The Predoctoral Internship program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association. For further information, you may contact the APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation.
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
Phone: (202) 336-5979 or (202) 336-6123 TDD
TCS is fully accredited by The International Association of Counseling Services (IACS). The Predoctoral Psychology Internship Training Program is a member of Association of Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC).
Internship Training Model and Philosophy
Tuttleman Counseling Services (TCS) is dedicated to providing a high quality clinical psychology internship experience to graduate students in psychology. Our training model is best described as a Practitioner/apprenticeship/developmental/mentor model (Rodolfa, Kaslow, Stewart, Keilin, & Baker, 2005). Our interns are strongly supported and nurtured in their professional growth during their internship year, which is viewed as an essential transitional step in their development as they more fully take up their professional role. The integration of prior learning, including both theory and science-based interventions, with their own personal interests, core beliefs and interpersonal styles is a cornerstone of our training philosophy. The development of an increased sense of competence and confidence is given equal weight with the continuing development of clinical skills and knowledge. In addition to formal, structured supervision and training experiences, TCS emphasizes ongoing informal and collaborative relationships with all staff members and an "open-door" policy for consultation throughout the internship experience. Training focuses on the provision of psychotherapy and counseling through various modalities; the development and provision of prevention and educational outreach events to the University community; and an increased understanding at a systems level of the complex and valuable role played by a college counseling center at a large, urban university.
Rodolfa, E.R., Kaslow, N.J., Stewart, A.E., Keilin, W. G., & Baker, J. (2005). Internship training: Do models really matter? Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 36, 25-31.
About Tuttleman Counseling Services
Tuttleman Counseling Services (TCS) is an office of the Division of Student Affairs. Its mission includes providing counseling-related services for a broad spectrum of emotional, interpersonal, educational and vocational issues. TCS employs a multidisciplinary team that works with students on a short-term basis. The University’s diverse population provides our trainees with a rich multicultural counseling experience. In addition, the TCS staff is diverse in terms of theoretical approach, training, and areas of expertise. TCS is fully accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS) and a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC).
About the Tuttleman Counseling Units
Tuttleman Counseling Services (TCS) is comprised of six units, each of which has its own specific focus and area of expertise.
The Psychological Services staff provide psychotherapy, referral, consultation, and educational services for a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and developmental concerns related to career and interpersonal maturation. Psychologists in Psychological Services also provide education on conflict resolution and anger management.
Psychiatric Services provides psychiatric evaluations, medication consultations, and short-term individual psychotherapy. The psychiatrists also respond to referrals from other TCS units and serve as liaisons to the Health Sciences Center.
The Sexual Assault Counseling and Education (SACE) staff offer counseling to both male and female survivors of all types of sexual violence and abuse (rape, childhood sexual abuse, sexual harassment, battering and interpersonal violence). The SACE program coordinates services to survivors in the areas of crisis intervention, systems advocacy and health care within the Temple University community.
The Campus Alcohol and Substance Awareness (CASA) staff provide safe, supportive counseling and educational services for alcohol and other drug-related problems (recovery, problem identification, codependency, ACOA issues, substance abuse cessation, relapse prevention and risk reduction).
Overview of the Internship
Temple University's Tuttleman Counseling Services offers a one year full-time predoctoral training program for doctoral students in counseling or clinical psychology. The internship begins two weeks prior to the start of the Fall semester, typically in the middle of August. Throughout the internship year, interns devote their time to providing clinical assessment and individual, conjoint and group psychotherapy for students, covering walk-in clinic (WIC), offering psychological testing, developing and managing workshops and outreach events, receiving supervision and training, attending departmental meetings and seminars, and being responsible for administrative activities such as record keeping, scheduling etc. Opportunities for supervision of masters and doctoral practicum students is also available. Students are also encouraged to develop their own professional interests.
The internship experience is divided among three major activities:
Direct clinical service to Temple students, supervision and training activities
Training Goals and Objectives
Goal #1: To promote competence in the intern’s clinical skills in preparation for entry-level positions as professional psychologists.
- To develop knowledge and skills to effectively assess client needs and make
appropriate recommendations for treatment.
- To develop and show competence in therapy skills.
- To develop and show competence in supervision skills
- To evaluate and intervene effectively both clinically and institutionally in crisis
Goal #2: To further develop the self-knowledge, attitudes, and professional knowledge and skills necessary for effective and ethical practice as professional psychologists.
- To demonstrate knowledge and application of ethical principles and legal and
- To develop a self-awareness of personal qualities that influence professional
Goal #3: To develop and promote competence in individual and cultural diversity.
- To provide assessment, psychotherapy, and psychological interventions with respect
for and awareness of individual differences and strengths.
