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.
Objectives for goal #3 include knowledge of multicultural counseling issues, awareness of self in relation to differences and diversity issues, and skills in multicultural counseling.
Objectives for goal #4 include the ability to apply professional ethics and laws, demonstrating professionalism in completion of tasks as well as in relating to supervisors, peers, secretarial staff, and professionals from other disciplines, demonstrating awareness of personal qualities that influence professional functioning, and integration of empirical literature and scholarly readings into 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.
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 in consultation with the supervisor of that particular activity (i.e. the group co-facilitator) 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.
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.
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.
Interns will participate in a variety of counseling and outreach experiences including:
Interns will participate in a variety of didactic experiences designed to enhance skills:
The staff at the College of 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.
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 (as indicated below) will be maintained even at peak times.
SAMPLE: Weekly Intern Activities at College of Oneonta Counseling Center
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 (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.
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 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.
Shawn Bubany is a licensed psychologst in New York 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.
Angelica Dellapenna, M.S. received her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Villanova University and earned her Bachelor’s degree from Marywood University in Clinical Psychology. She has a wide range of experiences working with people and issues in community substance abuse and in higher education settings. Angie specializes in helping students to modify and reduce the harmful consequences related to alcohol and drug use in her role as the college’s AOD counselor. Some of her other clinical interests include: counseling diverse populations, lifestyle and career development, couples counseling, family systems, and group dynamics.
Marta Guzmán obtained a doctorate and a master’s degree in clinical psychology at the Florida School of Professional Psychology in Tampa, FL. She also holds a master’s degree in Counseling from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. Prior to joining the counseling center in 2015, Marta completed a post-doctoral residency at Cornell University. She then received specialty training in behavioral health models and implemented a one year behavioral health pilot program at Cornell University’s primary care department. Marta has worked at community mental health settings, and higher education. Marta’s professional interests include chronic and acute medical issues, chronic mental health concerns, anxiety disorders, and multiculturalism.
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.
The College at 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. The College at 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. The College at Oneonta
contributes significantly to the cultural and intellectual life of the
The College at
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.
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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, 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.
Stipend and Benefits
The 2,000 hour full-time internship begins August 2 and ends August 1. The stipend will be $20,000 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.
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:
Applications are due by December 14th. Applicants will be notified by phone or email of interview status by January 18th. 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.
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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