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  1. Training Program
  2. Predoctoral Internship Program
  3. Masters Internship Program

Training Program

The training of emerging mental health professionals is highly valued by the Counseling Center staff, and a great deal of time, energy, and enthusiasm is invested in that endeavor. Interns will receive rigorous training that is tempered by abundant personal support and fun! Each academic year the Counseling Centers offers two predoctoral internship positions (candidates must be enrolled in clinical or counseling psychology doctoral programs) and three Master’s level internship positions (students must be currently enrolled in a graduate program in Mental Health Counseling, Clinical or Counseling Psychology, Social Work, or Dance Movement Therapy).

The Keene State College Counseling Center serves the Keene State College community, an undergraduate and graduate population of around 5,000 enrolled students each year. Counseling services are available primarily to students; however, we also consult with faculty and staff. In addition, we work closely with the Center for Health and Wellness and a psychiatric consultant. Our clients present with a broad range of diverse developmental and mental health issues. Our office is busy, and interns are provided a great deal of responsibility, autonomy and support within a team-oriented, hardworking, extraordinarily supportive, exciting, and fun internship site.

The Counseling Center’s mission at Keene State College is to support the emotional well-being of students by providing the highest quality clinical services. Additionally, the Counseling Center designs and implements appropriate mental health policies and procedures for the College community. We place emphasis on creating an atmosphere that is welcoming and comfortable for all individuals, regardless of race, gender, ethnic background, age, sexual orientation, religion, citizenship, or disability. We embrace diversity and strive to foster and promote awareness, empathy, and cultural competence within a multicultural environment.

If you are interested in potentially joining our professional family for a year, or for more information about either training program, please feel welcome to contact the Training Director at your convenience:

Joe Yazvac, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist & Interim Training Director
KSC Counseling Center
Keene State College
229 Main Street, MS 2803
Keene, NH 03435-2803
(603) 358-2867
(603) 358-2985 (fax)
jyazvac@keene.edu

Predoctoral Internship Program

The primary focus of the pre-doctoral internship program at the Keene State College Counseling Center is to train ethical, multiculturally-competent, and environmentally-minded psychologists who are exceptional in the provision of clinical psychological services, while fostering increasing confidence in their identity as an early career psychologist. Interns are expected to improve or acquire the skills and knowledge that will help them succeed as an effective psychologist within a college counseling setting or other facility providing psychological services. The Counseling Center staff believes that interns should develop excellence in the provision of psychological and outreach services, which will involve their recognizing and adhering to research-based best practices within the field. As such, the internship program operates within the parameters of a practitioner-scholar model, and emphasizes intense practice by the interns as informed by outcome research within the fields of psychology and other human services. In their training, practical “real-life” experience is emphasized, and they spend a considerable amount of their time engaged in the wide array of service activities expected of all senior staff members. This occurs under the monitoring of close, tailored supervision, which our staff views as a vital element to their effectiveness and professional development. In addition to learning from practice and supervision, interns benefit from intentional staff modeling, as well as didactic trainings designed to increase their exposure and familiarity with critical elements of effective psychological practice.

Interns play a vital role in service provision at the Counseling Center; they are valued not only as key service providers, but also as the bearers of our profession as it moves forward. As such, a very strong emphasis is placed on facilitating their professional identity development, from trainee to early professional psychologist. This is accomplished through varied and intense supervision, as well as concerted efforts by all staff members to nurture the interns’€™ developing initiative, autonomy, and self-confidence in making clinical and professional decisions. Our staff believes that a key component of professional development is personal growth, and we attend to this by encouraging introspection, self-reflection, and appropriate risk-taking within supervision and other collegial activities. Further, we do our best to socialize the interns to the roles and expectations of a professional staff member to smoothly facilitate the transition from trainee to autonomous psychologist. Once interns have completed our internship, we expect them to be able to competently and confidently assume early career psychologist positions at college counseling centers or other psychological service organizations.

Qualifications

Applicants must be currently enrolled in a Doctoral program in Clinical or Counseling Psychology and have completed the relevant coursework in their program (minimum of three years) allowing them to begin a pre-doctoral internship starting in the month of August. The applicant’s educational program must be APA accredited or from a regionally-accredited, degree-granting institution in the United States that meets the academic requirements of New Hampshire law for a psychologist.

