The Counseling Center’s Externship Program will not be offered for the 2015-16 academic year.
Interested applicants are encouraged to check back next Fall 2016 for updated information.
This advanced externship provides current doctoral students in counseling/clinical psychology with superior training and supervision to become professional, ethically aware psychologists. Externs engage in a variety of activities that build on their academic training, and gain valuable clinical hours needed to address the mental health and developmental issues of the contemporary college student.
Externs will spend most of their time providing individual counseling and psychotherapy to students with a wide range of psycho-social and emotional concerns. The major focus of these experiences is the development of therapeutic process and conceptualization skills. The underlying theme of our work with a college student population is developmentally focused, with a therapeutic eye on helping students manage the challenges therein. With the help of their supervisors, externs will explore working with different theoretical orientations and techniques, therapeutic relationship building, how to facilitate the psychological change and healing process, and crisis intervention.
During the year, externs will have opportunities to gain initial assessment interview experience by sitting in on these appointments conducted by professional staff. These interviews serve as the first formal contact made with students to assess their concerns and appropriateness for our Center's services. Externs will gain experience referring students to individual or group counseling in the Center, to other campus offices, off campus, and/or psychiatric consultation.
Training and Development
At the beginning of the fall semester, externs will receive initial training and orientation sessions. During this time, externs will develop personal training goals based on an assessment of their experience and skills.
Supervision of individual caseload
Each extern will receive weekly, individual supervision. Supervision is designed to support and enhance the extern's progress throughout that year. Supervision is provided by senior staff members and post-doctoral fellows.
Externs will be expected to set aside adequate time to do case notes, termination summaries, watch session recordings and prepare for supervision. Externs will consult with their clinical supervisors about the minimal amount of time needed to do these tasks.
The externship program is a nine-month, part-time position. The specific number of hours trainees contract for is determined by the expectations of their program; however, externs are expected to be available for 16-20 hours per week, and carry an average caseload of 10-12 clients. Applicants are asked to speak with the training coordinator to settle on a suitable and appropriate number of hours for the externship year.
Candidates should be advanced doctoral students with at least two years of supervised clinical experience. Candidates should have completed preliminary course work including counseling skills, theories, ethics and diversity issues.
ATTENTION: The Counseling Center will not be accepting applications for 2015-2016. We will post application information for the 2016-2017 year at a later date. Thank you.
Application for this Advanced Externship requires the following completed documents:
- Cover letter introducing yourself and your interest in the Externship ;
- Current vitae;
- Three letters of recommendation--one from a faculty member discussing your academic standing and progress, two from clinical supervisors discussing your clinical skill; and
- The Extern Recommendation Form, which should be completed only by the clinical supervisors in addition to or in lieu of a letter, and can be mailed or faxed in.