- To demonstrate awareness of one’s personal identities (e.g., race, ethnicity, social
class, religion, sexual orientation, ability status, gender, etc.) and worldview and to
demonstrate a commitment towards growth in multicultural competency.
These activities are shared among a major and minor rotation. Each intern participates in a year-long, approximately 20 hours/week major rotation through the psychological services unit and an approximately 10-hours/week, year-long minor rotation through one of the specialized unit. Interns are asked to rank-order their preference for one of the two specialized units, CASA or SACE to which they are then assigned. It should be noted that while the Units have specific missions and specialized areas of expertise, TCS and its staff functions as an integrated and collaborative multidisciplinary team of which its interns are an essential component.
Interns typically work a 40-hour week from 8:30AM - 5:00PM, which includes an hour for lunch that interns are very strongly supported in keeping free. On rare occasions interns may be called upon to work evenings or weekends; they may be asked to do so once or twice each semester to help provide a workshop or to assist with an outreach event.
DIRECT SERVICE ACTIVITIES
Individual and couples psychotherapy: Interns are expected to carry a caseload of approximately 15 students per week. The caseload will involve a mix of students presenting with a range of general concerns as well as students presenting with concerns specific to the intern's minor rotation. Interns and staff conduct a formal intake assessment at the beginning of their work with each student, which they use to develop their case formulation, treatment goals and modes of intervention. While TCS emphasizes brief treatment, interns are expected to carry a few longer-term clients through the year.
Walk-in clinic (WIC): WIC is an essential piece of clinical intervention and the first contact most Temple students have with TCS. Temple students do not schedule initial appointments at TCS; rather, they are encouraged to present at any time during WIC hours (currently 10:00AM - 2:00PM, Monday-Friday), where they are seen and triaged by a counselor. The focus of this triage is the identification of problems or areas of concern, the level of clinical urgency, and the development of a plan to remediate those problems.
Group psychotherapy: Interns are required to co-facilitate at least one psychotherapy or support group over the course of the year. Most of these groups are co-facilitated with a senior staff member. Groups typically address a variety of issues including: Healthy Relationships; Food and Body Image; Healing from Loss; GBQ (Men's) and LBQ (Women’s); Black Women's Issues; Adult Children of Addicts/Alcoholics; Alcohol/ Other Drug Harm Reduction; and Dissertation Support.
Supervision: Each intern will provide one hour of weekly supervision to a masters or doctoral practicum student during the academic year. Interns will also participate in a weekly group supervision seminar
Psychological Testing: Interns are currently required to complete at least three full test batteries during their internship, one per semester. Testing is an important part of the assessment process that helps lead to diagnosis and treatment planning. Opportunities to provide additional partial or full-battery assessments are negotiated with the primary supervisor when developing learning goals and objectives for the internship year.
Trauma Response: All TCS staff members are trained in Critical Incident Stress Management techniques, in the unfortunate event of a tragedy striking the University community. Interns are invited to observe and sometimes assist trauma team members depending upon their degree of prior experience and interest.
SUPERVISON AND TRAINING
Individual Supervision: Each intern receives two hours per week of individual supervision by licensed psychologists. One supervisor is typically from the Psychological Services unit and serves as the primary supervisor, while the other is from the intern's minor rotation.
Group Supervision: Interns attend a weekly ninety- minute group supervision of group therapy. In addition, they attend a weekly ninety-minute group supervision to discuss their supervision cases.
Case Conference: A ninety-minute, weekly case conference is held for predoctoral interns and practicum students. Didactic instruction on psychodynamic case formulation is provided in the first six weeks of the internship and periodically throughout the year. Each week, on a rotating basis, a trainee presents a case for discussion.
Seminar: A ninety-minute seminar is held each week for the predoctoral interns. Presentations, which include both single sessions and ongoing modules, are taught by TCS staff and with occasional invited guest speakers. They may be both didactic and experiential in nature. The current seminar schedule includes: Psychological Testing, Professional Ethics, Multicultural Issues; Working with Self-Injurious Clients; Working with GLBT Clients; Practical Psychopharmacology; Brief Psychotherapy; Eating Disorders; Personality Disorders; and substance abuse treatment, among others. In addition, interns meet regularly with the training director to review learning goals, solicit feedback about the internship experience, and deal with any areas of concern related to program administration.
Staff In-Service Training: Interns join the staff for departmental in-service. Invited speakers from both within the Temple Community as well as the greater Philadelphia area join us for a two hour lunch-time presentation. More elaborate half or full-day in-services are typically offered each year, often in conjunction with other departments within the University.
Weekly staff meeting: Interns attend a two-hour, weekly staff meeting with all TCS staff. The meeting deals with routine administrative issues, updating the notice board of TCS sponsored events, a voluntary "check-in", detailed discussion of departmental policies and procedures as needed, and a review of "hot file" cases of students in crisis.
