The Counseling Center supports the educational mission of Lehman College and the City University of New York by supporting graduate and post-doctoral trainees and conducting and participating in research that relates to student's mental health and development.
The Counseling Center at Lehman College/CUNY and its Clinical Training Program maintain a focus on the human strength, resilience and health of students served. The mission of the Center is to assist students with the emotional, developmental, and psychological concerns that may be affecting their personal and academic growth. We work towards the goal of helping graduate and undergraduate students cope with the challenges of higher education and life - in a productive, healthy manner through individual and group therapy, as well as consultation, outreach and psychoeducation.
Goals of the Externship/Internship Training Program
The graduate Internship/Externship Program provides valuable training to future counselors, psychologists, and social workers. The training staff emphasizes critical thinking, diverse and interdisciplinary perspectives, cultural competence and humility, as well as mutual respect. We hold that a learning environment that is safe, challenging, and collaborative is crucial to trainee’s professional, cultural, and personal development. A developmental mentoring approach is at the core of the training program and its goals. This developmental framework is used to assist externs/interns in moving from interdependent students to competent mental health practitioners. Additionally, a systemic/multicultural framework is integrated in order to facilitate awareness, knowledge and skills for working with the sociocultural and political spheres that affect students’ experiences. As trainers, supervisors, and mentors the staff seeks to aid the development of supported and encouraged trainees who graduate competent as social work, mental health counseling, or psychology experts.
Candidates must be enrolled in Masters or Doctoral programs in clinical or counseling psychology, mental health counseling, or clinical social work.
Experiential Learning Opportunities /Student Workers
Peer Educators help freshmen students become acquainted with the Lehman College community, and continuing students to stay connected and informed about what the College has to offer. Throughout the semester, Peer Educators actively participate in organizing weekly workshops, social events, and creative activities. They outreach to the Lehman community to increase visibility of counseling services through informational tables, flyer distribution, social networking, and other avenues. Becoming a Peer Educator at the Counseling Center is a wonderful opportunity to get involved in promoting mental health awareness and reducing stigma by educating students on the benefits of counseling for their personal and academic growth. To learn more about our peer mentor program or to become a peer, call Conrad Walker at 718-960-8242.
CUNY CAPS are graduate students who play an important supportive role at the Counseling Center. They participate in outreach programs to inform the campus community about mental health issues and counseling services offered at Lehman College. CUNY CAPS also assist with administrative and clerical tasks and take an active part in daily operations of the Counseling Center. CUNY CAPS also assist in outreach to counseling center clients and are part of our intake coordination team.
The CUNY Service Corps gives students the chance to play a role in improving New York City’s future - while gaining real-work experience and getting paid. By providing on-the-ground support to a wide range of non-profit and civic endeavors, the CUNY Service Corps both increases the availability of valuable services to New Yorkers and enables CUNY students to become more engaged in their communities throughout the city. Service Corps students join a prestigious University community practicing service and building skills.
Service Corps placements last twenty-four weeks over two semesters; members will work approximately 12 hours per week and will be paid $15 per hour.
FEDERAL WORK-STUDY FWS is financial aid received in the form of hourly wages from a job which you obtain through the Financial Aid Office. FWS serves as source of financial assistance to students. It offers a training ground where you can gain valuable work experience, and it encourages you to participate in community service-based organizations. The work-study program provides the college and agencies with a much-needed source of manpower. In addition, it attempts to give you practical experience in your field of interest or place you in meaningful community service work.
STUDENT ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS 1. Students must be matriculated and enrolled for at least half-time study (minimum of 6 credits or equated credits). 2. Students must be U.S. Citizens, permanent resident aliens, or other eligible non-citizen classifications. 3. Students must have filed a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by an established deadline. 4. Students must demonstrate financial need. (Need is established by a uniform need analysis evaluation performed by CUNY according to Federal guidelines.) 5. Students must remain in good academic standing and make satisfactory progress.