Applicants must have a minimum of 350 direct client hours and 800 hours of appropriate and adequate supervised counseling (practicum) experience by the start of internship, some of which being preferably at a college/university counseling center, though college/university experience is not mandatory. Applicants should be highly motivated and eager to learn. We seek individuals who can work independently yet enjoy the interaction and cohesion of a staff that values each of its members and relies on one another. Applicants should also possess interests, aptitudes, and/or experience that are consistent with requirements of the Counseling Center’s mission, goals, and training program. An interest/experience with multi-cultural and diversity issues is essential. Applicants will be considered based on their previous academic and clinical experience and how well their clinical, supervisory, and career objectives match with those of the training program and clinical staff.

Expectations

Selected applicants who accept a position will hold the title of “psychology intern” and be referred to as an intern. Interns are expected to provide the highest level of clinical care in their work relative to their level of training as psychology intern and that the quality of care shall continue to reflect their increasing experience throughout their training year. Interns are expected to participate in staff meetings and case consultations, provide individual, couples, and group counseling, conduct initial evaluations and psychological testing, perform crisis services, consultations, and workshops, and participate in outreach and programming services. Intern caseloads average 17-19 individual clients depending on intern and departmental needs. Interns will accrue at least 2000 total onsite hours during the course of the year. Scheduled hours mostly occur between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Outreach events and programs often occur after traditional business hours, and interns are able to “flex” the hours spent providing outreach and programmatic services. In addition, interns may join the Counseling Center team for campus crises that might occur during evenings and/or weekends, over and above their regular hours. This may happen once, twice, several times, or not at all. Interns are required to be available for the entire internship period beginning August 7, 2017 and ending July 22, 2018. During the Summer term, clinical caseloads are smaller, and interns will devote increased time to Counseling Center programming/outreach development, research, and projects. They will also have designated time to work on their own dissertation research and job searches.

Supervision/Training

Interns begin the year with a gradual, yet thorough multi-week orientation, helping them adjust to the Center by getting to know the staff, as well as relevant systems and procedures. Various trainings will then follow throughout the year. Each week interns participate in didactic seminars, case consultations, peer supervision, psychiatric case consultation meetings, program design meetings, and full-staff meetings. Interns receive 2 hours per week of individual supervision with a licensed Psychologist, 1 hour of supervision per week focused on group psychotherapy, and 1 hour per week in staff group supervision. Senior staff members are always available for consultation on an ‘as needed’ or crisis basis.

Evaluation

Consistent and ongoing feedback is considered a crucial element for the interns’€™ professional development. Feedback will occur regularly during supervision hours, but may also be provided on an as-needed basis if solicited by the intern or deemed appropriate by a supervisor or another senior staff member. Formal verbal and written evaluations (five in total) will be provided at mid-semester points, ends of semesters, and the end of the internship year (which will occur during the summer term). Ongoing feedback may address any area of clinical service and professional development; the formal evaluations will address all areas of clinical service provided during internship and may address particular areas of professional development as warranted or appropriate. At the beginning of the internship, an intern will be assigned two individual supervisors, each of whom will supervise half of the intern’s clinical cases, so that the intern is exposed to a variety of supervisory styles and theoretical perspectives. The intern will then meet with them individually to discuss specific developmental goals and objectives for the coming year, as well as develop a plan for meeting the intern’s professional/training needs. By the end of the internship year, an intern must have received positive final evaluations by both supervisors, completed 2000 on-site hours, and accrued at least 375 direct clinical service hours.

Compensation

The internship is a full-time, 12-month position, and carries a stipend of $24,000. The 2017/2018 internship training period begins August 7, 2017 and ends July 22, 2018. Intern stipends are complemented by a generous benefits package including medical and dental insurance, and professional liability coverage. Interns receive eleven campus holidays, accrued days of vacation and sick leave, and liberal professional development time. At the end of internship, interns will be financially compensated for any unused vacation days. Additional benefits include employee discounts, assignment of a KSC email address, access to library services/resources including free interlibrary loan and online access to full-text journals and e-books, parking pass, access to our library of psychology training materials and digital audio and video recording equipment, and an opportunity to purchase a recreational facilities pass.