Breakdown of a Typical Week for an Intern
-Direct Service: 20.5
-Individual / Couples Therapy, 12.0; Group Counseling, 1.5
-Intake Assessments, 2.0; Walk-In Clinic/Triage, 4.0
-Workshops/ Outreach Events, 1.0.
-Supervision & Training: 7.5
-Individual Supervision, 2.0; Group Supervision, 2.5
-Case Conference, 1.5; Seminar, 1.5
-Staff Meeting, 2.0; Minor Rotation 3.0
- Preparation/Paperwork, 5.0
-Dissertation/ Professional Reading, 2.0
-Total Hours: 40.0
The interns’ two individual therapy supervisors meet twice each year in January and July to collaborate on a written evaluation of the intern’s progress. This evaluation incorporates feedback from group supervisors, the assessment supervisor, minor rotation supervisors and seminar leaders regarding each intern. The training coordinator then meets with each intern individually to review the evaluation forms. During the evaluation, areas of strength as well as areas needing further growth are identified and discussed with the intern. After review of the evaluation, the training coordinator sends the form to the clinical training director of the intern’s academic program. Specific procedures are in place to ensure due process during the feedback and evaluation process.
Current and Previous Interns
Gloria Jones - Chestnut Hill College
Casandra Lyon - Argosy University - Washington DC
Jessica McDonald - Agrosy University - Washington DC
Monica Reese - Carlow University
Paige Marmer - Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Patricia Olsen - George Washington University
Natalie Sheridan - Immaculata
Kathryn Wiens - Agrosy University - Washington DC
Marc Carafa - Biola University
Mariana Figueira - George Washington University
Rebecca Gras - The Wright Institute
Elizabeth Wangard - George Washington University
Anna Cannold - Yeshiva University
B. Gary Davis - Chestnut Hill College
Anna Feliciano - Wright State University
James Hagenbaugh - Chestnut Hill College
Roger McFillin - Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Shana Stowitzky - Argosy Universtiy, Chicago Campus
Lawrence Tonetti - Chestnut Hill College
Amanda Williams - The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Steve Hulcher - Immaculata University
Cindy Eun Young Kim - Biola University
Daniel Saland - Philips Graduate Institute
Betsy Clark - George Washington University
Lisa Ellis - George Washington University
Virginia Zimmerman - Bryn Mawr College
Kate Connolly - LaSalle University
Frank Holiwski - DePaul University
Ryan Skelton - Pacific University
Lauren A. Berebitsky - Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy
Sonya R. Clyburn - American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy
Brett A. Davis - Loyola College Program in Clinical Psychology
Megan Toy-Moy Lee - Pacific University School of Professional Psychology
Kristine De Jesus - California School of Professional Psychology
Susan Cornbluth - Chestnut Hill College, Clinical Psychology Program
Peggy Chittick - Chestnut Hill College, Clinical Psychology Program
Gloria Hodgert - Chestnut Hill College, Clinical Psychology Program
Deadline for Completed Applications: November 5, 2012. Please note only complete applications will be considered. (Applicant Agreements for participation in the Match can be downloaded from the Matching Program website at http://www.natmatch.com/psychint.) TCS Program # for Match: 190711. TCS Phone Number: (215) 204-7276
TCS adheres to the procedures established by the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) for the recruitment and selection of predoctoral interns. 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 for any intern applicant.
To apply, provide the following via APPIC's online application process:
1) APPIC Uniform Application
2) Application letter, specifying areas of particular interest and unit preferences
3) Updated curriculum vitae
4) Official copies of all graduate transcripts
5) Three letters of recommendation (Two should be from professionals who are familiar with your clinical work, current or former supervisors preferred, and one from you major advisor. Letters should be included in you online APPIC application.
Selection process: We begin reviewing applications following the November 5th due date. Selected members of the Training Committee read each application and select those that are appropriate for interview. Applicants will be notified by December 15th if they are selected for an in-person interview, which is required. Applicants are welcome to contact current interns or staff members, and if visiting our facility can arrange to meet with an intern or staff member to tour the facility and answer questions. However, we strongly encourage applicants to wait until they have been selected for an interview before contacting us or visiting. Please contact Marcy Chessler if you have any questions or plan to visit.
Stipend: TCS currently offers a $21,000 stipend for interns. Interns are given two weeks vacation. Conference time is negotiated with the primary supervisor. No health or insurance benefits are offered at this time.
Marcy Chessler, Ph.D.
Temple strictly adheres to the APPIC Policy on Internship Offers and Acceptances. For the most updated Policy statement, please access the APPIC website.
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