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Psychology Predoctoral Externship Training


The Counseling and Personal Development Center at Pace University, Westchester Campuses, is pleased to announce the resumption of a psychology externship program beginning in the Fall of 2014.

Our externship in college mental health offers training in brief and longer term psychotherapy, intake assessment, referral, and outreach programming with a college and graduate student population. Two hours of weekly clinical supervision, as well as educational seminars and attendance at other selected staff meetings, are included in the training program. The small and cohesive nature of our Center provides the opportunity to work directly with senior staff to learn the multiple roles and functions of Counseling Center psychologists.

Third and fourth year Clinical and Counseling Psychology students are invited to apply. Hospital clinical experience, as well as experience with DSM diagnostic formulation, is desired. Previous experience in a college counseling center is also a plus.

The externship consists of 16 hours per week during the academic year, from late August to June. Wednesday morning from 9 AM to 12 PM is a required training time. On Wednesday mornings, externs will have the opportunity to participate in an advanced training seminar in Brief Relational Psychotherapy, as well as attend our intake and disposition meeting with the entire staff. In addition, conducting some evening outreach programs each semester is expected. All externs are required to carry professional liability insurance and have a signed affiliation agreement with their academic program.

Training Site and Population

The Pace University Counseling and Personal Development Center, Westchester Campuses, is located on the Pleasantville campus (50 minutes north of New York City) and serves the Pleasantville and White Plains campuses, providing services to graduate and undergraduate students, as well as consultation to staff and faculty.

The student, staff, and faculty population at Pace University is diverse in terms of ethnic background, age, and socioeconomic status. Clients who utilize our services exhibit a wide range of psychopathology ranging from adjustment difficulties and test anxiety to psychosis and major depression. Anxiety, depression, interpersonal difficulties, and substance abuse are among the most frequent presenting problems. The main aim of the Center is to encourage members of the University community to reach their desired academic, intellectual, social and personal developmental goals.

The Staff

The staff of the Center utilizes a variety of theoretical orientations and represents a wide range of interests which include the following: group psychotherapy; alcohol/substance assessment; clinical hypnosis; bereavement and loss; attachment, intimacy, identity, and separation/individuation issues; stress and anxiety management; working with ethnically diverse populations; and disability accommodation issues. Staff members share a commitment to training and all contribute to the trainees' personal and professional development.

In addition to providing psychological services and supervision to trainees, staff members serve as consultants to faculty and administrative staff at the University. Consultations could involve dialogue about a distressed student, outreach programming, training seminars, or participation on a University-wide task force.


Rosa B. Ament, Ph.D.
Director of Counseling Services
Counseling, St. John's University
Advanced Training/Supervision, Milton H. Erickson Society for Psychotherapy and Hypnosis

Andrea M. Winters, M.A., M.Ed.
Associate Director of Operations
Alcohol and Other Drug Specialist
Counseling Psychology, Teacher's College, Columbia University

Amanda Michael, Psy.D., LADC, CGP
Assistant Director and Director of Clinical Training
Clinical Psychology, Antioch New England Graduate School

Lauren Saler, Psy.D.
Assistant Directo and Senior Staff Psychologist
Clinical Psychology, Yeshiva University Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology

Mariesa Cruz-Tillery, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist and Coordinator of Outreach
Counseling Psychology, Temple University

JR Lombardo, LCSW
Clinical Care Referral Coordinator
Group Supervisor
Social Work, New York University

Elisse M. Geberth
Coordinator of Disability Services
Human Relations, Pace University

Ilene Zwirn, M.D.
Consulting Psychiatrist
Hahnemann University School of Medicine

Noboko Meaders, CSW
Psychological Consultant
Social Work, University of Texas, Arlington


The Externship Training Program

Advanced psychology externs have the opportunity to receive training and experience in the following areas:

  • Intake Interviewing and Assessment
  • Psychotherapy (including brief and longer term cases)
  • Psychoeducation
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Outreach Programming
  • Consultation
  • Multicultural Counseling
  • Ethical and Professional Issues

The Externship Application Process

To apply:

Please email a cover letter and CV (as attachments) to Amanda Michael, Psy.D. at

Please request that three letters of recommendation be emailed directly to Dr. Michael at or, if preferred, mailed to the following address:

Amanda Michael, Psy.D
Assistant Director/Director of Clinical Training
Pace University Counseling and Personal Development Center
Administration Building, 2nd Floor
861 Bedford Road
Pleasantville, NY 10570

Our externship is in accordance with the Psychology Directors of New York State (PSYDNYS) guidelines. As such, any application received prior to January 21, 2014 will not be considered. 

After applications are reviewed, select applicants will be invited to attend an interview. These interviews will start in early February.

Offers will be made starting March 10th, 2014 at 10 a.m.

Please feel free to email Amanda Michael, Psy.D. at with any questions.