The primary goal of the internship program at CAPS is to prepare trainees for functioning as independent professional psychologists with specific skills in the treatment of a diverse population of college students. The program consists of numerous clinical and didactic opportunities that build upon one another, allowing the intern to gradually attain increasing levels of clinical autonomy through the course of the year. Close attention is paid to supervision with the program's history rooted in a mentor/apprecticeship model. Self-reflection and self-awareness are prioritized. Interns participate in a number of experiential activities, including the provision of individual, group and couples' therapy; crisis management and risk assessment; consultation and collaboration. Opportunities to engage in outreach are ongoing. Interns receive significant didactic training and supervision in support of these experiences. Intern seminars focus on bridging theory and practice. Specific foci of seminars include case conceptualization, ethics and professional development, diversity issues, group therapy, the provision of supervision, and the challenges of meeting the needs of a college population. Interns are given opportunities to gain more specialized training in the areas of outreach and mandated assessments.
We have an integrative psychodynamic approach, with many practioners aligning with depth-oriented approaches. At the same time, we tailor our interventions to meet the needs of our students which often includes short-term interventions. We begin by assessing what our clients need and what their capacities are; we develop a case formulation and tend to the therapeutic relationship from a psychodynamic perspective. Additionally, we integrate techniques from other treatment modalities (e.g., CBT, DBT, ACT, mindfulness, etc.) in helping our clients achieve change. It is our goal to train interns in how to thoughtfully integrate these techniques into an integrative philosophy of understanding clinical phenomena.
CAPS at Stony Brook University is committed to maintaining consistency and rigor of training in tandem with careful attention to health and safety parameters during the COVID pandemic. We have transitioned to a telehealth model with a hybrid approach to staff and trainee presence in the building for a reduction of density. We will make adjustments to our approach as developments arise in concern for health and safety regulations and per guidelines of the University and state. We welcome questions from applicants about our approach for balancing consistency and rigor of training, commitment to serving our University students, and health and safety concerns of all involved.