Dr. Inez Strama, Supervising Clinical Psychologist, discusses the SCS clinical fellowship and extern/practicum training program.
The Graduate Center provides clinical training to six-to-eight carefully selected social workers and predoctoral fellows. Participants are advanced doctoral students in The Graduate Center's Social Welfare Ph.D. program and in clinical and counseling psychology programs in New York City. Fellows work part time providing short-term psychotherapy services to Graduate Center students. Fellows also co-lead workshops and groups and participate in case conferences and reading seminars.
Fellows are supervised by our senior staff, composed of four psychologists with extensive experience in psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral therapy, and other approaches. Additional supervision is provided by outside volunteer supervisors. All of our supervisors are licensed clinical psychologists, and most are also graduates of advanced training programs in psychotherapy.
We place special value on creating a supportive learning community among our staff and fellows, and we are careful to ensure that service needs do not crowd out the training needs of our fellows. It means a lot to us that our fellows consistently rate our program as one of the best they have experienced, providing a depth of training and support.
Our fellowship program is 16 hours weekly, and runs from the end of August through the following August. (When current fellows start new fellowships or internships in July, we allow flexibility with summer scheduling so that all training needs are met.) Individual fellow schedules are worked out based on your availability, although everyone is required to attend the weekly seminar on Fridays from 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fellows work with their supervisors to develop a thoughtful training plan for the year, and we provide feedback on developing competencies midyear and toward the end of the externship.
Fellows receive two hours of individual supervision, with additional supervision through case presentations at our weekly 2.5-hour seminar meetings. Students co-facilitating groups and workshops (usually together with senior staff members) have additional group supervision.
How to Apply
Doctoral psychology students should apply through the APA externship portal at http://psychpracticum.apa.org/.
Social workers can inquire about the fellowship through The Graduate Center's Social Welfare Ph.D. program.
Applications should include:
- a cover letter
- your CV
- an eligibility letter from your program
- two letters of recommendation (at least one from a clinical supervisor or someone who can speak about the your clinical skills)
- a brief (two- to three-page) anonymized case summary.
A well-developed didactic seminar series introduces fellows to short-term dynamic psychotherapy and to cognitive behavioral therapy, covering important issues including initial assessments, risk evaluations, working with diverse clients, working within the current socio-political climate, acceptance and commitment therapy, and emotion-focused couples therapy.
Sample Past and Anticipated Future Training Seminar Speakers:
Robert Hatcher, Ph.D., Director, The Graduate Center’s Wellness Center
Seminar Topic(s): Responsiveness in Psychotherapy; Learning the Cognitive-Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP); CBT
Hanna Levenson, Ph.D., Author of Time-Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy: A Guide to Clinical Practice
Seminar Topic(s): Time-Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy (TLDP)
Arielle Shanok, Ph.D., Deputy Director, The Graduate Center’s Wellness Center
Seminar Topic(s): CBT & Dynamic Integration
Nicole Elden, Psy.D., Assistant Director, The Graduate Center’s Wellness Center
Seminar Topic(s): Parenting While in Graduate School; Multicultural Issues in Therapy; CBT and TLDP
Inez Strama, Psy.D.,CGP Supervising Clinical Psychologist, Certified Group Psychotherapist, The Graduate Center, CUNY Wellness Center
Seminar Topic(s): Group Dynamics: The Theory and Practice of Group Therapy; CBT
Sigal Zilcha-Mano, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Haifa
Seminar Topic(s): The Therapeutic Alliance, Interpersonal Factors, and Processes of Change
Jack Pula, M.D., Psychiatrist, Private Practice
Seminar Topic(s): Addressing the Needs of Transgendered Clients
Zoya Simakhodskaya, Ph.D., Executive Director, New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy
Seminar Topic(s): Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
Merav Gur, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice
Seminar Topic(s): Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Karen Starr, Psy.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Writing Coach, Private Practice
Seminar Topic(s): Social and Political Issues in the Therapy Room
Alice Mangan, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice
Seminar Topic(s): Working with the LGBTQIA+ Graduate Student Population