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APA Accredited Internship in Health Services Psychology

Letter from Dr. Cristie Cunningham, Training Director / Associate Director of Counseling 

Welcome to the Drexel University Counseling Center Doctoral Internship website. Thank you for your interest in our training program, which is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association. I am pleased to announce that we had our site visit in December 2016 and we received accreditation for seven years. We offer four full-time twelve month doctoral internship positions for the next training year. Drexel University is centrally located in a vibrant, diverse city. Our internship is committed to fostering interns’ previously acquired competencies and personal interests, while also facilitating the development of a range of new clinical competencies using clinical theory and empirical research, and supporting and nurturing interns’ professional growth for independent practice. Interns have the opportunity to participate in a full array of roles that a counseling center psychologist would likely be expected to perform. Our training program is based on a developmental approach, where training is graded, sequential and cumulative as interns gain more autonomy and responsibility as the year progresses. Supervision is of utmost importance and interns are given ample support and safety nets to consult as needed. Each year we are excited to welcome our newest intern cohort and look forward to learning from one another and hearing different perspectives.

I applaud your commitment to the advancement of your degree and understand that the decision for internship placement is not one to be taken lightly. I hope that you will find our website to be helpful in determining if our training program is a good match for you. Again, thank you for your interest in our training program. We wish you the very best in your search and we look forward to an exciting 2021-2022 training year.

For more information, see below, download our Drexel Doctoral Internship brochure [PDF] or contact Cristie Cunningham at cc3935@drexel.edu with any further questions.

Training Philosophy

The conceptual framework of Drexel University’s Counseling Center's training model is based on a practitioner-scholar model whereby the emphasis on learning is through the integration of science and practice under clinical supervision, mentorship and didactic programming. Our mission is three-fold:

  1. To foster the growth of previously acquired competencies and personal interests
  2. To facilitate the development of a broad range of new clinical competencies using clinical theory and empirical research
  3. To support and nurture professional growth as our interns prepare to become independent practitioners

There are a number of activities we view as crucial components to our training philosophy, which include clinical supervision, didactics, informal peer to peer consultation, mentorship, consultation with staff members and review of professional literature. We believe in the importance of using a developmental and individualist approach to supervision that meets our interns where they are at, but also encourages the exploration of their own identities and beliefs to understand how their unique experiences and background informs their approach to treatment. The areas of functioning emphasized at our training site include: individual and group psychotherapy, crisis intervention, supervision, outreach, and consultation.

Professional Development

We believe professional development to be a cornerstone of training during internship year. Interns are trained as generalists to prepare them to enter a career as a psychologist in an array of settings not simply limited to college counseling. Interns are expected to develop skills and qualities that will assist them in becoming a valued colleague. Interns are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, with special attention to the qualities such as conscientiousness, maturity, personal responsibility, independence, and the ability to self-assess. Support is provided in the forms of supervision, collaboration opportunities with other staff, mentorship, and seminars focusing on topics such as licensure, professional development and the EPPP.   

Diversity and Inclusion

Drexel University is a culturally-diverse, urban institution, attracting students from around the globe (see Drexel’s FactBook for more detailed statistics on diversity at Drexel: http://www.drexel.edu/provost/irae/factbook/drexel_factbook/). Our center treats students from various ethnic and cultural groups, and therefore is committed to training interns to integrate a multicultural approach into all areas of their work. Trainees are expected to provide individual and group therapy to students from diverse backgrounds, as well as participating in outreach efforts with multicultural groups on campus, and to consult and collaborate with culturally diverse professionals. Ongoing supervision and diversity seminars are provided with an expectation that interns self-reflect to better understand how their lived experiences and backgrounds shape their work with students and others. 

Interdisciplinary Approach

Our site is comprised of psychologists, a psychiatrist, a licensed professional counselor and a case manager. Additionally, the Counseling Center is integrated within the university; collaborating with various departments including physicians through the Student Health Center, the Career Counseling office, the Office of Disabilities, and the International Student Support office to name a few. Therefore, we emphasize the importance of consultation and collaboration from a interdisciplinary approach. Through case conference and staff meetings, supervision, seminars, and staff collaboration, interns are supported in their development of comfort working from this standpoint.

Goals and Competencies

Goal #1: Conceptualization and Intervention

Interns will further develop case conceptualization and intervention skills and will use these skills when working with a range of presenting problems in various treatment modalities (individual and group therapy).

  • Objective #1A: Interns will demonstrate effective skills in formulating and conceptualizing cases and planning interventions utilizing evidence-based interventions.
  • Objective #1B: Demonstrate effective evidence-based, brief therapy skills to a diverse student body presenting with a range of psychological issues and concerns.
  • Objective #1C: Provide effective group therapy service to a diverse student body.

