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Doctoral Internship


Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology
State University of New York (SUNY) Oneonta
APPIC Program Code 1935

The SUNY Oneonta Counseling Center offers a 12-month, 2000 hour, doctoral internship which provides experiential and didactic training in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere. The aim of the training program is to prepare doctoral level counselors for careers in direct practice, and the program provides particularly strong preparation for those seeking careers in college counseling centers. SUNY Oneonta's internship training program is an APPIC-Member program and APA-accredited, on contingency. “Accredited, on contingency” means that we have met all standards required for accreditation except for the two years of required outcome data from past intern cohorts, which is collected a year after the intern completes the internship. We have since submitted the required data which will be reviewed at the next CoA meeting.

The staff at the SUNY Oneonta Counseling Center is committed to training new professionals while providing high quality services to the students and staff of the college. Interns will participate in educational seminars and supervision experiences while also participating in the activities of the counseling center as professional members of the counseling center staff. The SUNY Oneonta Counseling Center is committed to providing high quality training in multicultural counseling and fostering an atmosphere of appreciation for diversity for all students, interns, and Counseling Center staff.

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Philosophy and Training Model
Direct Service and Other Professional Activities
Counseling Center Diversity Statement
Didactic Training
Weekly Schedule Breakdown
Counseling Center Services
Counseling Center Staff
SUNY Oneonta and the City of Oneonta, NY
Stipend and Benefits
Application Process

Internship Placement Data

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Kendahl Shortway, 2016-2017 intern, in her office. Our building is newly renovated and each intern has
their own spacious office with a large window, comfortable chairs, computer, video recording equipment,
and sitting/standing desk.

Philosophy and Training Model

The overall goal of SUNY Oneonta Counseling Center’s doctoral internship is to prepare trainees to function autonomously as generalist psychologists in applied settings and for direct clinical service with particular skill and knowledge needed for entry-level work at University Counseling Centers.

The SUNY Oneonta Counseling Center training program integrates developmental, practitioner, and mentorship models. Our training philosophy rests on the belief that training is a developmental process tailored to the trainee. Recognizing that each trainee comes with a unique set of strengths and challenges, the training program’s task is to help each intern identify those strengths and cultivate increasing competency in areas of need of growth. At the beginning of the year, interns complete self-evaluations and identify training goals that inform selection of seminar topics and training plans for supervision that will optimize individualized learning.

Aims of the Internship:Interns will further develop competence in intake, assessment, and diagnosis skills; case conceptualization and treatment planning skills; brief individual psychotherapy facilitative and intervention skills; group therapy skills; crisis intervention; designing and presenting psychoeducational workshops; and consultation skills.  Interns will also further develop competency in addressing individual and cultural diversity, be able to apply ethical and legal standards, and demonstrate professional values, attitudes, and behaviors as well as communication and interpersonal skills. Lastly, interns will be able to demonstrate knowledge of and the ability to integrate research with their general practice.

Plan and sequence of direct service: Direct service experiences include Individual Counseling, Group Counseling, Education and Referral, Consultation and Liaison, Outreach, Assessment, and Crisis Intervention. See relevant section for a detailed description of each. Interns are provided with policies and procedures for direct service during a 3-week orientation period, which also allows supervisors and the Training Director to assess interns’ levels of readiness for various direct service experiences. Interns will provide individual counseling to students throughout the internship. Group counseling opportunities may begin in September depending on availability and intern readiness. Consultation and liaison experiences are developed through the year as opportunities arise and based on interns’ areas of interest. Intern progress is monitored closely to ensure that interns are prepared for the next sequence of experience. All direct clinical service is located in the Counseling, Health, and Wellness Building on the SUNY Oneonta campus. Each intern has a separate well-furnished office with a large window and a pleasant view. Outreach programs may be delivered at various locations on campus depending on the audience. Summer rotations may vary in location but are most likely to be affiliated with campus summer programs for incoming freshman students.

Training curriculum: In addition to weekly individual supervision (2 hours) and weekly case conferences (1 hour), training activities include weekly 75-minute didactic seminars (sample seminar schedules are available upon request). Interns also participate in 2 hours of group supervision each week, with one meeting a month being focused on group therapy and one being focuseed on outreach. Outreach programming and committee work are required parts of the training program and will be developed based on intern interests.

