information about externship site:
Director of the Program: Caroline Kasnakian
Training Director, (degree): PsyD
Length of externship (in months): academic year
Start Date: TBD/August 2024
End Date: TBD/May 2025
Preferences: students interested in working psychodynamically in a university based counseling center
Do you provide a stipend? If so how much?: no stipend
When do you expect to begin interviews? TBD
Interview process (provide information about interview process- time frame, how decisions are made) Also, do you conduct individual and/or group interviews; case presentation, other information?: following APPIC match guidelines
APPIC Website Entry:
Pre-Doctoral Externship Contact Information