Goal #2:  Assessment and Diagnosis

Interns will acquire intermediate to advanced skills in clinical assessment and diagnosis of problems.

  • Objective #2A: Develop competence in clinical interview assessment in intake, group consultation, walk-in hours and crisis situations.
  • Objective #2B: Demonstrate competence in using outcome assessment information/data to establish a client baseline, monitor progress of treatment and formulate diagnosis based in the context of stages of development and diversity.

Goal #3: Responding to Crisis Situations

Interns will demonstrate the ability to respond to crisis situations and display sound clinical judgment when performing crisis intervention services.

  • Objective #3A: Interns will demonstrate the consultation, collaboration, and documentation skills necessary to effectively assess all safety and risk factors.
  • Objective #3B: Interns will participate in on-call rotation (with ongoing clinical backup from Director/professional staff), and will provide clients with crisis in interventions/services that fit the needs of the clients (e.g., attentive listening, containment, etc.). 
  • Objective #3C: Interns will demonstrate the ability to effectively handle disposition and follow-up with crisis situations.

Goal #4: Providing Supervision

Interns will demonstrate intermediate to advanced skills in clinical supervision.

  • Objective #4A: Interns will gain familiarity and understanding of models of supervision theory and issues related to providing clinically competent supervision. 
  • Objective #4B: Interns will engage in the provision of supervision and will maintain effective supervisory relationships.
  • Objective #4C: Interns will practice clinical supervision within a legal and ethical framework.

Goal #5: Multicultural Competence

Interns will increase their awareness, sensitivity and skills in providing culturally-competent care when working with diverse individuals who represent various cultural and personal backgrounds (broadly defined). 

  • Objective #5A: Interns will demonstrate the awareness to monitor and examine one’s own attitudes, assumptions, behaviors, values, and worldview in working with individual and cultural diversity issues.

Goal #6: Professional Development

Interns will further develop behavior that reflects on-going professional development and identity as a psychologist.

  • Objective #6A: Interns will demonstrate the ability to interact professionally with clients, peers, supervisors and professional staff.
  • Objective #6B: Interns will demonstrate professional responsibility with case management, documentation, and time management.
  • Objective #6C: Interns will demonstrate emerging professional identity as psychologist.

Goal #7: Consultation and Outreach

Interns will demonstrate the ability to support the work of others in the university and perform consultation and outreach functions in a university setting. 

  • Objective #7A: Interns will demonstrate knowledge and competent application of outreach.
  • Objective #7B: Interns will demonstrate knowledge and competent application of consultation skills.

Goal #8: Ethical Standards and Law

Interns will demonstrate the application and awareness of an ethical decision-making model and function in an ethically and legally sound manner.

  • Objective #8A: Interns will increase their knowledge of A.P.A. Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct.
  • Objective #8B: Interns will demonstrate knowledge of the laws, statutes, rules and regulations related to the practice of professional psychology in the state of Pennsylvania.
  • Objective #8C: Interns will integrate their own moral principles/ethical values in professional conduct.

Policy Regarding Academic Programs Requesting Additional Evaluation Materials

Interns at Drexel University receive ongoing formal and informal evaluative feedback from supervisors throughout the training year. These evaluations are quite comprehensive in nature, and are based on our program's training model, philosophy, goals and objectives, and competencies and benchmarks established by our profession. Twice a year, the Internship Training Director sends the Intern’s Director of Clinical Training a letter summarizing the intern's performance to date along with a copy of the primary supervisor's evaluation of the intern. Therefore, if you are enrolled in an academic training program that requires additional training contracts and/or evaluations, these will not be completed by the Drexel University training staff. Your program may choose to use the data from the Drexel University evaluations to complete their own forms. You are strongly encouraged to consult with your Director of Clinical Training or the Drexel University Counseling Center Training Director if you have questions about this policy.

Resources

Intern Office photo
 

Intern offices have a desk, computer, bookshelves, and a private space for counseling. Each intern office is equipped with digital video cameras to record sessions for review by interns and supervisors. The Counseling Center uses Titanium for scheduling and clinical notes, and all interns have access to Titanium on their computers. Our front office staff is friendly, helpful and provide excellent administrative support to interns.

For a brief virtual tour of the intern offices, please click here.