Evaluation: Intern evaluation focuses on major internship goals and their related objectives, and on major areas of professional competencies.  Interns will be evaluated formally and informally by their supervisors and through self-evaluation throughout the program.  Written evaluations by individual supervisors will be completed at mid-year in January, at the end of the 2nd semester in early May, and at the end of the internship at the end of July.  At the mid-way point of each semester there will be a verbal progress report.  Evaluations of other activities, including group therapy, outreach, and consultation will be completed by the licensed supervisor of that particular activity at the mid-year and at the end of the internship experience. Interns also complete evaluations of their supervisors at corresponding times during the year. A summary of the feedback the intern receives from the evaluation is sent to the Director of Training at the home institution at mid-year and at the end of the internship.

Integration of the psychology training program into the larger organization: The psychology training program is integrated into the Counseling Center through the organizational approach to training, through staff participation in training, and through the functional roles of interns within the organization. The Counseling Center approaches training as a vital contribution to the mental health field, and the psychology internship as a culmination of training for entry-level professionals. Accordingly, all staff are committed to training. Staff are available as mentors during the internship year, and interns are encouraged and invited to seek guidance, consultation, and advice from all staff members. All staff members participate in leading training seminars. Case conferences are attended by interns and all staff members. All staff members attend bi-weekly general staff meetings. Interns are encouraged to seek consultation from staff members who are not their direct supervisors. Lastly, in regard to functional roles, interns participate in a broad range of agency services and work in close contact with all their senior colleagues. Interns are viewed as colleagues-in-training, deserving of respect, and treated accordingly both professionally and personally.

Ongoing program assessment: The Counseling Center professionals are committed to the training program’s growth and development. We work toward continuous improvement of the program via regularly scheduled evaluation and providing the conditions to foster ongoing professional learning.

More information is available on the training program's policies and procedures regarding evaluation, general operating procedures, intern performance problems, or complaints.

SUNY Oneonta Counseling Center Diversity Statement

The SUNY Oneonta Counseling Center is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for everyone who uses our services. We believe diversity enlivens, challenges, and ultimately enriches our community. From our differences we also draw unique strengths to confront and solve problems.

The range of diversity we value includes but is not limited to: ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, gender and gender identity, physical or mental ability, socio-economic status, spirituality or religion, size, appearance, and age. We are committed to working against discrimination and oppression, and we extend a particular welcome to students who may be experiencing discrimination on the basis of their differences.

We strive to treat all students with equal respect and dignity. We are also committed to taking part in activities and discussions that will help us continue to grow in our understanding of diversity.

Adopted May 2003, Revised July 2007

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Direct Service and Other Professional Activities

Interns will participate in a variety of counseling and outreach experiences including:

  • Individual Counseling (15-20 client hours per week). Counselor’s duties include counseling, assessment and intake, diagnosing, goal setting, planning treatment strategies, and maintaining a case record with appropriate documentation and progress notes. The College of Oneonta Counseling Center has a short-term treatment model, providing students with up to 10 individual counseling sessions. Students often continue to receive services in group counseling after they have reached the 10-session limit and/or are referred out to community providers. Typical concerns for clients presenting to the Counseling Center include separation issues, adjustment, identity concerns, family and relationship issues, career indecision, academic demands, depression, anxiety, and eating/body image problems. Each intern is provided with video and audio recording equipment to record individual counseling sessions, which is a required part of individual supervision.
  • Group counseling. Depending on availability, the intern will co-facilitate a group with a senior staff member during the Fall semester of internship. In the second semester an intern can decide to continue co-facilitation of a group -- or, with permission of their supervisor, an intern may develop and market a group to be led solely by the intern based on individual interests and expertise as well as campus needs.
  • Outreach and Liaison Activities. Interns will participate in the Counseling Center’s outreach programming throughout the year. Opportunities include Residence Life staff training, classroom presentations, workshops on special topics, residence hall programs, and co-presenting with full-time staff. There is the opportunity to design and co-present programs on selected psycho-educational topics of interest to SUNY Oneonta students.
  • Consultation to college faculty and staff. Consultation with particular faculty, staff, parents, and students may also take place on an individual basis. Consultations are in response to questions or concerns of a mental health nature from the university community. The intern consults by providing information, education, referrals, and recommendations.
  • Assessment Opportunities. Assessment at the Counseling Center includes initial assessment of clients presenting for intake, alcohol and other drug assessment, mental health status, personality assessment, diagnostic assessment, and risk assessment for potential danger to self and others. The intern will receive training in each of the above assessment areas as well as training in all of the assessment instruments offered at the counseling center. Among the assessment instruments available at no cost to the students are:Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI), State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI), Yale-Brown Obsessive-Compulsive Scale, MMPI-II, MCMI, NEO-PI-R, Bender-Gestalt, Brown ADD Screening, MBTI (short version), and the AUDIT alcohol screening.
  • Summer experience. Depending on availability and intern interest, there are summer experiences available on campus working with different student groups.
  • Professional activities such as representing the Counseling Center on various university-wide committees. Interns will participate in one of the Student Development or other College committees throughout the school year. Interns will be encouraged to serve on a new committee during the Spring semester. Committees the trainee may elect to participate in are: Know Violence (sexual assault awareness and prevention), Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD), Greek Advisory Committee, and the Mental Health Task Force.
  • Dissertation/research time optional.

