The Institute's Postgraduate Clinical Externship Program is designed to significantly enhance professional skills, personal growth and confidence as a practitioner.
Externs who complete the one-year Clinical Externship Program receive intensive clinical experience under the supportive guidance of senior professional staff. More than anything else, the additional hours of practice, the extensive supervision and the challenging caseload create an impact that is often described by graduates as "life changing" and "transforming".
Special observation rooms with one way mirrors, as well as video recordings, are used extensively under the supportive supervision of Institute faculty for shaping clinical skills and developing competent practice. All externs are granted access to The Avraham Schwartzbaum Library, which has a rich and varied selection of professional books, CDs, and DVDs.
Clinical externs may choose to complete their postgraduate requirements over a longer period by joining the clinical internship program and leading to a Family Institute Certificate in Counseling and Family Therapy.
Externs are expected to complete a minimum of:
140 hours of clinical practice at The Family Institute
averaging 3-5 client contact hours per week
32 hours of individual supervision
The time commitment for externs is approximately 6 hours a week over the course of the program. This includes a minimum of one afternoon or evening a week.
Externs must have the following in order to be considered for admission to The Family Institute:
Bachelor's degree from an accredited university
Master's degree from an accredited university in the helping profession
Ability to offer psychological services in Hebrew
Adherence to cultural and religious sensitivities
Completion of application process