In addition to my ongoing supervisory role within the Counseling Psychology program, I am pleased to join the Clinical Psychology program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Starting in the Spring semester 2014, I will be teaching the Fieldwork in Applied Psychology course to masters-level graduate students. This course provides students the opportunity to gain supervised experience working in a wide range of field placements throughout the city. Fieldwork sites may involve clinical practice, assessment, and/or research in clinical psychology.
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I have accepted an appointment as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Counseling Psychology Program in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University where I will be teaching a practicum course involving group clinical supervision for a small group of graduate students as they learn to practice counseling at the on-site training clinic, the Dean Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services.
After a decade in which nearly one hundred percent of my professional activity has been devoted to the provision of direct clinical service, I am excited by the opportunity to diversify my activities and give back to students who are preparing to join the field.
As in years past, I presented on April 20, 2012 to the class of predoctoral interns and externs at Pace University’s counseling center on the topic, Getting Started in Private Practice. It was a pleasure to give this talk to a bright, motivated group of students who are in the final stretch of doctoral studies.
While graduate study in psychology may offer excellent clinical training, it does not begin to teach how to start and run a private practice. This year’s talk focused on topics that included niche development, social media, and clinical supervision.
The purpose of the presentation was not only to impart practical know-how, but also to counter the excessively discouraging and cautionary characterization of private practice that unfortunately is often conveyed in graduate programs in psychology.
For more information on practice development, see the consultation page.
My ambition to become a psychologist traces back to my first experience in psychotherapy as an adolescent. The psychologist I saw then not only helped me during a turbulent time in my life, but her example allowed me to imagine that I could develop the capacity to work in the kinds of ways she did, helping me to make connections among my experiences while offering guidance in an empathetic, caring manner.