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Didactic Training

Interns will participate in a variety of didactic experiences designed to enhance skills:

  • Individual Supervision. (2 hours per week) Interns work with 3 different supervisors throughout the year for 1 semester each: Fall, Spring and Summer.
  • Group Supervision. (2 hours per week) Interns participate in group supervision wiht a licensed psycholigist. An additional one meeting a month focuses on group therapy supervision, and one meeting a month focuses on outreach supervision.
  • Weekly Full-Staff Case Conferences. (1 hour) all staff rotate presenting a case for discussion.
  • Weekly Training Seminars. (75 minutes) provided by in-house staff and other college faculty or community practitioners (Topics include: assessment, crisis intervention, suicide, self-injury, substance abuse and addiction, anxiety, depression, couples counseling, grief and loss, treatment approaches based on different theoretical orientations).
  • Supervision in Special Topics.  Interns are encouraged to pursue additional supervision for topics of special interest to the intern or topics identified by a supervisor. These supervision sessions will be negotiated individually in regard to length and topics. They may include brief series during the between-semester planning times, or a longer series during the summer session.

Counseling Center staff are committed to training new professionals while providing high quality services to the students and staff of the college. Interns will participate in educational seminars and supervision experiences while also participating in the activities of the counseling center as professional members of the counseling center staff.

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Weekly Schedule Breakdown

Below is a sample schedule. Intern duties will naturally vary according to the time of the semester. For example, clinical contacts at the beginning of a semester will be lighter, and of course will be weighted more toward intakes than ongoing clients. Even with the variability in scheduling, training activities (supervision, seminars, case conferences) will be maintained throughout the year including during peak times. Upper limits on clinical contact hours will be maintained even at peak times.

SAMPLE: Weekly Intern Activities at College of Oneonta Counseling Center

Direct Service
15 hours individual counseling (caseload will build gradually)
1.5 hours group counseling (as available with groups and schedule)
3 hours intake appointments and assessment
1 hour crisis slot
1.5 hour outreach, committee work, and consultation (on average) during work hours

Total during peak times:
22 hours per week of direct service in a 40-hour week 
As is the case with most counseling centers, demand for services during school breaks decreases. The number of direct service hours during peak times are designed to meet license requirements in all states by compensating for times with low service activity.

Training and Paperwork/Administrative Time
2 hours individual supervision
1 hour of full-staff case conference
2 hours of group supervision
1.25 hours Seminar
1 hour staff meeting
10.75 administrative hours for case notes, outreach planning, record-keeping, other paperwork, and case management (collateral contacts, phone calls, etc.)

40 hour average workweek
% of direct service hours = approximately 50-60% during peak times, 25-40% other times

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Counseling Center Services

The Counseling Center is a well-utilized service on a campus of 5,700 students. We are particularly proud of the high satisfaction rate students report for the services they receive from the Counseling Center. The center provides individual short-term counseling (up to 10 sessions), couples counseling, and group counseling. We also have an Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Counselor/Educator on staff to provide AOD treatment, prevention, and education for students. In addition we have a busy outreach and consultation program providing education and support for both students and faculty.  The size of the staff and the college allows for informality, flexibility, and opportunities to participate in a variety of professional activities and develop specialty areas.