Stipend and Benefits

The stipend for the training year is currently $35,568. Interns are entitled to full university employee benefits, including health insurance and vacation. Interns will need to document completion of at least 2,000 hours as a part of satisfactorily completing the internship program, at least 500 of which must be in direct clinical service. Interns are entitled to the following benefits:

  1. A total of fifteen (15) annual vacation/personal/sick days *
  2. Paid leave for all major holidays, including: Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving break, Christmas break, New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day
  3. Flex time for on-call duties and late night coverage *
  4. Leave time for conferences and dissertation defense *
  5. Health insurance
  6. Use of University facilities such as the library

*Given concerns about FLSA, this may change.

Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data

INTERNSHIP PROGRAM TABLES

Data Program Tables are updated: March 16, 2021

Internship Program Admissions

The Drexel University Counseling Center Internship Program offers four full-time 12-month positions to applicants enrolled in APA–accredited graduate programs in Clinical or Counseling Psychology. Applicants who may be a strong fit should have and be able to demonstrate the following: Interest in and commitment to university counseling work and college student development; willingness and ability to use self-awareness and self-reflection; flexibility, openness to feedback, team player mentality, maturity and ability to work in a fast-paced environment; and dedication to diversity and deepening multicultural awareness/sensitivity and competence.

Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours: Yes 450 hours
Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours: No N/A
Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:

  • Current enrollment in an APA-accredited (or CPA-accredited) doctoral program in Counseling or Clinical Psychology
  • Completion of all required coursework prior to the application deadline for internship
  • Successful completion of comprehensive exams prior to the application deadline
  • Dissertation proposal approved by the start of internship
  • Certified as ready for internship by doctoral home program
  • A minimum of 450 intervention hours by the application deadline

Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year*

Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns: $35,568
Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns: N/A

 

Program provides access to medical insurance for intern:

Yes

Trainee contribution to cost required:

Yes

Coverage of family member(s) available:

Yes

Coverage of legally married partner available:

Yes

Coverage of domestic partner available:

NO

Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time off (PTO and/or Vacation)

15

Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave

Included in the 15 above

In the event of medical conditions and /or family needs that require extended leave, does the program allow reasonable unpaid leave to interns/residents in excess of personal time off and sick leave?

Yes

Other Benefits:

  • Paid leave for 10 University holidays and is closed for a week between December 24 to January 2nd (Drexel announces these holidays on an annual basis)
  • Access to excellent University facilities (e.g., library, athletic facilities)
  • Faculty/Staff discount at the campus bookstore
  • Dissertation and Licensing exam release time
  • Flextime for on-call participation and late night coverage
 

Initial Post-Internship Positions

2018-2020  
Total # of interns who were in the three cohorts: 12
Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree: 0

PD ED  
Community mental health center
1 0  
Federally qualified health center
0 0  
Independent primary care facility/clinic
0 0  
University counseling center
6 0  
Veterans Affairs medical center 0 0  
Military health center 0 0  
Academic health center 0 0  
Other medical center or hospital 0 0  
Psychiatric hospital 0 0  
Academic university/department 1 0  
Community college or other teaching setting 0 0  
Independent research institution 2 0  
Correctional facility 0 0  
School district/system 0 0  
Independent practice setting 0 1  
Not currently employed 0 1  
Changed to another field 0 0  
Other 0 0  
Unknown 0 0  

Application Information

PROGRAM CODE 2260.

The Drexel University Counseling Center considers applicants from APA of CPA accredited Clinical and Counseling Psychology programs. Preference is given to applicants who demonstrate a strong and genuine interest in working within a college counseling center and demonstrate a commitment to assisting clients of diverse backgrounds who present with a wide range of clinical presentations. Applicants should have passed their comprehensive exam by the application deadline and have their dissertation proposal approved by the start of internship. Applicants should have a minimum of 450 intervention hours and be certified as ready for internship by their doctoral programs.

Electronic application should include:

  1. The completed AAPI on-line application form (https://portal.appicas.org/);
  2. Cover letter;
  3. A current vitae/resume;
  4. Transcripts of all graduate work;
  5. Three letters of recommendation by professionals who are familiar with your counseling/clinical experiences and skills. At least one letter should be from a supervisor of a recent clinical experience.

Background Checks

Drexel University strives to provide the safest possible environment for all in the University community, including Student Workers, Faculty, Professional Staff, Temporary Staff, Non-Employee Associates, Volunteers, and Finalist Candidates. This policy supports the University’s efforts to minimize institutional risk and assists hiring authorities in making sound hiring decisions.