Application Procedures

The deadline for receipt of all application materials is January 3, 2017, and notification of interviews will occur by January 6, 2017. On-site interviews are currently planned for January 19 & 20, 2017. Candidates unable to make in-person interviews may also be offered the opportunity for online interviews those same days. The KSC Counseling Center will be using the APPIC Application for Psychology Internship (AAPI) Form and will be participating in the APPIC matching program. The AAPI Form is available at APPI Online (http://appic.org/Match/About-The-APPIC-Match). The Keene State College Counseling Center Internship Program Code is 223811.

To participate in the APPIC matching program, you must be registered. If you have not already done so, you must obtain an Applicant Agreement Package from NMS and register for the matching program in order to be eligible to be matched to our program. You may request an Application Package from NMS through the matching program website at www.natmatch.com/psychint

Applicants must be currently enrolled in a doctoral program in Clinical or Counseling Psychology and have completed the relevant coursework in their program (minimum of three years) allowing them to begin a pre-doctoral internship starting in the month of August. The applicant’s educational program must be APA accredited or from a regionally-accredited, degree-granting institution in the United States that meets the academic requirements of New Hampshire law for a psychologist.

Applicants must have a minimum of 350 direct client hours and 800 hours of appropriate and adequate supervised counseling (practicum) experience by the start of internship, some of which preferably being from a college/university counseling center, though college/university experience is not mandatory. Applicants should be highly motivated and eager to learn. We seek individuals who can work independently yet enjoy the interaction and cohesion of a staff that values each of its members and relies on one another. Applicants should also possess interests, aptitudes, and/or experience that are consistent with requirements of the Counseling Center’s mission, goals, and training program. An interest/experience with multi-cultural and diversity issues is essential. Applicants will be considered based on their previous academic and clinical experience and how well their clinical, supervisory, and career objectives match with those of the training program and clinical staff.

A completed APPIC Application for Psychology Internship will include:

  1. Official transcripts for all graduate work
  2. Three letters of recommendation, with at least two from a supervisor familiar with your more recent clinical experience.
  3. A current curriculum vitae
  4. A cover letter including content on your short-term and long-term career goals and why you think that our program is a good match with your specific goals for internship and your areas of competence.

All received applications will be screened by the KSC Counseling Center staff and selected candidates will be invited for on-site interviews (on-line interviews will be offered to those candidates who cannot attend in person). Information obtained through the application materials and interviews with staff and interns will be used to determine the final selections. In addition, all offers of internship positions are contingent on receipt of a satisfactory background check. KSC reserves the right to consider the findings relative to a particular position of hire, though the University System Policy has set a standard that no one should be employed the University System of New Hampshire (of which KSC is a member) who has been convicted of a felony or violent misdemeanor in the last five (5) years. The Background Review will be conducted only after the Match and as a post-job offer review.

Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. Keene State College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is engaged in an effort to build a community that reflects the diversity of society. The College is committed to hiring staff interested in serving students, faculty, and staff and that bring an appreciation of diversity.

The Keene State College Counseling Center adheres to the procedures established by the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers. 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 prior to Uniform Notification Day. Keene State College is a predominately white institution (PWI) with an active commitment to social justice and diversity. Employees from underrepresented groups who thrive here understand the complexity of working at a PWI and value small-town culture with close proximity to metropolitan areas and natural spaces.

Masters Internship Program

The primary focus of the masters internship program at the Keene State College Counseling Center is to train, and increase the professional confidence of, ethical, multiculturally-competent, and environmentally-minded graduate students enrolled in a mental health field training program. Interns are expected to improve or acquire the skills and knowledge that will help them succeed as emerging mental health professional within a college counseling setting or other facility providing counseling services. The Counseling Center staff believes that interns should develop excellence in the provision of counseling and outreach services, which will involve their recognizing and adhering to research-based best practices. In their training, practical “real-life” experience is emphasized, which occurs under the monitoring of close, tailored supervision, which our staff views as a vital element for effectiveness and professional development.

Interns play a vital role in service provision at the Counseling Center and are valued as key service providers. A very strong emphasis is placed on facilitating their professional identity development, and this is accomplished through varied and intense supervision, as well as concerted efforts by all staff members to nurture the interns’€™ developing initiative, autonomy, and self-confidence in making clinical and professional decisions. Our staff believes that a key component of professional development is personal growth, and we attend to this by encouraging introspection, self-reflection, and appropriate risk-taking within supervision and other collegial activities.

