Externship Training Program
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at George Mason University (GMU) is pleased to offer a 16-hour-per-week Advanced Externship Training Program. CAPS provides a wide range of psychological services to the diverse Mason community. The externship experience includes a training component, direct service, and administrative responsibilities in addition to opportunities for participation in other Center activities. Externs have historically received an honorarium for their participation in the program. Please see below regarding the many opportunities offered by the externship program:
- Didactic Seminars: Externs will participate in didactic seminars on a range of topics related to clinical practice. Examples of some topics presented in the past include incorporating multicultural perspectives in clinical work, crisis assessment and management, working with specific student populations, using various theoretical orientations and how to use them within a short-term model, and skills for applying and interviewing for internship programs.
- Professional development: Externs provide case presentations for the entire staff, which allows them to present their clinical work and receive feedback.
- Supervision: Externs will receive two hours of individual supervision, one hour of group supervision, and a half an hour of supervision of group therapy if they are co-facilitating a group. Some supervision may be provided by pre-doctoral psychology interns, who will themselves be supervised by licensed psychologists.
- Individual: Each extern is expected to carry six to eight direct client hours. Each extern is expected to get extensive experience with clinical intakes, case management, and individual therapy. Clinical intakes will be supervised by CAPS staff and interns, and appropriate consultation procedure is provided throughout.
- Group: CAPS staff prioritizes providing trainees with the opportunity to co-facilitate group therapy.
- Crisis: Each extern may have the opportunity to be involved with the daytime on-call crisis system.
- The trainee is expected to maintain at least two hours of administrative time for the purpose of ethical note-keeping and addressing any clinical or non-clinical responsibilities.
Outreach and programming development:
- Externs will have the opportunity to provide and develop psychoeducational training for faculty, staff, and students.
Note: Availability on Friday mornings is required as that time is reserved for didactics and group supervision.
All application materials should be submitted to Dr. Alexis Melville, Associate Director, Training Services via e-mail to email@example.com.
- Cover letter expressing interest and experience.
- Curriculum Vitae covering relevant clinical work and training. Externs are required to have at least one full year of a therapy practicum prior to applying to this placement. This training should be reflected in your CV.
- Unofficial transcript.
- Two letters of recommendation. One must be from someone who is familiar with the applicant’s clinical work.
Applications must be received no later than 5:00PM on February 4th, 2019.
We will be respecting the notification date of March 22, 2019 set by the Greater Washington Areas Directors of Clinical Training (GWADCT).
For more information, please contact:
Alexis Melville, PsyD
Associate Director, Training Services
Counseling and Psychological Services
George Mason University
4400 University Drive, MS 2A2
SUB I, Rm 3129
Fairfax, VA 22030
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