Applicants should note that under the revised Drexel University Background Check Policy, the University will require all new hires to have their background check clearance from Human Resources prior to starting employment. There is a provision in the policy for a waiver that would possibly allow a new hire to start work prior to obtaining the clearances if certain specific criteria are met. In addition, all new and current Drexel faculty, professional staff (including those affiliated with a collective bargaining unit), student workers, volunteers, temporary staff and non-employee associates who have direct contact with minors (which includes Drexel students under the age of 18) must undergo the Act 153 background checks, which include: FBI Fingerprinting, PA State Police Criminal Record Check (PATCH) and PA Child Abuse History Clearance. These checks are valid for 36 months. Those individuals who have already obtained the Act 153 clearances through Drexel are not required to renew them for 36 months from the issuance date.

Since under the law a minor is considered to be anyone under the age of 18, Human Resources will be conducting background checks for all current faculty, TAs and GAs who teach freshman classes and/or labs or are involved in programs that include minors. Those covered under this policy will not be permitted to have any contact with minors until the Act 153 background checks are completed and cleared by HR.

Policy

The University will conduct background investigations on Faculty, Professional Staff Members, Student Workers, Volunteers, Temporary Staff, Non-Employee Associates, and Finalist Candidates to determine or verify background information. This is to ensure that individuals who serve the University are well qualified, have a strong potential to be productive and successful, and have accurately presented their background and qualifications in oral representations and in written materials including the Application for Employment Form and résumé.

The University complies with the Fair Credit Reporting Act, which regulates the use of information gathered by consumer reporting agencies and which may determine an individual’s eligibility for employment, credit or insurance. Results of the background investigation are kept confidential by Human Resources, but may be shared on a strict need-to-know basis.

The University reserves the right to decline an Applicant or Finalist Candidate or to discipline, revoke the privileges of and/or terminate any Faculty, Professional Staff Member, Student Worker, Volunteer, Temporary Staff Member, Non-Employee Associate or other person to whom this policy applies, who has provided false, misleading, erroneous, or deceptive information on an application, résumé, or during an interview or who has omitted material information during the hiring process. The University reserves the right to share false, misleading, erroneous and deceptive information to probation officers and other appropriate authorities. Drexel University reserves the right to conduct a background investigation at any time as a matter of law or based on the nature of the position. Please review the Background Check Policy at: http://drexel.edu/hr/resources/policies/dupolicies/hr52/ and direct any questions related to Act 153 Background Checks to Monée Pressley, HR Compliance Specialist, at 215.895.6245.

Liability Insurance

It is expected that each intern will secure professional liability insurance prior to the start of internship. Professional liability insurance is available at a nominal fee to student members of APA. Information about student liability insurance can be obtained by contacting the APA Insurance Trust at 800.477.1200.

Statement of Nondiscrimination

We abide by the APPIC Policy on Internship Offers and Acceptances. This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant. For the most updated Policy statement, please access the APPIC website. Drexel University prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of: race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, lifestyle, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or disability. Inquiries concerning the above should be referred to Drexel University Human Resources at 215.895.2000.

Accreditation

The Drexel University Counseling Center internship program is a participating member of APPIC. The internship program is accredited by the American Psychological Association. Questions related to the program’s status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone (202) 336-5979
Email: apaaccred@apa.org

Current and Former Interns

Current Interns

2020-21
Monica Kim Counseling Psychology
Lehigh University
Sarah Maver Clinical Psychology
Immaculata University
Liora Schneider-Mirmanas Clinical Psychology
Chestnut Hill College
Jordan Watson Clinical Psychology
George Washington University

Previous Interns

2019-20
Arthur Dalton Clinical Psychology
LaSalle University
Clarie-Ann Henriques Wollach Clinical Psychology
LaSalle University
James Kim Clinical Psychology
George Fox University
Christopher Ratkis Clinical Psychology
LaSalle University
2018-19
Kimberly Ashby

Counseling Psychology
Boston College
Rachael Goldberg

Clinical Psychology
LaSalle University
Amy Horton
Counseling Psychology
Chatham University
Alexandra Roscigno
Clinical Psychology
Long Island University Post
2017-18
Margaret Edwards

Clinical Psychology
Marywood College
Rachel Fallig

Clinical Psychology
Chestnut Hill College
Megan Norman Clinical Psychology
George Washington University
Melanie Soilleux
Clinical Psychology
George Washington University
2016-17
Steven Clark

Clinical Psychology
Rutgers University
Robert Deady

Clinical Psychology
The Wright Institute
Emma Higgins

Clinical Psychology
Immaculata University
Teddi Zuckerman

Clinical Psychology
George Washington University
2015-16
Mary McManaman
Clinical Psychology
Bryn Mawr College
Jillian Neill
Clinical Psychology
Bryn Mawr College
Maxwell Wallace

Clinical Psychology
Marywood University