The Counseling Center is located in the Health, Wellness, and Counseling Building along with the Health Center and Health Education Office. Counseling Center Staff work closely with the Health Center’s medical providers to assist in the holistic assessment and treatment of students. The benefits of working in a smaller campus community are that the Counseling Center staff works closely with other campus offices including Residence Life, Academic Support Services, Multicultural Student Affairs and the Center for Multicultural Education, Disability Services, First Year Experience, Athletic Department, Career Development Center, Student Clubs, Office of Health Education, and the Educational Opportunity Program. By virtue of our status as a member of the SUNY system, SUNY Oneonta also has many of the benefits of working in a large university system including a multicultural student population, access to a large variety of services for students, and an active cultural and entertainment life.

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Counseling Center Staff

Melissa Fallon-Korb is the Director of the Counseling, Health & Wellness Center and a licensed psychologist in New York State. She has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University at Albany and a Master of Arts and a Master of Education in counseling psychology from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. She worked as a counselor and researcher in higher education and community mental health prior to joining the staff in 2003. She identifies her orientation to treatment as integrative drawing from CBT, emotion-focused, narrative, solution-focused, developmental, psychodynamic and feminist. Her professional interests include working with student athletes, GLBT populations, anxiety, body image, and gender role issues.

Amy Clarvoe is the Assistant Director of the Counseling Center and is a licensed psychologist in New York State. She obtained her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She completed her doctoral internship at UMASS Amherst's Counseling Center and worked as a counselor in community mental health and higher education before joining the staff in 2008.  Her theoretical orientation is integrative, drawing mostly from relational, cognitive-behavioral, and solution-focused therapies.  Her professional interests include depression and anxiety, grief and loss, relationship problems and couples counseling, and difficulties with attention and focus.

Jeanne Keahon has a Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) from SUNY Albany and is a licensed social worker (LMSW). She has worked in a variety of mental health, substance abuse, and hospital-based settings before joining us in 1997. Her clinical interests include family systems theory, women's issues, anxiety, working with international students, and group work.

Shawn Bubany is a licensed psychologst in New York State and obtained his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Kansas. Prior to joining the counseling center in 2011, Shawn worked as a counselor at colleges and universities in Minnesota, Kansas, and Oregon. Shawn also provided counseling at a VA medical center, a community mental health center, and a community career exploration clinic. Shawn’s professional interests include relationship difficulties, life transitions, career decisions, men’s issues, counselor training and supervision, multiculturalism, group work, and mindfulness meditation.

Andrew Vincent is a senior staff counselor in his post-doctoral year who completed his internship here in July 2017. He obtained his Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology from Springfield College, with a concentration in athletic counseling. Andrew’s previous experiences have included college counseling, community mental health, and working with athletes and teams with a focus on development and performance in sport. In addition to his interest in mental health and wellness, Andrew’s professional interests include the psychology of play, sport psychology, masculinity studies, counseling theory, and philosophy of psychology.

Kevin Lee is our Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor/Educator and is a licensed social worker in the State of New York. He earned his Master’s degree in social work from New York University and has worked in higher education and a variety of community mental health settings prior to joining the staff in 2017. His professional interests include integrated treatment for co-occurring disorders, supportive psychotherapy, mindfulness, wellness management, and psychoeducational group therapy.

Jan Strong is the secretary/ receptionist and the initial contact person at the Counseling Center. Jan answers the phone and helps set up appointments, and greets students when they come for appointments. She also provides clerical support for the interns. Jan plays a large role in keeping our center running smoothly and is greatly appreciated by our students and staff.

For more information about the Counseling Center Staff follow this link.

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SUNY Oneonta and the City of Oneonta, NY

SUNY Oneonta is a liberal arts college with a pre-professional focus. With 5700 students and 260 faculty, the 250 acre campus overlooks the scenic Susquehanna River Valley in Central New York and is nestled in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. SUNY Oneonta is located midway between Albany and Binghamton in the midst of one of New York's most scenic and historic upstate areas. The College has had impressive positive trends in admissions profiles the past 5 years and is becoming an increasingly selective institution in the SUNY system college. The college is located in the City of Oneonta, a friendly community with 15,000 residents. Oneonta is also home to Hartwick College. In addition to being an educational center, the city offers a variety of housing, shopping, cultural, and recreational opportunities. SUNY Oneonta contributes significantly to the cultural and intellectual life of the community.