Qualifications

Applicants must be currently enrolled in a Masters level program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Clinical Psychology, Dance Movement Therapy, Social Work, or School Counseling, and have completed some academic coursework prior to internship, including counseling skills/techniques and psychopathology. Mental health experience is preferred, and applicants must be highly motivated and eager to learn. An interest/experience with multi-cultural and diversity issues is essential. We are looking for self-starters who can work independently yet who enjoy the interaction and cohesion of a staff that works hard as a team and relies on one another.

Expectations and Objectives

Interns are expected to participate in staff meetings and case consultations, provide individual and group counseling, and participate in outreach programming. Interns carry 10-15 weekly clinical caseload hours, and total internship hours equal 20-25 per week, depending on home program needs. Specific daily hours are determined in consultation with other interns, and with the approval of the Internship Training Director. It is the intern’s responsibility to accrue and track the needed direct service hours in collaboration with their supervisor and the Training Director. Scheduled hours occur between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Outreach programs often occur after hours, and interns are expected to be first responders in all programmatic areas in addition to the 20-25 scheduled hours. If needed, interns are expected to join the team for campus crises that might occur nights and/or weekends, over and above their regular hours. This may happen once, twice, many times, or not at all. Internships begin on August 15, 2016 and end on May 12, 2017. All interns are required to carry professional liability insurance.

Supervision and Trainings

Interns receive l hour per week of individual supervision with a senior staff member who is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor or Licensed Social Worker (determined by home program requirements), 1 hour per week of case consultation (with all staff), and 1 hour per week of peer supervision. Interns also participate in weekly staff meetings, weekly program design meetings, and in a weekly didactic training seminar with predoctoral interns that covers a variety of professional topics. Senior staff members are always available for consultation on an as needed or crisis basis. A thorough two-week orientation is provided prior to the start of the internship, helping interns adjust to the Center by getting to know the staff and becoming more familiar with relevant systems and procedures.

Evaluations

Interns are evaluated in accordance with their program requirements and criteria for professional development objectives are established collaboratively between the intern and the supervisor at the beginning of their internship-training period and at the end of each evaluation period. Oral and written feedback will be provided to the intern by the supervisor at the end of each semester, however, evaluation is always an on-going, collaborative process throughout the internship.

Application Procedures

Students interested in applying to the masters internship program should submit the following materials to the Training Director via electronic or standard mail: vita/resume, a cover letter explaining your interest in this internship, three letters of recommendation (at least one should be from a current faculty member), and a transcript (an unofficial one is acceptable) - only complete applications will be considered. Applications must be received by 12:00am, February 12, 2017. All applications will be reviewed when received, and on-site interviews may be extended for a time within two weeks of February 12th. Interviews take approximately 4 hours. Accepted candidates will be notified of any relevant materials needed for their training experience.

In addition, all offers of internship positions are contingent on receipt of a satisfactory background check. KSC reserves the right to consider the findings relative to a particular position of hire, though the University System Policy has set a standard that no one should be employed the University System of New Hampshire (of which KSC is a member) who has been convicted of a felony or violent misdemeanor in the last five (5) years. The Background Review will be conducted only as a post-job offer review.


Confidentiality

The Counseling Center’s strict confidentiality policy guarantees that any information regarding a student will not be disclosed without her/his permission except as required by State and Federal laws.

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Contact the Counseling Center

Our office hours are Monday - Friday between 8 am and 4:30 pm. The best ways to contact us here at are:

  • Call the office – 603-358-2437
  • Visit our office. We are located on the 3rd Floor of Elliot Center

You may also contact us by e-mail at counseling@keene.edu if you have an inquiry. Please note, we do not maintain 24-hour access to email nor can we assure confidentiality.

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Call the front office at 603-358-2437, or visit us on the 3rd floor of the Elliot Center. We are open M-F, 8 am - 4:30 pm.

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For Immediate Life Threatening Emergencies - Call 911
Or go to the Emergency Room at Cheshire Medical Center; 580 Court St, Keene, NH (603) 354-5400.

If you are in a personal crisis:

  • During office hours: Call (603) 358-2437, or visit our office on the 3rd floor of the Elliot Center.
  • After-hours, on weekends, or during breaks: Contact our on-call counselor at (603) 358-2436.

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