The Safran Center for Psychological Services is a non-profit psychological services training clinic that helps ensure that students in the Clinical Psychology program at The New School for Social Research develop the skills and competencies essential for success as clinical psychologists.
The Safran Center aims primarily to provide tailored, closely supervised foundational training in psychotherapy and psychodiagnostic assessment to clinical doctoral students through closely supervised practical application of learned skills while providing low-fee psychological services to New School students and the surrounding community.
The Safran Center also partners with The New School Counseling Center to assess the eligibility of New School students for various accommodations. As part of a paid practicum, Clinical Psychology doctoral students in their second year are trained in educational and psychodiagnostic assessment of cognitive functioning, learning and developmental disabilities, attention/executive functioning difficulties, and psychiatric conditions that may be affecting academic performance.
In line with the scientist-practitioner framework, the Center’s therapy training model includes systematic collection of self-report measures from clients to be used for routine monitoring and quality assurance. This model meets the American Psychological Association’s (APA) new Standards of Accreditation (SoA), including curriculum, competency evaluation, and supervision requirements. Because the SoA requires live or recorded supervision of students, each Safran Center session is video-recorded with consent from both the student and the client, allowing close supervision of students’ work and likely improving outcomes for clients. The Safran Center has approval from the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) to establish a data repository, which can be utilized for research purposes by Psychology faculty and students at The New School for Social Research.
Image Credit: The University Center at The New School by James Ewing January 29, 2014