Within a 30-minute drive are two state parks (Glimmerglass and Gilbert Lake) and several popular ski areas. Oneonta offers a distinctive downtown business community, a range of shops and restaurants, and convenient public transportation. Local attractions include the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, Doubleday Field, and the Glimmerglass Opera.

The James M. Milne Library supports the college's mission by providing the resources and services to meet the academic needs of its staff and students. The five-story building houses a large computer lab and affords space for both individual and group study. In its collection, the second largest of the 13 SUNY colleges of arts and sciences, the library has books, journals, audiovisual materials (including videos, CDs, and tapes), and other resources. As part of the State University of New York system, the college library also gives staff members access to materials from all over the state through interlibrary loan.

SUNY Oneonta has received national recognition from Kiplinger's Magazine as one of "100 Best Values in Public Colleges." The College has also been recognized by U.S. News and World Report and CosmoGirl. To read more about these distinctions click on this text.

For more information about the university see our website at: For more information about the city of Oneonta see the city website: .

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Required: Enrolled doctoral student in a counseling, clinical, or professional psychology program; completion of practicum placements as required by program; completion of doctoral qualifying exams (before applying), completion of coursework (by internship start date),  800 hours of supervised practicum including 350 intervention or face-to-face hours, statement of readiness for internship by program’s training director.

Preferred: Experience in a higher education setting; experience with diverse populations; and experience with outreach programming.

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Stipend and Benefits

The 2,000 hour full-time internship begins August 2 and ends August 1. The stipend will be $25,000 and interns are entitled to full NY State benefits including vacation, sick time, holidays, health insurance, dental, and vision. The interns will meet with Human Resources staff for an orientation to their benefits package. Benefits include 1.25 days per month (total 15 days, i.e. 3 weeks) vacation accrual.  Sick time accruals are the same (1.25 days per month) as vacation days. 

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Application process

The College at Oneonta Counseling Center is participating in the APPIC Match Service as an APPIC Member.  Interested students should submit application materials via the APPI online service which include:

  1. Completed application form (standard APPIC form)
  2. Verification of internship eligibility and readiness form signed by your training director
  3. Three letters of recommendation
  4. Transcripts of graduate coursework

Applications are due by December 15th. Applicants will be notified by phone or email of interview status by January 19th. Applicants will be interviewed individually and the number of interviewers may vary. Interviews will typically be by phone or Skype. On-site visits are optional and primarily for applicants to gather more information about our site. Requests can be made to speak or meet with specific staff, including current interns.

Cover letters may be addressed to:

Melissa Fallon-Korb, Ph.D.
Director, Counseling Center
State University of New York, College at Oneonta
Oneonta, NY 13820-4015
Fax (607) 436-3368

Statement of nondiscrimination

Pursuant to University policy, the University is committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, as well as ensuring equal educational opportunity, employment, and access to services, programs, and activities, without regard to an individual's race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction. Employees, students, applicants or other members of the University community (including but not limited to vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law, or treated adversely or retaliated against based upon a protected characteristic.

The University’s policy is in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination and harassment. These laws include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as Amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, and the New York State Human Rights Law.

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Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data
Date program Tables are updated: 4/10/18
Internship Program Admissions

Does the program require that applicants have a minimum number of hours of the following at the time if application? If yes, how many:
Total Direct Contact Hours: Yes, 300 hours are required
Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours: No
Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:
Applicants also need to have passed their comprehensive exams in order to be considered for this internship.

Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year
Annual Stipend for Full-time Interns: $25,000
Annual Stipend for Half-time Interns: N/A

Program provides access to medical insurance? Yes
If access to medical insurance is provided
Trainee contribution to cost required? Yes
Coverage of family members available? Yes
Coverage of legally married partner available? Yes
Coverage of domestic partner available? Yes
Hours of Annual personal Time off (PTO and/or Vacation): 15 days
Hours of Annual paid sick leave: 15 days
In the event of medical conditions and/or family needs that require extended leave, does the program allow unpaid leave to interns/residents in excess of personal time off and sick leave?
Other benefits: Dental, vision, eligible for 12 paid holidays a year


Initial Post Internship Positions
Total # of interns who were in the 3 cohorts: 6 (2 interns each year)
Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree: 0




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For more information contact us at:

Melissa Fallon-Korb, Ph.D.
Counseling Center
SUNY Oneonta
Oneonta, NY 13820-4015