Loyola University Maryland

Counseling Center

Counseling Center Externship Program

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The Counseling Center’s Externship Program will not be offered for the 2014-15 academic year.  Interested applicants are encouraged to check back next fall for updated information.

 

The Externship provides current counseling/clinical psychology students 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.

Clinical Service

Externs will spend most of their time providing individual counseling and psychotherapy to students with a wide range of psycho-social and emotional issues. 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, among other skills.

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 counseling in the Center, to other campus offices, off campus, group, 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 one hour of weekly, individual supervision for every five client hours. 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.

Extern Case Conference
Externs will participate in a weekly group meeting to discuss cases in a collaborative setting.  Senior staff members or post-doctoral fellows facilitate these meetings.  Trainees will rotate presenting cases and showing video recordings of sessions.

Identity Exploration Seminar
Externs participate in a weekly identity exploration seminar which is designed to increase the extern’s personal and professional growth in the area of diversity.  Diversity is understood in terms of dimensions of identity, including, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, SES and religion/spirituality.  Identity Exploration seminar is facilitated by members of senior staff.    

Administrative Duties
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.

Duration

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 6-8 clients.  Applicants are asked to speak with the training coordinator to settle on a suitable and appropriate number of hours for the externship year.

Eligibility

Candidates should be advanced doctoral students with at least one year of supervised clinical experience. Candidates should have completed preliminary course work including counseling skills, theories, ethics and diversity issues. 

Application Procedure

Application for this Externship Program requires the following completed documents:

  1. cover letter introducing yourself and your interest in the Externship Program;
  2. current vitae;
  3. three letters of recommendation--one from a faculty member discussing your academic standing and progress, two from clinical supervisors discussing your clinical skill; and
  4. 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.

Send all application materials to:

Selection Committee
Loyola University Maryland Counseling Center, HU 150
4501 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21210
410-617-5109, 410-617-2001 (fax)

Review of Applications will begin, date to be announced.

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